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 Map.
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.
Cherry Creek Schools students consistently score well above state averages on standardized assessments and above state and national averages on SAT and ACT exams.
Enrollment 2015-2016 : 54,695
- Elementary Schools (K-5) : 42 (4 schools on year-round calendar, 7 schools on transitional calendar)
- Middle Schools (6-8) : 10
- High Schools (9-12) : 7
- Magnet School (K-8) : 1
- Charter 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.
The 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 precautions.
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, every day.
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:
- Grades K-5: 24.1
- Grades 6-8: 25.9
- Grades 9-12: 25.7
- African American: 11%
- American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.5%
- Asian: 8%
- Hispanic: 19%
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
- White: 54%
- Two or more races: 6%
- 29% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch
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 Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS), 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.
Child 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.
Preschool - 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 school.
Extended-day 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.
Intersession - 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 75% of Cherry Creek faculty members have advanced degrees and teachers have an average of 10 years' experience. The Cherry Creek School District has the third most National Board Certified Teachers in Colorado.
Staff Training Assistance & Renewal (S.T.A.R.) Mentor Program
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...
- "My 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 me."
- "The 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 teacher."
- "My S.T.A.R. mentor has been my guardian angel."
Read more about the S.T.A.R. Mentor program in District News.
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.