Top High Schools in Colorado

By | March 20, 2019

Colorado is the 8th most populous state in the United States and is located in the western region of the country. It is bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Oklahoma. With an area of 104,094 square miles, Colorado is the 22nd largest state by area in the US. The state has 64 counties which are divided into municipalities or cities.

Colorado has 178 school districts that serve students across the state. These districts are organized on a county-wide basis and are primarily funded through local taxes as well as state and federal grants. All public schools must meet certain standards set forth by the Colorado Department of Education which include testing requirements for students in grades 3-8 as well as graduation requirements for high school students. Additionally, all public schools must provide an adequate level of education services including special education programs for students with disabilities or special needs.

The majority of Colorado‘s school districts receive funding from both local and state sources; however some districts receive additional funding from federal sources such as Title I grants or Impact Aid for Native Americans living on tribal lands within their district boundaries. Additionally, some districts may receive additional funds through various private grants or donations from individuals or organizations that support educational initiatives within their communities. School districts may also be eligible for various competitive grants offered through district-level initiatives that focus on improving student achievement outcomes or addressing other educational issues such as dropout prevention or college readiness programs.

There are many public and private high schools in the state of Colorado. It is rather difficult for you to choose one that fits you most. In order for you to better evaluate your choice, we have ranked these high schools based on latest SAT/ACT scores, graduation rates, and state test scores from the Colorado Department of Education. See below for top 33 high schools throughout the state of Colorado.

