School OPTIONS 2018-2019
Superintendent’s Message Dear Parents and Guardians, Thank you for your unwavering support of St. Vrain Valley Schools. Your outstanding dedication to the well-being and success of our students, teachers, staff and schools is a testament to our incredible community. Among our many high-quality programs, we are very proud of the outstanding portfolio of instructional options available across our high schools. Choosing a high school for your student is an important and personal step in charting their future path. Toward this end, St. Vrain offers a diverse and extensive selection of rigorous academic programs that give your student a choice in selecting a school that best aligns with their interests and educational goals. Our many high school options include instructional focus academies in aerospace and engineering, biomedical sciences, business, energy, medical and biosciences, leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and visual and performing arts. Other excellent instructional programs across St. Vrain include honors courses, Advanced Placement and AP Capstone courses, International Baccalaureate, CU Succeed Gold and Silver, P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), our virtual Online Global Academy and the Career Development Center which offers eight high-quality Career and Technical Education programs. Successful completion of many of these programs can result in a full year or more of transferable college credit prior to graduation. The graduating class of 2018 had an opportunity to start their postsecondary education with approximately 12,000 college credits on their transcripts, potentially saving their families $3.4 million in tuition costs at local four-year universities. Student engagement is an important part of any comprehensive high school experience. Accordingly, St. Vrain offers a robust selection of co-curricular activities and enrichment options in every school throughout our district. Students can participate in the arts, music programs, athletics and many other high-quality activities that further support the development of well-rounded citizens who embody teamwork, leadership and strong character. This is a very exciting time in our schools as we continue to ensure student success and a strong competitive advantage for a globalized 21st-century economy. St. Vrain Valley Schools’ college preparatory and high-quality instructional focus programs – delivered through rigorous courses and engaging activities – ensure that your student will receive a world-class high school education. I encourage you to review our 2018-2019 Guide to High School Options and hope that you will attend some of our upcoming open house events. Take care, and as always, thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, Don Haddad, Ed.D. 303-682-7205 email@example.com Twitter: @SVVSDSupt
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Instructional Focus Programs
Erie High School
Frederick High School
Longmont High School
Lyons Senior High School
Mead High School
Niwot High School
Olde Columbine High School
Silver Creek High School
Skyline High School
St. Vrain Online Global Academy
APEX Homeschool Program
Career Development Center
Twin Peaks Charter Academy
College Credit Opportunities
Your School. Your Choice. Open Enrollment Window: December 3 - 17, 2018 Open Enrollment is an opportunity to request that your student attends a school of choice, which is outside of their attendance area. Students who do not live within district boundaries, but want to attend a school in St. Vrain need to complete the Open Enrollment form. New for 2018: Open Enrollment is Moving Online • No waiting in line. • Apply for multiple students from your computer, phone or tablet, without going to each school and receive an emailed confirmation of receipt. • Visit http://stvra.in/openenrollment to learn more and to apply to your school of choice. Charter schools may use a different process. Please contact them directly. • Need assistance with technology or the online application? Please contact any school main office for support. December 3 - 17, 2018: Submit your online applications January 17, 2019: Deadline to receive approval or denial letter from school February 1, 2019: Deadline to confirm their desire to open enroll
Take a School Tour Contact any high school program in the district to schedule a tour or learn more about program offerings and opportunities for students. The 2018 Guide to High School Options was produced in-house by St. Vrain Valley Schools’ Department of Communications. Funding for printing and distribution supported by:
Instructional Focus Programs Available Content Specific Focus Programs International Baccalaureate The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an internationally recognized, comprehensive curriculum that leads to a high school diploma and a prestigious IB diploma. Selective and competitive colleges and universities around the world recognize the IB Diploma. Offered at Niwot High School, IB course grades are weighted, and when the program is successfully completed, the student earns between 24 and 40 college credit hours. IB graduates are guaranteed admission to all Colorado state colleges and universities. STEM Academy The STEM Academy is a rigorous academic program at Skyline High School that exposes students to coursework in creative and advanced engineering, project design, workplace collaboration and leadership. Engineering Ph.D. fellows from the University of Colorado work directly with Skyline faculty and students. STEM graduates have the opportunity to earn guaranteed admission to the CU College of Engineering. Medical and BioScience Academy The Medical and Bioscience Academy at Longmont High School offers rigorous college-preparatory curricula that prepares students for admission to postsecondary programs in medicine, research and allied health sciences. In partnership with state universities, community colleges and community business partners, students will experience challenging coursework, interact with health science professionals, develop hands-on skills through internships and apply technology to reallife problems. Leadership Academy The Silver Creek Leadership Academy provides the foundation for world-class leaders. This four year program takes students on a journey beginning with: 9th Grade Foundations of Leadership, 10th Grade International Leadership, 11th Grade Community and Local Leadership, and culminating with the 12th Grade Senior Capstone Project.
