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  • Hinkley High School4

    Aurora, CO | Arapahoe County

    December 21, 2014

    I had the pleasure of being threatened by the Hinkley wrestling coach Kasey Wright in the school parking lot. He yelled at my family and I and told me he was going to punch me in the face when I told him to stop yelling at us. I had him charged with harassment and obtained a restraining order. I informed the school about his behavior and the principal Matthew Willis told me that they would look into the allegations. I emailed Matthew a week later to find out what had become of their investigation and he informed me that Kasey was still employed but he thanked me for informing them of the incident. I personally find this kind of behavior extremely unacceptable, especially around children. It seems to me that Hinkley enables and supports it willingly by continuing to employ a man with a violent history.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 20, 2014

    I think that Hinkley gets a bad rap & a lot of parents are too busy making excuses for their kids to actually see the good in the school. One of my kids graduated from there in 2011 with a double letter in Music and another will be graduating soon with letters & pins in Academics & Basketball. Hinkley has one of the Best IB programs in the state & the coaches are Great, if you give them a chance. I didn't really like the AD at first, but in all honesty, she is just doing her job. Don't hate her because your child isn't being coddled... This is High School, not Head Start!!!

    Submitted by a parent

    November 3, 2014

    Concerned Parent: I have read your post, and am sorry to hear how disgruntled you are with the Athletics Program here at Hinkley High School. As the Athletic Director, League President and board member of the Colorado Athletic Directors Association, our athletics department follows all rules/ regulations/ policies set forth by CHSAA. If you have any specific concerns that are related to your personal situation with your son/daughter in regards to these policies, please know that my door is open to respectable conversation. Regards, Tristen Rogers Athletic Director

    Submitted by a teacher

    October 17, 2014

    This school is the worst school my child has ever attended. You try to contact a teacher and never get a response. The Athletics dept. is run by the most incompetent woman I have ever met. She is completely lacking integrity and will not give an honest or correct answer to your questions because she is totally clueless to the rules and regulations that control the sports she is in charge of. If your child is an athlete stay as far away from this school as you can. If your child is just a student then Pray a lot that your child is not smarter than the teacher, this school is the absolute worst as far as academics and Athletics. You really get the impression that they rounded up the worst candidates for teachers, Administrators, and coaches and gave them all a job at Hinkley. Absolutely no accountability for incompetence in the APS district. Run away from this school and all APS schools as fast as you can! 4 out of 10 rating, it's more like 1 out of 10. How sad for the students and parents to be unfortunate to live in the boundary for this school.

    September 20, 2014

    If you look at Hinkley's rating, you have to wonder why it is so low. It comes down to the school's leadership. Hinkley's administration promotes low academic expectations. Teachers are told that giving low grades will hurt the self esteem of the students. This is their rationale for providing inflated grades. The principal brags that the campus is one of the safest in the state. With over 30 fights per year, how can this be true? Immigrant students with poor English skills are not provided adequate help in the school's woefully inadequate ELA program. Most are totally unprepared for life outside of the "shelter" that the poorly trained Hinkley teachers provide. The hallways are noisy, crowded, with little monitoring and student self control. If there is a solution to HInkley, it may be state takeover or the removal of the administration with strong school board oversight. The current admins apparently can blow smoke in the face of the school superintendent and others in high places in the school district. Unless this occurs, I would warn anyone from working as a teacher at this school or from attending it as a student.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 3, 2013

    The biomedical program offers many opportunities to students. The teachers all care about the success of every single student.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 9, 2012

    Hinkley High School has the potential to be an absolutely fabulous school. The students who attend this school are absolutely fantastic and the cultural divsity is celebrated by all who attend, including staff. The athletics programs are gaining in their level of competitiveness and respect, with hard working coaches and establishing summer strength/conditioning programs to help gain interested and dedication in our sports programs. The arts department produces outstanding performances in choir, drama and marching band. Teachers and councelors at Hinkley genuinely have a passion for seeing students succeed and extend opportunities for students to get post-secondary education. Teachers are often found well beyond their duty day in their classroom helping tutor students with their work.

    January 8, 2012

    According to the Denver Foundation, Hinkley is a beacon of hope in the north metro area. Hinkley offers IB programs and other pathways to help students find a direction in life. Hinkley offers the IB Biomedical Sciences pathway, Audio-Visual Pathway, Business Pathway, Marketing Pathway and Performing Arts Pathway. Additionally, Hinkley has more concurrent enrollment classes offered for dual credit at high school and college than any other school in Aurora. Hinkley has a partnership with CSU and CCA. Students who attend Hinkley and qualify to attend CSU automatically qualify for a minimum of $2500 per year scholarships. Hinkley is working hard to make a difference for the community.

    Submitted by a teacher

    April 23, 2011

    I'm an alumni and my two word description of Hinkley is; terrible school. This school thrives on conformity. If you're even a little bit different from the herd of sheep that populate this school. You're seen as a freak, loser, and have people tell you, "you deserve to die". Teacher's are no better then the students as they encourage the student body to outcast the "different" people. Sure, many may say this is a part of the highschool experience. But this school takes that experience to a whole new level. Aside from that, the level of education you'll get is below average. They try to disguise their incompetence of teaching by saying. "Look at us, we're in IB school." As if the only thing that makes them a "good" school is the fact they have IB. Yet, they don't even compare to Cherry Creek schools without IB. Overall, the student body is nothing more then a herd of sheep, the teachers are no better then the students and the only thing their proud of is a sign that says "IB School" by their main entrance. If you're even considering putting your student in this school. Don't. You'll regret it.

    Submitted by a student

    April 4, 2011

    Current and Proud student at Hinkley High School. Hinkley is very strong on the education front. IB classes are rigorous in preparation for college. Teachers are very supportive, and try new methods to teach things the students might need help on. There is no excuse at Hinkley that you did not understand anything because help is always given if you ask. The only problems at Hinkley High are budget cuts and athletics. For the most part athletics are pretty bad but is made up for by the Music department.

    Submitted by a student

    September 20, 2009

    I love Hinkley because there's such a diverse group of students but there's not many problems. The students are mature, the teachers are amazing, and the school in general is really great!

    Submitted by a student

    September 17, 2009

    Good academics and excellent marching band and music program.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 5, 2009

    Yo. Some people need to stop criticizing the school. I'm a current alumni there, and, to be frankly honest, it is the best school experience I have ever had. The teachers there are kind, willing to work with you, and fight for what is right. Although we're getting a new principal, the one we had previously was not bad. The education itself is stable, and works with most students. There's also more rigorous programs with AP and IB. We are a proud community. There is a difference in students who want to learn, and those who don't. It's not the teachers who completely influence the school, it's the students going there. And if you believe that it'll affect your kid, then you better teach them to fight peer pressure. C:

    Submitted by a parent

    March 29, 2009

    Great school the location is good and the teachers are mostly awesome some violence once in a while

    Submitted by a student

    March 23, 2009

    This is a great school with diversity as one of its strong points. An IB school that has an environment expectation that everyone has to have a plan for after high school. My child is a well rounded person because of his experience at Hinkley

    Submitted by a parent

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