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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    D-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
STEM School Highlands Ranch is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Highlands Ranch, CO. It has 1,598 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.
Address
8773 Ridgeline Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Telephone
(303) 683-7836

STEM School Highlands Ranch Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1290
74 responses
Average ACT
29
59 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$116,973
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,740
National
$949
Median Home Value
$407,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Homecoming
    19%
  • TSA
    19%
  • Pep rallies
    11%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Crash Club
    7%
  • Mr. Spartan Beauty Pageant
    7%
  • Prom
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,598
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
11%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,944
Teachers in First/Second Year
39.4%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,273/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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STEM School Highlands Ranch Reviews

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The administration is easily the worst part of this school. They fire the good teachers and replace them with bad or inexperienced teachers who they are able to pay less in order to raise the administration's salary, school materials are severely limited because the school's budget is focused on unnecessary expenses, and the administration refuses to listen to students. Additionally, the high school is made up of two hallways, there is one gym for the elementary school, and the lunch room is hardly big enough for the students. Teachers and administration are incredibly hard on students and constantly push the "get A's or work at McDonald's" mentality, and often don't teach their students, preferring "independent" or "student-led" work. The only redeeming quality that this school has is its engineering labs and computer science labs, which are highly advanced. Go Spartans!
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Transferring over for the beginning of junior year to STEM School Highlands Ranch was an unimaginable experience. They offer a program known as Concurrent Enrollment, where the fees and expenses of taking early community college courses are covered for high school students interested. I am currently participating in the program, and it has offered me so much free-time, academic success, and college experience, even at an early age. Just recently too, STEM forwarded me an email for an apprenticeship offer at Home Advisor as a Computer Technician, in which, I joined and have had an unbeatable experience. I am learning the business tactics, work experience, and social aspect for my future career as a current senior in high school with STEM's offerings. The school overall is amazing!
I am a student at STEM School Highlands Ranch. It is an enriching and fast paced environment, propelled by rigor and excellent community. The school is widely known for preparing students for college and the workforce well and many students after graduating find rigorous schedules at community and state schools, "easier than they thought it would be." There are also wonderful clubs such as TSA, FRC, and BEST Robotics that many students find themselves participating in. However, because the school is growing so fast and because the building meant to hold grades K through 12, resources and management are somewhat challenged. Expansion has sometimes competed with student interest, but I feel that this problem is being gradually solved as we gain a new administrative staff and organize better than the previous years.