Accomplishments 2004-2005


    John Irwin School of Excellence:  Peak to Peak is the recipient of multiple “John Irwin School of Excellence” Awards, which are presented to the top eight percent of Colorado schools.

    “Excellent” State Ratings: Elementary, middle, and high schools have each been ranked “Excellent,” which is the top rating based on Colorado statewide CSAP testing.

    ACT Scores Near the Top of District and State: Peak to Peak’s junior class received an average composite score of 25 on the 2005 ACT test.  This compares to a state average of 18.8 and a BVSD average of 21.1 in 2004.  Nearly 20 percent of Peak to Peak students scored a 30 or above on the test.

    National Merit Scholarship Competition:  Seven Peak to Peak juniors, or nine percent of the junior class, achieved a PSAT score that qualified them to enter the next round of competition for a National Merit Scholarship. This is over twice the national average of four percent.

    College Preparatory Accreditation: Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder Valley and the second in Colorado to receive a College Preparatory Accreditation from the North Central Association (NCA).  The NCA has awarded the college prep accreditation to 240 private schools in its region, while only 20 public schools have received this designation.

    Listed on Talented and Gifted Website:  Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder County to be listed on, a website dedicated to the support of gifted students.  Peak to Peak received five out of five stars on the website.  

    Named “Best Bet”:  The Center for Education Reform recognized Peak to Peak as a “Best Bet,” which was awarded to approximately 100 of the nation’s 2,996 charter schools in recognition of exceptional progress over time.  

    High Rating on Great Schools Website:  On, Peak to Peak was rated better than average.  The rating is based on Peak to Peak’s 2003 CSAP scores, how the scores compare to other Colorado schools with similar demographics;,and how they compare to the previous year.  
    Graduates Granted Scholarship Money:  The first class of graduating seniors was awarded an average of more than $6,400 per student in scholarship money.  

    Numerous Honors Courses Offered:  Fifty percent of Peak to Peak Middle School’s core academic courses and 57 percent of Peak to Peak High School’s core academic courses are honors courses.

    High Number of Advanced Placement Tests (AP):  More than 150 AP tests taken in 2005, a year with only 19 seniors in the high school’s first graduating class.

    Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair:  Over 250 science fair projects were submitted to the Peak to Peak Secondary Science Fair.  Twenty-three of those projects were selected to progress to the Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair.  Numerous awards were received at the regional level including: a junior who received first place in the Senior Division, Engineering Category, the University of Colorado's Outstanding Engineering Award, the  “Best of Show” award, and was nominated for an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  Three projects progressed to compete in the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair.

    Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF):  A junior received a first place in the Senior Division, Engineering Category, a third place in the Senior Best Individual Projects, a $2,500/year for four years scholarship from the University of Colorado Engineering and Applied Science College, a laptop computer from the Intel Corporation, and four other awards.  Two middle school students received several awards as well including the Junior Division, Student Choice Award, which is voted by all the students attending the fair.

    Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):  For his project titled, "Utilizing Audio Profile Matching Technology for Replicating Body Kinesis," a junior received a fourth place in the Engineering Category, a $108,000 to Drexel University, and an $8,000 scholarship to Oregon State University.

    National Geographic Bee Competitor:  An eighth grade student won the Colorado State Geographic Bee, earning the opportunity to compete in the National Geographic Bee held at the headquarters in Washington, D.C.   There, he competed to the tie-breaker round for the finals, with the results putting him at approximately fifteenth in the nation.  These results are out of an estimated original five million participants and 55 competitors at the national event.

    Scripps National Spelling Bee Participant:
      A Peak to Peak Middle School student won the Daily CameraRegional Spelling Bee, securing her place at nationals.  For a second year in a row, this student traveled to Washington, D.C. and competed with 272 other top spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  The student made it through the first of two days of competition, making her one of the top 51 spellers in the nation.

    Speech and Debate Championships: In only the first year of competition, seven Peak to Peak High School students including six freshmen placed in the top 12 of their respective events at the Colorado Speech and Debate State Festival.

    Colorado Language Arts Society Elementary Storytelling Contest:  Four of the eight students who won the Colorado Language Arts Society Elementary Storytelling Contest were from Peak to Peak. The students progressed to and performed in the Colorado State Storytelling Festival.  

    Princeton Review Finalist: 
     A Peak to Peak High School student was one of 20 finalists selected from 16,000 participants in the Princeton Review's Live Grader online essay contest.  The winner of the contest wins a scholarship of up to $10,000 dollars annually for four consecutive years.  

