Accomplishments 2010-2011

  • ACADEMIC RECOGNITIONS
    Top National Rankings: Peak to Peak High School is a Newsweek Top 100 High School, ranking as the 29th best high school in the nation out of 16,000 public high schools that made the list in 2011. Each year, Newsweek picks the best high schools in the country based on how hard school staff works to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. Peak to Peak remains the only Colorado school to rank in the top 100.

    The Washington Post High School Challenge Index ranked Peak to Peak 50th out of more than 1,900 public high schools. Washington area public high schools were ranked using the Challenge Index for a number of years. In 2011, the Post expanded its research to high schools across the United States. The Challenge Index divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. This ranking can reveal the  level of a high school‟s commitment to preparing average students for college. At Peak to Peak all students are encouraged to take at least one AP class and many take several as part of the schools strong college preparatory mission.

    Excellent State Ratings: Based on CSAP performance and other factors, Peak to Peak‟s elementary, middle, and high schools are consistently ranked in the highest accreditation category in the state. In the past, all three schools have received “John Irwin School of Excellence” awards, which are presented to the top 8 percent of Colorado schools.

    Competitive ACT Scores: Peak to Peak‟s ACT scores averaged 25 in 2011, compared to a 23 average in Boulder Valley School District and 19.9 statewide.

    Voted Best Public School: Peak to Peak K-8 won a 2011 Best of Boulder Award. Peak to Peak was voted best public school, K-8 by those who took the Best of Boulder survey. A heartfelt thank you to all of the voters and to Boulder Weekly!

    National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists: Eight Peak to Peak seniors were named National Merit Scholarship Semi- Finalists and nine students were recognized as commended. Seven students from the class of 2010 qualified as National Merit Scholar Finalists. Nationwide, only 15,000 finalists and 34,000 commended students are named among the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT as juniors.

    NCA Accreditation: The North Central Association (NCA) has accredited Peak to Peak as one of its K-12 schools. Accreditation through NCA provides an external mark of quality and highlights the school‟s devotion to continuous mprovement. Peak to Peak was evaluated against rigorous national standards for vision and purpose; governance and leadership; teaching and learning; documenting and using results; resources and support systems; stakeholder communications and relationships; and commitment to continuous improvement.

    Graduates Granted Scholarship Money: Graduating seniors in 2011 were awarded nearly $15 million in scholarship offers averaging $118,000 per student.

    100% College Acceptance Rate: Graduation rate for the class of 2011 was 100% and all of these students were accepted into a college or university of their choice. Selective College Acceptances Of the colleges that the class of 2010 plans to attend, 23 percent chose to enroll in the nation's "Most Competitive" colleges and universities.

    High Number of Advanced Placement Tests: In 2011, a record 401 Peak to Peak students took 808 Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 19 different content areas. These college-level AP (college-level) courses taken during high school are accepted for college credit by thousands of universities nationwide.

    AP Scholar Achievements: One hundred Peak to Peak High School students qualified for AP Scholar distinctions based on their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Thirty six students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams and earning scores of three or higher on a five point scale. Ten students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams. Fifty three students received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on five or more of these exams. Additional fourteen students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of four or higher on all AP exams taken. Peak to Peak students took nineteen of the thirty-seven different AP exams offered. About eighteen percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. Most of the nation‟s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on the AP exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year‟s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.

    PEAK TO PEAK SENIOR WINS PRESTIGIOUS BOETTCHER SCHOLARSHIP: Peak to Peak Charter School was proud to have its first Boettcher Scholarship student. Senior Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan had been awarded the prestigious Boettcher scholarship. Just 40 Colorado seniors receive this scholarship per year and only the top 5% of all high school seniors qualify. The Scholarship covers tuition as well as laboratory and other required fees at an accredited, four-year Colorado undergraduate institution selected by the Scholarship recipient. It also includes a living stipend, book allowance and International Education Grant Opportunities to study abroad. The Foundation also offers Boettcher Scholars the opportunity to apply for Educational Enrichment Grants and provides funding to the universities and colleges that Boettcher Scholars attend for Community Enrichment Programming. The value of a Boettcher Scholarship to each student ranges from $50,000 to $160,000. 

    Peak Scholar Diplomas: Forty-two Peak to Peak seniors received Peak Scholar diplomas. The Peak Scholar program indicates to selective colleges that students who achieve this honor have excelled in AP exams, grade point average (GPA), leadership and community service. Sixteen 2011 graduates received the school‟s highest award, being recognized as Peak Scholars with Distinction (an average of 3.5 or higher on at least five AP exams, at least a 3.9 weighted GPA, and 150 hours of community service). Seven students received Peak Scholar with Honors (an average score of 3.25 or higher on at least four AP exams, at least a 3.7 weighted GPA, and 125 hours of community service); and nineteen students received Peak Scholar (an average score of 3 or higher on at least three AP exams, at least a 3.3 weighted GPA, and 100 hours of community service).

