School Details

Adams City High School

7200 Quebec Parkway, Commerce City, CO 80022
(303) 289-3111
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1695 students 20 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.
12%
12%
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22%
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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
  • School District N. 14 In The County Of Adams & State Of Colo average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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70%
21%
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51%
24%
23%
49%

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.
8%
8%
32%
40%
38%
65%
18%
17%
47%
18%
17%
47%

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
  • School District N. 14 In The County Of Adams & State Of Colo average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Adams City High School is a public high school in Commerce City. 1,695 students go to Adams City High School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 74% of the 1,695 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Adams City High School is 20:1. Lester R Arnold 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

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 82% 81%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.5%
Asian 0.4% %
Multiracial 0.06% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 80%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I graduated from this school #5 in my class. Unfortunately I found that this was meaningless when I got to college since I had apparently learned nothing that was needed as a prerequisite for college level classes. I spent an entire year of college learning what should have been available at ACHS but was not . ACHS was and still is nothing but a young adult and "thug wannabe" day care. I suppose I should feel lucky that I escaped with my life. The teachers just go through the motions but just want to process the kids out of their classes every year. The administrators are looking to just get paid. The sports coaches are just bullies and morons who can't get a better job elsewhere. This was simply a waste of time when I could have been learning something valuable. Instead I just learned how to avoid getting beaten up by the gangs and how to... well I guess that was actually about it. Anyone that has any thought of sending their child to this school has to understand that they are likely condemning their child to a lifetime of failure or at best mediocrity. Stay away far away.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son goes to this school and I am happy about that. This is his second year and it is off to a great start. He is not an athletic person but he has joined football. The player took him in like he has been there for year. Great group of kids as for the coaches they are also amazing. They talk to me and give me all the information I need and ask for. I had my doubts about this school but I was wrong. Dont always believe what you are told.

  • (1 year ago)

    I dont know how anyone could have a good opinion of this school sports staff the football coaches do not return phone calls or emails and neither does the athletic director the contract that they have the parents and children sign every year says that the coach is responsible for and supposed to clearly communicate all events changes in practice times fundraisers games etc... to the parents and I nor my husband have ever gotten any clear communication from any of the 3 coaches matter of fact we went to a fundraiser a few weeks ago and my husband and I got two different stories in one day from the same coach regarding what the new practice schedule was going to be. Poor communication is a huge pet peeve of mine and should not be going on in high school especially by the staff if they expect our students to communicate their needs clearly then they are in desperate need to do so them selves. How can we as parents be involved in our child/ren education if their is not communication from the school. In my opinion this school needs an entire new sports staff. I'm praying to be out of this schools district ASAP.

  • (2 years ago)

    Adams City High School is a school in which the idea of family is embraced. Athletes are encouraged to do well in classes by all coaching staff. Coaches are excellent caring for the student and the athlete. They hold their teams to high standards. The teachers are caring and patient embracing their diverse students. The ROTC progam is above all others in the Denver Metro area. We choiced our student into this school and it has made such a difference.

  • (4 years ago)

    This high school is great.The extracurricular activities are awsome. The teachers care about the students and the counslers have improved. Most People that I know who have gone here have went off to college and alot of my friends are planning on going to college even the people who were not planning on it because the teachers encouraged them to go to college.Personally I want to go to college and get a great education to start out my life. I appreciate all the teachers and their hard work to teach us to the best of their abilities.

  • (4 years ago)

    this school encouraged my daughter and son to go on and continue to college.

  • (6 years ago)

    Adams City High School since i have attended and still attend has been the best experience. The principal Mr.PAxton is the best he is very interacted with the kids and loves being involved in ordinary school work. The classes are amazing i get everything i need from the brand new curriculum. Mr.Paxton has fought hard in order to build us a brand new casmpus opening in august!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went there the first three years that the school was open I remember the school being in a church the first year and had no lockers. Since there were no lockers we had to carry allour books each day every day to all our classes I have been having back problems for 6 years all because of that. The teachers tried I will give them that much credit. I honestly believe that the best teacher came the second year Mr. Mark Johnson. I learned more from him in study hall ' LTP' then I did in my other classes. I would not let any one I know sent their kids to this school it was hard to get my dipolma on time from my next school.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a student who graduated from this school I can honestly say I did not get everything I wanted out of this school. The discipline was completely inadequate. However I feel the reviews are wrong in saying that the teachers themselves do not care from what I experienced they do care but to not have the support of the administration to do what is needed to really help the students. The counselors where more interested in what they thought was best rather than what the student really wanted. The extracurricular activities were great when there was funding but a fair bit of the time there was no support to get things done and too much responsibility fell on the student where it should not have. The classes are over crowded and the sports influence is higher than it should have been.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a student not a parent so I have first hand knowledge of the way this school works. The teachers do not pay attention to individual needs. Students are expected to learn from each other. No discipline except for suspensions which does not work just a 2 day vacation basically. Classes aren't advanced like high school classes should be. Not a challenging school. School is crowded extremely. Lastly no true leadership from the staff or students. I passed all my classes with ease but if I did need help I got it from home thank God. Oh and I was in their Gifted and Talented program which was a major disappointment.

  • (10 years ago)

    I would have to agree with the other 2 reviews. There is a major lack of discipline as the other review says some get into trouble and others do not. The school does not take the time to deal with problems in the school until the parents have to take time from work to go down and get it dealt with. Or as in my case had to notify the police to get things done. The level of teaching is not where it should be either. there are some teachers that feel the students should teach each other instead of taking the time to help the children which is what they are getting paid for. I have pulled my children from this school and would highly recommend anyone wanting to enrole thier child to throughly check into this school before hand.

  • (10 years ago)

    Unorganised couldn't care less about the needs of individual students but much rather the progress of the school as a whole. There is a lack of full-time leadership and it seems authority only shows up when it fits into their busy schedule. Some kids get away with a lot some gets get away with very little. A lack of the correct discipline for the children attending ACHS. Silly rules such as the red/blue colour ban do absolutely nothing for anybody but the media. Poor judgement on the part of authority silly ideas for school structure and sophistication such as academies which will never work.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think that they need to have smaller class sizes better teachers and more understanding counsleors that are willing to help students with their decisions and not try to change them.

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