Mesa County Valley School District 51
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Central High School
  550 Warrior Way
Grand Junction, CO 81504
School Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 2:50 pm
Tuesday - Friday 7:25 am - 2:50 pm
Principal Lanc Sellden
Assistant Principal Randy Powell
Assistant Principal Shirley Hautala
Assistant Principal Tracy Arledge
Secretary Athena Coghill
Secretary Amy Lanman
Information & Programs (contact school for complete list)
  • STEM at CHS!: Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, CHS promotes coursework that encourages and develops students’ interests in these fields. CHS has a STEM strand that all students may access. Our Science Department offers a wide variety of courses including Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science. We have an extensive Technology Education program which includes the Pre-Engineering classes of Introduction to Engineering and Principles of Engineering. These courses feed into the Engineering Program at Western Colorado Community College and Colorado Mesa State. Students can earn college credit through this process. Our Mathematics Department offers the upper level courses of AP Calculus 1, AP Calculus 2, AP Statistics, and College Algebra 113. In nearly every class listed above, there is an opportunity for students to earn college credits! We strongly encourage any student wanting to explore these areas to see their counselor and begin the journey!
  • AVID: The purpose of the AVID program is to get students “college-ready”, and provide open access to the curricula that will ensure four-year college eligibility to almost all students. AVID's systematic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school-wide and district-wide learning and performance.
  • Career Center: The Career Center provides a hands-on approach to learning basic academic skills in an applied fashion. All learning is career or job-based and provides students the opportunity to gain general work skills and job ethics that will transfer into any vocational area.
  • Colorado Mesa University: Two different concurrent enrollment Options are available for qualified high school students: 1) Concurrent; 2) High School Scholars. The program, established by the Colorado Legislature, provides unique opportunities for eligible students to earn college credits concurrently with high school courses and to reduce future college expenses by taking classes now.
  • Credit Recovery Program: Plato & Grad Point: The Credit Recovery Program is an academic on-line program. Students can complete classes from any computer that has internet access, and earn credits for credit recovery, grade improvement or to take a course that might not otherwise be available.
  • Distance Learning/Correspondence Independent Study: Students may choose to supplement their high school course work by enrolling in courses offered by independent companies and/or colleges. The course syllabus, the list of required assignments, and grades are all administered by the independent agency. Students must have written approval from the school counselor or principal prior to enrolling if they plan to use the credit to meet School District 51 graduation requirements. Contact counselors at your home high school.
  • Gifted & Talented: Gifted and Talented education in District 51 focuses on the individual youth in our schools whose exceptional abilities and potential require guidance and instructional accommodations so that they may learn and develop in ways that facilitate individual academic and personal growth.
  • Key Performance Program: Key Performance is a competency-based program of study designed for nontraditional students, 17 years or older, who are diploma-seeking. Key Performance allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills accrued throughout their lives via nine ACT™ WorkKeys tests and eight project portfolios. The goals of the Key Performance program are to graduate students who are qualified in basic academic areas and workplace-related skills, and to ensure success in their preferred career or community college. A successful KPP student typically has a strong desire for a high school degree, and be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. Successful students receive a school district high school diploma. Note: The KPP is not a credit-seeking program, and is not recommended for students who might later return to the traditional 25 credit pathway.
  • Novell Stars: (Fee $100.00 per .5 credit class per session). On-line school classes are offered each semester to provide additional opportunities for high school students currently enrolled in District 51. Students may retake classes, make up classes, or gain additional credit toward graduation. Students may also enroll in various classes just for the learning experience. Contact counselors at your home high school.
  • Student Learning Centers: These classes are offered each semester to provide additional opportunities for high school students to retake classes, make-up classes, or gain additional credit toward graduation. The work is mastery based and self-paced; a student must score 80% before moving on to the next section. Some of the options used by the SLC are online curriculum, individualized guided research, and individualized packets provided by a student’s prior teacher that addresses missed work or deficiencies.
  • Western Colorado Community College: (Through a partnership with Mesa County Valley School District 51, qualified high school juniors and seniors enroll in classes at WCCC and earn elective credit toward high school graduation, and/or earn college credits. Students can now also earn academic credit for some accredited courses. Bus transportation is provided between District 51 high schools and Western Colorado Community College. Students do not pay for tuition or textbooks. WCCC's high school programs provide an application-based curriculum in a hands-on laboratory environment. Classes emphasize both technical skills and academic knowledge.

  • Current Student Count: 1,520*
  • Grade 09:
  • 459 students
  • Grade 10:
  • 404 students
  • Grade 11:
  • 366 students
  • Grade 12:
  • 291 students
    *The current student count above is unofficial and changes frequently. This count should not be used as the official enrollment for the grade level or school. Please refer to the Colorado Department of Education for official student enrollment.