Of Denver’s adult population, 44. 3 percent
have graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher. And 91. 3 percent
have graduated from high school. A population this smart clearly understands the
value of education and learning, from
early childhood to old age.
Students can choose from a variety of K- 12
schools, community colleges, and universities that place an emphasis on preparation
for the workforce of tomorrow.
In 2017, Colorado’s high school gradua-
QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL
tion rate was more than 79 percent, and the
completion rate—which includes students
who participated in GED programs—was
more than 80 percent. Denver’s roots in
education began in 1859, a year after the
city was founded. This is the year that the
first private school was established. A few
years later, the new territorial government
created two public school districts. This
history provided the foundation for the 20
highly rated metro Denver public school
districts that serve more than 500,000 area
EDUCATION IN DENVER
The Denver area’s seven counties are
home to 20 school districts, including
seven in Adams County, seven in Arapahoe County, two in Boulder County,
and one each in Denver, Douglas and
Jefferson and Weld counties.
Public and private schools in Denver both
provide excellent educational options for
primary and secondary students in grades
K- 12. Students and their families choose
from an education system with 20 public
school districts and a number of private
and parochial school systems.
Other educational options for K- 12 students
include charter and magnet schools, international baccalaureate programs, and
Montessori and English Primary schools.
Individuals and organizations in Colorado
can establish their own charter schools and
curricula to meet special needs within established school districts. Charter schools receive
approval from local school districts and
funding from the local district and the state.
Open enrollment is available at all metro
Denver public schools, which allows students
to attend school in the district of their choice.
This flexible system allows parents to select
schools that match each child’s individual
needs. See the Public Schools listings for
more information and resources.
The state of Colorado and the city of Denver prioritize
education, and it shows. The Denver metro region actually
has one of the highest per-capita education levels in the