Advanced Placement The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a nationally recognized academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with weighted, dual-credit college-level courses. Students build study skills for a successful college experience. AP courses give students the opportunity to earn college credit, save on tuition, and graduate college in less than four years. AP courses are available at all high schools. Engineering and Aerospace Academy Erie High School is embarking into a new era of taking academic excellence to the next level through its Engineering Focus Program. Students are able to enroll in exciting classes which introduce the concepts of engineering design, automation, computer science and software design over their four years of high school. Students who complete three years of study prior to their senior year will enroll in a research and seminar capstone project. Their research is around an open-ended “real-life” problem which needs solving. Biomedical Sciences Program DNA analysis, identification of disease biomarkers, hands-on anatomy study...these are just a few of the specialized experiences now available to students enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Program at Frederick High School. Developed through Project Lead the Way, this new program gives students a chance to lead their own experience through specialized course-work and real-world applications that prepare students for the rigors of advanced university study and STEM careers. Energy Academy The Mead Energy Academy is a unique program that offers a secondary public education devoted to the principles of energy. The program will require core courses of all students while offering a choice between academic college-bound course work and practical workforce-ready course work. Cross-curricular courses in math, science, social studies, language arts, business and more will be taught to support our energy focus.
CU Succeed Gold and Silver Programs St. Vrain offers college courses through the CU Succeed Program. The program provides students the opportunity to take college courses during high school hours while simultaneously earning college credits through the University of Colorado at Denver. Students take a qualifying course at a weighted grade and receive college credit at a fraction of the cost of most university courses. The CU Succeed Gold and Silver courses help position students for academic scholarships. Visual and Performing Arts The Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Skyline High School is the only grades 9-12 arts academy in the St. Vrain Valley School District. As the designated VPA school, Skyline is able to offer a wide variety of courses in the visual arts, theater, dance and music. Some of these unique course offerings include Voice Performance, Stage Technology, Advanced Dance and Drama courses, AP and Non-AP Music Theory, Music Technology, Digital Animation and Video Production. High School of Business High School of Business™ is designed much like a college business administration program. Offered at Longmont High School, students take approximately one course per semester, beginning with Principles of Business. The program continues with courses in various business functions concluding with an internship and a capstone course. In the capstone course, Business Strategies, students use what they have learned from the first five courses to open and run their own business. In addition, students can earn six credit hours from the University of Colorado Denver and three credit hours from University of Northern Colorado.
Graduation Requirements Graduation Requirements – Class of 2023 As a member of the Class of 2023, students will graduate under the state’s new graduation requirements. Coursework and credit hours were already a rigorous focus of St. Vrain’s graduation requirements but are now part of a three-pronged approach designed to educate and prepare students to become well-rounded citizens who are prepared for success in the competitive global economy. In order to graduate, students must complete the following three components before leaving St. Vrain: •• Graduates will create and successfully complete an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). The ICAP will serve as their roadmap to graduation and postsecondary readiness. Elements of the ICAP include career and college interests, written postsecondary goals, service learning and work experience, college application(s) and/or resumes, academic progress and assessment scores. •• Graduates will be required to complete a minimum of 24.5 credits. The total credits of coursework has not changed from current graduation requirements. •• St. Vrain Valley students will also need to complete a Graduation Capstone, which consists of completion of the student’s ICAP and 0.5 credits in financial literacy coursework. For further details, please contact your high school’s counseling department.
Learn more at stvra.in/graduation
Earn College Credits While in High School Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a nationally recognized academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with weighted, dual-credit college-level courses. Students will build study skills for a successful college experience. AP courses give students the opportunity to earn college credit, save on tuition and to graduate college in less than four years. AP courses are available at all high schools.
The IB Diploma Programme at Niwot High School is an internationally recognized, comprehensive curriculum that leads to a high school diploma and a prestigious IB diploma. Selective and competitive colleges and universities around the world recognize the IB Diploma. IB course grades are weighted and when the program is successfully completed, the student earns between 24 and 40 college credit hours. IB graduates are guaranteed admission to all Colorado state colleges and universities. Students who graduate with an IB Diploma begin their college careers as sophomores and are positioned for academic scholarships.
Concurrent Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Available at all high schools, the Concurrent Enrollment Program provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit. This option is available to students who have completed a minimum of 11.5 credits toward graduation.
Honors courses prepare students for the rigor of Advanced Placement courses by introducing the writing and critical thinking skills necessary for advanced coursework. Honors courses are available at all high schools, open to freshmen and sophomores and receive a weighted grade.
CU Succeed Gold and Silver Programs
Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)
St. Vrain offers college courses through the University of Colorado’s CU Succeed Gold and Silver Programs. The programs provide students the opportunity to take college courses during high school hours while simultaneously earning college credits through the University of Colorado Denver. Students take a qualifying course at a weighted grade and earn college credit at a fraction of the cost of most university courses. The CU Succeed Gold and Silver courses help position students for academic scholarships.
