Arapahoe High School

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Sources of Pride and Special Recognition

  • Tradition of academic excellence, strong school spirit and positive student-faculty relationships
  • Blue Ribbon School of Excellence as recognized by the United States Department of Education
  • John Irwin Award recipient. This award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent achievement on the School Performance Framework that is used by CDE to evaluate schools. We meet or exceed expectations on the academic achievement indicator
  • Our Warrior mascot is endorsed by the Arapaho Tribe – we are proud of our sincere relationship with people in the Native American culture
  • Recognized nationally by US News and World Report in it’s “Best High Schools Rankings”
  • Recognized as “One of the Best Public High Schools” – by 5280 (2013)

Academic Programs / Special Features

  • Tradition of student academic excellence
  • Hardworking faculty skilled in motivating teenagers
  • Caring, experienced, high-quality staff that work to support the whole-student
  • Very active PTO with outstanding parent involvement
  • College credit available through Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment programs (1,238 Advanced Placement exams written in 2020)
  • 91% of Arapahoe graduates attend two and four year colleges/universities and trade schools
  • 2020 graduates offered just over $23.4 million in scholarships
  • Top ACT scores (including a perfect score in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • 21 National Merit Scholars for the Class of 2020
  • Prestigious Boettcher Scholarship offered recently (2013, 2014, 2015,  2018)
  • Prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship offered recently (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Senior student named Semi-finalist for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
  • Military Academy Appointment offered (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019)
  • 7 students awarded full-tuition scholarships
  • Comprehensive curriculum including exciting and unique electives such as Medicine Class (taught by local physicians), Crime Lab Science, History through the Automobile, and Scuba Diving
  • 21st Century Learning – strong emphasis on use of technology as a resource for teaching and learning (Grades 9–12 1:1 ratio of students to device)
  • Courses embedded in the master course schedule to support STEM education including computer science and engineering
  • Academic and activity-based opportunities for special needs students with non-special needs student involvement 
  • Variety of vocational educational programs available through Area Career and Technical School (ACTS) program
  • Single gender classes available in many content areas
  • Concurrent enrollment courses in Business, Language Arts, and Math provide students opportunities to earn college credits in high school
  • Variable schedule allows students to learn to responsibly direct their unscheduled time to meet with teachers, similar to the college experience
  • The Counseling and Post Graduate Center equips students to plan for their post high school years through the use of Naviance, extensive programming to support students in the college application process, and other special events to inform the parent community. 
  • TRIBE (advisory teams) meet weekly to provide social/emotional support as well as a system-wide approach to supporting student learning for our Warriors.

