The 2014-15 school year is off to an incredible start! Enrollment is up from 1277 last year to 1308 students this year with 53 students Choice Enrolled. Along with 15 new staff members, students were welcomed back with some course additions and changes. Freshman are no longer required to take Earth Sciences in order to open up more access to AP course in Science and STEM. A new AP Human Geography course was added for 9th Graders, AP Environmental Science for grades 10-12 and an AP Music Theory course. There is a 59% increase in the number of students enrolled on all 18 AP courses this year. Moreover, 15 students enrolled in the Geometry Boot Camp this summer to get a year advanced in Math with Calculus being the goal by 12th grade. There was another technology upgrade with a new Electron Microscope that should be operational in November and will offer students cutting-edge access along with the 3-D printer. And with all the support of academics, the 2014 average ACT score is up +0.7 over 2013 at 21.9.
But that’s just a start. The Varsity Football Team has its first 3-game winning streak in nearly a decade including an impressive Homecoming victory. The Softball team had a winning season, just missing playoff contention; Cross Country has an opportunity to qualify both Girls and Boys teams for state; Boys Golf had three state qualifiers; and the Boys Soccer Team is currently 10-4 and fiercely pushing for a league title!
In addition, GHS Student Council will proudly host the CHSAA State Leadership Conference on October 24-25th. GHS is the first Jeffco school to host this event with almost 600 student leaders from across the state in attendance and nationally acclaimed keynote speaker Ryan Porter. GHS is also hosting the 2014-15 Jeffco Spirit Invitational. Varsity, Co-ed Varsity, and JV cheer, dance, pom, and jazz teams from across the district will be competing here in Golden. This year also marks the first full year of implementation of Link Crew, a structured peer leadership program by juniors and seniors for the freshmen. Student participate in student-lead activities in their ACE classes that focus on working together, asking for help, utilizing resources, and more.
All of these activities, in addition to the large amount of students who attend Warren Tech, are what continue to make GHS a well-rounded neighborhood school, providing advancement and opportunities to fit all learners. Way to go, Demons!
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