College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT). Colorado colleges and
universities use the ACT for the primary
college entrance exam and it is required for
all 11th grade students.
In 2013, the average ACT score for Colorado
students’ was 20. 4 (the national average was
20. 9). This disparity is most certainly related
to Colorado’s universal testing requirement.
Colorado is one of only three states that require
all students—regardless of whether or not they
plan to go to college—to take the ACT.
Of the nearly 7,500 Colorado high school
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students who took the SAT in 2013, the average
composite score was 1721. The nationwide
average was just 1498 in 2013. Colorado
students consistently rank in the top 25 percent
of the country for the highest ACT and SAT
scores per 1,000 high school graduates.
Denver history of higher education goes back
a long way, and some of the oldest univer-
sities in the western part of the country call
Denver home. Consider the University of
Denver. Established in 1864, it is the oldest
independent university in the Rocky Moun-
tain region. A number of other universities in
the metro area were established as far back as
the 19th century, including: Colorado State
University (1870); Colorado School of Mines
(1874); University of Colorado at Boulder
(1876); and Regis University (1877).
It speaks to Colorado’s appreciation for higher
education that approximately 153, 100 students
are currently enrolled in four-year educational
programs throughout the region. Additionally,
Denver is home to 12 four-year public and
private colleges and universities. Five community colleges in the area have more than 20
campuses. Practical training is addressed at
the area’s more than 300 vocational and technical schools, which provide a large network
of workforce training and educational services
to meet the training and employment needs of
both students and area businesses.
There are also several smaller colleges
and technical and vocational schools with
specialized programs. The Auraria Higher
Education Center, located in the heart of
downtown Denver, for example, has the
largest concentration of students in metro
Denver. The 127-acre campus shared by the
University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan
State College, and the Community College of
Denver serve more than 58,000 students.
The contribution of Colorado’s universities
to the academic research community cannot
be overstated. In fiscal year 2013 Colorado’s universities received millions of dollars
in research grants. The University of Colorado at Boulder received $351.9 million; the
University of Colorado Denver received $19.1
million; The University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus received an astonishing
$395.2 million; the University of Colorado at
Colorado Springs was awarded $7.8 million;
and The Colorado School of Mines received
a $10 million research grant award from the
Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of
Mine Safety and Health. For more information, see the Higher Education listings.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Denver prioritizes educational choice. No
matter what your educational preferences or
goals, Denver has a comprehensive offering of
outstanding public schools, specialized private
schools, alternative education opportunities
and a vast selection of higher education, technical and vocational options. Ready to learn?
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.