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STEM School and Academy

A Public Charter School of the Douglas County School District for Grades K to 12

8773 South Ridgeline Blvd |Highlands Ranch CO 80129 USA | 303.683.STEM (7836) | info@stemhigh.org

Providing an integrated educational system of high standards to engage all students in an academically rigorous core curricula, promoting a strong foundation in the sciences, technologies, engineering and mathrelevant and real-world contexts, and building on student character and community assets to prepare students for successful post-secondary endeavors

Key Facts


High school – 11 out of 342 Colorado public high schools (2014 data)


Full range of classes (reference website: Academics).  students can experience lessons enriched with a STEM focus as well as music, art, foreign language and accelerated language arts and social studies.


SY 2013-2014 – 742 students

SY 2014-2015 – 965 students 

SY 2015-2016 - 1,150 students

SY 2015-2017 - 1,600 students

Student Profile

·    Gifted and talented students – 22%

·    Ethnically diverse – 25%

·    Free and reduced lunch – 4%


Students are selected through annual lottery. No testing required.  No tuition.  Public school.

Teacher Profile

Faculty is 100 percent “Highly Qualified” through the Colorado Department of Education. Monthly staff surveys demonstrate high satisfaction and engagement with our students.

School Day

7:00 – 1st Period: Optional start with enrichment classes

8:00 – 2nd Period: Most students begin their day

3:20 – End of school day (8th period).  About 250 students remain for 9th period until 4:20 for Academy enrichment classes and athletics.  Supervised study hall is offered until 6:00pm.

Flex scheduling offered – full time students must take five classes, homeschool hybrid with three classes.

College Prep

Academic counseling available with progressively more support each year.


Public tours are scheduled weekly.  See our website for the next tour.


·     Founded in 2011; first senior graduation class June 2015.

·     Charter from Douglas County School District renewed in February 2014 through SY 16/17.

·     Governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors representing community members and STEM parents, many of whom work for STEM oriented companies in the Denver area.