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
Learning is the core value of Peak to Peak. The school emphasizes excellence in a college preparatory education by focusing its efforts on the capability of students of all backgrounds and cultures to grow academically and personally.
Pillar 2. We Value Character Development
Respect, responsibility, and other universally valued character traits are embedded in the curriculum and school culture to help equip students for long-term success in life.
Pillar 3. We Value Our Staff
Peak to Peak fosters an environment that is fair, challenging, and innovative and that supports extensive professional development. We take pride in the excellence of our faculty and staff.
Pillar 4. We Value and Welcome Our Community
Peak to Peak actively includes students, staff, parents, and community partners. Our partners have the opportunity to engage in productive dialogue and to make a difference.
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.
Accredited College Preparatory Program
- 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)
Top High School in the Nation
US News and World Report Best High Schools:2020: 109th Nationally, 2nd in Colorado2019: 233rd Nationally, 4th in Colorado2018: Nationally, 1st in Colorado2017: 34th Nationally, 1st in Colorado2016: 64th Nationally, 1st in Colorado2015: 131st Nationally, 3rd in Colorado2014: 66th Nationally, 1st in Colorado2013: 58th Nationally, 1st in Colorado2012: 102nd Nationally, 2nd in Colorado2010: 76th Nationally, 1st in Colorado2009: 69th Nationally2008: 47th NationallyDaily Beast’s Top American High School(previously Newsweek’s Top 100):2014: 28th2013: 49th2012: 43rd2011: 29th2010: 35th2009: 61st2008: 40thWashington Post's Most Challenging High Schools Index/Jay Mathews Challenge Index:2020: 133rd Nationally, #2 in Colorado2019: 126th Nationally, #2 in Colorado2018: 96th Nationally, #1 in Colorado2017: 95th Nationally, #1 in Colorado2016: 127th Nationally, #2 in Colorado2015: 94th2011: 50thAdditional Awards:2015: World Language Program Wins 2014-15 CLEAR 3-Star Award2013: 5280 Magazine’s Top Twenty Schools in Colorado2010: Best Public School in The Yellow Scene’s Best of the West Issue2007: 5280 Magazine’s Number One School in the Denver Metro Area
Student 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.2019: 1st in BVSD; 4th in Colorado2018: 1st in BVSD; 4th in Colorado2017: 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 Colorado2015: 1st in BVSD; 5th in Colorado2014: 1st in BVSD; 3rd in Colorado2013: 2nd in BVSD; 5th in Colorado2012: 2nd in BVSD; 4th in Colorado2011: 1st in BVSD; 2nd in Colorado2010: 5th in Colorado2009: 5th in Colorado2008: 2nd in Colorado
Graduation and Matriculation
Peak to Peak maintains high graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, graduating seniors are offered millions of dollars in scholarships. Click here to see a matriculation list of colleges and universities for each graduating class.
Academic Scholar Awards
U.S. Presidential Scholars:2018: 1 Semifinalist2017: 1 StudentBoettcher Scholars:2020: 3 Students2019: 1 Student2018: 1 Student2017: 3 Semifinalists2015: 1 Student2014: 1 Student2012: 1 Student2011: 1 Student
AP Scholar Designations:2020: 166 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2019: 191 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2018: 145 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2017: 172 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2017: 162 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2016: 147 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2015: 159 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2014: 176 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2013: 106 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2012: 72 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2011: 100 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2010: 86 Students Received AP Scholar Designations2009: 82 Students Received AP Scholar Designations National Merit Scholars:2020: 7 Finalists2019: 6 Finalists2018: 5 Finalists2017: 4 Finalists, 12 Semifinalists2016: 4 Students2015: 2 Students2014: 8 Students2013: 5 Finalists, 1 Semifinalist, 8 Commended Scholars2012: 3 Semifinalists, 3 Commended Scholars2011: 7 Finalists, 8 Semifinalists, 9 Commended Scholars2010: 2 Finalists, 3 Semifinalists, 7 Commended Scholars2009: 5 Finalists, 9 Commended Scholars2008: 10 Semifinalists, 8 Commended Scholars2007: 3 Finalists2006: 2 Finalists, 8 Commended Scholars2005: 7 Commended Scholars2004: 1 Finalist National Honor Society:2019: 50 Students Inducted2018: 35 Students Inducted2017: 37 Students Inducted2016: 37 Students Inducted2015: 39 Students Inducted2014: 31 Students Inducted2013: 31 Students Inducted2012: 50 Students Inducted2011: 41 Students Inducted