Accomplishments 2011/2012


    Top National Rankings: Peak to Peak High School is a Newsweek Top 100 High School, ranking #43 out of 2,300 schools, #12 in the West. This is the FIFTH year in a row that Peak to Peak has ranked in the Top 100! 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 High School was again ranked a Gold Medal High School by US News & World Report ranked number #102 out of 22,000 nationwide and came in number 2 in Colorado. Also ranked as 19th best Charter High School by U.S. News and World Report and ranked 55th best for Math and Science Methodology. Methodology: Find the schools that serve all students and deliver measurable academic outcomes for students. Four key indicators: 1) College Readiness Index based on AP participation and pass rate; 2) Math proficiency rate on CSAP/TCAP testing in state; 3) Reading proficiency rate on CSAP/TCAP testing in state; 4) Student to teacher ratio.

    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. In 2011, Peak to Peak had three national merit scholarship finalists and three commended students.

    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 improvement. 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.

    NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS AND SEMIFINALISTS AND COMMENDED STUDENTS: Three students were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and three students were recognized as Commended Students.

    100% COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE RATE: For all graduating seniors, 100% of all of students were accepted into a college or university of their choice.

    2012 GRADUATES GRANTED SCHOLARSHIP MONEY: Graduating seniors in 2012 were offered over $16 million in scholarships! This is a record for our school.

    AP SCHOLAR ACHIEVEMENTS: One hundred and six (106) Peak to Peak High School students qualified for AP Scholar distinctions based on their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Fourteen students were granted National AP Scholars — an honor given to students in the US who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more of these exams. Thirty-seven students qualified as AP Scholars with Distinction. Sixteen 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 two students received the AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on three or more AP exams.

    BOETTCHER SCHOLAR: For the second year in a row, Peak to Peak had a Boettcher Scholar in the senior class. This is one of the most prestigious scholarship opportunities available to Colorado students (four-year, full
    ride scholarship with stipend to a Colorado college or university).

    NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION: Forty-one students were inducted into the National Honor Society.

    2012 NCTE Achievement Award in Writing: A Peak to Peak junior was honored with a NCTE Achievement Award in Writing and was selected as one of 274 outstanding writers.

    PEAK TO PEAK MIDDLE SCHOOL BRAIN BOWL: The middle school participants in the 2012 Optimist Regional Brain Bowl competed against 92 schools from Colorado and Wyoming.

    WRITING RECOGNITIONS FOR PEAK TO PEAK STUDENTS: A Peak to Peak student won honorable mention in the Claudia Ann-Seaman Award for Young Writers in this national contest and her piece was published in the National Polyphony H.S. literary journal. A High School student won a finalist prize for creative non-fiction in the Sierra Nevada College high school writing contest which is a national award.

    A 5th grader won 1st place, a 6th grader won 1st place and a 8th grader won 2nd place in their grades in the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest.

    A student’s entry in the 212 Letters about Literature letter to Toni Morrison regarding Beloved was named the First Place winner in level three and was included in the Student Literary Award anthology. Colorado League of Charter School Essay Contest Winners included two Peak to Peak students who were honored at the Colorado Schools Rally at the State Capitol.

    In the national River of Words poetry contest two Peak to Peak students were finalists and in the statewide River of Words poetry contest, four students placed first through honorable mention. In the statewide Letters about Literature contest, one student one first place with another winning third place. Two students received honorable mention in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

    DECA: A Peak to Peak student won the DECA "Businesswoman of the Year" award for 2012 and three student DECA teams won honorable mentions in the regional DECA competition this fall.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS INVITED TO CAPITOL: Two middle school students were invited to Washington DC to be pages for the National Convention of the Children of the American Revolution.

    2012 SPEECH AND DEBATE: The Peak to Peak speech and debate team advanced through the International Public Policy Forum debate competition. One Peak to Peak Junior competed at the semifinals at the Speech and Debate Tournament in Fort Collins, placing 3rd in Lincoln Douglas Debate. A Freshman student served as the 2nd alternate for the Rocky Mountain North region of Colorado at the National Qualifying Tournament. Several Peak to Peak students had the distinct honor of traveling to New York City for the 12th Annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF)- the only contest that gives high school students across the globe the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. The Forum was sponsored by The Bickel & Brewer Foundation and New York University.

    MOCK TRIAL AT STATE TOURNAMENT: Peak to Peak has earned a spot at the State Tournament 3 of the last 4 years.

    MATH CLUB: The Peak to Peak High School Math Club had an excellent performance at the Gateway Calculus Bowl. Competing against 53 other teams, and after eight grueling rounds of ciphering, Peak to Peak won the semifinal round and scored second place in the competition.

    COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR: Four Peak to Peak students competed in the Colorado Science and  engineering Fair held at CSU on April 5 winning multiple awards and financial scholarships.


    SCHOLASTIC ART WINNERS: Seven students received Scholastic Art Awards in 2012. Two Gold Key Award winners had their art showcased at the Denver Museum of Art. All artwork was hung at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver.

    STAMP ART: One Peak to Peak student won honorable mention in the statewide Junior Duck Stamp art competition.

    CONN-SELMER DESIGNATION: Peak to Peak was designated as a Conn-Selmer All-American School. This program recognizes outstanding instrumental programs in American schools with a special relationship that assists the school in owning new, quality instruments to improve the music-making experience.

    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."

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART PORTFOLIOS: Fifty high school students successfully completed AP Art and submitted portfolios to the College Board. Peak to Peak artists also held their annual AP Art Show at Cannon Mine Coffee promoting art in the city of Lafayette along with a student organized art show at The Cup in Boulder.


