Cherry Creek School District

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The Cherry Creek School District 5, also known as Cherry Creek Public Schools, is a school district based in western Arapahoe County, Colorado. The superintendent is Harry C. Bull, Jr., Ed.D. It consists of elementary, middle, and high schools. The district headquarters are in Greenwood Village.

The district serves Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village, most of Centennial, Foxfield, and Glendale. It also serves portions of Aurora, Englewood and areas near Denver.[1][2]

The Cherry Creek School District is one of the highest-achieving school districts in the state. The district serves more than 54,000 children and more 300,000 residents in 108 square miles that spread across eight municipalities. 98% of Cherry Creek Schools rank in the highest category of Accreditation by the Colorado Department of Education. No schools rank in the lowest two categories. [3]


The student population of the Cherry Creek School District figures from the 2013-14 school year follow:

Average Class Size: •Grades K-5: 24.1 •Grades 6-8: 25.9 •Grades 9-12: 25.7

Demographics: •African American: 12% •American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.5% •Asian: 8% •Hispanic: 19% •Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3% •White: 55% •Two or more races: 5.5% •29% of CCSD students qualify for free and reduced lunch

The district has one of the highest high school graduation rate in the Denver metropolitan area. Over 84% of CCSD students graduate and approximately 85% of them go on to college. Admissions Officers from prestigious universities across the country actively recruit Cherry Creek graduates.



Cherry Creek School District No. 5 was voted into existence in 1950 by residents of seven Arapahoe County school districts. Existing schools in the new district included:

  • Melvin School, currently a schoolhouse museum on the Smoky Hill High School campus
  • Castlewood School, dismantled when I-25 was built and replaced with Belleview Elementary in 1954
  • Cherry Creek Elementary School
  • Cherry Hills Elementary School [5]

Institute of Science and Technology[edit]

In 2011, the district opened the Institute of Science and Technology, a campus devoted specifically to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The building, located at 12500 E. Jewell Avenue in Aurora, is part of the Overland High School-Prairie Middle School campus. It serves Overland and Prairie students through a rich and rigorous curriculum.

The school was designed by Hutton Architecture Studio and built by Saunders Construction with science in mind. Approved by Cherry Creek voters in 2008, the $18 million, 58,000 square foot facility features lines of latitude and longitude on the floors, galaxies of stars on the ceilings, and windows that represent Fibonacci’s sequence.



Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Antelope Ridge Elementary School
  • Arrowhead Elementary School
  • Aspen Crossing Elementary School
  • Belleview Elementary School
  • Black Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Buffalo Trail Elementary School
  • Canyon Creek Elementary School
  • Challenge K-5
  • Cherry Creek Academy K-5 (Charter)
  • Cherry Hills Village Elementary School
  • Cimarron Elementary School
  • Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
  • Coyote Hills Elementary School
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Dakota Valley Elementary School
  • Dry Creek Elementary School
  • Eastridge Community Elementary School
  • Fox Hollow Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Highline Community Elementary School
  • High Plains Elementary School
  • Holly Hills Elementary School
  • Homestead Elementary School
  • Independence Elementary School
  • Indian Ridge Elementary School
  • Meadow Point Elementary School
  • Mission Viejo Elementary School
  • Peakview Elementary School
  • Pine Ridge Elementary School
  • Polton Elementary School
  • Ponderosa Elementary School
  • Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School
  • Rolling Hills Elementary School
  • Sagebrush Elementary School
  • Summit Elementary School
  • Sunrise Elementary School
  • Timberline Elementary School
  • Trails West Elementary School
  • Village East Elementary School
  • Walnut Hills Elementary School
  • Willow Creek Elementary School
  • Mountain Vista Elementary School

Middle Schools[edit]

  • West Middle School
  • C.A.R.E. Middle School
  • Campus Middle School (Campus Middle Unit)
  • Challenge (K-8 Magnet) Middle School
  • Falcon Creek Middle School
  • Fox Ridge Middle School
  • Horizon Community Middle School
  • Laredo Middle School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Prairie Middle School
  • Sky Vista Middle School
  • Thunder Ridge Middle School
  • Canyon Ridge Middle School

High Schools[edit]

Alternative programs[edit]

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Cherry Creek Academy (K-8 Charter)
  • Cherry Creek P.R.E.P. Alternative High School
  • Foote Youth Services Center
  • Glendale Educational Center
  • Institute of Science and Technology
  • Joliet Center
  • Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning


Cherry Creek Schools has produced several Colorado Teachers of the Year:[7]

  • Russell Lofthouse (1986, Meadow Point Elementary School)
  • Roberta Ford (1990, Prairie Middle School)
  • Pam Schmidt (1997, Thunder Ridge Middle School)
  • Sharon Ivie (1999, Eastridge Community Elementary School)
  • Deborah Johnston (2002, Eaglecrest High School)

Two teachers have also received the Presidential Teaching Award

  • Kathryn Eyolfson (2008,Science) Coyote Hills Elementary School
  • Lana Hanson (2008, Math) Willow Creek Elementary School

Also CCSD has received several other awards including:

  • Best Nutrition Program of the Year (By USDA - 2005-2006)
  • Superintendent of the Year (Dr. Monte C. Moses, Ph.D.)
  • School District of the Year (both by Colorado DOE and United States DOE)


  1. ^ "About Us." Cherry Creek School District Retrieved on May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Denver County, CO." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
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  5. ^ The Village History (Expanded). City of Greenwood Village, Colorado. Accessed December 4, 2006.
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  7. ^ Colorado Teachers of the Year 1963-Present. Colorado Department of Education. Accessed December 4, 2006.

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