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Glenwood Springs High School (3468)

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Grade 9 - Grade 12

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About Glenwood Springs High School (3468)


Glenwood Springs High School


GSHS is located in a mountain resort town. We serve a comprehensive population in that we draw from all socio-economic classes and we are almost equally comprised Anglos and Latinos. Our poverty rate is over 45%. Our mantra is Changing Students' Real-Life Chances. We are focused on academics but we are committed to the development of the whole person. We have used the Advanced Placement program as a turnkey system for ratcheting up academic rigor. All faculty are trained for AP even if they are not currently teaching at that level. Those who teach grade 9 students have to be aware of the academic incline from grade 9 that takes a student to success in grades 11 and 12. We deliberately place all freshmen students in grade-level math. We do not see a place for pre-algebra classes in high school. We maintain a full program of fine arts, theatre, band and choir. There is a JROTC program. We accept Richard Elmore's argument, that there are only three ways to raise student achievement: Improve teacher's skills, improve the curriculum, and improve engagement. One practical way of doing this is through an energetic round of observations and a desire for our senior managers to continually improve as instructional coaches. The district's instructional model and the importance attached to it support the school's approach. Instruction is assisted by the one-to-one laptop program. GSHS students meet the requirements for a performance; rating in academic growth - the gold standard metric that captures added value. The path to academic achievement is paved with academic growth. 47% of the 2022 graduates left school with at least 1 Advanced Placement score of 3 or higher, compared to 13% in 2012. All juniors are required to take English Language and Composition, or English Literature AP. We work assiduously to promote excellence and equity. In a recent email to the principal, Jay Mathews of the Washington Post and the keeper of the Challenge Index, wrote I did receive your earlier submission Paul. Those are excellent numbers. They should put you in the top 3 or 4 percent nationally; The Challenge Index is the oldest high school ranking system in the country, beginning in 1998 in both Newsweek and The Washington Post. It is the only list that does not rely on test scores, which are more a measure of student family income than school quality. It is also the only list that compares private and public schools.'' The principal gives strong direction but we are committed to the theory of distributed leadership and thus the framework for improvement, and its practical implementation, is much discussed in many forums; in particular, the senior management team and building leadership teams as well as the faculty council and the parents? accountability committee. The GSHS leadership teams keep the components of the improvement plan under continuous review in order to make adjustments in the light of new data, quantitative and qualitative. The school has been rated in the top 10% by US News and World Report from 2020-23. Glenwood Springs High School also scored number 663 out of over 23,000 schools for college readiness in 2022. The total enrollment at Glenwood Springs High School for the 2023-24 school year is 1,040 students with a faculty of 65.



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