# High Schools Honor
Air Academy High School
Academy School District No. 20 School District
El Paso County
551 North Frontage Road West
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Telephone: (719) 234-2400
Caliche Junior-Senior High School
Valley School District No. RE-1 School District
Logan County
26308 Buffalo Road
Iliff, CO 80736
Telephone: (970) 522-8200
Centauri High School
North Conejos School District No. RE-1J School District
Conejos County
17889 US Hwy 285
La Jara, CO 81140
Telephone: (719) 274-5178
Center High School
Center School District No. 26 JT School District
Saguache County
550 S. Sylvester Avenue
Center, CO 81125
Telephone: (719) 754-2232
Cherry Creek High School
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 School District
Arapahoe County
9300 East Union Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Telephone: (720) 554-2000
Cheyenne Mountain High School
Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12 School District
El Paso County
1200 Cresta Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Telephone: (719) 475-6110
Denver School of Science and Technology
Denver County School District No. 1 School District
Denver County
2000 Valencia Street
Denver, CO 80235
Telephone: (303) 320-5570
Denver School of the Arts
Denver County School District No. 1 School District
Denver County
7111 Montview Blvd
Denver, CO 80220
Telephone: (720) 424-1700
D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School
Jefferson County School District No. R-1 School District
Jefferson County
10359 W Nassau Avenue
Denver, CO 80235
Telephone: (303) 982-5768
Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School
Pueblo City School District No. 60 School District
Pueblo County
2500 W 18th Street
Pueblo, CO 81003
Telephone: (719) 583-1030
Fowler High School
Fowler School District No. R-4J School District
Otero County
600 West Grant
Fowler, CO 81039
Telephone: (719) 263-4279
Fred N Thomas Career Education Center
Denver County School District No. 1 School District
Denver County
2650 Eliot Street
Denver, CO 80211
Telephone: (720) 423-6600
Hanover Junior-Senior High School
Hanover School District No. 28 School District
El Paso County
17050 South Peyton Highway
Colorado Springs, CO 80928
Telephone: (719) 683-2247
Hoehne High School
Hoehne Reorganized School District No. 3 School District
Las Animas County
19851 County Road 79. 1
Trinidad, CO 81082
Telephone: (719) 846-4457
Lakewood High School
Jefferson County School District No. R-1 School District
Jefferson County
9700 West 8th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80215
Telephone: (303) 982-7085
La Veta Junior-Senior High School
La Veta School District No. RE-2 School District
Huerfano County
126 East Garland
La Veta, CO 81055
Telephone: (719) 742-3662
Lyons Middle/Senior High School
St. Vrain Valley School District No. RE-1J School District
Boulder County
100 South 2nd Avenue
Lyons, CO 80540
Telephone: (303) 823-6631
Mancos High School
Mancos School District No. RE-6 School District
Montezuma County
355 West Grand Avenue
Mancos, CO 81328
Telephone: (970) 533-7746
McClave Undivided High School
McClave School District No. RE-2 School District
Bent County
308 Lincoln Street
McClave, CO 81057
Telephone: (719) 829-4517
Merino Junior Senior High School
Buffalo School District No. RE-4 School District
Logan County
315 Lee
Merino, CO 80741
Telephone: (970) 522-7424
Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center
Colorado Springs School District No. 11 School District
El Paso County
2560 International Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Telephone: (719) 520-2701
Niwot High School
St. Vrain Valley School District No. RE-1J School District
Boulder County
8989 E. Niwot Road
Niwot, CO 80503
Telephone: (303) 652-2550
Otis Junior-Senior High School
Otis School District No. R-3 School District
Washington County
301 Work Street
Otis, CO 80743
Telephone: (970) 246-3486
Palisade High School
Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 School District
Mesa County
3679 G Road
Palisade, CO 81526
Telephone: (970) 254-4800
Palmer High School
Colorado Springs School District No. 11 School District
El Paso County
301 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Telephone: (719) 328-5000
Peak to Peak Charter School
Boulder Valley School District No. RE-2 School District
Boulder County
800 Merlin Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Telephone: (303) 453-4700
#76 of 100
Ridgeview Classical Schools High School
Poudre School District No. R-1 School District
Larimer County
1800 South Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Telephone: (970) 494-4620
Sanford Junior/Senior High School
Sanford School District No. 6J School District
Conejos County
755 Second Street
Sanford, CO 81151
Telephone: (719) 274-5167
Sargent Junior-Senior High School
Sargent School District No. RE-33J School District
Rio Grande County
7090 North Road 2 East
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Telephone: (719) 852-4025
Simla High School
Big Sandy School District No. 100J School District
Elbert County
619 Pueblo St
Simla, CO 80835
Telephone: (719) 541-2291
Springfield High School
Springfield School District No. RE-4 School District
Baca County
389 Tipton Street
Springfield, CO 81073
Telephone: (719) 523-6522
Telluride High School
Telluride School District No. R-1 School District
San Miguel County
725 West Colorado
Telluride, CO 81435
Telephone: (970) 728-4377
Honorable Mention
Yuma High School
Yuma School District No. 1 School District
Yuma County
1000 South Albany
Yuma, CO 80759
Telephone: (970) 848-5488

Best High Schools in Colorado

Hovenweep National Monument

In the mountains on the border of Colorado and Utah, there is the Hovenweep National Monument, which preserves the unique old buildings of the area’s native Indians. The name of this settlement could be translated from the Panuit language as “Abandoned Valley”. The buildings are similar in appearance to the monument in Mesa Verde, but the Hovenweep is much smaller, but still has its own special charm.

According to archaeologists, Hovenweep was built at the same time as the largest buildings under the overhangs in Mesa Verde, ie between 600 and 750 AD. However, the construction process is the same, so it is likely that the houses were built by the same people. At that time, clay was used in the constructions, which connected the individual stones. Small stones were then pushed into the clay to prevent it from cracking.

You will find the area on the edge of a small canyon, which can be bypassed in about 2 hours. You can see about 10 remains of buildings that are in relatively good condition. The people in the canyon even created terraced fields that they could irrigate. There was also a landfill, where archaeologists discovered a large number of bones, shards of containers and other valuable artifacts. All these objects thus provided important information about the life of the inhabitants of that time. Hovenweep was abandoned around 1300, as was Mesa Verde. However, no one knows why this happened, probably due to the climate changes at the time, which made it impossible for people to live in the area.

Not far from Hovenweep there is a small camp, where you can spend the night cheaply. However, care must be taken with the wildlife that occur here. These include scorpions, rattlesnakes and even bombs.