Peak to Peak Charter School

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Peak to Peak Charter School
Peak Logo Transp Medium.png
800 Merlin Drive, Lafayette CO 80026
United States
Type Charter school
Established 1999
School district Boulder Valley School District (BVSD)
Principal Christensen, Melissa (elementary), Preston, Lori (middle), Mathews, Kyle (high)
Staff 127
Grades K-12
Enrollment Through BVSD open enrollment process
Number of students Approximately 1,400
Campus type Semi-open
Color(s) Black, blue, and white             
Athletics Soccer, baseball, golf, volleyball, basketball, cross country running, track and field
Mascot Puma

Peak to Peak Charter School is a K-12 public college-preparatory charter school located in Lafayette, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD).

Peak to Peak is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

School Accomplishments[edit]

Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder Valley and the second in the State of Colorado to receive a College Preparatory Accreditation from the NCA. The NCA has granted the college preparatory accreditation to 240 private schools and 20 public schools in its region.[citation needed]

In August 2007 Peak to Peak Charter School was named the number one High School in the Denver metro area by 5280, a Denver lifestyle magazine. The school's 2005-2006 senior class had the highest ACT score average (25.0) of the district, and the third-highest in the entire state of Colorado.[1]

Also in 2007, it was named number 47 on the U.S. News & World Report listing of best high schools in the U.S.[2] In 2014, it was ranked 1st in Colorado, 18th among charter schools, and 66th overall on the same list.[3]

In 2015 the Washington Post named Peak to Peak the 99th "most challenging" high school to attend in the United States.[4]


The mascot of Peak to Peak Charter School is a Puma.

Stamping Students' Hands Controversy[edit]

Cafeteria staff had been in the practice of stamping the hands of students to indicate their lunch accounts were empty or if they were to receive a free lunch. Upon discovery of the practice, Principal Noelle Roni ordered the cafeteria staff to discontinue stamping students' hands. The school board dismissed Roni in January 2014. Roni has said that she believes she was fired because of her opposition to the policy, which she has described as disrespectful towards students.[5][6]


  1. ^ Hatlestad, Luc (August 2007). "Best Colorado High Schools". Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Peak To Peak Charter School: Best High Schools -
  3. ^ "Peak to Peak Charter School Overview". Website. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  4. ^ "National Schools: Get Challenge Index scores for more than 2300 high schools nationwide". Washington Post. 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ CBS4 Denver (8 January 2014). "Colo. principal says she was fired over "disrespectful" policy towards poor children". CBS News. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Bounds, Amy (8 January 2014). "Peak to Peak charter defends hand-stamping by food services". Daily Camera. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 39°59′27.88″N 105°4′45.07″W / 39.9910778°N 105.0791861°W / 39.9910778; -105.0791861