School OPTIONS 2019-2020
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 2019 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 fouryear 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 2019-2020 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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Rigorous Academic Preparation
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
Seal of Biliteracy
YOUR SCHOOL. YOUR CHOICE. Open Enrollment Window: December 2 - 16, 2019 Open Enrollment is an opportunity to request that your student attend 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: Open Enrollment is Now Online • No waiting in line. • Apply for multiple students from your computer, phone, 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 2 - 16, 2019: Submit your online applications January 17, 2020: Deadline to receive approval or denial letter from school January 31, 2020: Deadline to confirm their desire to open enroll
Open House Dates • • • • • • • • • •
November 6, 6:00 p.m. | Erie High School November 7, 6:00 p.m. | Lyons Middle Senior High School November 8, 6:00 p.m. | Innovation Center November 12, 6:00 p.m. | Skyline High School November 13, 6:00 p.m. | Longmont High School November 14, 6:00 p.m. | Niwot High School November 19, 6:00 p.m. | Mead High School November 20, 6:00 p.m. | Silver Creek High School November 21, 6:00 p.m. | Frederick High School December 4, 4:00 p.m. | Olde Columbine High School, St. Vrain Online Global Academy, and the Career Development Center
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Rigorous Academic Preparation Content Specific Focus Programs and College Credit Opportunities 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. 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 public colleges and universities.
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. Engineering and Aerospace Academy Erie High School is embarking upon 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 that needs solving.
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.
Biomedical Sciences Academy 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 Academy at Frederick High School. Developed through Project Lead the Way, this new program gives students a chance to lead their own experience through specialized coursework and real-world applications that prepare students for the rigors of advanced university study and STEM careers.
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 skill
Energy Academy The Mead Energy Academy is a unique program that offers a secondary public education devoted to the principles of energy. The program requires core courses of all students while offering a choice between academic college-bound course work and practical workforce-ready coursework. Crosscurricular courses in math, science, social studies, language arts, business, and more will be taught to support the energy focus.
Visual and Performing Arts Academy The Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Skyline High School is the only grades 9-12 arts academy in St. Vrain Valley Schools. 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. 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. CSU Online Partnership The Lyons Senior High – Colorado State University Concurrent Enrollment Program is an opportunity for students at Lyons to complete challenging college courses and earn college credit while in high school. Courses are taught by CSU faculty online, and students interact with them during their school day through the online learning management system. A high school teacher is present during online coursework to assist with questions and to help guide the class.
Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) P-TECH is a new model of education connecting high school, college, and the world of work through college and industry partnerships. Offered at both Skyline High and Frederick High, it is a model that allows students to earn a high school diploma as well as an Associate degree at no cost to the student. Students begin the program in ninth grade and can complete it in four to six years. At Skyline High, students earn an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems from Front Range Community College. 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. At Frederick High, students earn their Associate of General Studies with a focus on biochemistry through AIMS Community College. Students have mentorship and internship opportunities from Tolmar, Agilent Technologies, and AveXis.
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. 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 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.
Graduation Requirements – Class of 2024 As a member of the Class of 2024, 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 receiving a Valley Schools diploma: •• 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
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 an engineering or aeronautics pathway •• Erie High School offers College Board’s AP Capstone™ Diploma program •• Home of the Erie Tiger Network, a nationally recognized student broadcasting program which can be viewed at erietigernetwork.com •• Students can earn 65 hours of college credit by participating in these programs: 21 College Board Advanced Placement courses, nine Front Range Community College courses, and CU Succeed’s college credit program •• Students have received state and national recognition, including Boettcher Scholarships, National Merit Scholarship finalists and matriculation to Dartmouth, Embry-Riddle, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and other highly-selective universities and colleges •• EHS boasts successful athletic and performing arts programs, including a nationally ranked girls softball team, 2019 4A CHSAA State Champions in Cheer, 2018 CHSAA Class 3A State Runners Up in football, and numerous recognitions in visual and performing arts •• STEM focus coursework includes AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Computing, Introduction to Programming, Multimedia Design, VEX Robotics, and Web Design
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 21 weighted grade courses Honors: 12 weighted grade courses Front Range Postsecondary College Credit Transfer: Nine courses
Co-Curricular Activities Forensics, Girls Who Code, LINK, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Newspaper, SMART Team, Student Government, Tigers Together Mentoring, Twenty-One Club, VEX Robotics, 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, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, Unified Sports, volleyball, and wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts Music: Choir, 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
Hogan Warlock Class of 2019 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER | ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PERFORMANCE
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? I was in the inaugural class of the Erie Academy of Engineering and Aerospace, which has inspired me and taught me about being an engineer.