P-TECH is a new model of education connecting high school, college and the world of work through college and industry partnerships. Offered at Skyline High, it is a model that allows students to earn a high school diploma as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Front Range Community College at no cost to the student. Included with this program are significant internship and mentorship opportunities with IBM and other industry partners giving students a head start on the other side of completing the program. Students begin in ninth grade for a program that can be completed in four to six years. A P-TECH program is also being developed at Frederick High School which will allow students to earn their Associate of Science Degree through AIMS Community College.
Erie High FOCUS
Academy of Engineering and Aerospace, AP Capstone Diploma PRINCIPAL
3180 County Road 5, Erie, CO 80516 303-828-4213 ehs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Home to St. Vrain’s only Academy of Engineering and Aerospace, a four-year program with the option for students to pursue either an engineering or aeronautic pathway •• Erie High School offers the AP Capstone™ diploma program •• Home of the Erie Tiger Network, a nationally recognized student broadcasting program which can be viewed at www.erietigernetwork.com •• Students can earn 65 hours of college credit by participating in these options: 19 College Board Advanced Placement courses, 8 Front Range Community College courses and CU Succeed’s college credit program •• Four levels of Mandarin Chinese offered in cooperation with the Confucius Institute •• Students have received state and national recognition, including Boettcher Scholarships, National Merit Scholarship finalists and matriculation to Harvard, Stanford and other highly-selective universities and colleges •• EHS boasts successful athletic and performing arts programs, including a nationally ranked girls softball team, the 2018 CHSAA Class 3A State Runners Up in football and recognitions in visual and performing arts •• Courses offered with a technology focus include Introduction to Programming, Introduction to Computing, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, Web Design and Multimedia Design
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 19 weighted grade courses Honors: 13 weighted grade courses Front Range Postsecondary College Credit Transfer: 10 courses
Co-Curricular Activities Girls Who Code, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Student Government, Yearbook, Tigers Together Mentoring In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, dance, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Choir, Color Guard, Concert Band, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Music Technology, Orchestra, Percussion and Small Ensemble Art: Animation, AP Studio Art/3D, Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Drawing, Jewelry, Multimedia, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Studio Art and Web Design Theater and Dance: Annual theater and musical productions and competitive dance teams perform in a state-of-the-art auditorium
Danny Trevino Class of 2018 MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY | MUSIC EDUCATION
What’s a favorite memory from your time at St. Vrain? One of my all-time favorite memories in St. Vrain was representing my district at the 2018 Colorado All State Mixed Choir. I was able to connect with collegiate-level music professors from across the country and meet students from every county in the state. From bonding with my fellow choir mates to introducing myself to distinguished conductors, All State was a very wonderful experience.
Frederick High FOCUS
CU Succeed, Biomedical Sciences PRINCIPAL
5690 Tipple Parkway, Frederick, CO 80504 303-833-3533 fhs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Rigorous academics offered while maintaining strong interpersonal relationships among students and staff with a school culture and programming dedicated to partnerships and student well-being •• Students can earn high school credit and up to 68 transferable college credits from the University of Colorado Denver, in addition to AP classes and courses through Front Range Community College •• A STEM program featuring Interactive Media and Information Technology with threads of study including Java Programming, Video Production, Digital Art, Graphic Design and Music Technology •• Students participate in an advisory program, allowing time to plan and prepare for postsecondary opportunities, connect with teachers weekly and prepare an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) •• The Biomedical Science program is designed to prepare students for various college and career pathways in the growing biomedical field through partnerships with Colorado State University, the Innovation Center and local industry professionals – a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) program is being developed which will allow students to also earn their Associate of Science Degree through AIMS Community College •• Sources of Strength curriculum to enhance climate and culture by promoting the strengths of each individual student •• Mandarin Chinese classes with over 120 students from all grades •• 8th - 9th grade summer Jump Start program available free of cost
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 15 weighted grade courses CU Succeed Gold program: 16 college credit courses Honors: 8 weighted grade courses Front Range Postsecondary College Credit Transfer: 4 courses
Co-Curricular Activities MESA Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Journalism, Robotics, Yearbook, and elective courses such as Business/ Marketing, Multimedia, Music Technology and Studio Art In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Advanced Jazz Band, AP Music Theory, Choir, Concert Choir, Color Guard, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Music Technology, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Piano and Symphonic Band Art: Advanced Drawing and Painting, Digital Photography, Drama, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Multimedia, Sculpture, Stage Tech and Video Production Theater & Dance: Annual fall musical, two plays in the spring and an evening of oneacts, directed by seniors in May
Payton Garcia Class of 2018 COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY
Why should a student want to attend Frederick High School? A student should want to attend Frederick High School because in addition to our competitive class options there is a place for everyone. Everyone belongs and everyone is there to support each other in whatever we take on. From administration, to teachers, to classmates, there is always someone in your corner.
