Who we are...
The Cherry Creek School District is one of the
highest-achieving school districts in the state. Together, the Vision,
Mission and Values describe the culture of the district: who we are, what
we believe, and how we go about providing an excellent education for the
children of Cherry Creek.
We are located in the southeast Denver, Colorado
metropolitan area where the "fruited plains" meet the
"purple mountain majesties." See our District
We educate more than 54,000 children and serve over 300,000
residents in 108 square miles that spread across eight municipalities: Cherry
Hills Village, Centennial, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village and portions
of Aurora, Englewood and Denver.
98% of Cherry Creek Schools rank in the highest category of Accreditation by
the Colorado Department of Education. No schools rank in the lowest two
Enrollment 2013-2014 : 54, 226
Schools (K-5) : 41 (5 year-round)
Schools (6-8) : 10
Schools (9-12) : 6
High School (9-12) : 1
Middle School (6-8) : 1
School (K-8) : 1
School (K-8) : 1
Learn more about who we are in our Getting
To Know Us brochure.
Excellence and Equity – raising the academic achievement of all
students, closing the gap between the highest- and lowest- performing students,
and eliminating the predictability of achievement by race.
College and Post-Secondary Preparedness and Success –
preparing students for success in college and other post-secondary options,
including vocational education, the military, and the workforce.
Major Improvement Strategies and Key Action Steps
Major Improvement Strategies and Key Action Steps are those strategies and steps that are being employed district-wide to help us meet our District Goals.
Provide all students with the opportunity to learn rigorous academic concepts through interdisciplinary, real-world applications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Provide all students the opportunity to learn rigorous academic content so that they are prepared for college and postsecondary success upon graduation from high school.
- Provide equitable academic experiences which include all students in excellence.
- Establish strong positive relationships between parents of students of color and school and district staff.
- Develop and implement a systemic plan for professional learning for all Cherry Creek School District Employees.
- Create/sustain supportive learning environments in which each student feels safe, respected as a learner, and connected with adult staff, other students, and the community.
Key Performance Indicators and Targets for Schools
Progress toward our District Goals is demonstrated by increasing the number of
schools that meet the district Targets for Key Performance Indicators including
Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, and College Readiness.
Colorado School Performance Framework
The Colorado Department of Education’s School Performance
Framework shows our progress toward state targets in Academic Achievement,
Academic Growth, Academic Growth Gaps, and Post-secondary Readiness.
District Performance Plan is based on the Cherry Creek Schools Unified
Improvement Plan, available at www.schoolview.org.
The Cherry Creek School District is committed to providing
students and staff with the safest possible learning
and teaching environment. It's important that children not only are safe,
but also feel safe, so they can excel.
Safety measures such as identification badges for staff and
visitors, video surveillance equipment, security personnel at the secondary
level, and limited access to buildings enhance the physical safety and security
of students in our schools. We communicate with law enforcement agencies and
our community, reporting suspicious activity. Students are taught basic safety
The district expanded its nationally acclaimed
"Bully-Proofing" program to all schools, with an age-appropriate
version at the high school level. The district is also working with the
Community Asset Project to help students develop a foundation of basic life skills.
These include: family support, positive communication, creating a caring school
climate, encouraging positive peer influence, instilling a sense of purpose and
responsibility, and much more.
We are committed to creating a safe,
secure, and caring environment in each Cherry Creek school for every child,
The District has developed a comprehensive safety plan to
address the needs of all schools. The plan addresses both students' physical
and psychological safety. It includes prevention, intervention and crisis
response. Comprehensive Plan for Safety and Security
Average Class Size:
Indian/Alaska Native: .5%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: .3%
- Two or
more races: 5.5%
• 27% of our students qualify for free and
We expect every student to reach his/her highest potential,
and the results are impressive. Cherry Creek students have consistently scored
well above state averages on the Transitional
Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP), and on the ACT and SAT College entrance
exams. Enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses has dramatically increased in
recent years. We have one of the highest high school graduation rate in the
Denver metropolitan area. Over 84% of our students graduate and approximately
85% of them go on to college. Admissions Officers from prestigious universities
across the country actively recruit Cherry Creek graduates.
