Colorado is known for boasting one of the healthiest and well-educated populations in the United States, owing to the state’s physical majestic and ripe opportunity for outdoor activity, and this vigor is reflected in the performance of its best public school districts.
The top district in the state is Jefferson County School District No. R-1, presiding over 100 elementary, middle, and high schools in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Students in the district best the state averages in the CMAS, PSAT, and SAT tests.
Placing second is Douglas County School District RE-1, the third largest district in the state of Colorado. The quality of the district’s schools is shown through the high (and continually rising) 90.8% graduation rate.
Colorado’s #3 school district is its largest: Denver County School District 1, serving the schools of the city of Denver. The fast-growing and steadily improving school district reduced its drop-out rate from 11.1% to 4.5% from 2006-2014.
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 is the Centennial State’s #4 district. Known for attracting high teaching talent, over 79% of the district’s faculty have 10+ years of experience. In 2018, 14 of the district’s schools were named John Irwin Schools of Excellence.
Closing out the top five is Boulder Valley No. Re2, centered near Boulder and serving that community, along with several others in the area. Due its frequent placing as the top district in the state academically, BVSD has earned a reputation that transcends state borders.
Top School Districts in Colorado, 2019
Rank School District County City State
1 Jefferson County School District No. R-1 Jefferson County Golden Colorado
2 Douglas County School District No. Re 1 Douglas County Castle Rock Colorado
3 School District No. 1 in the county of Denver and State of C Denver County Denver Colorado
4 Cherry Creek School District No. 5 in the county of Arapah Arapahoe County Greenwood Village Colorado
5 Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 Boulder County Boulder Colorado
6 Mancos School District Re-6 Montezuma County Mancos Colorado
7 School District No. Re-20 Weldon Valley Morgan County Weldona Colorado
8 Littleton School District No. 6 in the county of Arapahoe Arapahoe County Littleton Colorado
9 Academy School District No. 20 in the county of El Paso an El Paso County Colorado Springs Colorado
10 Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12 in the county of E El Paso County Colorado Springs Colorado
11 Steamboat Springs School District No. Re 2 Routt County Steamboat Springs Colorado
12 Poudre School District R-1 Larimer County Fort Collins Colorado
13 Lewis-Palmer Consolidated School District No. 38 in the co El Paso County Monument Colorado
14 Telluride School District No. R-1 San Miguel County Telluride Colorado
15 Limon School District No. Re 4J Lincoln County Limon Colorado
16 Adams 12 Five Star Schools Adams County Thornton Colorado
17 St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1J Boulder County Longmont Colorado
18 Aspen School District No. 1 in the county of Pitkin and Sta Pitkin County Aspen Colorado
19 East Grand School District No. 2 Grand County Granby Colorado
20 Platte Canyon School District No. 1 of the county of Park Park County Bailey Colorado
21 Summit School District No. Re 1 Summit County Frisco Colorado
22 Weld County School District No. Re-7 Weld County Kersey Colorado
23 Weld County Reorganized School District No. Re-4 Weld County Windsor Colorado
24 Meeker School District Re1 Rio Blanco County Meeker Colorado
25 Ridgway School District No. R-2 of the county of Ouray a Ouray County Ridgway Colorado
The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.