How to Become a Teacher in Colorado

You are interested in becoming a teacher in Colorado? Great! Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers in the world. Here are the steps to help you on your way toward becoming a licensed educator in Colorado.

Choose What You Want to Teach

Before you become a licensed teacher in Colorado, it is important to think about what type of students and subject(s) you would like to teach. Elementary school? Middle School? High school? Special Education? Think about what areas interest you, and where you may want to teach long term. The Colorado Department of Education has information about school districts, students, and teachers within the state, which could help make your decision.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Colorado

As with all states, Colorado requires that licensed teachers at a minimum possess a Bachelor's Degree and complete an educator preparation program from an accredited university.

It is very common for teaching candidates to complete the teacher education requirement as part of their Bachelor's Degree. This type of program is designed for people who know from the beginning that they want to become a teacher.

Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

Public school teachers in Colorado are required to possess a teaching license. This licensure is traditionally obtained after the completion of a teacher education program. The teacher education program must be approved by the state and accredited. Degrees or credits earned at institutions not approved by these organizations will not be considered towards licensing.

The Colorado Department of Education also looks for regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). This organization is one of six regional accreditation agencies that are overseen by the US Department of Education. When considering a teaching school in Colorado, applicants should verify that it is in good standing with the NCA. Additionally, NCA also accredits online teaching certification schools, and even if it is out of state, the student should verify that it is in good standing with one of the six regional agencies.

Educator preparation programs in Colorado generally consist of two elements: curricula and fieldwork. Fieldwork often includes classroom observations, internships, student teaching, or a combination of all three depending on your school. Curricula usually focuses on pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), integration of educational technologies, content-based teaching methods, differentiated instruction, assessment, and more. Successful student teaching will usually require the teaching candidate to work with a licensed teacher in order to create and implement lessons based on the needs of the student population.

If you were not in a blended Bachelor's Degree and educator preparation program, you may go the post-baccalaureate or alternate route.

Alternative Teacher Certification in Colorado

Aside from the traditional route, there are some alternate paths to teacher licensure in Colorado.

In order to be eligible for the alternative teacher certification program, one must hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited institution and be willing to work full time as a teacher while receiving mentoring and education from a designated agency. This is to ensure one acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively. Applicants must also have a clean background check and demonstrate the ability to teach the content area for the endorsement they are seeking.

One and Two-Year Alternative Teaching Preparation Programs

One and two-year alternative teaching programs are available to qualified candidates. In a one-year program, the prospective teacher begins teaching in the classroom immediately. The two-year program involves a mentoring program for the first year, then moves on to classroom teaching. Both programs require the eligible candidate to apply for an Initial Colorado Teacher's License after the alternative program is completed successfully.

Pass the Required Tests for Colorado

Unlike most other states, Colorado does not require a Basic Skills test, but it does require a Subject Area Competence test. An applicant must take the Subject Area test to evaluate their competencies in the specific area they wish to teach.

Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE)

In Colorado, prospective teachers must take and pass the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) examination or Praxis II in order to become eligible for certification. Since the PLACE exam is specifically designed for Colorado, it is the preferred testing method. However, the Colorado State Board of Education also accepts Praxis II scores for five teaching areas: Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Apply for Your Colorado Teaching License

The following should be submitted when applying for teaching certification in Colorado:

  • Completed application form
  • Passing scores from the Colorado State Board of Education-approved PLACE or Praxis II content assessment tests
  • Clear status of background check
  • Official college transcript(s) showing completion of a degree and a teacher certification program from an accredited school
  • Non-refundable application fees to the Colorado Department of Education

Contact Information

Professional Services & Educator Licensure
6000 E. Evans Ave.
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: (303) 866-6628

Find a Teaching Job in Colorado

After your application processes and you become licensed, you will be ready to begin your career as a teacher in Colorado! You will be ready to inspire and motivate our future leaders.

Public School Teaching Jobs in Colorado

Due to a job market that is keeping pace with national growth, as well as teacher attrition, there are plenty of jobs available in the state of Colorado for new and transferring teachers. The state Department of Education has partnered with teachers-teachers.com in order to make searching for a teaching job in Colorado more accessible to candidates outside of the state.

Once hired, unions like the Colorado Education Association (CEA) and the Professional Association of Colorado Educators (non-union) can help teachers further their career goals, as well as be supported during career difficulties.

PERA (Public Employees' Retirement Association)

Retired public school teachers will be eligible for a monthly pension and some benefits through Colorado's PERA (Public Employees' Retirement Association) which benefits over 500,000 state employees and more than 500 state organizations.