Open House: November 6, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Frederick High FOCUS
CU Succeed, Biomedical Science Academy, P-TECH PRINCIPAL
5690 Tipple Parkway, Frederick, CO 80504 303-833-3533 fhs.svvsd.org MASCOT
•• 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 52 transferable college credits from the University of Colorado Denver, in addition to AP classes and courses through Front Range Community College •• Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) offered with a focus in biochemistry. Students earn an Associate of General Studies from AIMS Community College, and gain valuable work experience and mentorship from our industry partners Agilent Technologies, AveXis, and Tolmar •• 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 •• The Biomedical Science Academy 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 •• Sources of Strength curriculum to promote school culture •• Eighth to ninth grade transition program including ninth grade study hall, LINK program, and summer Jump Start program
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 15 weighted grade courses CU Succeed Gold program: 14 college credit courses Honors: Eight weighted grade courses Front Range Postsecondary College Credit Transfer: Four courses P-TECH: Students earn their Associate of General Studies Degree with a focus on biochemistry through AIMS Community College. Students have mentorship and internship opportunities from Agilent
Technologies, AveXis, and Tolmar
Art and Key Clubs, Quill and Scroll, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Journalism, Robotics, Yearbook, and elective courses including: Business/ Marketing, Multimedia, Music Technology, and Studio Art.
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
In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs.
Trinity Lyles Class of 2019 FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE | BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Why should a student want to attend Frederick High School? Any student should want to attend Frederick because we have diversity and many different clubs and sports for all to get involved. The teachers at Frederick are extraordinary, supportive, and they make me look forward to school. Our classes are very educational and we have them ranging from general all the way to AP classes. That way, anyone can get a head start if they want to.
Open House: November 21, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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 26 AP courses and 13 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 through MBA Research partners with colleges and universities across the nation to offer coursework to prepare students for college and university business schools •• Excellent STEM education through course options in science, math, engineering, and computer science •• 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/or High School of Business coursework •• LHS seniors are awarded on average $4 million in scholarships annually •• 70 National Merit Scholars, 16 Boettcher Scholars, and 4 Daniels Scholars •• Boys’ basketball and girls’ tennis teams earned the CHSAA Team Academic Championship Award for highest team GPA •• 2018 State Champion and 2019 Runner Up in Boys’ Basketball •• The LHS Drumline has won nine total consecutive state championships
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 26 weighted grade courses CU Succeed Gold: 13 CU Denver Credit Courses Honors: 15 weighted grade courses HSB: Earn college credits through partnerships with colleges and universities across the nation Medical and BioScience Academy: Guaranteed acceptance agreement with CU Denver and Colorado State University; partnering with Longmont United Hospital
Co-Curricular Activities Leadership Forum, National Honor Society, Student Council, Drum Line, 9th Street Jazz, Yearbook, Forensics, Technology Student Association, 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’s 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, Advanced Theater, and Stage Tech
Oakley Dehning Class of 2019 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | BUSINESS ANALYTICS AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS
What’s a favorite memory from your time at St. Vrain? Bringing home the state basketball championship to our school and community gave myself and my teammates so much pride. There has never been another moment quite like it in my life.
Open House: November 13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lyons Senior High FOCUS
CSU Online Partnership PRINCIPAL
202 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 •• College coursework offered through St. Vrain’s only Colorado State University online partnership; concurrent enrollment options also 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 eight percent of all Colorado high schools on state testing •• Courses offered with technology focus include Project-Based Technology and Introduction to Computer Science/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 Finalists, 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): Seven weighted grade courses Honors: Four 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, 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
Marin Neuhard Class of 2019 UNIVERSITY OF OREGON | PSYCHOLOGY
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? Psychology has always been a passion of mine, before I even knew what it was, and majoring in it seemed like an obvious choice for me. Due to Lyons’ relationship with CSU, I was able to take my first of many psychology courses. I had help from my school counselors to sign up for the course and then it was up to me to learn as much as I could! Now I can go into college better prepared for my passion.