Longmont High FOCUS
AP, Honors, Medical and BioScience Academy, High School of Business PRINCIPAL
1040 Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-6014 lhs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• One of the state’s largest selections of AP and CU Succeed courses with 23 AP courses and 8 credit options from CU Denver •• Home to the Medical and BioScience Academy (MBSA) which provides rigorous college-preparatory curricula and instruction that prepares students for highly competitive admissions, and post-secondary education programs in medicine, research and allied health sciences •• The High School of Business (HSB) Pathway Program allows students to earn college credits through the University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business •• Strong STEM education through Engineering and Computer Science •• Active partnerships with University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado •• 75 percent student participation in co-curricular activities •• Over 60 percent of Longmont High students are enrolled in AP, Honors, MBSA and High School of Business coursework •• LHS seniors are awarded on average 2 million scholarship dollars annually •• Longmont High School has produced 69 National Merit Scholars, 16 Boettcher Scholars and 3 Daniels Scholars •• LHS is home to the largest climbing wall in a Colorado high school •• 2018 State Champions in Boys Basketball, Girls Swimming and Drumline
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 23 weighted grade courses CU Succeed Gold: 9 CU Denver Credit Courses Honors: 15 weighted grade courses MBSA: Guaranteed acceptance agreement with CU Denver and Colorado State University; partnering with Longmont United Hospital HSB: Earn college credits through University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business
Leadership Forum, National Honor Society, Student Council, Yearbook, Forensics, Computer Programming, Video Production, Web Design, Electronics, Cyber Security, and Robotics In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Acoustic Guitar, Advanced Jazz Band, AP Music Theory, Band, Bel Canto, Advanced Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Mariachi, Men and Women’s Choir, Music Technology, Orchestra, Orpheus Advanced Men’s Choir, Percussion, Steel Drums, String Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra Art: Animation, AP Studio Art, Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Drawing, Jewelry, Painting and Sculpture Theater and Dance: Two major theater productions annually, Drama Club, Theater and Advanced Theater, Stage Tech
Amanda Kowalski Class of 2018 COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY | ANTHROPOLOGY
What teacher has had the biggest impact on your success so far? My yearbook advisor, Annie Gorenstein-Falkenberg, has taught me since my sophomore year. From that first day in Honors English 10, her passion for teaching matched mine for learning. Her constant support in my writing, graphic design, and life in general has given me an incredible role model that I know I’ll have for the rest of my life.
Lyons Senior High FOCUS
CSU Online Partnership PRINCIPAL
201 Students (HS)
100 McConnell Drive, Lyons, CO 80540 303-823-6631 lmshs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Rated at Performance, Colorado Department of Education’s highest level; Accredited with Distinction •• College coursework offered through a Colorado State University online partnership; concurrent enrollment options available with University of Colorado and Front Range Community College •• 88 percent of Lyons Senior High students participate in band, choir, drama and/or athletics, and these programs receive numerous state and district recognitions •• Scored in the top 8 percent of all Colorado high schools on state testing •• Courses offered with technology focus include Project-Based Technology and Introduction to Programming •• Lyons continues to expand opportunities in computer science, CSU online course offerings and the Science and Leadership Program •• Students attend classes at the Innovation Center and work on research and development projects that will prepare them for future careers in STEM •• Students access 3D printers, a full tech lab outfitted with student workstations, industrial tech lab, and Apple Certification classes at the Innovation Center •• Student honors include: National Merit Finalist, Boettcher Scholars and appointments to the U.S. military academies •• Rated as a top high school in 2017 according to U.S. News and World Report
Programs with College Credit Options CSU online partnership offers college credits Advanced Placement (AP): 7 weighted grade courses Honors: 4 weighted grade courses
Co-Curricular Activities National Honor Society, Student Government, Yearbook, and elective courses such as Technology, Robotics, Music Technology and Studio Art In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, football, softball, track, wrestling and volleyball
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Mixed Choir, Show Choir, Guitar and Music Technology Art: Computer Graphics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Video Technology Drama: Annual full-length theatrical production; bi-annual full-length musical production
Nathan Schneider Class of 2018 DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
What’s a favorite memory from your time at Lyons Middle Senior High School? My favorite memories of Lyons are my years with the Cross Country team under Coach Roberts. It was a great time, and taught me so much. Coach Roberts as well as the experience taught me that you will get out what you put in and to always work hard.
