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Top 10 Best Colorado Public Schools (2024)

Colorado is the #18 largest school system in the United States, serving 880,585 students across the 1,941 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are , serving 71,840 students). 92% of all K-12 students in Colorado are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Colorado is 31%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 47%.
The top ranked public schools in Colorado are Polaris Elementary School, Dennison Elementary School and Fairview High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 48% (majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 17:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(CO) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
35%
Black
4%
White
52%
Two or more races
5%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CO.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Colorado (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Polaris Elementary School
(Math: 80-84% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80-84% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 1-5
410 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 424-7860
Rank: #2 - 32. - 3.
Dennison Elementary School
(Math: 84% | Reading: 87%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 84% (Top 1%)
Reading: 87% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
401 Independence Street
Denver, CO 80226
(303) 982-6382
Rank: #2 - 32. - 3.
Fairview High School
(Math: 79% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 91% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
1515 Greenbriar Boulevard
Boulder, CO 80305
(720) 561-3100
Rank: #44.
Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
Charter School
(Math: 80% | Reading: 88%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80% (Top 1%)
Reading: 88% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
1161 North Pine Drive
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 840-7070
Rank: #55.
Summit Middle Charter School
Charter School
(Math: 75% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 75% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 6-8
4655 Hanover Avenue
Boulder, CO 80305
(720) 561-3900
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Aurora Quest K-8
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 85-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
472 South Wheeling St
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 343-3664
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Zach Elementary School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 85-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
3715 Kechter Road
Fort Collins, CO 80528
(970) 488-5100
Rank: #88.
Evergreen High School
(Math: 75% | Reading: 90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 75% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
29300 Buffalo Road
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 982-5140
Rank: #99.
Liberty Common Charter School
Charter School
(Math: 79% | Reading: 84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 84% (Top 5%)
Grades: K-12
1725 Sharp Point Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 482-9800
Rank: #1010.
Stargate Charter School
Charter School
(Math: 78% | Reading: 84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 78% (Top 1%)
Reading: 84% (Top 5%)
Grades: K-12
14530 Washington Street
Broomfield, CO 80023
(303) 450-3936

Best Colorado Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
148
81,085
68%
175
112,464
60%
11
640
24%
86
45,401
33%
12
2,480
19%
10
1,523
52%
17
4,610
30%
208
89,566
74%
93
64,224
28%
24
8,376
56%
247
118,477
45%
13
2,570
17%
13
4,954
22%
30
10,682
55%
6
1,679
24%
187
86,567
36%
23
7,065
33%
4
1,007
67%
96
48,035
29%
13
2,676
27%
54
22,746
29%
7
2,090
30%
18
6,327
42%
17
5,819
59%
15
3,092
58%
8
1,433
20%
5
1,652
17%
11
2,306
60%
64
31,202
64%
15
3,570
18%
9
3,620
44%
8
2,339
19%
111
58,212
52%
9
1,871
42%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Colorado?
The top ranked public schools in Colorado include Polaris Elementary School, Dennison Elementary School and Fairview High School.
How many public schools are located in Colorado?
1,941 public schools are located in Colorado.
What percentage of students in Colorado go to public school?
92% of all K-12 students in Colorado are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Colorado?
Minority enrollment in Colorado is 48% (majority Hispanic)

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