Denver Area Schools

Whether you are new to Denver or are looking to buy a home in a new part of town, finding the perfect school is a top priority for many families. For your convenience, Live.Laugh.Denver. Real Estate Group has compiled a list of area school districts including links to their websites and highlighting some of their unique program offerings. While the Fair Housing Act prevents agents from making specific recommendations regarding schools or districts, we encourage you to connect with parents, students and school employees directly who can share their personal experiences and answer any questions. Although this list is in no way exhaustive, we invite you to use the information as a starting point for your school search.

Area Educational Consultants

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General Website Resources

School Reviews – Searchable database of Colorado schools

Public – http://www.publicschoolreview.com/colorado

Private – http://www.privateschoolreview.com/colorado

School District Finder http://schooldistrictfinder.com/

  • Locates schools based on specific property addresses

State School Data http://www.cde.state.co.us/schoolview/

  • Colorado Department of Education website that includes school profiles, district and school performance frameworks, enrollment and demographic information,  growth and achievement data, graduation/dropout rates, and disciplinary actions. 

Metro Area School Districts

Adams 12 Five Star Schools http://adams12.org/

  1. The Studio School – K-5 Arts-Integration Magnet School http://thestudioschool.adams12.org/
  2. International Baccalaureate – IB offered at 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and Thornton High School http://www.adams12.org/programs/international_baccalaureate
  3. STEM  – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math focus offered at STEM Launch (http://www.stemlaunch.org/), STEM Magnet Lab School (http://stem.adams12.org/), and Northglenn High School 
  4. Global Studies – Integrated studies in one of four world languages at Mountain Range High School http://www.adams12.org/programs/global_studies

Adams 14/Commerce City http://www.adams14.org/

  1. Adams City Auto Collision Program http://files.adams14.org/files/16/Auto%20Collision%20Flyer.pdf
  2. Machine Tool Technology Program http://www.adams14.org/index.php?ref=career
  3. Seal of Biliteracy – recognizes students who graduate with proficiency in two or more languages http://www.adams14.org/index.php?ref=eld

Aurora Public Schools http://aurorak12.org/

  1. International Baccalaureate – IB offered at 2 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and Hinkley and Gateway High Schools http://aurorak12.org/schools/ib/
  2. Aurora Quest K-8 – Magnet school for gifted and high achieving students http://quest.aurorak12.org/
  3. Charter Schools –  http://aurorak12.org/schools/alternative-schools/charter-schools/
  4. Vista Peak P-20 Campus – preschool though post secondary education http://aurorak12.org/vistapeak/

Boulder Valley School District  – http://www.bvsd.org/

  1. The Daily Camera’s School Choice publication detailing schools in Boulder Valley, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and St. Vrain Valley including Boulder area private schools http://boulderdailycamera.co.newsmemory.com/special.php?date=20151115&editionStart=School%20Choice

Brighton Schools http://www.sd27j.org/

  1. SWAP – School to Work Alliance Program http://www.sd27j.org/Domain/37
  2. Heritage Academy – Alternative education for middle and high school students http://www.sd27j.org/brightonheritage
  3. Bolt Academy – technology-rich blended model for on-line and on-campus learning http://www.sd27j.org/bolt
  4. Brighton High School Advanced Placement http://www.sd27j.org/brighton

Cherry Creek School District http://cherrycreekschools.org/

  1. Cherry Creek Challenge School – K-8 magnet school for academically gifted students http://challenge.cherrycreekschools.org/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Cherry Creek Academy Charter – K-8 education in Core Knowledge curriculum http://www.cherrycreekacademy.org/
  3. Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning  – K-12 experiential education http://www.rmsel.org/
  4. Institute of Science and Technology – STEM education at Overland High School http://overland.cherrycreekschools.org/Academics/Pages/stem.aspx
  5. International Baccalaureate – IB offered at Laredo Middle School, Smoky Hill High School, and Cherokee Trail High School http://smokyhill.cherrycreekschools.org/Academics/IB/Pages/default.aspx
  6. Career and Technical Education http://cherrycreekschools.org/CTE/Documents/CTECatalog2016-17.pdf

Denver Public Schools https://www.dpsk12.org/

DPS offers a wide variety of special programs including International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, charter schools, magnet schools for arts, technology, language immersion, STEM education, and career and technical training. Their School Match website allows parents to use grade, areas of interest, and address to search for schools that meet their needs.

  1. Comprehensive School Guide – two brochures that provide detailed information about all DPS schools http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/enrollment-guide/
  2. School Match – search feature that allows parents to compare schools and programs based on various search criteria http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org/
  3. Frequently Asked Questions http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/contact/faq/

Douglas County Schools https://dcsdk12.org/

  1. Charter Schools –DCSD offers a variety of charter schools with programming in STEM, Core Knowledge, language immersion, etc. https://www.dcsdk12.org/charter-schools-0
  2. Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School – K-6 experiential education http://www.wearecrew.org/
  3. Colorado Cyber School – on-line education https://www.dcsdk12.org/school/edcsd/

Englewood Public Schools http://www.englewoodschools.net/

  1. STEM Education https://sites.google.com/a/engschools.net/englewood-stem/
  2. Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT – high school students can take college courses for credit, ASCENT offers a fifth year of high school during which students take college classes with tuition covered by Englewood Schools http://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/3389
  3. Career and Technical Education – Englewood offers career training in six different industry sectors http://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/3617

 Jefferson County Public Schools http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/

  1. International Baccalaureate – IB courses are offered at six JeffCo high schools http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/programs/advanced_learning.html
  2. Career and Technical Training – Warren Tech offers vocational education in 19 career programs https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/warrentech-home-page/
  3. ASCENT – JeffCo offers a fifth year of high school during which students take college classes with tuition covered by Jefferson County Public Schools http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/programs/ascent.pdf

Littleton Public Schools http://littletonpublicschools.net/

  1. Career and Technical Training – Littleton offers vocational education in 18 career programs http://littletonpublicschools.net/content/career-technical-education
  2. SWAP – School to Work Alliance Program – http://swap.littletonpublicschools.net/
  3. LPS Voyager – online education http://littletonpublicschools.net/content/lps-voyager
  4. Charter Schools – Littleton Academy http://academy.littletonpublicschools.net/ and Littleton Preparatory http://littletonprep.littletonpublicschools.net/

Mapleton Public Schools http://www.mapleton.us/

  1. Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA) – 7-12 program focusing on inquiry-based learning expeditions http://www.mapleton.us/School/Department/30-Mapleton-Expeditionary-School-of-the-Arts-MESA
  2. York International – International Baccalaureate program for K-12 http://www.mapleton.us/School/Department/29-York-International-K-12
  3. Mapleton Early College http://www.mapleton.us/School/Department/37-Mapleton-Early-College-MEC

Sheridan Public Schools http://ssd2.org/

  1. SOAR Academy – Student Outreach and Academic Recovery program http://soar.ssd2.org/
  2. 21st Century – Sheridan Schools offers an advanced diploma program where they pay tuition for college classes until a student turns 21 years old http://highschool.ssd2.org/21st-century/
  3. ACTS – Arapahoe/Douglas Career and Technical School – vocational education http://highschool.ssd2.org/academics-programs/

Westminster Public Schools http://www.westminsterpublicschools.org/

  1. Colorado STEM Academy http://costemacademy.org/
  2. Career and Technical Training – Westminster Schools offers vocational education in 12 career areas, with 4 new programs being introduced in 2016-2017 http://www.westminsterpublicschools.org/domain/351

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