A Northfield High School ninth-grader and her father are thinking college, thanks to 2012 bond and mill levy funding.

ninth-grader Kaylee jacobs

Northfield parent Thad Jacobs and daughter, Kaylee, were looking for a high school that would support her passions and prepare her for college. But in quickly growing Northeast Denver, the right school with the right program is becoming a hot commodity.

In general, Far Northeast Denver lacked a traditional comprehensive high school, said Thad. But with the Stapleton and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods continuing to build-out houses by leaps and bounds, we need seats.

Rising ninth-grader Kaylee was looking for a traditional school that offered the chance to continue her studies in Mandarin and had its own athletics program. Her father, on the other hand, was looking for a school that would prepare her for the academic environment of college.

It seemed they both could be happy with Northfield High School. One of the new schools created to serve the rapidly growing Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton neighborhoods, as well as the established Montbello and Park Hill areas, the schools International Baccalaureate program, athletics facilities, diversity and college-campus design appealed equally to Thad and Kaylee.

For me, it was a brand-new school and an opportunity for us to shape and grow it from the ground up and really make it into a world-class education institute, said Thad.

Thanks to the 2012 Denver bond and mill levy, Kaylee is now walking the halls of Northfield as part of its inaugural freshman class. She and her classmates have access to state-of-the-art science and technology labs, art and pottery classrooms, an athletic complex and fields, a stage and a cafeteria.

The school is great. The technological amenities bring it up to the 21st century, said Thad. And it has that feel of a college campus.