Welcome to Arapahoe High School!
Thank you for taking a moment to explore information about one of the finest high schools in America. Arapahoe is a comprehensive, college preparatory high school. More than 93% of our graduates continue their education at the college/university level. We offer our students many opportunities as 21st century learners. Arapahoe has an outstanding teaching faculty that values academic rigor, and believes that all students can learn at a higher level. 21st Century technology is embedded in classroom instruction, and our Warrior culture provides our students with a tremendous amount of support and encouragement. School spirit is alive and well at Arapahoe, as can be seen through high student involvement and success in our athletics, activities and academics.
Arapahoe High School is well known for its long-standing and proud tradition of excellence in every facet of student life. We maintain high academic and behavioral expectations for all members of our 2,160 member student body, while not losing focus on the individual student. Our students enjoy the privilege of an open campus, which reinforces the expectation of student responsibility.
Arapahoe has maintained the “variable schedule” for 50 years. This college-type schedule makes available an attractive array of academic and elective courses throughout the school week, as well as provides students with opportunities to have unscheduled time. Students strongly support our variable schedule, reporting that it gives them more control of their school day. We believe teenagers need to become self-disciplined, independent thinkers who take ownership of their learning. We offer a great deal of teacher assistance, academic interventions, and individualization. Regardless of grade level, all Warriors are encouraged to build unsheduled hours into their schedule. During the unscheduled time, students may visit departmental offices, receive tutoring in our Academic Study Center, get a jump on homework in our state-of-the-art library, or visit with friends in the cafeteria.
Arapahoe has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as a High School of Excellence, as well as earning the Excellent Rating from the Colorado Department of Education on the State School Report Card for over a decade since the inception of this state ranking. The new accreditation format is the School Performance Framework where schools get a Plan Assignment based on state test scores, and then the LPS Board of Education accredits the schools with the plan type. Last year Arapahoe received the highest plan and is accredited with a Performance Plan.
AHS is one of the few public high schools in America that has a unique relationship with the Native American. The Arapaho Tribal Nation has endorsed not only the name of our high school, but also the Warrior Mascot and Logo. Native American visitors can often be seen in our school interacting with students/staff and teaching classes, as well as celebrating the renewal of our relationship. We are very proud of our authentic “Warrior Spirit” as we participate and compete with the top high schools in Colorado in athletics, activities, performing arts, visual arts, and academics.
Wonderful teenagers attend Arapahoe High School, and it is proven through consistent quality performances in all areas as well as our excellent Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT and PSAT scores (resulting in several National Merit and Boettcher Scholars each year). All teachers at Arapahoe have subject expertise and hold degrees in the discipline in which they teach and they love working with teenagers!
If after exploring this site, you still have questions for us, please don’t hesitate contacting us at 303-347-6000.