Open House: November 7, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Mead High FOCUS
Energy Academy, AP Capstone™ Diploma PRINCIPAL
12750 County Rd. 7, Longmont, CO 80504 720-494-3940 mhs.svvsd.org MASCOT MASCOT
Highlights •• Home to the Mead Energy Academy, a comprehensive 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 85 percent of students actively participate in co-curricular activities; including exemplary art, music, fine arts, and journalism 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, National Merit Scholarships Awards, and military academy appointments •• Sources of Strength curriculum that supports whole-child development and promotes the strengths of each individual student •• Strong Unified Sports programming for students with disabilities available in flag football, basketball, and soccer to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 23 weighted courses Honors: 13 courses Concurrent Enrollment: Partnerships with Front Range, Aims Community College, CU Denver, the Career Development Center, and the Innovation Center. Credit options through AP courses, the Career Principles of Energy Science, and CU Succeed
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, MavTV, 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.
McKenzie Henson Class of 2019
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: Acapella/Jazz Choir, AP Music Theory, Music Technology, Beginning/ Advanced Guitar, Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Musical Theatre, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Unified Percussion Ensemble Art: Animations, AP Studio Art (Drawing, 2D and 3D), Beginning/Advanced Ceramics, Beginning/Advanced Digital Photography, Digital Illustrations, Drawing, Graphic Design, Beginning/Advanced Painting, and Sculpture Theater and Dance: Drama, Stage Technology I and II, two annual full-length theatrical productions including one annual full-length musical production
CARLETON COLLEGE | LINGUISTICS
What makes your high school unique? Mead is unique not only in its academics, but in its arts as well. Students have the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone™ seal on their diplomas, and next year they will have a chance to earn the Seal of Biliteracy. Additionally, Mead is one of the few schools to partake in the Energy Academy program. With regards to the arts, Mead’s orchestras regularly compete in the Cañon City Blossom Festival, while the Drama Department regularly hosts plays and musicals each year.
Open House: November 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Niwot High FOCUS
International Baccalaureate (IB) PRINCIPAL
8989 E. Niwot Rd., Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-2550 nhs.svvsd.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Niwot High School students are academically engaged with 45 percent enrolled in International Baccalaureate (IB) programming and 20 percent enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes •• Niwot High students are very involved with over 90 percent participating in at least one co-curricular or extra-curricular activity •• Computer Science Pathways Courses include Intro to Programming, Intro to App Development, AP Computer Science, and AP Computer Science Principles •• Students score higher than average on college entrance exams: ACT (27.4) and SAT (1091) •• NHS seniors garnered over $13.5 million in college scholarships in 2019 •• Student honors include: Boettcher Scholars, National Merit Scholarships, appointments to all of the armed service academies, and acceptance into every Ivy League school •• In 2019, Mile High Magazine ranked NHS #1 in 4A athletics for Colorado •• 2018-19, 24 individuals and four teams won state championships 19 out of 20 sports have participated in postseason state tournaments 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 French and Spanish
Programs with College Credit Options International Baccalaureate: 21 weighted grade courses Advanced Placement (AP): 13 weighted grade courses Honors/Niwot Pre IB: 11 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
Evan Roberts Class of 2019 YALE UNIVERSITY
Why should a student want to attend your high school? At Niwot, it is easy for everyone to find their place. There are so many opportunities for academic challenge as well as extracurriculars in every field imaginable. With so many communities and groups, Niwot is a very welcoming place.
Open House: November 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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 rigorous graduation requirements in a small, community-oriented environment •• Students access rigorous academic coursework through course offerings such as AP Psychology, Sociology, Physics, College Writing, Spanish as a World Language, a multitude of e-learning courses, and offerings through Front Range Community College, the Innovation Center, and the Career Development Center •• Olde Columbine High School 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 •• Seniors participate in a college application day, promoting acceptance to attend two and four year universities •• College, scholarship, and career planning supported through academic counseling •• PSAT and SAT prep classes
Strong Community, Career Planning, and Personalized Learning •• Project Based Learning provides an opportunity for students to solve problems that are important to them and their communities •• Access to a multitude of career pathways via programming at the Career Development Center, Innovation Center, and Front Range Community College •• Expanded exploration of post-secondary opportunities, and development of Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) through the Advisory program
Special Programming •• 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, 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 Olde Columbine High School students direct access to numerous career and technical program offerings •• In addition to co-curricular opportunities, all students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse offering of student-led clubs •• Students may participate in athletics at their school of residence provided they meet CHSAA eligibility
Bryan Gonzalez-Chavez Class of 2019 What makes your high school unique? What makes Olde Columbine High School unique are the teachers. They work hard to build strong, supportive relationships with every student, and they are always there to support us with our needs. They believe that all students can graduate.
