Oct 28, 2021 - News
The top elementary and high schools in Colorado
Data: U.S. News; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

U.S. News & World Report this month released its rankings of the best elementary and high schools in Colorado.

Context: Schools are ordered through a combination of state-required test results, graduation rates and college readiness.

Key takeaways: All but one of the top-ranking elementary and high schools reside in metro Denver; the Vanguard School (#7) is in Colorado Springs.

  • KIPP Denver Collegiate High School (#8) has the highest percentage of minority students of any of the top schools, at 99%.

Of note: High Peaks Elementary School in Boulder (#9) was also one of six state schools to receive top honors as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School, a recognition for academic performance or progress among underserved student groups.

Be smart: While these lists are fun, don't read too much into them. Several factors affect performance, including educational equity and resources available to parents, students and educators.

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