ThunderRidge High School Academics
Strong academic environment focused on student achievement

We pride ourselves on a well-rounded and positive school environment that permeates the ThunderRidge High School culture. ThunderRidge High School's main goal is to graduate learners and leaders who are responsible and productive citizens that embody the skills and foundational knowledge to embrace the rapidly-changing innovations of the 21st Century. More details can be found on the Academic Programs Page.
Academic Programs Page.


ThunderRidge Listed in Top Schools in the United States

The Washington Post 2011 listed the top high schools in the United States with ThunderRidge ranking #1038 in the US.  You will find the list along with more information online at It was also featured in a special print section of The Washington Post on Sunday May 22, 2011.

ThunderRidge made Newsweek magazine's 2009 list of the top 1,500 high schools in the United States.
According to a ratio devised by reporter Jay Mathews called the Challenge Index, schools are ranked by dividing the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or Cambridge tests, by the number of graduating seniors. The schools that made the list were those in the top 6 percent of this measure. The calculation is simple, but a useful way to measure what Mathews calls the "cultures" of these top high schools. "These are all exceptional schools," says Mathews on the Newsweek website. "Every one is in the top 6 percent of American high schools measured this way. They have all shown remarkable AP and IB strength."  "These rankings are a tribute to the hard work of our teachers, students and school community," says Superintendent Jim Christensen, "Everyone involved with our schools works very hard to maintain a high level of excellence." A complete list of the Newsweek best high schools can be seen on their website at

To acccomplish this goal, we offer a variety of educational programs that are designed to encourage and enhance academic achievement and student connection such as:

High School Advanced Programs (Available Here at TRHS!)

• International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
• Advanced Placement
• College Ready and Dual Enrollment/Credit with Arapahoe Community College
• Honors Program

Alternative Programs (District and Out of District Programs)
• Expert Technician Academy (ETA)
• Arapahoe/Douglas Career and Technical School
• T.H.Pickens Tech School (Aurora Public Schools)
• EDCSD - Online Courses: Griz-Net, NovaNet, OdysseyWare, BYU Online

Student Support and Enrichment Programs
• Math Pilot Program (January 2008)
• Senior Project
• Seminar Program
• Academic Access Program
• After- School Tutorial Program
• After-School Homework Club
• Peer Tutoring Program
• Freshman Transition Program
• Adult Mentoring Program

Interested in these Programs?

Learn More Here on Academic Programs Page
Meet with your Counselors for Academic Advisement!

Counseling/Post Grad Website