Mead High FOCUS
Energy Academy, AP Capstone Diploma PRINCIPAL
12750 County Rd. 7, Longmont, CO 80504 720-494-3940 mhs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Home to the Mead Energy Academy, a strong program devoted to the study of energy, in partnership with energy professionals, that prepares students for college studies, technical education, certification programs and the workforce •• Mead offers the AP Capstone™ Diploma program, along with 23 AP course offerings; This diploma distinguishes students with outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills •• Highly educated, experienced and student-centered faculty - 86 percent of teaching staff have a master’s degree •• Over 80 percent of students actively participate in co-curricular activities; exemplary art, music and fine arts programs, along with state competitive athletic programs •• Engaged, positive and civic-minded student body with strong ties to the local community •• Students honored with Boettcher Scholarships and National Merit Scholarship Awards •• Sources of Strength curriculum that supports whole child development and promotes the strengths of each individual student
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 23 weighted courses Honors: 13 courses Concurrent Enrollment: Partnerships with Front Range and Aims Community College, AP Seminar and AP Research, the Career Development Center and the St. Vrain Innovation Center, Principles of Energy Science
Co-Curricular Activities Art Club, Debate, Drama Club, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Film Club, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America, International Thespian Society, Interact, MESA, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Posse Mentoring Club, Robotics, Student Council, Unified Sports, Newspaper and Yearbook In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, girls tennis, track and field, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: AP Music Theory, Music Technology, Beginning/Advanced Guitar, Jazz Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, String Orchestra Art: AP Studio Art (Drawing, 2D and 3D), Beginning/Advanced Ceramics, Digital Photography, Drawing, Multimedia, Beginning/Advanced Painting, Sculpture and Web Design Theater and Dance: Drama, Stage Technology I and II, two annual full-length theatrical productions including one annual full-length musical production
Sarah Lutter Class of 2018
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE | INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? The abundant AP courses offered allowed me to select and take those which interested me. This helped me explore different subjects while attempting to determine what I wanted to study after high school. Especially the AP English classes and the AP Capstone program prepared me for higher level research and writing.
Niwot High FOCUS
International Baccalaureate (IB) PRINCIPAL
8989 E. Niwot Rd., Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-2550 nhs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• 40 percent of student population enrolled in IB or Pre-IB programs •• 20 percent of students are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes •• Approximately 85 percent of graduates attend a college or university •• A 2017 top-ranked public high school in Colorado in the Washington Post’s annual ranking of “America’s Most Challenging Schools” •• Computer Science and Engineering Pathways - Project Lead the Way courses include Intro Programming, Intro App Development, AP Computer Science and Intro Engineering •• Higher than average scores on college entrance exams: ACT (27.4) and SAT (1135) •• NHS students were eligible for 2,442 college credits in 2017-2018 •• Student honors include: Boettcher Scholars, National Merit Scholarships, appointments to all of the armed services academies, and acceptance into every Ivy League school •• 19 out of 20 sports have participated in postseason state tournament, including eleven state titles since 2013 •• District, state and nationally recognized performing arts programs with students invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Disneyland, Disney World and on Broadway •• World Languages in Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish •• 90 percent of students are involved in co-curricular activities
Programs with College Credit Options International Baccalaureate: 21 weighted grade courses Advanced Placement (AP): 15 weighted grade courses Honors/Niwot Pre IB: 13 weighted grade courses
Co-Curricular Activities Color Guard, Comedy Club, Debate and Forensics, Mock Trial, Yearbook, Advanced Drama, Model UN, Mwebaza Service Project, National Honor Society, and Student Council In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Chamber Singers, Color Guard, Concert Choir, Evenstar, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Music Theory, Sedalia, String Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra and Treble Choir Art: Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Photography, Jewelry, Painting and Sculpture Theater and Dance: Annual productions in upgraded auditorium
Kamran Elahi Class of 2018 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA | BUSINESS (ECONOMICS) AND NEUROSCIENCE
What’s a favorite memory from your time at St. Vrain? The Academics Game League of America encourages middle and high school students to think creatively and create a love of learning. I participated in several competitions with the St. Vrain team at the state and national level while attending Sunset Middle School, and in high school, I took on a coaching role by passing on what I learned to younger students. Being involved in something long-term where I used my former experiences to mentor others is one of my favorite experiences and one of my best memories from my time at St. Vrain.
Olde Columbine High FOCUS
Alternative High School PRINCIPAL
1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 720-494-3961 ochs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• For over 20 years, Olde Columbine High School has been an excellent alternative high school within St. Vrain Valley Schools •• Olde Columbine offers a St. Vrain Valley Schools high school diploma with the same graduation requirements in a small, community-oriented environment •• Students are able to access Front Range Community College courses to further explore academic and post-secondary offerings •• OCHS participates in the St. Vrain Valley Schools 1:1 iPad initiative, allowing students and staff to access rigorous, high quality curriculum and innovative projects •• Diversity and creativity are welcomed and honored
Strong Community, Career Planning and Personalized Learning •• Career Day and Team Building Events •• Project Based Learning provides an opportunity for students to solve problems that are important to them and their communities •• Expanded exploration of post-secondary opportunities and development of Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) through the Advisory program
•• The Discovery Program serves as the foundation of school culture and is utilized to develop a strong sense of community and a support system for all. The program teaches positive social skills, behavior management strategies, culture development and experiential activities. •• Work study, eCredit and block scheduling allows students to earn credit at an accelerated pace in order to make up credit deficiencies. •• Alternative Cooperative Education is a career and technical education program that is designed to build general employment skills. •• The Teen Parenting Program offers specialized classes for teen parents and expecting teens, while providing students the opportunity to use a campus nursery that cares for infants and toddlers up to 18 months of age. •• Sharing a building with the Career Development Center allows OCHS students direct access to numerous career and technical program offerings.
