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US News ranking: These are the best high schools in Colorado


DENVER () — Colorado is home to hundreds of high schools, and found which schools were considered the best in the state.

The 2024 report was released this week and looked at the in the state. The schools were rated based on the : college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance and graduation rate.

According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 ranking, a Jefferson County public school was considered the best high school in Colorado.

Here are the 10 highest-ranking schools in the Centennial State:

  1. – Denver
    Jefferson County School District
    No. 1 in Colorado, No. 59 in U.S.
  2. – Thornton
    Adams 12 Five Star Schools
    No. 2 in Colorado, No. 104 in U.S.
  3. – Fort Collins
    Poudre School District
    No. 3 in Colorado, No. 145 in U.S.
  4. – Lafayette
    Boulder Valley School District
    No. 4 in Colorado, No. 182 in U.S.
  5. – Colorado Springs
    Harrison School District 2
    No. 5 in Colorado, No. 197 in U.S.
  6. – Denver
    Denver Public Schools
    No. 6 in Colorado, No. 266 in U.S.
  7. – Minturn
    Eagle County School District Re-50
    No. 7 in Colorado, No. 386 in U.S.
  8. – Boulder
    Boulder Valley School District
    No. 8 in Colorado, No. 425 in U.S.
  9. – Colorado Springs
    Academy School District No. 20
    No. 9 in Colorado, No. 465 in U.S.
  10. – Highlands Ranch
    Douglas County School District
    No. 10 in Colorado, No. 497 in U.S.

These are just the top 10 schools in Colorado. U.S. News and World Report ranked 504 schools in the state. You can find your school or alma mater on

The top 10 schools all had graduation rates that exceeded 91%, with one school — Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy — having a 100% graduation rate.

The best high school in the entire country was a charter school in Arizona. BASIS Peoria in Peoria, Arizona was ranked as the best school with a score of 100 for college readiness.

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