Heritage High School in Littleton, CO - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    1,673
  • Type
    Public
  • Reviews
    217 3.7
  • Ranking

Heritage High School is a public school in Littleton, Colorado. It has 1,673 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 72% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 217 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1401 West Geddes Ave
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 347-7600

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 217 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Student Culture & Diversity: Most kids are involved in something and have quite a bit of school spirit, but there are definitely quite a few kids who are pretty stuck-up. There's a lot of economic diversity (I know some kids whose families can barely afford to eat and some kids whose first cars were Audis), but very little racial diversity (there's only a handful each of African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians). I've personally never experienced any significant peer pressure and everyone's mostly accepting of LGBT kids, though I've heard stories of the handful that aren't so accepting. The teachers are pretty much all accepting of everybody (I've never heard any stories of teachers who aren't).
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Academics: Our academics are super strong and we have lots of great teachers. The thing I think we struggle with most academically is standardized testing because so many students opt out, although we did better in 2016 than 2015. We're actually one of the few schools that mandate a maximum number of hours each teacher can teach during the day so that they guaranteed have off-hours that they can use to help students. Obviously some of them eat lunch or plan during those periods, but they're either in their rooms or in their offices and most of them are pretty approachable, so if you need help, you can almost always go to a teacher. There's an online sign-up for NHS tutoring, but I don't think most kids know about it. Scheduling for me personally has been hellish every year because I always have to go in and switch stuff around to fit in everything I want to take and I usually end up having to trade out one class for another because the scheduling never works out quite right. That's not anyone's fault and I know lots of kids who always get to take the classes they want, but that's been my experience, and some of my friends have had difficulty with it as well. We offer lots of honors and AP courses; in fact, we're one of the few schools in the world to offer the AP Capstone program.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: I definitely know of a lot of kids who have done drugs or been drinking or had sex, but I've never experienced any sort of pressure to do those things. It's not hard to find groups of kids who aren't interested in drugs and alcohol, and even kids who are don't usually push other kids into it. Some kids at the Docks might try to push other kids into it (the Docks are where certain groups of kids will go to smoke), but that's the only instance I've ever heard of someone being pressured to do drugs, and it wasn't hard for them to turn it down. It's a community where you can get into it or stay out of it - it's really up to you to make good choices.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: I'm in a TON of extracurriculars as well as challenging classes and it's definitely manageable if you can stay organized. There's obviously only five days a week that extracurriculars will meet, so if you're interested in a lot of things, you'll have to be pretty selective about what you pick, especially if you're an athlete, but lots of clubs are really flexible about letting you try different things before committing. Just know that if you try out for a sport and you make the team, you're in and that's that - you can't really experiment with the sports. You'll find at least one assistant principal or sometimes the principal at every athletic event, but the same can't be said for every club event. Athletics definitely receive more funding than clubs (we've had a speech and debate team for years but they only just now got on the budget), but we do have lots of fundraising opportunities and lots of places in the community that are willing to help with fundraising (Garlic Knot, the Shack). The extracurriculars that demand the most commitment are probably yearbook and newspaper because we have deadlines to work with, but other clubs do a lot of activities as well: GSA gives presentations to faculty about how to make their classrooms more accepting, Community Relations organizes and runs Make a Difference Week, LINK organizes and runs activities specifically for freshmen, etc.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Overall, I've had a good experience. I've met lots of good people, both teachers and peers, but as an advanced honors/AP student, I felt that the graduation requirements held me back. Graduation requirements don't impede any advancement in math, but they have hindered me in English. I've also had some really valuable life experiences, especially in yearbook, but it can be difficult to work with all the electives we're required to take (5 credits fine arts, 5 credits practical arts, 12 credits fine arts and practical arts combined, 12 credits physical education which must include health and swimming). Again, as an honors/AP student, my schedule is already pretty full; adding in a whole bunch of electives I'm not necessarily interested in just takes time out of my day.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.33 Littleton High School 2 mi. 1,383
4.00 Arapahoe High School 2 mi. 2,273
3.66 Thunderridge High School 4 mi. 1,989
3.66 Columbine High School 4 mi. 1,675
3.33 Mountain Vista High School 5 mi. 2,098

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Heritage High School United States Arapahoe High School Columbine High School Littleton High School Mountain Vista High School Thunderridge High School
White 79.0% 51.0% 82.0% 71.0% 65.0% 79.0% 79.0%
Hispanic 13.0% 25.0% 9.0% 19.0% 24.0% 10.0% 11.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 4.0% 3.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.8% 2.0% 3.0% 3.0% 4.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 1.0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 22.8%
Grade 10 28.9%
Grade 11 22.0%
Grade 12 26.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 82% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 6% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 26% The academics
  • 17% A few select teachers
  • 13% Spirit
  • 13% The sports programs
  • 10% The comraderie
  • 6% The rivalry with Arapahoe
  • 6% The location
  • 5% The always supportive and engaging teachers
  • 1% Teachers like Mr. D'Stefano
  • 1% Great teachers
  • 1% CTE and CE opportunities

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 30% The cliques
  • 18% The pressure to be the best
  • 10% The way the student gov'ts are chosen
  • 10% The food options off campus
  • 8% "Inappropriate affection" in the hallway
  • 8% I honestly cant think of anything bad.
  • 5% The administration having double standards
  • 5% Sometimes academic expectations are too high
  • 2% Bullying
  • 2% The food
  • 2% The administration

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 28 responses

  • 61% School Spirit and high achievement interest
  • 39% Strong all around academics

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 60% Pride
  • 20% Excellence
  • 7% Do it yourself
  • 3% So much homework
  • 3% Most people won't go out of their way to help you.
  • 3% Team work
  • 3% Pride, Character, Excellence.

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 24 responses

  • 46% Get involoved in activities
  • 25% Don't let your grades slip freshman year
  • 21% Be yourself and don't compare yourself to others.
  • 4% Ignore bullies and focus on schoolwork.
  • 4% If you were in band before, continue it here

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 32% I love everything about this school.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.