Accomplishments 2014-2015

  • ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

    159 Peak to Peak Students Earned AP Scholar Designations

    In the 2014-15 school year, 159 Peak to Peak students earned scholar designations as follows:

    AP Scholars = 67 students

    AP Scholars with Honors = 26 students

    AP Scholars with Distinction = 66 students

    Eleven of these students also earned the National AP Scholar award in 2014, and one earned the AP International Diploma.

    2014-15 National Honor Society:  Thirty-one new members were inducted into the National Honor Society during the 2014-15 school year.

    2015 ACT Scores: Peak to Peak is #1 in BVSD, #4 in Colorado
    Below are the most recent ACT scores as reported by the Colorado Department of Education. The ACT test is administered nationally and taken by 11th graders across the state of Colorado each year in the spring. The ACT measures college readiness in English, math, reading, and science. The maximum composite score is 36. Peak to Peak's current seniors scored top in the district and fourth in the state on last spring's test.
    School Name Number of students Composite Score
    LIBERTY COMMON CHARTER SCHOOL 64 27.1
    THOMAS MACLAREN STATE CHARTER SCHOOL 19 27.1
    D'EVELYN JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 152 26.5
    PEAK TO PEAK CHARTER SCHOOL 135 26.3
    FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 520 26.0
    THE VANGUARD SCHOOL (HIGH) 55 25.8
    TCA COLLEGE PATHWAYS 90 25.3
    CHERRY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL 832 25.3
    EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL 229 25.1
    COLORADO EARLY COLLEGES DOUGLAS COUNTY 71 24.7
    RIDGEVIEW CLASSICAL CHARTER SCHOOLS 38 24.6
    FOSSIL RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 498 24.5
    CAPROCK ACADEMY 19 24.4
    PALMER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 250 24.3
    DSST: STAPLETON HIGH SCHOOL 124 24.1
    THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL 151 24.1
    ROCK CANYON HIGH SCHOOL 433 24.1
    DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 152 24.1
    DISTRICT RESULTS 369 24.0
    JEFFERSON CHARTER ACADEMY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 95 23.9

    Peak to Peak Celebrates a 2015 Boettcher Scholar: Congratulations to Peak to Peak senior, Michael Voecks, who has received a 2015 Boettcher Scholarship! 

    Since 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $65 million in undergraduate scholarships to many of Colorado’s best and brightest students.  Our merit-based awards provide what is essentially a full-ride to any 4-year institution in Colorado, and the prestigious program is the oldest in the state.

    Read more about the Boettcher Foundation.

    Peak to Peak Featured in National Alliance of Public Charter Schools ReportOECD PISA test results place Peak to Peak students at the top of national and international achievement metrics.

    Peak to Peak Ranked #94 on the Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools: Peak to Peak is ranked 94th on the Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools Index for 2015.

    The formula and rational for this ranking is based on the number of AP exams taken by students divided by the number of seniors graduating in a given year. Please see the links below.

    America's Most Challenging High Schools

    How the America's Most Challenging High School list works.

    Peak to Peak Ranks #28 in the Nation According to The Daily Beast: The Daily Beast has listed Peak to Peak at #28 on their list of America's Top High Schools. The Daily Beast uses six indicators to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation rates and college acceptance rates weighted most heavily. Other criteria include: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores - another mark of how well a school prepares students for college. The full results are listed on the following website: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/27/america-s-top-high-schools.html

    Peak to Peak Receives $1 Million Gift to Fund Scholarships for College: Peak to Peak Charter School is the recipient of a $1 million gift to our newly established Friends of Peak to Peak Endowment! 

    Unlike other endowments that routinely support operations, the Friends of Peak to Peak Endowment is designed to provide four-year scholarships for those graduates in financial need. The Donor, who wishes to remain anonymous stated, “The Friends of Peak to Peak Endowment is the difference maker”. 

    Why does Peak to Peak need this endowment? As a school, we have made it our mission to get every single student into a college of their choice. We crafted this mission fifteen years ago; today, we face the problem of students being accepted into a college but not being able to afford it. Paying for college is difficult for most of us, but the students we aim to help are experiencing a level of loss and poverty that has shown us an increased level of need.

    Peak to Peak will benefit from the first distribution of the endowment in December of 2015, enabling the school to begin awarding scholarships to 2016 seniors. However, 2015 seniors will not be left out because the Donor has committed an additional $50,000 in scholarships if Peak to Peak can raise $50,000 for the endowment by the end of May 2015.

    With your help we can meet this challenge and continue to increase the number of scholarships we are able to award, ensuring that no student is denied the opportunity to receive a college education.

    For more information and to make a gift to the Friends of Peak to Peak Endowment, contact  303-453-4604 or visitwww.give.peaktopeak.org.

    A link to a January 30, 2015 article in U.S. News & World report featuring Peak to Peak's Endowment is available here:  http://t.usnews.com/Z6bv9d.

    A link to a January 24, 2015 Daily Camera article about the Endowment is below:
    http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_27386066/peak-peak-charter-school-1m-endowment-pay-college

    Peak to Peak Receives John Irwin School of Excellence: Peak to Peak’s elementary, middle, and high schools are consistently ranked in the highest state accreditation category. In the past, all three schools have received “John Irwin School of Excellence” awards, which are presented to the top eight percent of Colorado schools. 

