School Details

Arapahoe High School

2201 East Dry Creek Rd, Centennial, CO 80122
(303) 347-6000
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2190 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
  • Littleton Public Schools 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
  • Littleton Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Arapahoe High School is a public high school in Centennial. 2,190 children attend Arapahoe High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 6% of the 2,190 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Arapahoe High School is 21:1. Rock Solid High 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

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 82%
Hispanic 8% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This is more than just a school to many people who attend school here. It is a place I can call my second home. Our athletics are amazing but our school is not based on the athletics like other reviews have stated. Our academics are even better. The scheduling we have at our school makes it very easy for students to go in and get help from teachers. We definitely have some of the best teachers in the state. All of the faculty here at Arapahoe High School are outstanding and I wouldn't want to go to school anywhere else.

  • (8 months ago)

    This school is good if your kid is HEAVILY into sports is not uncomfortable in an environment where counselors are EXTREMELY rushed overwhelmed and under involved and where there is a real culture of intimidation both by many students ( if you are a minority or someone who is sensitive to lack of diversity and tolerance) . The admin is NOT involved and actually intimidates parents and children they have a "personal " problem with. And since the shooting the CYA approach and the silence from admin makes it clear that until they change their admin and their approach things will not be getting better.. to be fair much of LPS seems to be similar but this is our experience

  • (1 year ago)

    Arapahoe class of 2009. Excellent traditions phenomenal teachers great classmates and students great parent participation and an overall excellent high school. I highly recommend this school to anyone. They offer vastly numerous diverse programs to include all walks of life. From sciences leadership music art and on to athletics this school achieves great marks in all of the categories. The only thing that sucks is trying to get out of the parking lot after school....that is one thing no one likes. Go ARAP. 09 so fine. Oh and Arapahoe has had both Presidential candidates visit as well as POTUS....AND it is still a Blue Ribbon school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Arapahoe is an AMAZING school. I graduated in 2007 and was so prepared for college that I didn't have to worry about the difficulty of the classes because I had been taking college level courses for the last 2 years of high school. I loved being at Arapahoe. All of the teachers were caring and willing to help in any way possible. The open campus and off hours were nice because it showed that the staff trusted the students. Ron Booth was an amazing Principal he has his flaws but genuinely cares for the students. How many people can say that the principal would walk the halls and know all of the students names? I can. Arapahoe had about 2500 students and Booth knew each one. Thats impressive. You are responsible for yourself at Arapahoe and that is great for young people to have. I have nothing but good things to say about the school. The sport teams are competitive every year and are open to everyone. I was a 3 sport athlete and still maintained a 3.35 GPA. Sports are important at Arapahoe but we are constantly reminded that we are STUDENT-athletes and if school is lacking then you will not play. Lacrosse Wrestling and cross country are all excellent and I had a great time.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent of three children who have graduated or will graduate from this school I believe Arapahoe successfully meets the academic needs of its students. For whatever reason one of my children was not interested in doing his best in high school. The teachers and counselors did their best to help him in every way possible while at the same time holding him responsible. There are many volunteer opportunities for those parents who want to be involved in the school community. I have found teachers counselors and administration open to parental input.

  • (4 years ago)

    With any educational environment you will find both positive and negative. My daughter attended Arapahoe HS after transfering from an overseas school with an IB curriculum. We found that she was challenged with AP courses and that she was encouraged to be self-sufficient and self-motivating - qualities that students need to be successful in college. This is definitely a HS that prepares its graduates for continuing education. There were many phenomenal programs to get involved in...especially the Cross Country Team. The one year she participated there were over 180 runners on the team and they had a blast. They love and encourage parent involvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    I totally agree with the review posted on March 25 2010 and would add that the students that aren't succeeding fall through the cracks as well. It doesn't appear that any of the teachers or the administration provide any follow through for those that really need it but tend to concentrate on the AP and very successful/involved students. I'm very disappointed in this high school from a personal perspective.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is more hype than delivery. The principal offers the moon to incoming Freshmen then there's no follow-through. The students who do well are those who enter with a clear vision of who they are and what they want to achieve or the screw-ups who get special intervention. Everyone else is left to flounder as long as they don't cause trouble.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing learning experience at a high level of academics! -Alumni

  • (5 years ago)

    Arapahoe High School was so good for my daughter that she graduated with high honors in 2009 and got several scholarship offers to some very impressive colleges and after attending the Honors Ceremony in 2009 with me my nephew decided to move his family from another state and enroll his children in Littleton Public Schools. His oldest boy is now a Junior at Arapahoe High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Arapahoe High School for the teachers and parents and students. I've never seen such a large school where everyone of all ages works together and with one another to make sure everyone fits in and is having a great time. This school provides so much for their students and it can be seen on every stdents face.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a student at this school I can say that i could not of gone to a better school or had better teachers. Booth is a great leader and is ALWAYS will to put kids first.

  • (6 years ago)

    Arapahoe is top-notch. Principal Booth balances leadership a caring attitude. He expects excellence from both students and teachers and the high standards of AHS are reflected in its graduates and it reputation not only in the District but state-wide as well. Parents you will not regret enrolling your children at AHS.

  • (6 years ago)

    My family has found Arapahoe to be a great school. The principal Ron Booth is a motivatiing and innovative leader. My first child graduated with honors and will finish college in only three years because of his excellent preparation at AHS. My second is thriving there too. There is something for all.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attends AHS and I do volunteer work a cross section of students from AHS. My overall opinion of AHS is that it's a very good school and offers lots of opportunities through general academics AP classes sports music & drama. The teachers are among the best in the state and relate well with students. My one negitive comment would be regarding the principal. I disagree with the another review regarding Mr. Booths relationship with the students. My son's experience as well as comments from other students with whom I work paint a very different picture. My opinion is Mr. Booth is more interested in stats image and ratings then the student. He weeds out students who don't do well and works the system to make AHS come out on top. It is a great school but credit is due to the teachers and students not Mr. Booth.

  • (7 years ago)

    We have choiced into AHS because of its great reputation and it has lived up to it. Ron Booth runs a tight ship and the kids are respected. Excellent!

  • (8 years ago)

    I love this school my daughter goes here and she always comes home with a smile on. She says her teachers are the best in the world also very helpful she can look to them for help without being afraid. She has also become more active with sports and clubs Arapahoe encourages this by offering evry time of sport and club you could imagine. She also love her principal Ron Booth he is so into knowing how his students are doing he wants everyone to feel welcome he does that by listening. Ron Booth treats the students as if they were his own he feels what parents feel when a child gets a bad grade Ron Booth is there with feelings of hope and always helpfulness for a student. Arapahoe is the number one school in the distict and the attitudes and acedemic level of the students show that 100%.

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