Heather Copeland Class of 2018 FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE | EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
What teacher has had the biggest impact on your success so far? I don’t think I could narrow it down to one teacher. All of my teachers at Olde Columbine High School have pushed me to be able to graduate when I thought I wouldn’t be able to and I couldn’t thank them or the whole staff enough for giving me the push I needed.
Silver Creek High FOCUS
Leadership Academy PRINCIPAL
4901 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80503 720-494-3721 schs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Programs with College Credit Options
Highlights •• Silver Creek High School (SCHS) is an inclusive community committed to leadership and excellence in academics, the arts and athletics •• U.S. News & World Report ranked SCHS as a top 5 percent public school in the United States and SCHS has been recognized as a “Top Public High School” by Newsweek. •• The Silver Creek Leadership Academy is a four-year program emphasizing leadership through service, enhanced experience in technology and information literacy, real-world learning opportunities and personal growth •• Student honors include: Gates Millennium Scholars, Boettcher Scholars and National Merit Scholarships; appointments to the armed forces academies, acceptance into prestigious local, state, out-of-state and international universities •• College and Career Center to assist students and families in their transition after high school, including Naviance resources •• Project Unify in collaboration with Special Olympics •• All-state musicians, vocalists and three annual theatrical performances •• Expanding curricular opportunities in science, business, entrepreneurship and computer science
Advanced Placement (AP): 22 weighted grade courses Honors courses: offered throughout 9th and 10th grade Silver Creek Leadership Academy: A four-year program emphasizing leadership through service, academic rigor, enhanced experience in technology and information literacy, real-world learning opportunities and personal growth Concurrent Enrollment: In conjunction with Front Range Community College, Silver Creek provides access to concurrent enrollment classes at the collegiate level
Co-Curricular Activities Art Club, Big Brass Band, Fiddle Group, Math Club, Raptor Leadership Club, Raptor Magazine, Student Government, Yearbook, National Honor Society In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, track, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Advanced Jazz Band, Bella Voce, Chamber Choir, Color Guard, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, Percussion, Symphonic Orchestra and Women’s Ensemble Art: 2D & 3D Design, Advanced Drawing, Advanced Painting, AP 2D Studio Art, Ceramics I and II, Crafts, Digital Photography, Drawing, Painting, Photo I, Studio Art and Studio Photo Digital Literacy: AP Computer Science Principles, App Development, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Intro to Computing, Intro to Programming, Music Tech, Video Production and Website Design
Jacob Boettcher Class of 2018 ST. OLAF COLLEGE | POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY, CONCENTRATION IN FAMILY STUDIES
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? The Silver Creek Leadership Academy (SCLA) has given me the opportunity to identify how I want to serve, invest and engage in the people and the community that surrounds me! As I look to my future I know that I will carry with me, my experiences from four years in the Leadership Academy. These experiences are ones that have challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone, develop new global outlooks and to lead a project that will define my high school experience.
Skyline High FOCUS
STEM Academy, Visual Performing Arts Academy and P-TECH PRINCIPAL
600 E. Mt. View Ave., Longmont, CO 80504 720-494-3741 shs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Home of St. Vrain’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) academies with nearly 500 accepted students •• Falcon Tech is a Pathways in Technology Early College High School or P-TECH school where students graduate in four to six years with a high school diploma from St. Vrain Valley Schools and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Front Range Community College at no cost to the student •• Falcon Tech students receive mentorships and are eligible for paid interships during high school and job interviews upon graduation with IBM •• University of Colorado College of Engineering guaranteed admissions agreement for qualified STEM graduates •• Strong business partnerships throughout the community provide resources, expertise and opportunities for students •• Skyline partners with the district’s Innovation Center where students can work on research and development projects that will prepare them for future careers in STEM •• Skyline offers world languages including French and Spanish •• Students have received state and national recognition, including Boettcher Scholarships and National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 21 weighted grade courses Honors: 8 weighted grade courses Front Range Postsecondary College Credit Transfer: 15 courses P-TECH: Earn a tuition-free Associate of Applied Science after completion of a high school diploma; includes internship and mentorship programs
Co-Curricular Activities Art Club, Computer Club, Drama Club, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), National Art Honor Society, Yearbook, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Peer Tutoring, Robotics Club, Student Council and Tech Squad
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, football, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Unified Sports, volleyball and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Bel Canto Choir, Concert Band, Falconnaires, Guitar, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Men’s Choir, Mixed Choir, Music Technology, Music Theory, Orchestra, Percussion, and Piano and Composition Art: AP Studio Art, Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Drawing, Graphic Design II, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Video Production Theater & Dance: Beginning and advanced courses in Stage Technology, Dance and Drama
In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Madison Reed Class of 2018 COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES | ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? My program of focus has been the STEM program, which has helped me focus my love of the outdoors into a career. The diversity and group structure of the STEM program has helped me grow as an analytical thinker, and I am excited to continue pursuing engineering in my postsecondary education.
