The History of Chaffee County High School
Chaffee County High School began in 1990 as a collaborative effort between the Buena Vista and Salida school districts to serve students whose needs were not being met by the traditional system. Students then received a high school diploma through independent studies.
As the students and culture have changed in the valley, so has Chaffee County High School. We have evolved into an educational intervention for the Buena Vista School District that meets the needs of at-risk students by providing multiple learning options so that they can earn their high school diploma.
Enrolling at CCHS
As an intervention school for the Buena Vista School district, we work closely with the district administration and leadership at Buena Vista High School and Buena Vista Middle School to identify students who would benefit from learning at CCHS.
Referrals of current district students generally come from families or teachers to the administration at BVHS or BVMS. Families of district students or new-to-district families can self-nominate by filling out an inquiry form. The inquiry form doesn't guarantee CCHS enrollment, but it brings students to our attention.
If you are interested in enrolling a student at CCHS, you can begin the conversation by contacting our Alt Ed Campus Committee coordinator, Hannah Jayne, at 719-395-7038 or with our contact form.
Final enrollment decisions are made by an Alternative Education Campus Committee comprised of CCHS, BVHS/BVMS, and district representatives. Semester cut-offs for CCHS enrollment:
Our Mission and Vision
Mission: Chaffee County High School strives to engage and educate students through systemic and targeted interventions so they can make a positive impact in their community.
Vision: Every person is a confident contributor to family, community, and the world.
For a time, CCHS designed a logo each school year. While we love how that process encourages student input, we decided it is important to have a consistent image representing the school that students and community members can easily recognize.
Our logo represents what matters most to us: earning diplomas. We chose a fist as a central image because the raised fist is used in many contexts as a symbol of empowerment. We like to see our approach to school as empowering learning - challenging expectations and traditional approaches to meet individual student needs.
The five pointed star represents our five core values, which are written around the edge: Commit, Connect, Work, Play, Evolve.
The Road to Graduation
We offer three pathways to graduation: the University track (50 credits, aimed for students heading into a competitive four-year college or university), the Associate's track (34 credits, aimed for students heading to community college or the work force), and the Career track (aimed for students who would like to earn an industry certificate along with their diploma).
Graduation requirements for the Associate's pathway, our most common track, are as follows:
All students who successfully complete any of these tracks will be awarded a Buena Vista School District diploma at graduation.