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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Boulder High School is a top rated, public school located in Boulder, CO. It has 2,103 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 68% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
68%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1300
360 responses
Average ACT
29
300 responses
AP Enrollment
47%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$66,117
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,466
National
$949
Median Home Value
$645,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 76 responses
Report
  • The paper drop at the end of AP testing
    30%
  • Senior BBQ
    13%
  • Senior pranks
    12%
  • Cap toss at Graduation
    11%
  • School plays
    9%
  • Sport Events
    8%
  • Band and Orchestra concerts.
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,103
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,760
Teachers in First/Second Year
2%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,732/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.50 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.50 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.50 responses
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Boulder High School has an open campus which is great! It gives you the freedom to get lunch on Pearl Street and get back to class. Big school so an opportunity to have many friends and play sports. I was never bored in that area. Most of the teachers are great, but friends and the open campus make it great!
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Boulder High School has an excellent curriculum and dedicated teachers. There are many different levels of classes, ranging from regular, to advanced, to AP, and a myriad of electives to choose from each year. However, there is an extremely prominent achievement gap within the school, and wealthy white students fill many of the seats in advanced and AP classes. This produces a sort of de-facto segregation between social groups outside of class as well, which can lead to narrowed worldviews.

At BHS, we have little to no school spirit, and spirit weeks often pass by unnoticed, with barely anyone participating. Stands likewise remain empty often, but when we do turn up, we turn up in droves.

We have many different clubs to choose from, and students are very politically active, and very accepting when it comes to the LGBT community.
I loved my experience at Boulder High. I had great teachers who were willing to invest time and energy to help me understand and grow. I was involved in several extracurriculars, including school athletics, and I had a largely good experience with all of them. The problem with Boulder High is that kids like me have a great experience. Regular classes do not always have teachers willing to invest in their students. Advanced and AP classes are almost entirely populated by white students. There is a definite opportunity gap, which is being fought, but there is a ways to go.