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!

Contact Information/Coordinators
Mrs. Tracy Arledge (Assistant Principal)
970-254-6200 x 22107

Mr. Phil Johnston (STEM Teacher and Coordinator)
970-254-6200 x 22171



STEM Brochure
Check out this brochure to get general information about STEM at Central High School.



STEM PowerPoint
This is the PowerPoint that will be shown at STEM Informational nights.


In order to apply, you will need to have the following information available:

  1. You and your parents contact information
  2. Be able to answer the following two questions in some detail: a) Describe a time in your life where you have experienced failure and what that experience meant to you and b) Describe your reason for applying to the CHS STEM program. Additionally, you can upload your project addressing the following
  3. Be able to upload some file type that documents the following project: Have you ever used a product or service and thought to yourself "I wish it did..."? Innovation is born during these moments. Please upload a detailed project in your own style detailing a developed innovation idea of your own.  Describe the process from beginning to end of your innovation in a way that makes sense to you. There are no right or wrong answers, just insight into your thinking and approach to problem solving.
  4. Be able to upload teacher recommendations completed (1 from a science or math teacher and 1 from another teacher). These are available at by following this link:
  6. When you are ready to apply, please click on the following link:


STEM Application