10 Best Schools in Colorado

The State of Colorado may not be among the top rankings in education nationwide; here we will enlist what we have found to be the 10 best schools in Colorado State. In 2018, USA Today ranked Colorado right in the middle at 25 for public education among all 50 states. With a high school graduation rate of 80.7%, Colorado students have one of the lowest graduation rates of any state system. However, students in grades four and eight are more likely to be more proficient in math than other students, nationwide.

Public schools:

According to the US News the top 5 best public schools in the state are:

1. Cherry Creek High School

Greenwood Village, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 25:3

Math Proficiency: 53

Reading Proficiency: 71

Cherry Creek High School is ranked 12th in Colorado. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Cherry Creek High School is 65%.

 Cherry Creek High School is ranked #465 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college.

 The total minority enrollment is 34%. Cherry Creek High School is 1 of 9 high schools in the Cherry Creek School District No. 5 In The County of Arapahoe.

How to Enroll

Create a family enrollment account via the link. You will need a valid email address to create your account.  If you already have a Family Enrollment Account, you should not create a new one. Be sure to select the correct school year for enrollment.

If you are interested in learning more about Cherry Creeks High School, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source 

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2. Aurora Quest K-8

Aurora, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 21:1

Math Proficiency: 89

Reading Proficiency: 93

Aurora Quest K-8 is a public school located in Aurora, CO, which is in a large city setting. The student population of Aurora Quest K-8 is 595 and the school serves K-8. At Aurora Quest K-8, 89% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 93% scored at or above that level for reading. 

The school’s minority student enrollment is 55%. There are 28 equivalent full-time teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

How to Enroll

If you are interested in learning more about Aurora Quest K-8, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source 

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3. Mountain View Elementary

Colorado Springs, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 17:5

Math Proficiency: 68

Reading Proficiency: 77

Mountain View Elementary School is a public school located in Colorado Springs, CO, which is in a large city setting. The student population of Mountain View Elementary School is 604 and the school serves K-5. There are 37 equivalent full-time teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

Mountain View Elementary School is ranked #31 in Colorado Elementary Schools. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

How to Enroll

You will also need to upload several supporting documents. If you are unable to upload your supporting documentation, you can still complete registration, but you will receive an email with further instructions.

If you are interested in learning more about Mountain View Elementary, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source

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4. Polaris Elementary School 

Denver, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 19:1

Math Proficiency: 94

Reading Proficiency: 95

Polaris Elementary School is a public school located in Denver, CO, which is in a large city setting. 

The student population of Polaris Elementary School is 330 and the school serves 1-5. At Polaris Elementary School, 94% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 95% scored at or above that level for reading. The school’s minority student enrollment is 28%. The student-teacher ratio is 19:1, which is worse than that of the district.

The student population is made up of 48% female students and 52% male students. The school enrolls 7% of economically disadvantaged students. There are 18 equivalent full-time teachers.

How to Enroll

Students who attend Polaris must first be pre-qualified by the DPS Gifted and Talented Department. Please visit their website here. After that, families must use the Denver Public Schools yearly Choice and Enrollment program. Learn more about that process click here.

If you are interested in learning more about Polaris, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source 

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5. West Jefferson Elementary School

Conifer, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 14:5

Math Proficiency: 42

Reading Proficiency: 52

West Jefferson Elementary School is a public school located in Conifer, CO, which is in a distant rural setting. The student population of  West Jefferson Elementary School is 275 and the school serves PK-5. The school’s minority student enrollment is 11%.

West Jefferson Elementary School is ranked #458 in Colorado Elementary Schools. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

How to Enroll

If you are interested in learning more about West Jefferson Elementary School, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source

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Private Schools:

According to the Niche the top 5 best private schools in the state are:

1. Colorado Academy

Denver, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Math Proficiency: 83

Reading Proficiency: 92

Colorado Academy is an independent non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students from Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. Colorado Academy is located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serves approximately 1000 students. 

The program is based on academics, arts, and athletics. CA follows a trimester calendar, with grades issued at the conclusion of each term. Classes in all divisions follow a six-day rotating schedule.

How to Enroll

Each year, prospective families complete the application process from September through January for admission to the following school year. Our Admission Committees review applications in February and send admission decisions for grades 6-12 on February 25 and for Pre-K-grade 5 on March 3. Families interested in applying to the wait pool for the coming school year may access the application portal HERE.

If you are interested in learning more about Colorado Academy, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source

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2. Kent Denver School

Englewood, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Math Proficiency: 86

Reading Proficiency: 91

Kent Denver School is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian college preparatory high school and middle school in Englewood, Colorado. It traces its origin back to the 1922 founding of the Kent School for Girls and has existed as a co-educational institution since 1974.

Kent Denver School has an amazing faculty with a good educational background. There are plenty of sports and extra-curricular activities in which a student can participate and grow.

How to Enroll

Each year, our admission team is delighted to meet students from schools throughout Denver and beyond. Our goal is to identify the most capable and highly motivated students. How to apply

If you are interested in learning more about Colorado Academy, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source

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3. St. Mary’s Academy

Cherry Hills Village, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 19:1

Math Proficiency: 83%

Reading Proficiency: 93%

St. Mary’s Academy (SMA) is a Catholic, independent day school in the Loretto tradition located in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Founded by the Sisters of Loretto in 1864, St. Mary’s Academy educates boys and girls. 

St. Mary’s Academy is composed of a co-ed Lower School (co-ed pre-kindergarten through grade 5) and Middle School (co-ed grades 6-8) and continues its long tradition as a college preparatory high school for girls (grades 9-12). 

Three times the U.S. Department of Education has honored St. Mary’s Academy as a School of Excellence (a program initially titled Blue Ribbon Schools). St. Mary’s Academy High School offers 16 AP courses.

How to Enroll

If you are interested in learning more about the enrollment process in St. Mary’s Academy, you can sign-up for either an in-person or virtual session. Source

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4. The Colorado Springs School

Colorado Springs, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Math Proficiency: 85

Reading Proficiency: 91

The Colorado Springs School (CSS), on the estate formerly known as Claremont, is a private, nonprofit, college preparatory school serving pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs School, on the estate formerly known as Claremont, is a private, nonprofit, college preparatory school serving pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in Colorado Springs. The 32-acre campus is located on the former Claremont Estate, built-in 1907 as the home of Charles and Virginia Baldwin.

How to Enroll

To learn about the enrollment process visit their website here. After that, families must use the Colorado Springs School yearly Choice and Enrollment program. Learn more about that process click here

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5. Alexander Dawson School

Lafayette, CO

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Math Proficiency: 90

Reading Proficiency: 95

Alexander Dawson School is a private high school located in Lafayette, CO, and has 516 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. Alexander Dawson School is the 9th largest private high school in Colorado and the 1,126th largest nationally. It has a student-teacher ratio of 9.0 to 1.

Dawson`s 500+ students are organized into a Lower (K-5), Middle (6-8), and Upper School (9-12). From the 10+ hours per week of technology, art, music, PE, library/media study, and Spanish in the Lower School through the 47 sports teams and 20 arts programs in Middle and Upper school, the depth and breadth of Dawson`s program have led to it regularly being voted best in the region. 

How to Enroll

To learn about the enrollment process visit their website here. After that, families must use the Alexander Dawson School yearly Choice and Enrollment program. Learn more about that process click here

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