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Boulder High School

Home of the Panthers

As the first established high school in the state of Colorado,  Boulder High is enriched by its rich history, diverse population, and beautiful urban setting.​ Students regularly access the CU libraries, the Conference on World Affairs, and cultural community activities.

Dr. James Hill



Address: 1604 Arapahoe Ave.

City: Boulder

State: Colorado

Zip: 80302

Office Phone: 720-561-2200

Fax: 720-561-5317

Attendance Phone: 720-561-5300

Counseling Phone: 720-561-5351

Counseling Fax:  


Daily Schedule:
​8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Mon.-Fri​​​.​

About Our School:
Founded in 1875 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder High is the oldest established high school in Colorado. To this day, we maintain a strong and unique partnership with CU, exemplified by our co-hosting of the annual Conference on World Affairs. As an Advanced Placement (AP) Focus School, Boulder High offers one of the most comprehensive programs in the state, with 30 AP courses across multiple disciplines and grade levels. Our downtown Boulder location provides our students with an enriched, expanded learning environment, where walking field trips allow convenient access to a plethora of learning opportunities, including visiting guest speakers/artists, cultural community activities, and CU’s libraries. Additionally, our proximity to CU benefits many of our juniors and seniors who take classes there. Boulder High is rich in diversity, and our staff and student body embrace, value, and respect the many cultural and social differences present throughout our school. ​

Program Characteristics:
The AP program allows students the freedom to follow their passion, in whatever discipline(s) they choose. There are no specific set courses that must be taken for AP recognition at graduation. In addition to the broad range of advanced and AP classes available at Boulder High, we are one of only two high schools in BVSD to offer the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program in grades 9 through 12. We are proud to offer this program that challenges students and provides them the tools, motivation, and course guidance for academic success. We offer five world languages—Spanish, French, German, Latin, and Japanese—from levels 1 through 4 and Advanced Placement (year 5). We have one of the District’s largest English-as-a-second-language programs and serve students from 30 countries who speak dozens of languages.
Boulder High is a class 5A CHSAA school, and we offer 22 CHSAA sports. Our teams regularly compete for and win championships. Our visual and performing arts programs merit their excellent reputations. Students in these programs receive numerous mentions and awards at regional, state, and national competitions. The pottery lab, photography lab and program, video production studio, and science labs are all state-of-the-art and deliver dynamic, hands-on learning opportunities to students.

To provide students with support and/or credit recovery, we offer programs such as Teacher Access Time (TAP), English-as-a-second-language (ESL) study skills, Adelante!, the Opportunity Zone (O-Zone), drop-in tutoring, interventionist services, and Problem Solving Team (PST). Additionally, freshmen attend Freshmen Seminar once a week during their first semester to promote a positive transition to high school. Our experienced counseling staff also provides student support and guidance.


Principals Message:
​Dear Friends of Boulder High School,

Welcome to Boulder High School! It is my honor to introduce you to this exceptional learning community focused on providing an outstanding educational experience. Founded in 1875 as the first public high school in Colorado, our school has continued to evolve to provide a rigorous education in a creative and caring learning environment.

Boulder High School (BHS) is strikingly different from other Boulder Valley high schools. The student body has a richness in diversity and talent that exemplifies the Boulder community. As "A Place for Everyone,"​ Boulder High ​has a staff  that is committed to uncovering, sharpening, and supporting the development ​of our students' rich talents. Our aim is to produce graduates who are not only prepared intellectually for their futures but also have been offered every opportunity to find success. An example of our efforts to support this aspiration is in our Advanced Placement (AP) program.

BHS is an AP focus school, and as a result of the partnership between our students and faculty, our student body consistently earns numerous academic awards. In 2015, 1,178 AP exams in 30 subject areas were given. Scores of 3 or higher (of a possible 5) were achieved by 87% of students who tested and resulted in 105 AP Scholars, 78 AP Scholars with Honors, 172 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 50 AP National Scholars. Additionally, Boulder High is home to five Presidential Scholars where each earned national recognition as 1 of the top 100 scholars of their year. Furthermore, the academic talents of our student body are remarkable and have directly resulted in an active partnership with the University of Colorado. Boulder High students can enjoy the benefits of this close physical proximity by combining their BHS studies with college coursework.

We pride ourselves in providing a breadth of elective and co-curricular activities to support student interests. Our athletic programs regularly compete for league and state championships in a variety of sports. The vibrant BHS visual and performing arts programs are outstanding. Student work has been recognized with high honors at various state and national competitions and resulted in student artwork being displayed in the Denver Art Museum and in Washington, D.C. Our orchestra has been recognized at the prestigious Colorado Music Educators Association as the premier orchestra in the state. In addition, over 30 school and student-initiated activities meet regularly to pursue student interests ranging from the Robotics Club to our nationally recognized Model United Nations team.

We aim to provide a learning experience that demonstrates a care and concern for each of our students—​a defining characteristic of our school. Beyond those initiatives previously mentioned, we also offer the Opportunity Zone (O-Zone), home to the tutor match program, credit recovery, extension opportunities, weekly Tutor/Activity Period (TAP), and the Problem Solving Team to provide students with a variety of resources outside of the classroom. Our incoming ninth graders participate in Freshman Seminar, led by upperclassmen in the Panther Pride leadership program, to support student transition from middle school to high school, an invaluable experience not just for our incoming students, but for our student leaders as well. 

​​​I hope you enjoy learning more about our extraordinary community consisting of such tremendous talent, diversity, and spirit. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.​​



James A. Hill, EdD


Points of Pride:

Mission statement:

The mission of Boulder High School is to graduate civically engaged students who are college and career ready.

Vision statement:

At Boulder High School innovation, critical thinking, and creativity are cultivated so that individual potential is actualized, and all members of our school community are actively engaged in pursuing their dreams.


​Boulder High School values​

  • all students, staff, family, and community by em​bracing diversity and respecting individual strengths.
  • high expectations for all stu​dents, addressing unique learning needs through differentiated instruction.
  • academic pursuit, creativity, physical health, and the social-emotional wellness of students.
  • collaboration based on trust, integrity, listening, compassion, accountability, respect, transparency, and presuming positive intent.
  • our school as a place for everyone where societal inequities​ will not be a barrier to student learning.

Academic Goals:
  • ​For Boulder High School to develop and implement its own Multi-tiered Systems of Support program.
  • For all Boulder High School’s teachers to be able to implement effective literacy strategies in their classrooms.
  • For Boulder High School to continue its aggressive approach to improve all aspects of attendance.

Student/Teacher Ratio: 25.9/1

Funded Headcount: 1868

Equity Goal:  

Enrollment FTE: 1980

Climate Goals:  

Student Fees: Pay School Fees

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School Code: BOH