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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Cherokee Trail High School is a highly rated, public school located in Aurora, CO. It has 2,842 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.

Cherokee Trail High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1240
367 responses
Average ACT
26
551 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$131,296
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,457
National
$949
Median Home Value
$489,277
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.57 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.57 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 198 responses
Report
  • Homecoming/ Spirit Week
    22%
  • Wish week
    21%
  • Prom
    19%
  • Mr. CT
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • DECA Tailgate
    6%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,842
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.68 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.68 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.68 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,300
Teachers in First/Second Year
21%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.78 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.78 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.78 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,608/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.84 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.84 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.84 responses
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My last four years at Cherokee Trail have been very eventful. I believe I have lived the average high school experience. The school itself is very big, with over 3,000 students attending each year. Some teachers strive to help better the understanding of students, even though the homework and tests given can be little to very overwhelming. Academics has been stressful, but I have managed to make many caring friends who have gotten me through it all! At Cherokee Trail, school spirit is no joke. We go above and beyond when it comes to spirit days, sporting events, and other school activities for homecoming week, prom week, and especially wish week! Everyone is so inclusive and we make sure to celebrate the diversity shown throughout the school!
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As an IB student, I found the teachers to be very passionate and enthusiastic. This mindset influenced the students to be actively engaged in the classroom, and almost all the students treat their teachers with respect. Additionally, the students whom are part of the leadership program are very diligent and hard-working, always making sure there is always CT spirit, even during the COVID pandemic. I am incredibly proud to be a cougar!
I met some of my best friends here and met my current boyfriend in that group. Most the teachers here are very nice and understanding, and the counselors seem to like what they do and clearly want the students to succeed. I’m on a 504 plan and all my teachers understand and are extremely supportive. They might not say it out loud, but they truly care about the kids that they have to teach. I’m a junior here and I’d have to say that the past 3 years have been the best 3 years of my life. The only thing I would change is the homework load, but even that can be overcome with proper spacing of how much you do up until the due date, whether that’s the next class period or the next week. Overall it’s a really good school!