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Air Academy High School

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Posted April 28, 2014

Air Academy High School is a grades 9-12 high school located in the northwest of Colorado Springs, on the grounds of the Air Force Academy and at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Rated the top Colorado public high school by Colorado Great Schools. It offers a wide variety of unique programs, including an Engineering Pathways program, the only ROTC program in District 20, AP and Honors classes, the top 4A band program in Colorado, and vocational training programs through the AVP/Pikes Peak Community College program. Air Academy High School has a long tradition of academic and athletic excellence, having won a myriad of state championships over the past decade. With a wide variety of clubs, organizations and volunteer opportunities, Air Academy High School offers students the chance to explore many avenues of career and personal growth.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 12, 2014

Definitely not an awful school, but could be better. Whether or not you have good classes just depends on the teachers you get. I don't really like how they've changed the schedule, and I wish they had more places for students to go during academy or a partial that they could study quietly if they want. However, I do think it's pretty cool that band is more of a big deal at this school than others and is actually appreciated.


Posted February 23, 2014

AAHS is a great platform for any student whether college bound or entering the workforce. As a 1978 graduate, I can attest to the excellence of this school. Academics, Sports, Music, etc. "It's a matter of pride" is one of their mottos and was true then as it is now. Go Kadets!!


Posted December 1, 2013

I hate this school. I regret coming here. Some of the teachers aren't too bad, and some are worse, but I certainly did not feel welcomed by the other students when I was new here. I have had bad experiences ever since. This just isn't a good school for me.


Posted November 11, 2013

Tons of sub-par to terrible teachers makes one bad school. Avoid at all costs or you'll be sorry.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2013

Air Academy is definitely an amazing school to attend. It has great academics, offering many high-level honors and Advanced Placement classes that are taught by very knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. A wide variety of extra-curricular class can also be found at Air Academy. Additionally, many of the extra-curricular activities and sports at Air Academy are the best in the state. The marching band has been 1st in state 5 out of the last 6 years, cheerleading has almost consistently been 1st in state since 2001, and the swimming, soccer, and lacrosse teams are all also doing very well. Air Academy also has a beautiful campus, which is located on the United States Air Force Academy. Overall, Air Academy has a friendly and welcoming environment, top-notch teachers, great music/art and sports programs, challenging classes, and is just a great place to spend your high school years!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2012

Air Academy is the top of its class in every aspect; the teachers, academics, students, and extracurricular activites. For those interested in sports; this year, we have clinched five sports titles. In one year! Boy's swimming, Girl's lacrosse, Girl's soccer, Girl's basketball, and wrestling. Our Boy's baseball also got into the finals but lost against the defending champions. The marching band also won state and the supernationals in Texas The teachers are truly of the best quality any student can receive. Their academic requirements are strict yet a student can always askk for help and will receive great care and attention as well as wonderful guidance and much more knowledge. The building is very clean and though it is old, very stylish and updated to the top of technology. Art and music are very top-notched and education is very important. There are many different ethnicities and it is a very friendly and welcoming environment! Our schoool spirit is contagious and we will most definitely welcome you with open arms! Make sure to choose Air Academy as your high school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

We recently moved to CO and couldn't be more happy with AAHS. The students have made my son feel welcome and the members of the band are top notch! The academics are challenging but appreciated and the school spirit is amazing! Eventhough we moved here from a smaller city, we have been made to feel right at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

Air Academy is such an amazing school. I recently moved away from CO and I am so sad i won't be able to finish my high school experience there. I attended AAHS for my entire freshman year and absolutely loved it. The teachers are fantastic, the educational opportunities are great, and the school is so awesome. There are so many clubs and extra-curricular activities to join. There's something for everyone. Most of the kids are very friendly. I love that school and i would reccomend going there to any high school student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2008

I am Currently a sudent at Air Academy High School and it is absolutely a fantastic school. For the Students- You make a lot of new friends. If you have a class without a friend, it wont be long until you make a new friend in that class. You have a lot of freedom and there are tons of school activities each and every year. For the Parents- This school is rated number one in disctrict 20 and I guarantee it shall remain there for years to come.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2007

AAHS is a great school. The perfect size in my opinion. My son, as an incoming freshman and new to the state met kids from all classes at the summer band camp. The music program is outstanding, offering so many levels for all talents. The choices for honors and AP classes are the best. Go Kadets
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

My son has been flourishing at AAHS. As a member of the excellent marching band, he feels valued by the students as well as faculty. The principal makes it his business to get to know the students, whether it is accompanying them on trips or joining them on a hike. The Outdoor Fitness program is unique and giving students opportunities to enjoy the wonders of Colorado's natural beauty. I HIGHLY endorse the academic as well as the performing arts programs. This school is a gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2007

I absolutely love this school! I just moved here this past summer so this was my first year at AAHS. I am a sophmore and absolutely love it here! I came from a small rural community in Minnesota with hardly any funding for any of the changes that needed to be made. I came here and I absolutely felt accepted the first day and made some great friends. This is a wonderful school because I feel safe with it being on a military establishment so I could focus more on my academics and extra-curricular activities. I will say that it's kind of weird to go on a military establishment to get to school though...But I still love it here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2007

I went to Air Academy from Freshmen to Senior year and I loved it. I just graduated this past year ('06) and so many in my class here attending top colleges. The teachers are well educated and will help all students to do their best. The schools academics, athletics and everything else are in great top condition. I would recommend this school to anybody. With the school being on the USAFAcademy, there is more security in the area.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 24, 2006

Air Academy is the best school ever! I went there my Freshman and Sophomore year and loved it! I then transferred to Lewis Palmer, and honestly would do anything to go back to Air Academy! The way they teach (hands on) is great! I also loved how you weren't degraded if you were in the band. If anything, you were appreciated. I really liked how my mom could be doing concessions at a game, while I watched my good friend, Kaeleigh play basketball. I miss having my mom involved with the things I do now. I would definetly recommend Air Academy to anybody who asks what high school to go to!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 20, 2005

Air academy is a good school for education, but when it comes to how the teachers judge students and how students are guided when dealing with problems, it needs help. It is a good academic environment, sports are strong with some coaching flaws, but the administration and faculty are too into their lives and need to focus more on the students and their well being.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2005

Air Academy has an overall outstanding educational system. One of the strongest programs is the music program. They excell higher than any other school or colledge in Colorado. The teachers are well trained and have alot to offer students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 22, 2004

Great school with kids that really strive for top grades. The graduates at this high school are accepted to top colleges in Colorado as well as the United States with college prep beginning freshman year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2004

All of my children graduated from Air Academy HS. We believed having the high school inside a military installation provided a safe environment which contributed to their learning experiences. They were especially well prepared for college because of the level of education they received at AAHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is a wonderful school with both great Administrative and Teaching Staff. The academics are wonderful with creative teaching and good class ratios. The only down fall are that students them selves are very click oriented and not very open to new students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female51%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Reading

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Writing

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female51%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible7%
Reduced lunch eligible17%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Reading

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial84%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligible95%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Science

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students72%
Female83%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
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24%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


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ACT participation

98%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 56%
Hispanic 10% 32%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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