Open House: December 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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 five 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; and 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 the Special Olympics •• All-state musicians, vocalists, and three annual theatrical performances •• Expanding curricular opportunities in science, business, entrepreneurship and computer science •• Strong empathizes in Digital Literacy, including AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science, App Development, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Intro to Computing, Intro to Programming, Music Tech, Video Production, and Website Design
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, Jazz Band, Fiddle Group, Math Club, Raptor Leadership Club, Raptor Magazine, Student Government, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate, and World Languages Club 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 Voice, Chamber Choir, Color Guard, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Guitar, Intro to Piano, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, Percussion, School of Rock, Theater, 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, AP Computer Science, App Development, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Intro to Computing, Intro to Programming, Music Tech, Video Production, and Website Design
John Moroney Class of 2019
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE | SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? Aside from valuable career preparation skills, Silver Creek’s Leadership focus has taught me how to take responsibility for coordinating a project and see it through. As an aspiring military officer, it will someday be my job to take responsibility for not only millions of dollars worth of technology but also the lives and safety of those under my command as we work to accomplish our mission. Learning from SCLA how to individually and responsibly guide a team or project to completion was no doubt invaluable experience that directly applies to my future military career.
Open House: November 20, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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 400 accepted students •• Students who participate in Pathways in Technology Early College High School or P-TECH 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; students receive mentorships and are eligible for paid internships 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, Daniels Scholarships, and National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists
Programs with College Credit Options Advanced Placement (AP): 24 weighted grade courses Honors: 8 weighted grade courses Front Range Postsecondary College Credit Transfer: 15 courses P-TECH: Earn a tuition-free AAS degree at the same time as earning 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, Piano Art: AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, Ceramics, Drawing, 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.
Taylin Curry Class of 2019 GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY | BIOLOGY WITH AN EMPHASIS IN PRE-MEDICINE
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? I am in the AP Capstone™ program at Skyline and it has taught me many necessary skills I will need in my future college classes. I’ve conducted scholarly research, written many papers, created my own research study, and given many presentations. In college, I will need to utilize the research, writing, and presentation skills I have learned in the AP Capstone™ program.
Open House: November 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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 Ivy League schools •• Academic success is achieved by utilizing high-quality instruction, and curriculum provided by Florida Virtual School Global (FLVS Global) •• Blended learning environment; curriculum is fully online and students attend daily •• 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 math, language arts, science, and social studies 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, Yearbook, and 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.
Anders Temple Class of 2019 COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES | MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
What advice would you give to students entering high school next year? My best advice is to start planning your senior year now. The Career Development Center and the Innovation Center have programs with prerequisites that need to be done sophomore and sometimes freshman year. Plan your schedule so you can earn college credit and gain impressive certifications your senior year. I am graduating with EMT and a Part 107 Drone Certification, paid by the district. There is something for everyone.
Open House: December 4, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
APEX Homeschool Program FOCUS
One-day Enrichment Program PRINCIPAL
94 Students (HS)
1351 S. Sunset St., Unit B Longmont, CO 80501 303-702-8600 apexhomeschool.org MASCOT
Highlights •• Academic courses, enrichment classes, and curriculum resources in a K-12 environment to support parents who choose to be their student’s primary educator •• Students build a schedule from a flexible multi-day course schedule to suit their academic needs •• AP courses in AP Language, AP Literature, AP Computer Science, and AP Human Geography •• Courses in academic disciplines including science, math, social studies, language arts, world language, STEM, art, music, and theater •• STEM courses in graphic design, computer technology, programming, and engineering •• 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 •• Access to SAT, PSAT, and PSAT/NMSQT testing and test prep resources •• 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
Programs with College Credit Options
Athletics for Character, Discipline, and Collegiality
Concurrent Enrollment: Front Range Community College; Dual Credit Career Development Center: Technical and vocational education Innovation Center: Computer, robotics and technology education and P-TEACH Program
APEX students can participate in sports at their local St. Vrain high school to develop sportsmanship, fitness, and skills. Physical Education classes offered on site.