Activity Accomplishments and Sources of Pride

  • Sources of Strength program works actively in upstream suicide education and prevention
  • Active Link Crew program where upper-class students mentor freshmen
  •  Link Crew 2019-2020:
    • Welcomed 600+ freshmen and new students to Arapahoe in August
    • Hosted many social activities including a Freshman Tailgate Party, Lunch on the Lawn, T-Shirt Decorating,  Cookies and Cocoa, and Cramfest
    • Volunteered at the Littleton STRIDE, AHS Back to School Night, AHS Parent-Teacher Conferences and the AHS Freshman Showcase
    • Completed multiple service projects including raising money for the Unified program at AHS, delivering turkeys and Thanksgiving meals to families in need,  writing thank-you notes and delivering gift baskets to Field Elementary School teachers, volunteering at a nursing home, painting a mural at the Third Way Center and donated gifts to Children's Hospital.
  • Over 50 clubs and activities offered
  • Student Council Community-Supported Efforts 2019-2020:
    • Led Arapahoe’s Toy Drive and collected and delivered over 1,000 toys for Field Elementary in LPS and the Denver Indian Center in 2019
    • Raised $21,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation during our first Virtual Warrior Week 2020
    • Gathered over 60 boxes of food and $300 for fresh produce and dairy products for LPS’ Field Elementary’s food pantry. 
  • Arapahoe FBLA competed in the Virtual State FBLA Conference this Spring. Three teams were crowned State Champions and 12 students will compete in the Virtual FBLA National Conference over the summer.
  • The LPS Out of the Darkness walk went virtual this year. Thank you for anyone who participated or donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walk was able to raise over $24,000.
  • DECA had over 150 members as part of our club this year. Of the 93 students who competed at the district level, 57 qualified to compete at the state competition at the Broadmoor in February. At state, we had 28 Finalists and 6 National Qualifiers! We also won the DECA District 5 Championship.
  • Key Club community events 2019-2020:  
    •  Volunteered at the Denver Rescue Mission serving meals
    •  Hosted a Trick-or-Treat Street event for children with special needs
    •  Hosted Terrific Readers events at Field Elementary
    •  Participated in Sweet Dreams in a Bag to give kids living in foster care new bedding
    •  Collected donations for the Food Bank of the Rockies, Sweet Dreams in a Bag and books for Terrific Readers
    •  Supported the "Out of the Darkness" walk to bring awareness to mental health and suicide
  • Our AHS Thespians produced 4 full-length productions during the 19-20 school year! In addition to Peter and the Starcatcher and our kindergarten APA production Alice in Wonderland, we attended the State Thespian Conference last fall and had over 20 students qualify for Nationals. In the spring semester, with the Choir and Band program, we produced Seussical the Musical. During the Distance Learning part of the end of the year, with the Company class, we produced the comedy 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine. 
  • Jazz Band -- "Excellent" Rating at 2019 Legends Jazz Festival 
  • Symphonic Band – “Excellent” Rating at 2020 CBA Concert Band Regionals
  • Wind Ensemble – “Excellent” Rating at 2020 CBA Concert Band Regionals 
  • Marching Band -- 9th Place at CBA State Marching Band Championships (based on regional score - shortened season)
  • Winter Guard – 1st place at final 2020 competition (shortened season)
  • Winter Percussion – 1st place at final 2020 competition (shortened season), State Champions in 2019 (6th place in the World in classification)
  • Orchestra – “Excellent” Rating at 2019 CHSAA Large Group Orchestra Festival
  • Students selected to All-Colorado Honor Band, CSU Honor Band, CU Honor Band, All-State Band, Western States Honor Orchestra, and All-State Orchestra
  • Planned performance tour to Hawaii over spring break 2020

Scholar-Athlete Accomplishments and Sources of Pride

  • One of the highest ranked 5A Athletic High Schools as rated by Mile High Sports Magazine 
  • 24 Varsity Athletic Programs – 1053 total student-athletic participants throughout the school year 
  • To Date: 
    • 49 State Championships 
    • 61 State Runner-Up Championships 
  • 62 Athletic Teams (all levels) 
  • 24 Scholar-Athletes from the Class of 2020 signed Letters of Intent to colleges/universities 
  • Centennial League Softball Champions, Regional Champions 2020 
  • Girls’ Basketball advanced to the “Sweet 16” 2020 
  • Field Hockey - State Qualifiers 2019 
  • Girls’ Cross Country - State Champions 2019 
  • Boys’ Soccer - State Champions 2018 
  • Girls’ Soccer - State Runner-up 2019 
  • Boys’ Swim/Dive - State 3rd Place 2019 
  • Girls’ Swim/Dive - State 5th place finish 2020 
  • Boys’ Golf - 5 time Centennial League Champions, 5 time Regional Champions, State Runners-up, Individual State Champion 2019 
  • Girls’ Golf – Regional Champions, State 4th Place 2019 
  • Boys’ Lacrosse – Centennial League Champions, State quarter-finalist 2019 
  • Cheer - State Finalists 2019 
  • 7 members of the Fall 2019 coaching staff were honored with “Coach of the Year” recognition at either the league, state, or national level

It's going to be a great school year!

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2201 East Dry Creek Road
Centennial, CO 80122

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Natalie Pramenko

Arapahoe has an Academic Study Center, which supports students with peer tutors, computers, study spaces, and teachers. Students can drop in or can register for the Study Center class through their counselor for credit.