    Tennis: Two Peak to Peak girls tennis players made it to State competition in the first year of the program. The girls tennis team won 2nd place at the George Washington Tournament.

    Girls Basketball: The Girls Basketball team made it to the "Sweet 16".

    Soccer: The Girls Soccer team made it to the State Finals and one member of the Women Track and Cross Country team made it to State Competition.

    Macy’s Day Parade Honor: A High School Senior was nominated by the UCA Cheer Camp to participate in the Spirit of America Productions in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. This was the first cheerleader from Peak to Peak asked to attend this prestigious event. This student athlete was also nominated as a "All American" to attend the Universal Cheerleaders
    Association special event in London, England.

    Gymnastics Honor: A Peak to Peak freshman helped lead the Broomfield Gymnastics Team to finish 4th place at the State competition.

    Sports Woman of Colorado Honor: A Peak to Peak female athlete was nominated for Sports Woman of Colorado for both the "Spirit" and "Courage" nominations.

    Cheer Team Competes at State: The 2011/2012 Peak to Peak Cheer Team participated at the State Cheerleading competition for the first time in school history.

    Peak to Peak Athlete Scholarship: A female student athlete received an academic and athletic scholarship to William Jewell College to play Division II soccer.

    Golf: One Peak to Peak golfer went to state and finished 10th and girl’s golf made it to State competition (individually). The Boys Varsity soccer team made it to the Quarter Finals.

    Basketball: Student Participates in "The Show" One Peak to Peak male athlete was chosen to participate in "The Show", hosted by the Denver Nuggets and Gold Crown Foundation. This Colorado Prep basketball all-star game was on April 9th at Pepsi Center. Only forty-one players are chosen.

    Athletic Scholarships: One High School male soccer player received a athletic and soccer scholarship to play at Regis University. Another student received an academic scholarship and signed to play soccer at Juniata College. A lacrosse athlete signed to play a Augustana College while on a academic scholarship.

    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, swimming, lacrosse, gymnastics, cheerleading, and others.

    Operation Christmas Child: Operation Christmas Child sends thanks to the Puma baseball players who spent time  volunteering in their Denver warehouse to help prepare shoe-boxes full of gifts to be distributed to underprivileged children throughout the world. The players were a part of a large volunteer force who processed 700,000 gift boxes.

    Generation Wow Girl Scout: A Peak to Peak 6th grader was chosen as a "Generation Wow Girl Scout" which is for "outstanding girls whose individual achievements in the community set them apart as leaders."

    Leadership Institute Participation: A Peak to Peak student attended GSLI in Houston, TX—a leadership institute "bringing together 1,200 girls from across the country who are recognized as leaders in their councils to connect and take action on matters that touch the future for girls."

    SISTER CARMEN CENTER: Thank you to the Peak to Peak community for very successful food drive. Here is a portion of the note Peak to Peak received from Sister Carmen Center: “Your support will help us to provide financial assistance, food and support services to over 1,480 unduplicated households in need in east Boulder County for 2011. Thank you for helping your neighbors in need!”

    SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY: Peak to Peak inducted 12 students in the Spanish Honor Society. These students joined 18 other students to provide vital tutoring services to the school as well as complete other meaningful outreach to the school and community. They worked with Share-a-Gift distribution in Boulder during the holidays and also offered "Taco Tarde" an afternoon of fun for Peak to Peak elementary students.

    Boettcher Teacher Recognition Award: A Peak to Peak senior who was Peak to Peak’s first Boettcher Scholar, nominated High School English teacher Clara Quinlan for the Boettcher Teacher Recognition Award. This student credited Ms. Quinlan as a teacher who made a significant contribution to her growth and education and impact on her life. Ms. Quinlan was one of five teachers who was nominated, interviewed and selected from Boulder Valley School District as a "Top Recognized Teacher" and someone who has made a difference in the lives of the students and community.

    Fellowship Opportunity: Kristie Letter won a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Humanities to study Landmarks of American History in Kansas City summer 2012.

    Peak to Peak Instructor Certified Personal Coach: Instructor Leeanne Sanders completed the Educational Coaching Accreditation as a personal coach specializing in Educational Coaching through the International Federation of Coaching (IFC).

    Peak to Peak Teacher on National TV: Peak to Peak’s Megan Freeman appeared on NBC’s Education Nation—a periodic Teacher Town Hall in cities across the country. The audience was made up of teachers across the state and Ms. Freeman was part of the Teacher Evaluation and Support Panel.

    Grant Updates: Peak to Peak received many significant grants in the 2011/2012 school year. A $2,000 grant from Intermec Foundation for Mobile computing lab as well as $1,000 from QUALCOMM for Robotics. Peak to Peak received $2,500 from the Community Foundation and $4,000 from Morgridge Foundation for Middle School Literacy – Reading Plus Software. Ipads for the Senior Class were received from a $15,000 grant from Discover. Through Impact on Education, Peak to Peak received $3,200. Bobby Letter won a $5000 grant from Great-West for iPads to use in an innovative personal finance project. Kristie and Bobby Letter won a $15,000.00 grant from Discover for a cross-curricular for "Real World Initiative: Personal and Financial  literacy"

    Fundraising Events Benefit Peak to Peak! The Peak to Peak Advancement Office organized the annual "Gifts from the Heart" Dinner and Auction in March, 9th annual "Run for the Peak" in April-which was a great afternoon celebrating teamwork and fitness throughout the school. Our Annual Golf Outing was held in October and had over 80 golfer this year!

    The Grandparent and Special Friends Social was another wonderful day for Elementary Students and his or her Grandparent or other special friend to enjoy a craft, patriot concert, and valuable time together.

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

    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.