212 reviews
  1. Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Readiness
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Address
13399 West Coal Mine Avenue
Littleton, CO 80127
Telephone
(303) 982-1970

Dakota Ridge Senior High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1210
14 responses
Average ACT
26
156 responses
AP Enrollment
21%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
  • Homecoming
    29%
  • Football games
    22%
  • Pep rally
    17%
  • Basketball games
    14%
  • Day Without Hate
    12%
  • Musical
    3%
  • Senior assembly
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,540
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,216
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.7%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,757/ year
National
$11,890
73%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses

Dakota Ridge Senior High School Reviews

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Dakota Ridge is simply more than a school, it is a community. The administration is extremely supportive of every club and student; they are constantly encouraging students and assisting them--not only in ensuring that a topic is well understood but also by having an open ear to anyone who needs a friend. Similarly, the students are friendly and welcoming to all people. There is usually a heavy work load and high expectations, but there are several support networks and workshops for tutoring, colleges, obtaining jobs, and personal issues. Well-maintained, the school grounds are beautiful and clean providing a comfortable learning environment. Just being a part of the school community establishes a sense of connection, safety, and sense of belonging.
I joined cheerleading and that opened doors for me to meet new people. It helped me to be a more confident and outgoing person which in turn expanded my friend circle. My teachers have always encouraged me and influenced me to work my hardest in school, and I love that! Dakota has a great support system for anyone who feels alone, and I have found it very easy to build connections with teachers and faculty which help keep me grounded and set my goals high! Mr Plautz (my counselor) has constantly listened to my struggles and helped me stay on track in my academics. Dakota has given me the best high school experience I could ask for! I feel more than prepared to start the next chapter of schooling in my life.
I enjoy Dakota Ridge high school because of the great environment and willingness to learn. The teachers are great and want you to learn and work with you if you are not. The school also provides lots of different courses for a student to take based on their interests. I have grown so much as a person in this community because of all the positive attitudes that surround me. I am glad I attend Dakota Ridge High School. The only suggestion I have for improvement is if a student has an A in the class and 3 or less absences, they should be exempt from the final. This is because finals just add extra stress for a student because the only thing that can happen to their grade is drop. Especially if the student is not a great test taker and it doesn't represent them as a student.