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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
STEM School Highlands Ranch is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Highlands Ranch, CO. It has 1,875 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.

STEM School Highlands Ranch Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1280
103 responses
Average ACT
29
72 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$120,404
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,874
National
$949
Median Home Value
$442,000
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
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • TSA
    17%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    10%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Coin Wars
    7%
  • Crash Club
    7%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,875
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
10%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,883
Teachers in First/Second Year
39.4%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 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
$9,884/ year
National
$12,239
70%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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STEM School Highlands Ranch Reviews

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This school is pretty good compared to others. While it lacks in size and certain activities/classes, the school has great teachers and excellent opportunities for the students. For example, kids are able to take college classes on campus or got to the college campus and take classes there. This is great for student who still want to say in Colorado. They are able to explore a college and for certain colleges only pay 1/3 of the student fees, since the school pays the other 2/3. If a student chooses to go to ACC, the school pays for all of those fees. My only complaint is that the school is quite small. However, the school tries to make up for this and go to a gym nearby or do activities outside. The students and teachers are wonderful and welcome you in!
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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!
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!