They want a district focused on academic rigor, reasonable
class sizes, competent, caring teachers and schools with a track record of high
test scores. They also want to send their children to school in a district
surrounded by a family-oriented community. These factors top the list of what
parents want from their children's schools. And these important attributes are
among the many that Cherry Creek School District offers families.
The Cherry Creek School District experiences strong
community support. Parents and community members are our partners. They volunteer regularly
in classrooms and serve on many school and district committees. Residents have
approved all requested property tax increases except for one during the past
sixty years. Real estate agents include "Cherry Creek Schools" in
advertisements because of the increased property values attributed to the
outstanding reputation of the schools and district.
Special Programs and Services
Special Education teachers, psychologists, social workers
and school nurses serve student special needs at every school. English Language
Learners (ELL) is offered for students whose first language is not English and
who need to develop English proficiency to succeed in school.
Prevention is a priority in our schools. A specialist
coordinates programs and services district wide.
Find is a service available to all children whose parents reside in the
Cherry Creek School District. Child Find tests and identifies children (birth
to 21 years of age) with handicapping conditions, which may affect their
educational performance in school. There is no charge for these services.
At the elementary and middle schools, special provisions are
made for Gifted
and Talented students.
At the middle and high school levels, guidance counselors
help serve student needs. At all high schools, special services include
post-grad counseling centers. A Transition
Program is designed for special education students. Work experience and
other community-related opportunities help ease the transition from school to
community. Off-campus facilities serve specially identified middle and high
school students not succeeding in the regular classroom. Services are provided
in a small-group setting with teachers and counselors.
For more information about these programs and services, call
the Office of Student Achievement Services, 720-554-4260.
- Several preschool programs are offered for children as young as three. They
include a tuition program, special education, Colorado Preschool Program, Head
Start, and Title 1.
Before-and-after school care is available for Cherry Creek
students at most of our elementary schools. Providers and fees vary. For more
information, call your neighborhood
kindergarten enrichment program - Many of our elementary schools offer a
half-day extension to their regular kindergarten half-day program. This extension
is not a regular part of the district curriculum, but an alternative to day
care and is offered to parents for a fee. The program is approved on an annual
basis after space needs for regular programs are determined.
- Each elementary school on a four-track schedule offers a variety of
special enrichment and academic classes during off-track periods. There is a
small fee for these classes.
More than 73% of Cherry Creek faculty have advanced degrees and teachers
have an average of 13.10 years' experience.
Staff Training Assistance & Renewal (S.T.A.R.) Mentor
The ongoing high quality performance level of every teacher
is key to improving student achievement. This belief is the rationale for
Cherry Creek Schools' S.T.A.R.
Mentor Program-a nationally recognized and award-winning induction program.
S.T.A.R. Mentors are master teachers with a wealth of
experience to help those new to the profession. Full-time released teachers act
as mentors to all first year teachers with no prior teaching experience. This
strong support system for beginning teachers is conducted through weekly
observations and consultations.
First year teachers say...
first year has been much easier because of the great job my S.T.A.R.
mentor has done. I cannot tell you how important my mentor has been to
S.T.A.R. experience has been a rewarding one for me. My mentor was
extremely helpful and showed a sincere desire to promote my growth as a
S.T.A.R. mentor has been my guardian angel."
Targeting Student Achievement Through Technology
Cherry Creek Schools are changing the teaching and learning
environment for teachers and students by applying effective
instructional practices, technology uses and technological infrastructure.
Through our professional development program, teachers are taught to become
developers of technology integrated curriculum and students are expected to
become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and lifelong learners.
Cherry Creek has been recognized by Apple Computers, the
National School Board Association and the Office of Educational Technology in
Washington D.C. for the technological advancements made in the classroom
through an ongoing professional development program.