Cherry Creek School District

The Cherry Creek School District 5, also known as Cherry Creek Public Schools, is a school district located in western Arapahoe County, Colorado. The current superintendent is Christopher Smith. Former superintendent Scott Siegfried, Ph.D. announced his retirement on January 22, 2021.[2] It consists of elementary, middle, and high schools. The district headquarters are in Greenwood Village.

Cherry Creek School District 5
Cherry Creek Public Schools
4700 South Yosemite Street
, Colorado, 80111
District information
Established1950 (74 years ago)
SuperintendentChristopher Smith
Schools69 total
NCES District ID0802910[1]
Students and staff
Student–teacher ratio18.07
Other information

The district serves more than 54,000 children and more 300,000 residents in 108 square miles that spread across seven municipalities.[3] The district serves portions of Aurora and Centennial, which make up its majority. The district also encompasses Foxfield and Glendale, as well as most of Cherry Hills Village, portions of Greenwood Village and Englewood, and adjoining areas of unincorporated Arapahoe County.[4][5]

History edit

Cherry Creek School District No. 5 was voted into existence in 1950 by residents of seven Arapahoe County school districts. Existing schools in the new district included:

  • Melvin School, currently a schoolhouse museum on the Smoky Hill High School campus
  • Castlewood School, dismantled when I-25 was built and replaced with Belleview Elementary in 1954
  • Cherry Creek Elementary School
  • Cherry Hills Elementary School [6]

CCSD now comprises 42 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and six high schools, in addition to an alternative high school, a magnet school and two charter schools. District enrollment now exceeds 54,200, and the first class of school room instructors has grown to about 3,700 teachers. [7]

In 2022, the district announced that it would discontinue the practice of recognizing valedictorians, starting with the class of 2026. [8]

Institute of Science and Technology edit

In 2011, the district opened the Institute of Science and Technology, a campus devoted specifically to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The building, located at 12500 E. Jewell Avenue in Aurora, is part of the Overland High School-Prairie Middle School campus. It serves Overland and Prairie students through a rich and rigorous curriculum.

The school was designed by Hutton Architecture Studio and built by Saunders Construction. Approved by Cherry Creek voters in 2008, the $18 million, 58,000 square foot facility features lines of latitude and longitude on the floors, galaxies of stars on the ceilings, and windows that represent Fibonacci's sequence.[9]

Schools edit

Elementary schools edit

  • Altitude Elementary School
  • Antelope Ridge Elementary School
  • Arrowhead Elementary School
  • Aspen Crossing Elementary School
  • Belleview Elementary School
  • Black Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Buffalo Trail Elementary School
  • Canyon Creek Elementary School
  • Challenge (K-8 Magnet) Middle School
  • Cherry Creek Academy K-5 (Charter)
  • Cherry Hills Village Elementary School
  • Cimarron Elementary School
  • Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
  • Coyote Hills Elementary School
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Dakota Valley Elementary School
  • Dry Creek Elementary School
  • Eastridge Community Elementary School
  • Fox Hollow Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • High Plains Elementary School
  • Highline Community Elementary School
  • Holly Hills Elementary School
  • Homestead Elementary School
  • Independence Elementary School
  • Indian Ridge Elementary School
  • Meadow Point Elementary School
  • Mission Viejo Elementary School
  • Mountain Vista Elementary School
  • Peakview Elementary School
  • Pine Ridge Elementary School
  • Polton Elementary School
  • Ponderosa Elementary School
  • Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School
  • Rolling Hills Elementary School
  • Sagebrush Elementary School
  • Summit Elementary School
  • Sunrise Elementary School
  • Timberline Elementary School
  • Trails West Elementary School
  • Village East Elementary School
  • Walnut Hills Elementary School
  • Willow Creek Elementary School
  • Woodland Elementary School

Middle schools edit

  • Campus Middle School
  • Colorado Skies Academy
  • Falcon Creek Middle School
  • Fox Ridge Middle School
  • Horizon Community Middle School
  • Infinity Middle School
  • Laredo Middle School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Prairie Middle School
  • Sky Vista Middle School
  • Thunder Ridge Middle School
  • West Middle School

High schools edit

Alternative programs edit

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Cherry Creek Academy (K-8 Charter)
  • Cherry Creek Innovation Center (CCIC)
  • Endeavor Academy Alternative High School
  • Foote Youth Services Center
  • Heritage Heights Academy (K-8 Charter)
  • Institute of Science and Technology
  • Joliet Center

References edit

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Cherry Creek School District NO. 5 In The County Of Arapah". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  2. ^ Ricciardi, Tiney (January 22, 2021). "Cherry Creek school superintendent will retire after spring semester". The Denver Post. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  4. ^ "About Us Archived 2013-04-25 at the Wayback Machine." Cherry Creek School District Retrieved on May 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Denver County, CO." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
  6. ^ The Village History (Expanded) Archived December 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. City of Greenwood Village, Colorado. Accessed December 4, 2006.
  7. ^ "The History of the Cherry Creek School District Number Five, 1869 - 1981," Donald K. Goe and Clarice M. Crowle, 1981
  8. ^ Schemmel, Alec (March 21, 2022). "School district axes valedictorian honors, joins effort to remove competition from classes". KOMO News.
  9. ^ "Cherry Creek Schools opens Institute of Science & Technology". Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-16.

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