STEM Opportunities at Dakota Ridge High School

DRHS is an exceptional community promoting extraordinary learning, expanded opportunities, college prep honors/AP/IB course rigor and success for all students. We are a comprehensive, technologically advanced school dedicated to community engagement via balancing the human need to live, love, learn, and leave a legacy.  Outstanding interscholastic programs at DRHS include award-winning programs in athletics, activities, drama, business/marketing, music, technology, and art.

STEM Multiple Pathways Available to Students

AP Courses

Art History, Studio Art – 2D Design, Studio Art – 3D Design, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus B/C, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, World History, US History, European History, US Government and Politics, Spanish

IB Courses

English HL, Business and Management SL and HL, Visual Arts, Theater Arts, Mathematics SL, Mathematical Studies, Computing Studies, Music, Physics SL, Biology SL and HL, Environmental Systems, History of the Americas HL, World Religions, Spanish AB, SL, French AB, SL, Theory of Knowledge


This is a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. Those not intending to pursue further formal education will benefit greatly from the knowledge and logical thought processes that result from taking some or all of the courses provided in the curriculum

Courses Offered

Robotics, Advanced Robotics, Drafting –Technical/Mechanical (CAD 1), Drafting –Technical/Mechanical (CAD 2), Drafting – General (Basic CAD Applications) – concurrent enrollment with community college (CAD 110),  Drafting – General (Inter CAD Applications) – concurrent enrollment with community college (CAD 119),  Drafting – Architectural -concurrent enrollment with community college (CAD 121),  Computer Programming, Computer Programming Advanced, Principles of Engineering, Engineering Design, Computer Integrated MFG.

Science – See IB and AP above

The Science program at Dakota Ridge High School is built around the six Jefferson County School District Science Standards, which are: recognizing patterns in nature, processes of science, science technology, earth and space, life sciences and physical sciences. The standards of recognizing patterns in nature, processes of science and science technology are addressed in all science classes. Earth and space science standards are taught in the 9th grade, life science standards are taught in the 10th grade and physical science standards are currently in the 11th and 12th grade.

All science classes are taught with a hands-on approach with a heavy emphasis on incorporating experimental design by the students into the academic curriculum.

Courses Offered

Earth Science, Earth Science Honors, Biology, Biology Honors, Physics, Physics Honors, Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, Chemistry – Honors, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Forensic Science, Anatomy and Physiology

Mathematics – See IB and AP above

The Mathematics program at Dakota Ridge High School is a comprehensive program built on the framework of the six District standards: number sense, algebra, data analysis, geometry, measurement and computation. The standards are addressed in a spiraling fashion to provide instruction that is

developmentally appropriate for all students. Dakota Ridge has also made a commitment to

emphasize problem solving as a major component of the mathematics curriculum. We provide ample opportunities for students to meet the District graduation requirements as well as greater rigor for those who wish to pursue the study of mathematics into a more specialized content.

Courses Offered

Algebra I, Algebra I Accelerated, Integrated Math I – Multi-Year, Geometry, Geometry Honors, Integrated Math II – Multi-Year, Algebra II, Algebra II Honors, Algebra – Intermediate, Pre-Calculus – concurrent enrollment with CU Boulder, Trigonometry – concurrent enrollment with CU -Boulder,, Tri/Pre-Calculus – Honors – concurrent enrollment with CU Boulder, Calculus – concurrent enrollment with CU Boulder,  Inferential Probability and Statistics – concurrent enrollment with CU Boulder.

Warren Tech:

DRHS students have the opportunity to concurrently enroll in Warren Tech – the Career and Technical High School for Jeffco Public Schools which offers an active environment and is the springboard to a multitude of careers and post-secondary education options. Students interested in gaining a competitive edge in the job market or in preparing for higher education can enroll in a variety of programs. Coursework qualifies as “academic electives” under CCHE guidelines. Some programs carry core academic credit. Students earn high school credit in all courses and core academic credit in most courses. Students can earn Red Rocks Community College credit in many courses as well.