    Peak Scholar Awards: Eight Peak to Peak students were awarded AP Scholar Awards. Three juniors received AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their freshman and sophomore AP achievements.  Two seniors also received an AP Scholar Award recognizing three years of AP coursework.  In addition, two juniors were honored with an AP Scholar with Honor Award for the number of AP courses and the grade received on the tests during their freshman and sophomore years.  And, one student received the top AP honor as the recipient of the AP Scholar with Distinction in her junior year.

    Destination Imagination Winners:  All four teams competing in the regional Destination Imagination competition won first or second place and progressed to the Colorado State Destination Imagination Challenge.  One of the teams received the da Vinci Award, which is the highest award given at the district tournament, and two Peak to Peak students won individual awards.

    Math Counts:  Four of the eight Peak to Peak Middle School students who competed in the Boulder Valley Regional Math Counts competition finished as a top 11 finalist, earning the opportunity to compete in the Colorado State Math Counts competition.  At that competition one student finished sixth and another finished 13th in the state.  One Peak to Peak eighth grade student finished as top in the state for eighth graders who took the tenth-grade test.

    Colorado State University Math Competition:  In a competition with approximately 90 students, Peak to Peak High School students earned a fifth place position at Colorado State University’s annual math competition.  One of the Peak to Peak competitors who took the America Math Competition Test moved on to compete regionally and two received honorable mentions.

    Editor’s Choice Awards:  Two high school students, and one middle school student who is ability-grouped into a high school class won prizes and a ninth grade student won an “Editor’s Choice” award in the 2005 Editorial Writing contest sponsored by the Longmont Daily Times-Call.


    Community Foundation’s “Culture of Giving” Award:  First place was awarded to a Peak to Peak Middle School  student for her art entry in the Community Foundation’s “Culture of Giving” contest.

    U.S. Congressional Art Show Winners:  First place in 12th Grade Multimedia was awarded to a Peak to Peak senior, second place in the 10th Grade Drawing Competitions went to a Peak to Peak sophomore, and a $16,000 scholarship was awarded to a Peak to Peak senior at the Congressional Art Show.

    Destination Imagination Artwork Winner:  A Peak to Peak Middle School student’s artwork was selected and featured on the t-shirts worn by all regional Destination Imagination contestants.

    Polly Addison Exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts:  Peak to Peak High School students’ artwork was chosen for display in the Dairy Center for the Arts’ annual show, which featured photography, ceramics, paintings, and drawings.

    High Ratings at CHSAA Music Competition:  Peak to Peak’s Wind Symphony earned “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings through the Colorado High School Activities Association.

    Colorado Core Knowledge All-State Music Festival:Thirty band, orchestra, and choir members were accepted from hundreds of applicants to participate in the Colorado Core Knowledge All-State Music Festival.

    Band and Orchestra Honors:  Individual honors were awarded to Peak to Peak High School students who participated in the Western States Honor Band, the Western States Honor Orchestra, and the Colorado All-State Orchestra, including a sophomore harpist who was awarded the top position in this very competitive statewide orchestra.

    Canon City Music Festival:  Nineteen bands competed in the Canon City Music Festival.  Peak to Peak’s band took third place in our division and was the top group from Colorado in that division.

    Denver Young Artists Orchestra Member:  A Peak to Peak junior was selected as a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

    Finalist in the Concerto Competition: Denver Young Artists Orchestra selected a Peak to Peak High School student as a finalist in its annual Concerto Competition.

    Aspen Music Festival and School:  Peak to Peak will be represented in the highly competitive Aspen Music Festival and School by a Peak to Peak junior.

    Ballet Nouveau Colorado:  Four Peak to Peak students were awarded roles in Ballet Nouveau Colorado’sNutcracker, the only full-length professional Nutcracker performed in the Denver area.  A Peak to Peak eighth grade student was featured in the starring role as Clara.

    Peak to Peak’s Young Choreographers:Two Peak to Peak students qualified to participate in Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s highly regarded Young Choreographers Showcase.  After a year of study, each student choreographed an original work and performed in pieces choreographed by other students.


    Boys' Varsity Soccer Team Reaches the State Quarter Finals: 
    In its third year of competition, Peak to Peak’s boys' varsity soccer team, which consisted mostly of underclassmen reached the quarter finals in state competition and placed second in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s (CHSAA) highly competitive Metro League.

