School Profile

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Student Comments

"I would recommend Lyons to someone who enjoys knowing both his or her peers and teachers on a more personal level. But most importantly, to someone who wants to be a name instead of a number."

"The small school atmosphere is what originally drew me to Lyons. Students receive close attention and extra help because of small class sizes. The separation between different groups and personalities is virtually gone. Here, students quickly learn everyone's name and easily make new friends."

"Teachers in this building express care and concern about us both as human beings and as students. Our teachers are always asking us how we're doing, outside of class and inside of class. If I am upset, a teacher will notice me and pull me aside and ask me what's wrong. I noticed all the teachers know all the students and care about them."

Rates of Student Participation at Lyons:

At Lyons, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of the extra-curricular activities offered. Presently, 86% of our high school students participate in band, choir, drama or athletics.

Research has found involved students are:

  • Less likely to drop out
  • More likely to attend regularly
  • Less likely to engage in risky behavior
  • More likely to view teachers positively
  •  More likely to have a higher grade point average

Drawing on the findings of numerous studies, there are a number of reasons for the efficacy of small schools:

  • Most importantly, students are less likely to be overlooked or isolated in small schools, where "everyone's participation is needed for teams and student government to have adequate numbers of students"
  • Results of a 1987 survey of individuals at the executive vice-president level or above in 75 Fortune 500 companies indicated that 95% of those corporate executives participated in co-curricular activities during high school.
  • The American College Testing Service (ACT) compared the value of four factors in predicting success after high school. "Success" was defined as self-satisfaction and participation in a variety of community activities two years after college. The one yardstick that could be used to predict later success in life was achievement in school activities.

Academics at Lyons: Small class sizes improve learning

The Colorado Department of Education has ranked our middle school High (in the top 16% of all middle schools in Colorado) and our high school Excellent (in the top 10% of all high schools in Colorado) for three consecutive years. Only one other high school in the St. Vrain Valley School District achieved the Excellent ranking in 2005.

We have achieved this excellence by:

  • Focusing on core instruction (math, reading, writing, science, social studies)
  • Offering honors math and language arts classes at the middle school
  • Increasing the number of Advanced Placement courses at the high school
  • Building an exceptional Fine Arts program - 72% of all our middle school students are in band or choir
  • Maintaining strong athletic programs
  • Creating a technology-rich environment
  • Providing strong academic & individual counseling service
  • Recruiting: Open enrollment comprises 38% of our student body

Lyons Middle Senior High Activities

Lyons Middle Senior High offers a variety of extracurricular activities that fosters meaningful relationships, academic achievement and individual pride for students.  For a complete list of activities visit our clubs page.