    Math Counts: A Peak to Peak middle school student earned third place in the American Math Competition and went to the Governors Mansion to be honored with Ms. Chakrabborty—Spotts where students were recognized for excellence in math. This students along with two 7th graders also qualified for State MATHCOUNTS.

    National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition: Five high school students earned second place in the Rocky Mountain Region Ocean Bowl competition.

    Regional Science Fair Achievements: One Peak to Peak student placed 3rd in the Roche Colorado Regional Science Fair.

    Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship: One Peak to Peak senior won the prestigious Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarships, which are undergraduate merit awards to attend Duke University. The awards cover full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for four years, as well as a six-week summer study program at the University of Oxford in England.

    NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing: One Peak to Peak student was selected as a winner of the 2010-2011 Colorado Affiliate competition of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award.

    FTC Tournament: The Peak to Peak FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team was a finalist at the regional FTC Tournament March 5th, 2011.Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming a robot to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The team was selected by the regional judges to receive the "Innovate" award for their unique robot design.

    Mock Trial: The High School JV Mock Trial competed at the state competition and had a great showing.

    Ladimer Writing Contest: Three Peak to Peak students advanced to the second round of the Ladimer Writing contest. Only 25 high school students in the country are invited to do so. Top prize is a $3000 scholarship, and Peak to Peak was the only high school to have more than one student.

    Optimist Brain Bowl: Five Peak to Peak middle school students competed in the 2011 North Region Optimist Brain Bowl tournament and four students earned second place. They competed against schools from northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.

    National Geography Bee Winners: An 8th grade student won the National Geography Bee.

    ARTS RECOGNITIONS

    Four Senior artists and their artworks were chosen to hang at the Denver Art Museum and the students were honored on Feb. 24 at a luncheon. These are the first Boulder area high school artists to be featured at the Denver Art Museum. Gold Key Scholastic Art Award Winner Four high school artists won Scholastic Gold Key Portfolio Awards for their fine art and photography portfolios.

    Scholastic Art Winners: Three Peak to Peak high school students received Honorable Mention, in fine art, mixed media and photography, respectively. Seven high school artists won Scholastic Art Awards for their fine and digital artworks. One fine artist was featured in the Boulder Valley Thrive Magazine in fall 2010. Several artists were featured in the BVSD spring art show at the Boulder library. Several students were chosen to have their work in the Lafayette Youth Arts Show at the Lafayette Library.

    Colorado Thespian Conference: Three students were recognized at the Colorado Thespian Conference for their performance of Words, Words, Words, by David Ives. These students were recommended to present this play at the International Thespian Conference play marathon in the summer of 2011.

    ALL State Orchestra Students: Five Peak to Peak orchestra students were accepted into both All State and Western States Orchestra Festivals.

    Ballet Nouveau Colorado: After a rigorous audition process, several Peak to Peak students were selected to perform roles in Ballet Nouveau Colorado's annual professional production of “The Nutcracker.” One Peak to Peak dancer was accepted into Joffrey Ballet‟s Summer International intensive.

    Children’s Chorale Prep Choir: A Peak to Peak 4th grader made the Colorado Children‟s Chorale Prep Choir for the 2010-2011 season.

    Advanced Placement Art Portfolios: Thirty-two high school students successfully completed AP Art and submitted portfolios to the College Board. Each student created 29 artworks and artist statements.

    Peak to Peak Student Cast in Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music: The nationally acclaimed and award-winning Northglenn Youth Theatre (NYT) is proud to announce that a Peak to Peak Charter School student has been cast in Rodgers‟ and Hammerstein‟s The Sound of Music. A Peak to Peak high school student will perform the role of Sister Margaretta.

    ATHLETIC RECOGNITIONS

    All-State Athletes: Four Peak to Peak athletes earned all-state recognition honors in soccer. Peak to Peak had 69 athletes compete at the state level in a variety of sports.

    All-Conference Athletes: Fifty-one Peak to Peak athletes were named to All-Conference athletic teams in 2010-2011. Sports with All-Conference winners include golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, and baseball.

    Girls’ and Boys Golf: The Peak to Peak girls‟ golf team won the Metro League 3A Championship for the first time in the school‟s history. One athlete competed at the state girls‟ golf tournament and was the only girl to qualify for state. A Peak to Peak Junior placed 10th at the boys state tournament.

