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Academics & Achievement

Scholastic Excellence

Cheyenne Mountain School District is one of only 14 (of 178) school districts in the state to be "Accredited with Distinction."  Among school districts with more than 2,000 students, CMSD is the highest ranked school district in Colorado.

 

On average, nearly 90% of Cheyenne Mountain School District graduates attend colleges and universities.  Cheyenne Mountain High School is also consistently among the top 1% Colorado high schools in preparing college freshman for success as reported by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

 

100% of English Language Learning (limited English proficiency) students met their annual measurable academic outcomes as measured by the Colorado Department of Education.

 

Cheyenne Mountain School District boasts two National Blue Ribbon School Award winners for high performing schools (Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School and Cheyenne Mountain High School).

 

40% of high school students in the Cheyenne Mountain School District take Advanced Placement® courses, and achieve a pass rate nearly 30% higher than the national average.

The READ Act

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (the READ Act), passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2012, focuses on early literacy development for all students and especially for students at risk for not achieving third grade reading proficiency.

The READ Act focuses on kindergarten through third grade (K-3) literacy development, literacy assessment and individual READ plans for students identified with a significant reading deficiency.

Click here to view more information on the READ Act from the Colorado Department of Education.

Colorado Assessment Results

In 2012, Colorado began moving away from the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) which had been administered since 1994 and toward a new set of state assessments that will be aligned with the new Colorado Academic Standards and the National Common Core Standards.  During this time (expected to be three years) Colorado will administer the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) which is a set of assessments that blend the former standards with the new standards.  Click here to review a full summary of District 12's performance on the 2013 TCAP.

Graduation Requirements

The academic program at Cheyenne Mountain High School is organized with a seven-period day, with a minimum of 48 credits required for graduation.  Any coursework completed prior to a student’s freshman year (including any on-line, correspondence, and summer school coursework following the eighth grade year) will not be allowed for high school credit, will not be used in the calculation of GPA, and will not be posted to the Cheyenne Mountain High School transcript.

 

1 Credit = 1 Semester of Work;

2 Credits = 1 Year of Work

 

Graduation Requirements by Content Area

 

English 8 credits (4 years)
Mathematics 6 credits (3 years)
Science 6 credits (3 years)
Social Studies 6 credits (3 years)
Physical Education 4 credits (2 years)
Fine Arts 2 credits (1 year)
Academic Electives* 8 credits (4 years)
Electives 8 credits  

*Academic Electives include any English, math, science, social studies and/or fine arts classes taken in excess of the stated requirements, plus classes in the world languages.