Cherry Creek is among a select group of Colorado school districts honored with a new honor from the state seeking to recognize remarkable academic growth.
This week, Grandview High School was one of just nine schools in the state to receive the first High School Academic Growth Awards from the Colorado Department of Education. The state Legislature approved the honor earlier this year as a way to recognize schools from local districts of all sizes that show marked improvement in reading, writing and math scores over several years, based on measures spelled out in the Colorado Academic Standards.
Grandview was the only high school from a large school district in the metro area to receive the award. The other recipients were schools from smaller, rural districts, as well as charter schools. By organizing achievement data according to the categories used to classify the rankings high school football teams, the award looks to create an even playing field for districts of all sizes.
"The CDE wanted to recognize some of these really little places that have really good growth," said Lynn Bamberry, director of competitive grants and awards for the CDE. "The data was disaggregated by those classifications."
With a specified budget of less than $2,000 from the state, the honor came along with a trophy specifically designed to resemble an athletic prize.
"It's a way for the state to recognize high schools across the state that are showing a high amount of growth with all students. I was humbled to find out that we received the award ... It's an affirmation of the path that we've been on. It's a celebration for everyone."
-- Grandview HS Principal Sarah Grobbel
Grandview shared the honor with small high schools from the Poudre Valley district as well as facilities from the Charter School Institute. According to Grandview Principal Sarah Grobbel, the honor came as a complete surprise.
"It's a way for the state to recognize high schools across the state that are showing a high amount of growth with all students. I was humbled to find out that we received the award," Grobbel said. "It's an affirmation of the path that we've been on. It's a celebration for everyone."
The CDE announced the recipients of the High School Academic Growth Award, along with the winners of the Governor's Distinguished Improvement award and the John Irwin Schools of Excellence award. Eighteen schools from the Cherry Creek School District won either one or both of those established academic prizes.