The following listings include descriptions of each district. For more detailed information
on individual districts and schools (including specific district and school test results and
rankings), visit the Colorado Department of Education website: www.cde.state.co.us.
DENVER METRO AREA
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Adams County School District 12
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
1500 E. 128th Avenue, Thornton, 80241
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is the largest
school district located in Adams and Broomfield counties and the fifth-largest district in
Colorado. It is located only seven miles north
of downtown Denver, servers nearly 42,000
students and has more than 5,000 employees
and 53 learning centers. The district’s “five
stars” represent the communities it serves,
including Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster and students in
portions of Adams and Broomfield counties.
This district’s initiatives, such as using business models to improve education, developing
innovative community relations programs,
and incorporating research-based lessons in
the classroom, have received recognition at the
state and national levels.
Adams County School District 14
5291 East 60th Ave., Commerce City, 80022
Located just north of downtown Denver,
Adams 14 serves the historic community
of Commerce City, Colorado. The District
serves an area with approximately 33,000
residents and focuses its energy and
resources on providing quality first time
instruction. In addition, Adams 14 offers
opportunities for students to enhance their
lives with programs such as quality music
and art classes in every school and 21st
Century technology access throughout
the district. The district has 13 schools,
including: two preschools, seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two
high schools. Adams 14 has 469 teachers,
45 administrators and 391 support staff
for a total of 905 full- and part-time
employees. The district is one of the
largest employers in Commerce City.
Adams County School District 50
6933 Raleigh Street, Westminster, 80030
Adams County District 50 educates about
10,000 students in the northwestern suburb
of Westminster. The district has more than
1,000 employees. Schools in The district
includes: 20 schools: one preschool, 11
elementary schools, three middle schools,
two high schools, one innovation school,
one online school and one charter school.
Homeschooling is yet another option for education, and there are plenty of
homeschooling resources in the Denver area that will help parents make this
decision. Colorado law requires that parents provide instruction for at least four
hours each day, 172 days a year. Additionally, homeschooling curriculum must
follow the same general requirements mandated for traditional academic
programs in the state. A list of resources of both Denver- and nationally-based
homeschooling organizations and resources follows.
Christian Home Educators of Colorado | 720-842-4852 • www.chec.org
Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) is a non-profit Christian
organization that promotes homeschooling that is Christ-centered, parent
directed and free of government control. The group provides information,
resources and leadership to families involved in homeschooling their children.
Colorado Department of Education | cde.state.co.us/choice/homeschool
The Colorado Department of Education website has a resource section
for homeschooling parents, including a copy of the laws associated with
homeschooling; frequently asked questions about Colorado homeschooling;
and a listing of homeschool support groups around the state.
Homeschool Central/Homeschool Colorado | www.homeschoolcentral.com
Homeschool Central is a national organization that provides online resources
about homeschooling. It has been helping the homeschool community since
1996. The organization has a Colorado-specific site that offers information
specific to the state, including resources for the metro Denver area.
Homeschool Reporting | www.homeschoolreporting.com
Homeschooling requires a fair amount of recordkeeping. This national resource
helps families keep track of the required documents with a homeschool
curriculum via its Homeschool Reporting Online solutions. Members pay an
annual fee to record grades and track attendance, as well as determine
standardized test scores, display portfolio activities, and record immunization
records. The secure site even allows parents to generate transcripts immediately.