he 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 United
States. 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