    Hockey Team Reaches Final Quarter Status:  Peak to Peak’s High School Ice Hockey team attained final quarter status in its inaugural year.

    State Track and Field Finalists: Peak to Peak High School track and field team sent three competitors to state in 2005.  A junior took third in state for the 100-meter and 200-meter runs.

    Track Team Honored with Academic Award:  Peak to Peak Track Team was honored with CHSAA’s Academic Team Championship Award.  Qualifying teams must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher based on a 4.0 non-weighted grading scale.  Statewide, 2005 winners had an average G.P.A. of 3.68, while Peak to Peak’s track team had an average of 3.8.

    Athletes Recognized for Academics:Twelve Peak to Peak students received “Academic All-State” awards by CHSAA for their combined competitive fall, winter, and spring athletic and academic activities.  One student athlete received an academic award in three different activities: two sports and one music competition.  Another made “First Team” in both basketball and soccer while maintaining a 4.0 non-weighted GPA.


    Tsunami Relief Fundraiser:  Two elementary teachers, Cheri Eymer and Ben Dana, led an all-school “Great Penny Race,” raising nearly $4,000 in five days to rebuild a Sri Lankan day care center that was damaged as a result of the Tsunami.

    Thousands of Items Donated to Local Food Banks:  Peak to Peak High School's junior class sponsored the school’s annual food drive, collecting and donating 11,482 non-perishable food items to local food banks at Sister Carmen, the Erie Community Food Bank, and Mountain Ridge Community Church.

    Successful Pet Food Drive:  Peak to Peak High School's ninth grade class collected more than 800 pounds of pet food and donated it to the Boulder Valley Humane Society.

    Spanish Language Classes Volunteer in the Community:  Students in Spanish 30 volunteered well-over 800 hours with the Spanish speaking community.  Students spent time at Sister Carmen Center, Reach out and Read (at the Salud Family Health Clinic as well as other clinics in Denver), Pioneer Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Head Start, I Have a Dream Foundation, and at several events such as Share-a-Gift and 9 Health Fair.

    Books for Guatemalan Children:  Peak to Peak’s Spanish classes created 100 books for children in Guatemala.  The books will be used to help young Mayan students who live in isolated rural communities in their effort toward bilingualism in Spanish.

    Three Students Received Project YES Service-Learning Awards:  Two Peak to Peak High School juniors and one senior received Project YES’ “Service-Learning Excellence Award” for their outstanding commitment to promoting service learning in the Lafayette community.

    PFLAG Student Activist Award: A Peak to Peak senior won the “PFLAG Student Activist of the Year” award from the Boulder County GSA.

    Chamber of Commerce Champion Awarded to Peak to Peak Student:  A Peak to Peak High School freshman accepted the Lafayette Chamber Champion Award in recognition of his volunteer time and efforts he has contributed to the City of Lafayette.

    Voices for Children Award:A Peak to Peak seventh grade student received the "Champions for Children" award from Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization that works to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Boulder County. The award recognized her excellence and commitment to help abused children.  She and her partner were the first two students to ever receive this award.


    “Exceptional Teacher Award” Goes to Peak to Peak Teacher: Haviland Staggers, middle school social studies teacher, was recognized with the “Exceptional Teacher Award” for the middle school level by the Colorado League of Charter Schools. 

    French Teacher Receives “Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award”:   
    Gurpreet Gill, secondary French teacher, was recognized as a 2005 recipient of the “Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award” by the University of Northern Colorado.

    Fellowship to CSU Writing Project for Peak to Peak English Teacher: Megan Freeman, secondary English teacher, won a competitive, fully-funded “National Writing Project” fellowship to the Colorado State University Writing Project for the summer of 2005.

    English Teacher Earns Fellowship at the Globe Theater in England:  Kristie Betts, secondary English teacher, was one of three teachers from the Colorado selected to attend "Teaching Shakespeare through Performance" at the Globe Theater in England in summer 2005.

    Soccer Coach Named “Coach of the Year”:  Varsity Soccer Coach Peter Chandler was voted 2004 Soccer Coach of the Year by CHSAA’s Metro League.

    Participation in Leadership Fellows Program:  Kanesha Baynard, Secondary Assistant Principal, was the first charter school principal to be accepted and participate in the Leadership Fellows Program, an eight-month professional development opportunity sponsored by the Colorado Principals’ Center.