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, 40. 5 percent are college graduates and 90. 1
percent have graduated from high school—a testament that area residents value education and learning.
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
74. 6 percent in 2013, and the completion rate—which includes students who participated in GED
programs—was 77. 1 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 20 highly rated metro Denver public school districts