New to AHS

Welcome to AHS! Any time you start at a new school, whether it's moving from middle to high school as a 9th grader, or changing during your high school career, it can be tough. There's a new building to learn, new rules and regulations, and getting to know new friends and new teachers. This page is designed to help you with some of the basics of what you'll need to get started on the right foot.

  1. Technology

    a) Laptop Information: All students in grades 9-11 are expected to bring a fully-charged laptop computer with them each and every day. Most of our students bring their own, but some students use one of our Chromebooks. This includes recommendations if you're purchasing your own laptop.

    b) Login Information: There are a variety of logins you'll need to know at Arapahoe, including your google email/apps login, your login to the portal (to check your grades), and the login to use the desktop computers in the Library, Business Classrooms, and Tech Ed. You may also get additional login info from specific teachers for various resources they use in their classes.

    c) Laptop Setup: Some advice on ways to configure, protect and maintain your laptop.

    d) Cybersafety: Lots of resources on how to stay safe and secure online.

    e) Email: You'll be needing to check your school email regularly. We would prefer that you login to your school email and check it that way (you can easily have it come to your phone, your laptop, or both), but you can also setup your school email to automatically forward to another email account if you wish.
     

  2. Counseling Department

    ​a) Each student is assigned a counselor based on their last name.  The counselor breakdown is:

    Mrs. Kostra            A-Cl
    Mrs. McNiff           Co-Go
    Mrs. Gillespie        Gr-La
    Ms. Kershaw         Le-O
    Mrs. Talen             P-So
    Mr. Wadsworth    Sp-Z

    b) ​If you would like to schedule an appointment with your counselor, please come to the Counseling office and ask one of our secretaries to schedule a time with you during one of your off-hours.

    c) Please check the Counseling website at lps2.it/ahsguidance for additional resources and contact information.
     

  3. ​Scheduling

    a) Many students ask how they know which lunch they have. Lunch is during 4th hour and is divided into first and second lunch. Your 4th hour class dicates what lunch you have:

        Second Lunch (11:34-12:09): Language Arts, Social Studies, & World Languages
        First Lunch (10:30-11:05): All other classes

        For example, if you have Algebra I during 4th hour, you will have first lunch. If you have US History during 4th hour, you have second lunch.

    b) Arapahoe High School observes the variable scheduling system, which is similar to the type of schedule many colleges observe. For example, some classes may meet only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while others meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One of the advantages of this scheduling system is that students have the opportunity to meet with teachers during these free periods for additional help and support. Students are encouraged to go to department offices during their off-hours if they have questions or need additional support.

    c) Every student in each grade must maintain a specific number of credit hours per semester:

        Seniors: 22
        Juniors: 22
        Sophomores: 24
        Freshmen: 26

    d) Study Center is a resource available for our students for additional support and is offered every period throughout the school day. Students may attend Study Center on a drop-in basis or have the option of signing up to earn elective credit. Students interested in adding Study Center to an off-hour should see their counselor. Please note that Study Center does not count toward the minimum number of credits students must enroll in each semester.

    e) Littleton Public Schools has partnered with neighboring school districts to offer Career and Technical Education courses. Please visit lps2.it/ACTS for more information.

    f) Swimming is a graduation requirement in Littleton Public Schools. See this document (pdf) for more information.