Denver school information

IndexDenverColoradoNational
Average Test Scores29%34%49%
Student/Teacher ratio17:117:116:1
Total public schools1741,42679,221
Total private schools7638424,874
Total post-secondary schools361387,963
The Denver, CO educational system consists of 174 public schools, 76 private schools and 36 post-secondary schools. Denver public schools have average test scores of 29% which is 15% lower than than the Colorado average and 42% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Denver public schools is 17:1, compared to 17:1 in Colorado and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 84.0% of students have completed 8th grade, 82.8% have completed high school, 45.7% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 5.7% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Denver are 42% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 174 public schools in Denver.
  • 84.0% of people in Denver have completed 8th grade.
  • 82.8% of people in Denver have completed high school.
  • 45.7% of people in Denver have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Denver

IndexDenverColoradoNational
Completed 8th grade84.0%87.9%84.3%
Completed high school82.8%87.1%83.0%
Completed some college68.7%69.3%59.4%
Completed associate degree51.0%47.1%38.5%
Completed bachelors45.7%38.7%30.3%
Completed masters17.7%14.3%11.5%
Completed professional degree5.7%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.8%1.6%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Denver (high school & post-secondary)

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Cherry Hills Village, CO6,41481%64%
Superior, CO12,92871%44%
Indian Hills, CO1,33567%36%
Cherry Creek, CO12,05365%33%
Morrison, CO36662%26%
Denver, CO663,30329%42%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Washington, DC659,00923%53%
Boston, MA658,27951%3%
Seattle, WA668,84957%16%
Memphis, TN655,85737%25%
El Paso, TX678,05876%54%
Denver, CO663,30329%42%
Source: The Denver, CO education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.