Principal's Message

I would like to warmly welcome everyone to the 2023-2024 school year at Grand Lake High School!   We are excited to begin this school year and can’t wait to see all of our students’ smiling faces!

At Grand Lake High School we are proud to support our educational values that provide our students with a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and inspirational learners as they prepare to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Grand Lake High School sets high standards and expectations for every student in regards to academic performance, co-curricular and extra-curricular participation, and responsible citizenship.  We encourage our faculty to become lifelong learners and pursue additional training/certifications in order to maximize our students' achievement and also to create a rewarding and welcoming work environment for our faculty and staff.

We are excited to announce that Grand Lake High School has earned an "A" rating for the past 5+ years!. We are anxiously awaiting the full release of the 2022-2023 LEAP scores. Currently, Grand Lake High School has an Overall  School Performance Score of a remarkable 108! Our strength of diploma is 122.1. Grand Lake's High School Progress Index is a 102. We are extremely proud of our students and congratulate them on this amazing achievement! We'd also like to thank the faculty, staff, and parents for your endless efforts in making our students such a success!

The goal of the administration, faculty, and staff is to provide a well-rounded education for all students.  We understand that academics is key; however, offering students opportunities to explore areas outside of Math, ELA, Science, and Social studies promotes learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Students in middle school are offered Carnegie Unit classes which are courses where students can earn credits towards graduation requirements. These courses include Art I, Algebra I, Health, IBCA, Ag I, FACS I, Quest for Success, and STEM classes. Grand Lake High School provides students with advanced courses, as well, including Dual Enrollment courses in American History, World History, English , and Math. Advanced Placement courses are also offered as honors classes with AP English and AP Biology. High school students can choose to enroll in vocational courses such as welding and carpentry, and certify in NCCER Core and OSHEA safety certification, as well as FACS classes that certify students with ServSafe and Customer Service credentials. GLHS businesses classes also offer certifications in computer programming.

Our GLHS athletes have the opportunity to participate in an array of sports! Football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, and cross country are some of the sports offered to our student-athletes. Grand Lake High School recently started a golf team this past school year with plans to begin a fishing team!

Grand Lake High School also offers numerous opportunities for students to participate in clubs and organizations on campus including FFA, FCA, FBLA, Student Council, Jr. BETA, National Honor Society, and 4-H to name a few. At Grand Lake High School, we thrive to build a well-rounded Hornet!

As the principal of GLHS, it is my distinct pleasure to work with our dedicated staff and community to help provide an excellent educational experience for our students. We are excited to work with our Hornets and to provide a safe and productive learning environment. I wish our students great success this school year!




Courtney Verzwyvelt, GLHS Principal