St. Vrain Online Global Academy FOCUS
Virtual High School (Grades 9 - 12) PRINCIPAL
1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 720-494-3975 svoga.svvsd.org
Highlights •• St. Vrain Online Global Academy (SVOGA) offers students a St. Vrain high school diploma in a small, flexible setting with individualized support •• SVOGA course work aligns to St. Vrain’s rigorous graduation requirements •• Graduates have been accepted to and attend two and four-year universities throughout the country including many Ivy League schools •• Academic success is achieved by utilizing high-quality instruction and curriculum provided by Florida Virtual School Global (FLVS Global) •• Courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year •• Course schedules are flexible and offer individualized instruction •• Engagement specialists for both math and science are on site •• PSAT and SAT prep classes •• Mawi Asgedom’s Leadership Skills Development course offerings •• Computer Science and Technology courses offered including Introduction to Information Technology, Computer Programming and Web Design •• Offers four world languages including Chinese I, II and III, French I and II, Latin I, II and III, and Spanish I, II and III
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement: 15 weighted grade courses Honors: 20 weighted grade courses Concurrent Enrollment: Opportunities with Front Range Community College, Aims Community College and University of Colorado Boulder
Co-Curricular Activities Beta Sigma Delta Math Club, Creative Writing, Fine Arts, Model UN, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Peer Tutors, Science Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Student Ambassadors, Video Production, Virtual Science Fair and Yearbook, co-curricular activities at schools of residence
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Students may participate in athletics at their school of residence provided they meet CHSAA eligibility.
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Guitar, Music of the World, and additional opportunities available at a student’s school of residence Art: Art History and Criticism, Creative Photography and additional opportunities available at a student’s school of residence Theater and Dance: Theater, cinema film production and additional opportunities available at a student’s school of residence
In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Andrew King Class of 2018 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER | COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING
What’s a favorite memory from your time at St. Vrain? I fondly look back at times when I was competing in track, cross country and soccer, however some of the best memories I have are when I complete a class. The sense of accomplishment you get is unrivaled by all other feats in high school and you’re getting closer to your goal – finishing high school – every time you finish one more.
APEX Homeschool Program FOCUS
One-day Enrichment Program PRINCIPAL
125 Students (HS)
7845 Lookout Rd. Longmont, CO 80503 (Moving in 2019 to 1351 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501) 720-442-2820 apexhomeschool.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Enrichment classes and curriculum resources in a K-12 environment to support parents who choose to be their student’s primary educator •• Students attend one full day per week for seven hours •• Highly qualified licensed teachers who are passionate about supporting homeschooling and bringing students the best of both worlds •• Small class sizes with multi-grade ranges •• High school counselor available for college guidance •• Curriculum library with hundreds of resources parents can check out for home use, most at no cost •• Courses in academic disciplines including science, math, social studies, language arts, foreign language, STEM, art, music and theater •• STEM courses in graphic design, computer technology, programming and engineering •• Access to ITBS, PSAT and SAT testing and test prep courses •• Parents remain the student’s primary educator and are responsible to set graduation requirements and present the student’s diploma upon graduation •• Students do not graduate or receive a diploma from St. Vrain or APEX •• APEX will be moving to a new and permanent location, recently renovated to serve as a school building, in the fall of 2019
Programs with College Credit Options Concurrent Enrollment: Front Range Community College; Dual Credit Career Development Center: Technical and vocational education
Co-Curricular Activities National Honor Society, Student Government, Yearbook, and elective courses such as Computer Technology, Orchestra, Musical Theater and Studio Art
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality APEX students can participate in sports at their local St. Vrain high school to develop sportsmanship, fitness and skills.
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Choir, Orchestra and classes in beginning through advanced Guitar Art: 2D and 3D Art, Graphic Design, Photography and participation in the district art show Theater: Four musical productions each year, technical theater and film making classes. Received multiple awards from the National Youth Arts, Rocky Mountain Region Dance: Collaboration with Longmont Dance Theater Academy’s PBIP Program to support high-level dance students
Evan Ellis Class of 2018 CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY | NURSING
How has APEX Homeschool Program prepared you for postsecondary success? APEX has prepared me for success in two ways. The first is that, though I still need to do all the regular requirements for a high school diploma, the ability to choose my classes gives me the ability to focus on my interests and hone my skills in those areas. The second is that they provide easy access to concurrent enrollment, allowing me to cover some college credits and still gain credit for my diploma.
