Of Denver’s adult population, 40. 5 percent
have graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher. And 90. 1 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 2013, metro Denver’s high school graduation rate was more than 74. 6 percent,
and the completion rate—which includes
students who participated in GED
programs—was 77. 1 percent. Denver’s
roots in education began in 1859, the same
year 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 approximately
494,000 area children today.
QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL
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
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