Out of bounds: students come from out of district

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6:45am, get up and dressed. 7:10am, grab breakfast and by 7:25 a.m. head out to school. From 7:25 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. drive to school.

Although driving 45 minutes to school may seem ridiculous, that doesn’t scare away a surprising number of Creek students from making their daily commute to school.

Sometimes these students are allowed to do this; sometimes they’re not.

Many families that want their children to be taught in a better rated and funded school are willing to take the extra 30-50 minute car rides and bus stops to and from school.

With Creek typically ranking in the top 12 Colorado high schools, according to US News, it makes sense that some parents will try to send their children here.

According to Assistant Principal Traci Dougherty, there are many reasons why there could be students at Creek who don’t live in the same area.

“Some students have a guardian that works in the district, so they can choose where they want to attend school,” Dougherty said. “In other cases, there are students who have been expelled from from their schools, and Creek helps by taking some in.”

Even more commonly than both of these reasons, some parents call out other students. In some cases parents will claim other athletes don’t live in the district or school parameters. They do this for the chance of the athlete being kicked out of the school.

“We [Creek administrators] have active measures that can help us determine whether a student is meant to be here or not,” Dougherty said.

One of these is a home check, where an administrator will go to the student’s given address.

The most tell-tale sign of a student trying to sneak into Creek is usually returned mail.

At this point, one may beg the question of why a student would want to go through this much trouble.

For sophomore Adam Bosne*, the choice was mostly driven by his parents.

“I don’t really want to go here, I just know I have to because it provides more opportunities,” Bosne said.

Although Creek is one of the best public schools in Colorado, many other schools in the Cherry Creek School District are competitive and opportunity-rich as well. Bosne believes none of them compare.

“If I took AP Human Geo at Overland versus here, which would you think a college would prefer?” Bosne said.

Samira Franklin*, another student who lives in a different school zone, believes that there is more value when “networking” at Creek.

“I meet more people that encourage me,” Franklin said. “They all have plans and goals and I don’t think I would be able to meet as many hard working people at other schools.”

When asked whether networking was better, Bosne doesn’t see as big of a difference in the student population.

“I didn’t come here to connect, I have plenty of friends that don’t go to Creek and they’re just as hard working. The only difference is that a Creek Diploma is sexier than the one they’re gonna get,” Bosne said.

Yes there are students that go to Creek who aren’t supposed to, but this doesn’t mean they don’t belong.

“There are many students from different school zones, most of which are accounted for and very few ‘sneak’ into Creek. Creek administrators welcome them with open arms and hope other students do to,” Dougherty said.