    Varsity Swimming: A Peak to Peak senior won the 100 m Backstroke at the Front Range League Swim Championships last Saturday and placed second in the 50 free style which earned him a berth at the state meet in both events. Another Peak to Peak swimmer qualified for state in the 100 and 200 freestyle.

    Varsity Basketball: Girls basketball made it to the sweet 16 tournament for the first time in the school‟s history.

    Varsity Soccer: Congratulations to the girls‟ and the boys‟ soccer teams which finished second in league play and competed in the state finals and semifinals, respectively. One Peak to Peak swimmer finished her high school swimming career with Monarch High School at the 5A state swimming championship where she finished 5th in the 50 freestyle and 2nd in the 100 backstroke. Her time in the backstroke earned her an automatic All-American status. Her time also qualified her to compete at USA swimming's long course junior national championships this summer at Stanford University.

    Students Compete in Sports Outside of School: A number of Peak to Peak students competed at the local and national levels in a wide variety of sports, including wrestling, football, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, gymnastics, cheerleading, and others.

    Peak to Peak Girls Tennis: Program Debuts Two Peak to Peak tennis players made it to the state competition (#3 doubles team) in Peak to Peak's first year of the program. For the first year of this program over 35 girls came out for the program-enough to fill a varsity, junior varsity and C-team.

    Peak to Peak Gymnast: One Peak to Peak sophomore won two bronze medals (Floor and High bar) at the US Men's Gymnastics Region 9 Championships and was selected to the Region 9 Team (top six gymnasts from Colorado, Wyoming. New Mexico and Utah), and will represent the Region at the US Mens' Junior Olympic Championships in Long Beach, CA in May.

    Elementary Students Run Bolder Boulder for First Time: Twenty-five elementary students participated in the 2nd annual BB Racers Club this spring that involved 9 weeks of after-school training with Mrs. Chandler. Several parents ran as well. Not only did students prepare for the rigors of the Bolder Boulder, but they embarked on a fitness journey that with perseverance can last a lifetime!

    CHARACTER & COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITIONS

    Sister Carmen Food Drive: Peak to Peak sophomores continued a proud tradition and organized a canned food drive for Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, generating thousands of pounds of food and a cash donation as well. A total of 3872 cans were collected for Sister Carmen Center October food drive and 45 Feed-a-Family food boxes which provide meals for one week.

    Spanish Honor Society’s “Socks of Love”: The Peak to Peak Spanish Honors Society's latest project consisted of "Calcetines de amor", or "Socks of Love". Socks were purchased and decorated by society members as well as various little things to fill the socks such as bracelets, lotion, chapstick, etc. The socks were sent to a safehouse in Mexico City, Mexico for girls who have been rescued out of the rampant sex trafficking industry. The society hopes to brighten the girls' days, show a little love for our friends in Mexico, and potentially establish a relationship between Peak to Peak and the safehouse.

    Peak to Peak Supports Community Members affected by 4-Mile Canyon Fire: Students, parents, faculty Peak to Peak community, K-12 came together to provide donations an financial support the victims of the four mile canyon fire.

    Service Groups Help Children in Uganda: Students in the Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and Invisible Children teamed up for a K-12 book drive that collected thousands of books to be donated to needy schoolchildren in Uganda. Funds were also raised to provide more than one hundred books for the Share-A-Gift distribution in Boulder.

    Spanish students help make Share-A-Gift a big success: On Saturday, December 18th, instead of sleeping in or going skiing, over 30 Peak to Peak Spanish students volunteered for Share-A-Gift Boulder, helping the less fortunate receive gifts during this holiday season. Spanish teacher and Spanish Honor Society sponsor Andy Matthews says “I was very proud to see how well they represented our school in their use of two languages, but even more so in their light-hearted, energetic, and compassionate attitudes. Students worked between four and eight hours, and truly were a valuable resource for the organizers of this event. It was also rewarding to see that as a direct result of our book drive last spring, each family could take home at least one book per child in English and Spanish.”

    Elementary Students Committed to Service, Learning and Character: On December 14, our Character Education Leaders-Jeri Chandler and Amy Moran arranged for our elementary students to give back to the community. They, along with Sharon and Deb from our lunchroom, provided the opportunity for our students to make healthy sack lunches and in order to serve the Boulder Community. As a result, 200 needy people received lunches. Our students learned firsthand how a simple action can make a big difference. Thank you, Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. Moran for putting our Character Education.

    FACULTY & STAFF RECOGNITIONS

    Computer Grants: The school awarded more than $10,000 in grants, mostly for technology needs including $5,000 for iPADs, $2,000 from Intermec Foundation for a mobile computing lab among others.