Twin Peaks Charter Academy FOCUS
College Preparatory High School EXEC. DIRECTOR
145 Students (HS)
340 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-772-7286 twinpeakscharter.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Rigorous academics with a robust offering of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, world languages, advanced science and math, liberal arts, visual and performing arts, physical education and technology •• Build strength in character through our Six Pillars of Character: Responsibility, Respect, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship •• Challenges students to understand and apply knowledge to identify solutions and become responsible leaders •• Classical education founded on the “tried and true” methods of teaching •• State-of-the-art campus with technological resources, expanding athletics and a new nine-acre outdoor multi-sport complex •• Five-time winner of Colorado Department of Education’s John Irwin School of Excellence Award •• College representatives from over 40 schools visit annually plus scheduled junior year college field trips •• Founded by parents in 1997, Twin Peaks Charter Academy is a parentgoverned, parent-involved charter school with a dedicated and caring faculty •• Small school atmosphere with an emphasis on community •• Proud member of CHSAA and the Mile High League
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement: 14 weighted grade courses Honors: 8 weighted grade courses
Co-Curricular Activities Geography Bee, History Day, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Student Government, Service Learning Projects, Spelling Bee, Robotics, Theater and Yearbook
Athletics for Character, Discipline and Collegiality Basketball, cross country, lacrosse, track and field, and volleyball
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Choir, Jazz Band and Symphonic Band Art: Digital Art, Drawing, Painting and Sculpture Theater and Dance: Beginning and advanced theater classes, annual fulllength musical and drama productions
Teagan Quintana Class of 2018 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER | AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
What’s a favorite memory from your time at St. Vrain? My favorite memories from St. Vrain was certainly the track meets. Being involved with all the other schools and spending time outside to compete all day is great, not to mention the competition aspect of the track meets. Through track I was able to make some great new friendships and meet some wonderful coaches and students in our school district.
Innovation Center FOCUS
Innovation and Entrepreneurship ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
Patty Quinones CONTACT INFORMATION
33 Quail Rd., Longmont, CO 80501 303-702-8200 innovation.svvsd.org
Highlights Student learning at the Innovation Center transcends the traditional classroom and provides experiential opportunities that are developing today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and changemakers. In addition to rigorous extended learning and mentorship opportunities, students gain valuable experience through employment that focuses on designing and engineering technology solutions for industry and community partners. The Innovation Center is housed in a new, state-of-the-art 50,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a community makerspace, Apple Tech Lab, dedicated and flexible lab and collaboration spaces, Incubator and Enterprise Zone, Pitch Room, Drone and Aerospace Lab, Biomedical Science Classrooms, Robotics Lab with Underwater Tank, Prototype spaces and more.
Available Programs •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••
Information Technology Robotics Computer Science Virtual Reality Research Entrepreneurship and Business Applications Engineering and Manufacturing Media and Broadcasting Aeronautics Biomedical Engineering Capstone and College Credit Opportunities
Industry Certifications •• •• •• ••
Apple Certified Technician TriCaster Operator Certification CompTIA IT Certification UAS Pilot Certification
Lindsey Hamblin Class of 2017 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER | CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
How has the Innovation Center prepared you for postsecondary success? The Innovation Center allowed me to solve problems that matter, develop my leadership skills and it truly has the potential to have a lasting positive impact on my education.
Career Development Center FOCUS
Career and Technical Education (CTE) PRINCIPAL
1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-772-3333 cdc.svvsd.org
Highlights The Career Development Center (CDC) provides students with 8 career pathway opportunities. We provide quality educational programs aligned with St. Vrain’s rigorous graduation requirements, as well as postsecondary and workforce readiness competencies. Students gain valuable technical skills as well as a seamless transition to further education or employment through concurrent enrollment and or industry certifications. In addition to concurrent enrollment (dual college and high school credit) offered in some programs, students attending the CDC have the opportunity to participate in authentic work experiences such as project-based learning, job shadowing, clinical experiences or a capstone internship with local business and industry. Any high school student (some programs do not accept ninthgrade students) from St. Vrain Valley Schools may attend the CDC. Transportation is provided to and from each home high school and CDC.
Programs with Concurrent Enrollment Options •• •• •• •• ••
Automotive Health Sciences Interactive Media ProStart (Culinary) Welding
Industry Certifications •• Automative Service Expert: Automotive •• Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, First Aid/ CPR, XRay: Health Services •• Adobe Certified Associate: Interactive Media •• ServSafe, ProStart •• Landscape Technician, Veterinary Medical Applications, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, iCEV Certifications: Agriscience
•• Advanced Manufacturing (Opening Fall 2019) •• Agriscience •• Automotive Technology •• Engineering Technology and Machining •• Health Sciences (Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Assistant and Sports Medicine) •• Interactive Media Technology •• Prostart •• Welding Fabrication Technology
Brianna Nuss Class of 2018 MESA UNIVERSITY | FORENSICS
How has the CDC program prepared you for postsecondary success? I have taken four medical focused classes at the CDC. I have wanted to go into forensics and thought it would be good to learn about the body and to easily recognize the problems.
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