Colorado Springs Area High Schools Get Graded

The state of Colorado has had a report card system they used with all of our public schools. They even make the information available to all of us, although necessarily in an easy to digest, comparative format. The new system they use is MUCH harder to compile comparisons with. I had a client inquiry this week about the area high schools, not just the districts, and decided to dig deeper and see what I could do to make this information more available to residents and newcomers alike. If you know WHICH schools you want to compare, School Matters is another place where you can do side by side comparisons. Ironically, the proficiency levels shown by the School Matters web site for 2008 show substantially higher proficiency levels, leading me to believe they may use the ‘partial proficient’ level as part of their score, whereas the state report card included only Proficient and Advanced in their test rating.

  The table below is a comparison of the major Colorado Springs area public high schools, for the most recent Report Card reporting year, 2007/2008. It is not all inclusive, and it is not a comprehensive comparison, but it does give a pretty complete picture of how the Colorado Springs high schools look in regard to size, behavior, test scores, drop out rates, etc. These results correlate pretty well with the district level information I’ve looked at before, but show some pretty interesting comparisons within some of the larger districts. There are a couple of new schools that will be coming on line in the next year or so. The data in these reports is for the 2007 / 2008 school year (the most recent available), but in looking at the trend lines, in most cases it was not much different than prior years.

  I was a little surprised by the number of behavior incidents reported by the schools, and also the percentage of free or reduced lunch students. While I suspect the incidents reported numbers are not uniformly counted, it still should be an approximation of the school atmosphere.

Colorado Springs High School Comparisons – 07/08 Accountability Reports
 
 High School
Dist
Overall
Acad. Growth
Enroll
Incid.
Drop Out Rate
Stability
Free or Red. Lunch
Math
Read
 
Rampart 20 Excellent Typical 1745 223 1.6% 96.6% 8.3% 50.0% 84.0%  
Pine Creek 20 Excellent Typical 1564 161 1.1% 97.1% 2.7% 51.0% 84.0%  
Liberty 20 High Typical 1475 81 1.0% 96.8% 5.5% 49.0% 82.0%  
Air Academy 20 Excellent High 1428 269 1.5% 97.1% 4.0% 59.0% 91.0%  
TCA 20 Excellent High 540 26 0.2% 97.0% 3.9% 62.0% 92.0%  
Lewis Palmer 38 Excellent Typical 1933 179 0.4% 97.2% 3.5% 56.0% 83.0%  
Cheyenne Mtn 12 Excellent High 1368 56 0.7% 98.1% 0.1% 64.0% 89.0%  
Doherty 11 High Typical 2191 438 3.3% 94.9% 19.4% 44.0% 77.0%  
Coronado 11 High Typical 1492 710 3.0% 92.9% 26.0% 44.0% 74.0%  
Mitchell 11 Avg Typical 1259 664 3.5% 88.9% 48.3% 20.0% 51.0%  
Wasson 11 Avg Typical 1306 307 5.1% 87.7% 47.5% 20.0% 56.0%  
Palmer 11 High High 2062 62 5.0% 92.0% 29.0% 51.0% 72.0%  
Sand Creek 49 Avg Typical 2084 769 4.0% 90.7% 14.3% 34.0% 72.0%  
Falcon 49 Avg Typical 1157 134 2.2% 96.2% 8.7% 39.0% 77.0%  
Fountain Ft Carson 8 Avg Low 1511 36 0.6% 92.6% 26.1% 31.0% 71.0%  
Sierra 2 Low Typical 1175 477 3.0% 91.7% 54.5% 13.0% 54.0%  
Harrison 2 Low Typical 1028 623 4.3% 93.5% 66.8% 15.0% 46.0%  
Widefield 3 Avg Typical 1248 217 1.5% 92.1% 0.4% 33.0% 72.0%  
Mesa Ridge 3 Avg Typical 1230 215 2.6% 90.7% 0.4% 34.0% 71.0%  
                       

 Please see also previous post about home prices vs education quality in Colorado Springs , and refer to the pull down menus (Relocation / Schools ) for more Colorado Springs public school district information.

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