    Impact on Education Award for Peak to Peak Counselor: High school Counselor Mary Campbell was a 2010 Impact on Education Award winner. Only five winners are selected within the 28,000- student Boulder Valley School District. Impact on Education recognizes those who exhibit dedication to teaching and learning, building strong relationships with students, and who have an inspiring influence on students and the school community. Mary was nominated by a student and through a very competitive process won an Impact on Education Award and was honored with several other Boulder Valley School District employees in CU-Boulder. Mary was also Colorado Counselor of the Month for November 2010.

    Instructional Leadership: Peak to Peak faculty presented at the statewide charter school conference as leaders and pioneers in instructional leadership for K-12.

    Boettcher Teacher Recognition Award: A Peak to Peak senior, Peak to Peak's first Boettcher Scholar, chose Clara Quinlan for the Boettcher Teacher Recognition Award.

    Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI) and NCA Accreditation: CSSI, part of the schools of choice unit at the Colorado Department of Education, enlisted several Peak to Peak faculty members to assist with a North Central Association site visit.

    Peak to Peak Center for Professional Development: In it‟s second year, the Peak to Peak Center for Professional Development client list is growing! The Center for Professional Development recognizes that charter schools often experience challenges in establishing, developing, and operating a school of choice. In a partnering effort with other charter schools in Colorado, the Center offers the following opportunities for collaboration and professional development: Induction Partnerships, Customized Professional Development, Wednesday Workshops, and Classroom Observations.

    Professional Development: Bolstering their commitment to quality education for all students, Peak to Peak faculty and staff offered more than 60 professional development seminars to fellow staff and surrounding schools and universities. Additionally, Peak to Peak hosted 185 guest educators from K-12 schools and universities its on campus observing over 640 classrooms, and partnered with several schools on the successful Peak to Peak Induction Program.

    COMMUNITY RECOGNITIONS

    Peak to Peak Celebrates 10 years! On September 3, 2010 hundreds of staff, students and community members came together to celebrate Peak to Peak‟s 10 year anniversary! Special appreciation goes to Rep Jared Polis, Commissioner Jones, Ronda Kelley (Peak to Peak‟s first board president), Teri Andony and Christie Go (Peak to Peak alums) and all of our wonderful speakers. Peak to Peak was born of the dream of parents who envisioned a school dedicated to outstanding scholarship that would challenge students to achieve their full academic potential. Peak to Peak proposal is turned in to BVSD on May 26, 1998. That summer, founders and board members gain public support by holding public meetings, inviting subscribers, working on curriculum, writing grants, searching for a facility and negotiating with BVSD. In August 1998, Peak to Peak's proposal is approved by BVSD!

    Business Expo: Peak to Peak partnered with the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce to host this 3nd annual event on April 27, 2011. More than 60 businesses participated in the event, which attracted hundreds of community members.

    Elementary Character Education: In December of 2010 elementary students prepared more than 200 sack lunches for needy families in Boulder County as part of the character education program.

    Charter School Teacher Job Fair: Peak to Peak hosted a Charter School Teacher Job Fair in March of 2011. This event—the third of its kind in Colorado—was designed to assist charter schools with hiring and give teaching candidates an opportunity to explore charter school opportunities while interviewing with several schools in one day. The event attracted more than 600 teacher candidates and 43 charter schools.

    SCFD Alliance Project Award Peak to Peak was the only school in Boulder County selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Alliance Project, an educational outreach program that partners teachers with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). A team effort by Peak to Peak teachers and administration has secured the grant‟s renewal for 2010-11 Peak to Peak Charter School has participated in the Alliance Project grant to support teachers with in-class workshops, assemblies, field trips and support from over 20 major cultural organizations in the metro-Denver area. The grant has paid for professional artists, speakers, writers, scientists and others to work with teachers in developing interactive programs and performances to support curriculum. Only one school in each of the 7-metro counties is awarded this grant. Sample programs include: Field trips to the Arvada Center and Museum of Contemporary Art, In-school cultural exhibits, the Mobile Art Gallery, from the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and Mizel Museum, Professional musicians and choir directors from CO Symphony and CO Children‟s Chorale, Writers and speakers from the City of Aurora Cultural Services, Science workshops on animals and insects from The Wildlife Experience and the Butterfly Pavilion, Participating teachers included: Heather Andony, Pam Force, Krista Hollis, Jennifer Jouzdani, Brian Rozinsky, Jill Ryerson, Grant Safranek, Adam Spicer, Michelle Tucker. 

    Alliance Project Statistics Aug. 2009- May 2011: Students total 7858, Adults total 595, Number of organizations 27, Number of program and planning hours 419, Number of workshops, assemblies, field trips, exhibits 48, Buses 6, Subs 12.5, Library materials $423.74, Staff from SCC cultural organizations involved 244, Amount spent $16,177.50.