How A Once-Failing High School Rebounded To 11th In Colorado

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<p>Classical and digital music classes are integrated into the program at STEM School and Academy, which currently serves grades 5-12.  The school has 6 recording studios.</p>

When Penny Eucker took the reins at Highlands Ranch’s STEM School and Academy in 2012, it was failing and slated for closure. Now the school, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, ranks 11th out of high schools in Colorado. The reason seems to be an innovative blend of arts, student-led learning, and real-world emphasis.

School Executive Director Penny Eucker spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.