Music: Choir, Guitar 1 and 2, Orchestra, Percussion, and Piano Art: Advanced Studio Art, Advanced Fiber Arts, 2D and 3D Art, Graphic Design, Photography, and students participate in the district art show Theater: High school full musical theater production each year, classes in Acting, Advanced Acting, and Technical Theater 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
Block Letter Awards, National Honor Society, Student Government, Yearbook, and elective courses such as Graphic Design, Orchestra, Musical Theater, and Studio Art
Visual and Performing Arts
Rebecca Hyde Class of 2019 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY | MUSICAL THEATRE AND BIOLOGY
How has your school’s focus program prepared you for postsecondary success? APEX allowed me to take classes that I couldn’t take on my own with my homeschool curriculum. These classes such as Musical Theatre and Choir made me fall in love with performing which is now what I will be training to do in college.
Open House: Visit the website for upcoming dates
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, Studio, Pitch Room, Drone and Aerospace Lab, Biomedical Science Lab, Classrooms, Robotics Lab with Underwater Tank, Prototype Spaces, and more.
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Information Technology Robotics Computer Science Virtual Reality Research Entrepreneurship and Business Applications Engineering and Manufacturing Media and Broadcasting Aeronautics Biomedical Engineering Mobile Innovation Lab Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Pathways to Teaching (P-TEACH) Capstone and College Credit Opportunities
Industry Certifications •• •• •• ••
Apple Certified Technician TriCaster Operator Certification CompTIA IT Certification UAS Pilot Certification
There is opportunity for students to become employed at the Innovation Center as student designers. This is made available to any St. Vrain student 15 or older (14 year olds may volunteer). Please view the website to get more information about programs and opportunities for employment.
Davita Bird Class of 2020 How has the Innovation Center prepared you for postsecondary success? The Innovation Center has given me both the skills necessary to succeed after high school in the form of knowledge about computers and programming and the direction in which I want to go for my career. The mentors at the Innovation Center have taught me the skills that I will need to succeed and the coursework I have taken at the Innovation Center has developed my presentation skills and helped me get over my fear of presenting.
Open House: November 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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 eight career pathway opportunities. Quality educational programs are aligned with St. Vrain’s rigorous graduation requirements in addition to postsecondary and workforce readiness competencies. Students gain valuable technical skills which allow for a seamless transition to further education or employment through concurrent enrollment and 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, work-based learning, internships, and apprenticeships with local businesses and industries. Any high school student from St. Vrain Valley Schools may attend the CDC. Transportation is provided to and from each home high school and CDC (some programs do not accept ninth-grade students).
Programs with Concurrent Enrollment Options •• •• •• •• ••
Automotive Health Sciences Interactive Media ProStart (Culinary Arts) Welding Fabrication Technology
Industry Certifications •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••
Manufacturing Technology Agriscience Automotive Technology Engineering Technology Health Sciences Interactive Media Technology ProStart (Culinary Arts) Welding Fabrication Technology
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Manufacturing Technology Agriscience Automotive Technology Engineering Technology and Machining Health Sciences (Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Assistant, and Sports Medicine) •• Interactive Media Technology •• ProStart (Culinary Arts) •• Welding Fabrication Technology
Ben Lane Class of 2019 How has the CDC program prepared you for postsecondary success? My classes at the CDC were really great. My two teachers did so much to help me get where I am today. They recommended that I continue my education, and helped me get connected with Aims Community College, where I will be taking classes in the fall towards my Associate degree.
Open House: December 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Earn Your Seal of Biliteracy The Seal of Biliteracy is an award that will appear on a student’s official transcript to certify to colleges and employers that they have demonstrated proficiency in multiple languages.
Providing evidence of increased readiness for college and careers Improving opportunities for college admissions and scholarships Increasing job opportunities Boosting salary potential Enhancing connections with your language and culture as well as building knowledge and understanding of other cultures
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The Seal of Biliteracy is available to any St. Vrain senior who has studied and attained proficiency or higher in English and at least one other language. In today’s competitive job market, and our multicultural community, the ability to speak, read, and write in more than one language will set a student apart from the crowd.
Learn more at http://stvra.in/biliteracy
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395 S. Pratt Parkway Longmont, CO 80501
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