The 4,033 members of the Cherry Creek School District's class of 2018 have plenty to brag about.
To date, the graduating class from the district's seven high schools has earned more than $59,160,000 in college grants and scholarships. They've racked up 22 perfect ACT scores and 3 perfect SAT scores; secured more than 100 student athlete scholarships; earned honors and championships in fields ranging from orchestra to speech and debate. They've logged untold hours performing community service, wowed audiences from stages across the district's 108 square miles and brought home dozens of state championship titles in all kinds of sports. Some have been accepted into a wide array of posts in all branches of the U.S. military; others have picked up valuable professional skills in Career and Technical Education courses during their time in the district. Students in this cohort are bound for colleges across the country to study medicine, the arts, business and every other imaginable subject.
In other words, the class of 2018 has perfectly personified the Cherry Creek School District's commitment to excellence.
During a presentation to the CCSD Board of Education during their regular meeting held on May 14, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Operations Brooke Gregory offered an impressive snapshot of this exceptional group, a diverse crowd of students of all backgrounds and of all specialties who will be receiving their diplomas during graduation ceremonies next week.
To date, the graduating class from the district's seven high schools has earned more than $59,160,000 in college grants and scholarships. They've racked up 22 perfect ACT scores and 3 perfect SAT scores; secured more than 100 student athlete scholarships; earned honors and championships in fields ranging from orchestra to speech and debate.
Of this group of more than 4,000, 1,606 students have attended a Cherry Creek Schools since kindergarten. In other words, more than 39 percent of the class of 2018 have spent their entire educational careers in CCSD classrooms.
Gregory drilled further into the details about the class of 2018, presenting points of pride from each high school's graduating class.
At Cherokee Trail, 1,237 students are taking 2,355 AP/IB exams this spring, while more than 650 concurrent enrollment students have the opportunity earn 4,244 college credits before they receive their high school diploma. Cherry Creek High School students earned a 27.1 composite ACT score, the highest in school history that includes 17 perfect scores. In the last two years, more than 80 percent of Eaglecrest juniors earned a Proficient or Advanced score on the High School Writing Assessment. This was nearly a 20% increase on from 2015.
An average of 76 percent of students at Endeavor High School passed all of their classes on a quarterly basis, and Endeavor have taken college trips to 16 different campuses since last August. Grandview High School's 20th anniversary year saw the largest number of students taking Advanced Placement exams (1,133) and largest number of exams given (2,318) in school history. Overland High School increased the number of AP Exams taken each of the last three years, while at the same time, increasing the number of AP students scoring a 3 or higher by 4 percent. Finally, 575 students at Smoky Hill High School are scheduled to take 783 AP tests and 113 students will take 588 International Baccalaureate tests.
All of these academic achievements haven't occurred in a vacuum. At every high school, students have created a sense of community and commitment. They've raised money for young children suffering from rare diseases. They've traveled across the country to compete in music, science and math contests. They've represented their schools in the larger community, serving as ambassadors of the Cherry Creek School District.
These students are the leaders of tomorrow, and the district has been made richer by their time in Cherry Creek Schools classrooms, gyms and auditoriums. They'll leave a gap when they walk across stages next week to receive their diplomas, one that can only be filled by the innovators, scholars and future professionals in the class of 2019.
Congratulations and good luck to the class of 2018!