I am excited to welcome students, staff and community back to CTHS as we begin our 15th school year. We welcomed 750 freshmen and are projected to have close to 3000 students and 255 faculty and staff members. I am honored to be the principal of such a wonderful high school, and look forward to developing and renewing relationships with students, parents, staff and community members.
At Cherokee Trail High School, we are committed to preparing graduates for college – work – life, and ensuring that students are ready for the many challenges of the post-secondary world. We will continue our work on improving our student performance data and ensuring inclusive excellence, while helping our students understand the importance of perseverance through a growth mind set. Our 17-18 theme is: Be Bold, Be Brave, Believe; trust you can make a difference through fearless conversations in the pursuit of excellence for all.
As a school, we are committed to increasing academic rigor in an effort to build upon and improve our initial SAT/PSAT results while continuing to improve our graduation rate. Our instructional focus will not change: aligned curriculum, instruction and assessments through professional collaboration to promote student learning. Our mission is "to ignite the genius and nurture the goodness within us all." We hope to achieve that mission by planning for a rigorous and supportive academic experience for all students. We have designated "college preparation" as our "default" experience. We guide our curriculum and instruction towards Colorado Academic Standards and College Ready Benchmarks at each grade level. We understand and respect that some students may choose not to attend college, but we strive for college to be a viable option. We believe that students who are ready for college are also better prepared for the military and work.
By the end of the 2016-17 school year, approximately 84% of our senior class had committed to attending a two or four year college or university and 11% percent of our seniors committed to career education or the military. We will be striving to move that total number closer to 100% this school year. We encourage all students to take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Concurrent Enrollment credit classes prior to graduation from high school. We know that successful completion of college level courses is an important indicator of college and career readiness.
We believe that all students can and must learn. As a school, we are committed to Inclusive Excellence for our students. We know that we will not be truly excellent until we can ensure that college preparation and acceptance is the standard for all of our graduates. We are very proud of our increasing ACT scores and we can proudly report progress in closing the opportunity gap between our highest and lowest performing subgroups of students. This year's senior class scored the 2nd highest ACT composite (21.7) in our school's history and recorded a 1070 SAT composite. We are also proud to share we have been selected as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post every year since 2012. Every year of high school is precious and we want our students to maximize the many opportunities offered at CT. We believe that each student is special, and we strive to find the best way to tailor the experience to the individual student. In other words, "One Trail, Many Paths".
We encourage our students to get involved in the life of our school and the greater CTHS community. Most of our students are involved in activities and clubs, athletics, volunteer work or leadership. Our students are multitalented and we are committed to helping them become well-rounded citizens. Our ultimate goal is to have every student be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity or athletic.
Since opening in 2003, we have enjoyed an open and evolving partnership with our parent community. We value the diversity of our community and welcome all parents as collaborators, leaders and supporters of our students and school. I encourage our parents and students to use the many communication tools we have in place such as Power School, Schoology, Cougar Tracks and our web site to stay informed on all "things" happening at CT.
We are excited to continue our journey to excellence. It is a pleasure and honor to be the principal of this fine school. I cherish our students and believe in our faculty and staff. Together, we will make it another great year!
We Are CT! - Home of the Cougars
Kim Rauh, Principal