School Details

Aurora Central High School

11700 East 11th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 340-1600
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2235 students 21 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Aurora Joint District No. 28 Of The Counties Of Adams And A average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Aurora Joint District No. 28 Of The Counties Of Adams And A average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Aurora Central High School is a public high school in Aurora. 2,235 students attend Aurora Central High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 71% of the 2,235 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Aurora Central High School is 21:1. APS Online School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Hispanic 67% 52%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 21%
Asian 5% %
Multiracial 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 65%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Aurora central high school is a very good school even though the school is rated 2 out of 10. Teachers counselors and staffs take a very good care on the students. But sometimes there are some fights it's not because of the school. It's just the students' background/behavior. Every single person has their own behavior. Now it's 2010 so don't read the reviews from 2007 and decide the school is bad. I am new to this school and i am sure the school has changed a lot. The school opened the door for my future and give many opportunities to the students. But it just depends on the students. If the student try hard then he/she will be successful. So the school has given many opportunities we students just have to grab those opportunities and walk into the bright future.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been teaching at Aurora Central High School since 2005. I love the school. Staff members and administration are dedicated and really care about students. Generally students are kind and respectful. I have taught in other states and in suburban neighborhoods and prefer my experience at Aurora Central to that of any other school. Discipline is strong here and expectations grow higher each year. I would have no qualms about sending my own children here-- Central offers many advanced classes and there is truly something for e everyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a student at Central many people mostly foces in the negative things about our school. I'm a swimmer(girls swim team) at Central & i'm going to be a sophomore after this summer. Central in my point of view is not much of a bad school the school is not but few of the troble makers are. I do see fights in the cafeteria some times but its only about stubborn students trying to get attention. The teachers have all my respect even thou i do get annoyed at times. The teachers are here to help us & not for the money $$. We're also known as a bad school in sports but whatever. I'm only in the swim team and i will untill i graduate we only lost agenist Gateway & Brighton Bulldogs. Central is an average school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to that school for about half a year and all the kids did was fight I seen one girl get jump in the lunch room by two other girls and saw fights all the time outside so my advice is keep your kids away from that school

  • (5 years ago)

    I transferred from Denver West High School which in my opinion is the worst school in Denver but that is strictly my opinion. I went to Aurora Central for two-and-a-half years and I enjoyed every moment of it. Yeah there was drama but what high school doesn't have drama? I wrestled played football and played in band and every time I had to go somewhere for competition the teachers would most certainly be there to help me catch up my work. I was on the honor roll and at the time that I was going to Central the graduating credits were 22. I graduated with 28 because they were awesome and sent me to free college prep classes at the University of Colorado at Denver which in turn earned me credits for high school and college. I couldn't have asked for a better high school experience!

  • (5 years ago)

    i went to the school and enjoyed every moment. but now that my little sister goes there....ther us to much drama. im scared that the problems are going to escalade into something bigger. they really need to crack down. suspension is not the only answer...teaching right from wrong is.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a graduating member of the class of 2005 I can say that I got a great educational experience. All the teachers I knew and took classes with were some of the best teachers I've ever had. People can say all they want about sports but from first-hand experience the sports weren't good until 2004. ACHS prepared me for what was upcoming in the real world.

  • (7 years ago)

    the teachers really care for us and aren't there for the money

  • (7 years ago)

    this is where my step son goes and I am not impressed with any part of the school not the education not the out side of class room activities. I would not chose for him to go there. But I do not have a choice

  • (7 years ago)

    Im presently attending achs. I think that they have really cracked down on students this year and its going to be a very excellent school in aurora

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers appear generally competent and care for their students but the constraints on them from an inept administration are enormous. The student body is very diverse with the many advantages of diversity as well as with some disadvantages... i.e. there are some students who don't care about academics.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that Aurora Central is one of the worst schools in academics. The sports are proubly the only good thing they have they have really good athletics but other than that the staff is horrible just like any school in Aurora they should get serious about education and also dicipline. What I have noticied about my daughter going there is that the students are very rude to adult authorities and for some strange reason they keep bad kids in. Like I said this school is only good for extracurricular activites (sports choir ect.) other than that its not worth it. Aurora Central is just like Gateway Hinkley they don't give so much attention.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from ACHS in 2005 and found it to be one of the most diverse schools in the Denver area. Many concerns have come from from the safety concerns following a report done by Denver's Fox 31 News. The report focused on the negative side of this phenomenally diverse school. There are opportunities for the students who are willing to achieve them. Many in my graduating class (2005) will say that ACHS is good school the ones who make it bad routinely don't stay long enough to have weighty impact. Quit bashing Central.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student of Aurora Central. I must say that I had one of the worse education experiences at this school. I graduated with the class of 1988 and I thought I would give the school a chance by sending my daughter. What a big mistake. I also don't feel that the staff really cares if the kids learn or not.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is just like any other high school that gives students the opportunity to try different subjects. The academics results though is quite low. Most students get quite bored and bothers to not give enough efforts but other than the extracurriculum is exellent. At ACHS students have many choices that includes playing a musical instrument theater art and many other subjects. After school clubs are available also.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that Aurora Central may not be the safest or richest school in Colorado but i do believe that there education is Solid. They have a great sports program as well as other extra curricular activities.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a student at aurora central high school i do believe that our education is great. if u are looking for a great school then aurora central may be your choice!

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student at aurora central and am scanning the area for schools out of curiosity. I graduated in 97 and saw most of what these parents are talking about. The problem with achs is that there is no discipline with the students who do cause the problems thats the reason no one wants to work there. The teachers do care and want to teach but the other part about it is half the students don't have the respect for the teachers or authority figures nor do they care. Its not always the students faults. Achs does a good job of diversity but they don't teach it the way they should. It should be about embracing eachother not dividing each other. If you want to settle for you child being average achs is good. If your child wants to go to college choose another high school! tom austin

  • (10 years ago)

    i feel that Aurora Central dosent give their students the type of education that most other schools give their students. I think for a student going to Aurora Central is made to feel different sometimes in a good way but other times in a bad way. every day i see fights going on at lunch or after school because they bumped in to each other in the hall. not everyone at Aurora Central is bad but to get a good education with the right learning pick a different school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Aurora central may not be one of the most popular schools in the aps district or any other but it is one of the more exciting and diverse schools I've seen so far. Most other schools dont get the chance to really learn about other cultures or get to participate in them the way Aurora Central has and does. If you ask me they may not have the best of things but they deal and accept the facts that they can out rank any other scholl by just showing that 'when things get tough they have one other by there side no matter culture relgion appearance and or gender...

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