Field Elementary School
Courtesy of Littleton Public Schools
ducation is important to the state of Colorado and to Denver, and it shows. In fact, metro
Denver has one of the highest per-capita education levels in the country. Consider that,
of metro Denver’s adult population, 38 percent are college graduates and 89. 6 percent
have graduated from high school—a testament that area residents value education and
The region’s K- 12 schools, community colleges, and universities are well situated to prepare students for
an ever-changing work environment. Metro Denver’s high school graduation rate was more than 73
percent in 2009, and the completion rate – which includes students who participated in GED
programs – was 77. 6 percent.
The city’s educational roots started in 1859, when the first private school was established and when the
city was first founded. The new territorial government formed two public school districts that opened in
1862, providing the foundation for the 19 highly rated metro Denver public school districts that serve
approximately 428,000 area children today.