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About Our School

Enrollment: approximately 1400 students

Caucasian: 78%
Hispanic: 11%
American Indian or Alaskan Native: less than 1%
Asian: 5%
African American: 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: less than 1%
Other: 3%
Attendance rate: 96.5%
Graduation rate: 94.4%, drop out rate: 0.6%, 5% transfer rate

Consistently ranked as one of America’s best high schools by Newsweek and US News

Highly Qualified Staff - 100% of CMHS teachers are highly qualified

61 teachers with a Master’s Degree, 2 with a Doctoral Degree, 2 with Specialist Degree

Athletics

  • 39 extra-curricular clubs and 24 sports offered to CMHS students
  • 7 state championship teams in 2010-2011
  • 4 state championships in 2011-2012
  • 5 state championship in 2012-13
  • 80 state championships since 1958
  • Home of 2010 Olympian and US National Champion Figure Skater Rachel Flatt

Activities

  • Science Olympiad is the 2011 state champion, and was the Southern Region Champions and state runners-up in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
  • Science Olympiad was recognized at the 2007 national tournament with the National Spirit Award for demonstrating unsurpassed character, dedication and respect.
  • In the last five years, CMHS students have collected 905,082 pounds of food for Care and Share Food Bank
  • During the 2010 food drive for Care and Share, CMHS students collected 190,560 pounds of food

Fine Arts

  • Cheyenne Mountain High School is one of a few local High schools that participates in the state and national Scholastics Art Competition.
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School students have won 22 Gold Key, 25 Silver Key, 45 Honorable Mention, 1 Gold-Key 2-D Portfolio, and 1 Gold Key 3-D Portfolio Awards in the Colorado State level Scholastics Art Competition during the past 5 years.
  • For over a quarter of a century Cheyenne Mountain High School has hosted an annual District #12 Art Exhibit featuring works from students of all ages representing every school in the district.
  • Cheyenne Mountain architecture and engineering students have competed in the Professional Engineers of Colorado Bridge Building competition over the last 11 years.  As a team, Cheyenne Mountain has placed 1st eight times, 2nd two times and 3rd once.  Cheyenne Mountain students have taken 1st place eight times, 2nd place eight times,3rd place five times, and 4th place 3 times.
  • Advanced Architecture classes enter a hand drafting contest sponsored by the National Association for Women in Construction, which is open to all high school students nationwide.  In the last five years Cheyenne Mountain has taken all three top places, first, second and third.  Several Cheyenne Mountain students have advanced through the regional level of competition to the national level.

Academic Rigor & Excellence

  • 27 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses offered at CMHS
  • CMHS has been home to 10 Boettcher Scholars since 1954, and many other CMHS students have been offered Boettcher Scholarships.
  • CU Succeed program (including summer institute) offering students the opportunity to get a head start on their college careers by taking UC Denver courses for both high school and college credit, during the school day, on the high school campus.
  • Designated a Blue Ribbon School in 2007 by US Department of Education. A designation earned by only two other Colorado public high schools from 2003-2010.
  • Science teacher Janie Mueller named recipient of Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teachers 2006-2007
  • 23.3 ACT composite for the 2012-2013 school year state exam (20.4 state composite). This exam is given to all juniors in the State of Colorado.
  • 36 National Merit Finalists since 2007, 60 students commended
  • 93.6 of 100 possible points on the CDE 2010 School Performance Framework (rating of Performance-highest possible rating)
  • 87% of graduates matriculate to four-year (76%) and two-year (11%) colleges or universities
  • 355 students received an Academic Letter in fall 2013. Academic Letters are presented to students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or higher for two consecutive semesters.
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School graduates who attend Colorado state colleges or universities frequently have among the lowest remediation needs (as monitored by CCHE).
  • The 317 seniors in the graduating class of 2010 earned $7,335,204 in scholarships
  • For the 11th year in a row, Cheyenne Mountain High School Spanish students have taken 1st place in each and every level we were able to enter of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) Annual Videotaped Speaking Competition. This is one of the only performance-based contest in the United States.
  • CMHS was chosen in 2008 by the Federal Government of Germany to be a member of the PASCH (Partner Schools) network. We are one of nine public American high schools chosen for this honor.
  • PASCH has 1500 member schools throughout the entire world. Germany gave us a grant of $10,000 and we purchased a 30 unit iPod learning lab with the money.
  • In November, 2010 CMHS was selected to host the German author Leonhard Thoma in his only appearance in Colorado.
  • In April, 2010 CMHS was recognized by the vice-consul of Germany for its participation in the PASCH program. We were also the only school in the mountain region to host a workshop from the group called Music is the Language.
  • 2011 Senior Nick Evitt won the 16th Annual Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCLFT) Student Essay Contest
  • From 2008 to 2010, CMHS has had two students score a perfect 36 composite on the ACT and one student score a perfect 2400 on the SAT. CMHS has also had thirty six students score perfect 36 subscores in English, Math, Reading, and Science
     

Performing Arts

  • CMHS drama won First Place in the Pikes Peak Regional One-Act Festival in 2010. And has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd many times in the last 15 years.
  • CMHS has an active Thespian Troupe and have had actors and technicians receive superior ratings at festivals as well as receive many scholarship offers.
  • The CMHS band program often places more students in All State Band and local honor bands than any other in the state.
  • The CMHS Symphonic Band has been invited to participate in the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times.
  • Since 1997, the CMHS band and choir programs have presented honor concerts at the state music educator's convention 10 times.
  • Jodi Papproth was named Colorado Theatre Educator of the Year in 2005 by ACT (Alliance for Colorado Theatre).
  • In 2005 the Symphonic Band toured Japan and participated in the 2005 EXPO.
  • Dynamix Show Choir won the state Show Choir Competition and Outstanding Choreography Award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  They have been in the top 3 for 15 straight years.
  • Symphonic Band is nationally recognized and twice has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall
  • CMHS has one of the longest-running Improvisation Teams in the city of Colorado Springs.
  • Many former CMHS Drama students are professional actors and technicians in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas and outside the U.S.
  • Crimson a capella has won quarterfinals and west semi-finals in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School ACappella) competition for the past 7 years, and have qualified for the National Final of ICHSA all 7 years. Crimson is the only group in the USA to make it to the national final every year. In 2005 Crimson were National Champions and in 2007 were Runners-Up.