    Peak to Peak Will Award $50,000 in College Scholarships: Peak to Peak received a $50,000 Challenge Gift to provide college scholarships to our 2015 graduates in need.

    In December 2014, Peak to Peak Charter School was the recipient of a $1 million gift to our newly established Friends of Peak to Peak Endowment.   Beginning with the Senior Class of 2016, the Endowment will be able to award 2 to 3 4-year scholarships each year.  However, 2015 graduates will not be left out because the Donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, also presented a challenge to the community.  If the school raised $50,000 for the endowment by April 1, 2015, the donor would give $50,000 to be awarded to 2015 graduates in financial need.

    Our community rose to the challenge raising $50,995.60! Even our students got involved to help raise the funds needed for this year’s seniors.  Peak to Peak 8th graders Julianna Walther and Anna Richard asked friends to donate to the Endowment instead of giving them birthday presents.  The girls raised $1,350.00 at their joint birthday party showing that our youth care and can give back too.  A big thank you to Julianna, Anna, and their birthday guests!  Also, thank you to all of our Peak to Peak community who gave a gift to the endowment so that we could meet the challenge!

    As a school, we have made it our mission to get every single student into a college of their choice. However, the rising cost of education presents a significant barrier to continuing education for many of our students.  Despite exceptional education and preparation, some graduates simply can’t afford to go to college.  This is heartbreaking for the students and their families, and disappointing for the staff who worked so hard to help these students achieve their dream of a college education.

    The Friends of Peak to Peak endowment will bridge the gap between college acceptance and college attendance for those students who would not otherwise be able to afford a college education.

    Every year we have 6 to 12 graduates who live at a level of poverty that doesn’t allow them to go to college.  With your help we can continue to increase the number of scholarships we are able to award, ensuring that no student is denied the opportunity to receive a college education.  For more information and to make a gift to the Friends of Peak to Peak Endowment, contact 303-453-4604 or visit www.give.peaktopeak.org.

    Peak to Peak wins two $5,000 technology grants from CenturyLink: Congratulations to Peak to Peak teachers Michelle Eckstein, Karen Amidon and library media specialist Sheena Thomas for winning two $5,000 grants from Century Link for instructional technology! The grants will be used to create a "Makerspace" with green room and 3D printer in the Peak to Peak library.

    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently presented $150,000 in grants to Colorado schools as part of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, which has been offered since 2008 and has awarded more than $1 million to recipients across the state, recognizes teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to advance student achievement.

    Our school was selected from 253 applications enabling our teachers to bring new learning tools and techniques into our classrooms, and introduce students to more educational technology in their daily school lives. Congratulations to Sheena Thomas, Karen Amidon and Michelle Eckstein for submitting applications that were selected as one of this year’s grant recipients.

    Peak to Peak's World Language Program Wins a 2014-15 CLEAR 3-Star Award: The Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers has awarded Peak to Peak the highest of the new Colorado Language Excellence & Achievement Recognition (CLEAR) Awards for outstanding high school programs. Peak to Peak's world language program has been awarded a 2014-15 3-Star Award.

    The CLEAR Awards are meant to identify and recognize exemplary Colorado high school world language programs, and to encourage Colorado school officials, board members, and parents to use CLEAR programs as examples of programs that enable students to demonstrate proficiency of world language standards.

    Summary of College Acceptance Data for the Graduating Class of 2015 

    Statistics:

    148 out of 148 students graduated (100% graduation rate)
    100% of students applied to college and were accepted
    100% of students are either matriculating at a college, entering the military or participating in a Gap year with plans thereafter

    • 4-year college: 93.9% (139)
    • Public In-state:  41.2% (61); CU Boulder (24 students); CSU (21)
    • Private In-State: 4.7% (7)
    • Public Out-of-State: 12.1% (18)
    • Private Out-of-State: 31% (46)
    • Non U.S. College: 2% (3)
    • Gap Year and Deferred to a 4-year:  2% (4)
    • 2-year college:  1.3% (2)
    • Military:   1.3% (2)
    • Undecided (Gap Year, but no college decision by graduation) 3.3% (5) 

    Number of applications submitted in 2015: 1034  (2014=1002); (2013=868)
    Average Applications per student: 6.9
    Acceptance rate: 76.2%

    Scholarships Offered:  $27,496,869.00

    Scholarship Dollars Used:  $6,905,078.00  (2014=$8,801,531)

    Previous Scholarship Money Offered:

    • 2014:  $32,028,726
    • 2013: $21,646,334
    • 2012:  $16,353,550
    • 2011: $14,928,126

    US News and World Report Ranks Peak to Peak #3 in Colorado, #131 in the Nation

    ARTS RECOGNITION

    Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were presented to eleven students in 2015.

    FACULTY RECOGNITION

    Twenty Teachers and Counselors Qualify for the Peak Option:  Launched in the 2014-15 school year, the Peak Option Program provides an opportunity for teachers at Peak to Peak to be recognized for their accomplishments and receive compensation that reflects their level of expertise. These master teachers and counselors exemplify all that is excellent about our wonderful teaching staff, and we were so proud to celebrate with them on their incredible accomplishments. This year, 20 teachers qualified for the program! These 20 teachers and counselors will enjoy a 10% salary increase starting with the 2015-16 school year as a result of their successful applications for the Peak Option.