Accomplishments

  • Peak to Peak Charter School is a nationally recognized K-12 charter public school. The selected accomplishments listed below showcase the school's overall success; this is not a comprehensive list of student, staff, and school accomplishments. Additional accomplishments can be viewed by school year and in the Puma Spotlight. The accomplishments documents highlight milestones and recognitions for each year.  Each accomplishment represents progress toward the Four Peak to Peak Pillars.

  • Pillar 1. We Value Learning: Educational Philosophy

  • Pillar 2. We Value Character Development

  • Pillar 3. We Value Our Staff

  • Pillar 4. We Value and Welcome Our Community

      Top High School in the Nation

      • US News and World Report Best High Schools:
        2021: 114th Nationally, 2nd in Colorado
        2020: 109th Nationally, 2nd in Colorado
        2019: 233rd Nationally, 4th in Colorado
        2018: Nationally, 1st in Colorado
        2017: 34th Nationally, 1st in Colorado
        2016: 64th Nationally, 1st in Colorado
        2015: 131st Nationally, 3rd in Colorado
        2014: 66th Nationally, 1st in Colorado
        2013: 58th Nationally, 1st in Colorado
        2012: 102nd Nationally, 2nd in Colorado
        2010: 76th Nationally, 1st in Colorado
        2009: 69th Nationally
        2008: 47th Nationally
        Daily Beast’s Top American High School
        (previously Newsweek’s Top 100):
        2014: 28th
        2013: 49th
        2012: 43rd
        2011: 29th
        2010: 35th
        2009: 61st
        2008: 40th
        Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools Index/
        Jay Mathews Challenge Index:
        2020: 133rd Nationally, #2 in Colorado
        2019: 126th Nationally, #2 in Colorado
        2018: 96th Nationally, #1 in Colorado
        2017: 95th Nationally, #1 in Colorado
        2016: 127th Nationally, #2 in Colorado
        2015: 94th
        2011: 50th
        Additional Awards:
        2015: World Language Program Wins 2014-15 CLEAR 3-Star Award
        2013: 5280 Magazine’s Top Twenty Schools in Colorado
        2010: Best Public School in The Yellow Scene’s Best of the West Issue
        2007: 5280 Magazine’s Number One School in the Denver Metro Area

      Graduation and Matriculation

      SAT and ACT Scores

      • In 2017, Colorado moved to using the SAT score as the primary accountability measure for high schools. Peak to Peak students' mean SAT score exceeded both the district and the state.

        SAT score comparison chart

        2019: 1st in BVSD; 4th in Colorado
        2018: 1st in BVSD; 4th in Colorado
        2017: 2nd in BVSD; 4th in Colorado

        Prior to 2017, the ACT score was used in Colorado as the primary accountability measure for high schools. Peak to Peak's average student ACT scores surpassed both district (Boulder Valley School District - BVSD) and state averages from 2005-2016.

         

        Peak to Peak's student ACT scores consistently ranked among the best high school scores in the state:
         
        2016: 1st in BVSD; 6th in Colorado
        2015: 1st in BVSD; 5th in Colorado
        2014: 1st in BVSD; 3rd in Colorado
        2013: 2nd in BVSD; 5th in Colorado
        2012: 2nd in BVSD; 4th in Colorado
        2011: 1st in BVSD; 2nd in Colorado
        2010: 5th in Colorado
        2009: 5th in Colorado
        2008: 2nd in Colorado
         

      Academic Scholar Awards

      • U.S. Presidential Scholars:
        2018: 1 Semifinalist
        2017: 1 Student
        Boettcher Scholars:
        2021: 1 Student
        2020: 3 Students
        2019: 1 Student
        2018: 1 Student
        2017: 3 Semifinalists
        2015: 1 Student
        2014: 1 Student
        2012: 1 Student
        2011: 1 Student
        AP Scholar Designations:
        2020: 166 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2019: 191 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2018: 145 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2017: 172 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2017: 162 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2016: 147 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2015: 159 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2014: 176 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2013: 106 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2012: 72 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2011: 100 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2010: 86 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        2009: 82 Students Received AP Scholar Designations
        National Merit Scholars:
        2021: 6 Finalists
        2020: 7 Finalists
        2019: 6 Finalists
        2018: 5 Finalists
        2017: 4 Finalists, 12 Semifinalists
        2016: 4 Students
        2015: 2 Students
        2014: 8 Students
        2013: 5 Finalists, 1 Semifinalist, 8 Commended Scholars
        2012: 3 Semifinalists, 3 Commended Scholars
        2011: 7 Finalists, 8 Semifinalists, 9 Commended Scholars
        2010: 2 Finalists, 3 Semifinalists, 7 Commended Scholars
        2009: 5 Finalists, 9 Commended Scholars
        2008: 10 Semifinalists, 8 Commended Scholars
        2007: 3 Finalists
        2006: 2 Finalists, 8 Commended Scholars
        2005: 7 Commended Scholars
        2004: 1 Finalist
        National Honor Society:
        2021: 2 National Honor Society Scholars
        2020: 35 Students Inducted
        2019: 50 Students Inducted
        2018: 35 Students Inducted
        2017: 37 Students Inducted
        2016: 37 Students Inducted
        2015: 39 Students Inducted
        2014: 31 Students Inducted
        2013: 31 Students Inducted
        2012: 50 Students Inducted
        2011: 41 Students Inducted

      Athletic State Championships

      Accreditation

        • Performance/Excellence accreditation through the Colorado Department of Education (2003-present)
        • College Preparatory Accreditation from North Central Association (2004-2012) and AdvancED (2012-2020)
        • John Irwin School of Excellence (2003-2013)