Private School Teaching Jobs in Colorado

For teachers who are seeking employment outside the state's public education system, Colorado has over 550 private schools that feature on average, an 11:1 student to teacher ratio. Half of the state's private schools have a religious affiliation. Teachers who are employed through a private school may experience that there will be a difference in salary, benefits, or other career differences from the public school system.

Teacher Shortage in Colorado by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Colorado has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Art/Music/Drama
  • Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Speech Language Pathologists

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Colorado by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers1,044
Kindergarten Teachers3,661
Elementary Teachers23,327
Middle & High School Teachers20,889

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 390 private schools with an estimated 4,400 private school teachers in Colorado. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers2,369
Middle & High School Teachers621
Combined K-12 School Teachers1,426

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

Professional development for educators relies on the integration of instructional strategies that are designed to support how all students learn. These instructional strategies are designed to help teachers integrate methods to help diverse sets of students achieve.

Professional Development in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Education regularly provides professional development on a variety of topics. The CDE also allocates funding for school districts' professional development and retention efforts.

The Colorado Department of Education provides an updated calendar of Professional Development workshops and conferences sponsored or approved by CDE.

Employment and Teacher Salary in Colorado

Teachers in the arts, languages, math, sciences, and special education are needed in the state of Colorado both at the elementary and secondary levels. Certified teachers earn a starting wage of $32,126. While this wage is lower to start than the state's per capita personal income, teacher salaries increase at regular intervals and with continuing education. Teachers seeking employment may have good fortune applying in the larger school districts like Jeffco Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, and Douglas County School District.

Total Employed

23,840

Salary Range

$38,750 - $71,620

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $38,750 to $71,620 a year in Colorado. There are around twenty three thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield10,980$52,980
Colorado Springs3,550$44,990
Boulder1,930$55,350
Fort Collins, Loveland1,460$47,470
Greeley1,180$45,410
Pueblo710$48,050

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

1,460

Salary Range

$33,260 - $83,650

English teachers have a salary range between $33,260 to $83,650 a year in Colorado, with over 1,460 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield750$47,430
Colorado Springs110$53,820
Fort Collins, Loveland110$57,650
Pueblo60$35,640
Greeley50$46,930

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

15,920

Salary Range

$40,350 - $72,900

As a high school teacher in Colorado you can expect to make between $40,350 - $72,900. There are around fifteen thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield7,690$55,970
Colorado Springs2,310$46,090
Boulder1,190$56,550
Fort Collins, Loveland970$48,410
Greeley690$47,590

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

480

Salary Range

$33,650 - $100,400

In Colorado, a history teacher's salary may range from $33,650 to $100,400. There are around 480 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield210$53,330
Colorado Springs70$64,250

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

3,750

Salary Range

$34,350 - $67,830

Kindergarten teachers in Colorado, can earn between $34,350 to $67,830 a year. There are around three thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield2,040$47,080
Colorado Springs490$41,420
Greeley230$36,890
Boulder210$50,900
Fort Collins, Loveland190$47,100
Pueblo100$44,060

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

57,410

Salary Range

$31,640 - $97,870

As a math teacher in Colorado you can expect to make between $31,640 - $97,870. Colorado is home to about fifty thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield570$49,960
Greeley100$43,100
Colorado Springs80$67,090
Fort Collins, Loveland70$82,230
Pueblo70$35,260

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

6,190

Salary Range

$20,010 - $56,310

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $20,010 to $56,310 a year in Colorado. Colorado is home to about six thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield2,260$40,180
Boulder630$36,150
Colorado Springs570$38,240
Fort Collins, Loveland260$34,610
Greeley70$32,940
Pueblo70$26,820

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

6,620

Salary Range

$23,490 - $46,050

In Colorado, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $23,490 to $46,050, with over 6,620 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield3,410$32,300
Colorado Springs940$28,760
Boulder500$34,060
Fort Collins, Loveland330$27,780
Greeley260$25,820
Pueblo150$28,500
Grand Junction60$32,850

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

4,740

Salary Range

$35,690 - $109,540

As a school administrator in Colorado you can expect to make between $35,690 - $109,540. Colorado is home to about four thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield400$49,350
Colorado Springs80$44,700
Boulder-$42,140

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield1,940$84,780
Colorado Springs620$80,560
Boulder250$90,910
Greeley200$82,420
Fort Collins, Loveland190$85,780
Pueblo130$81,330

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

4,330

Salary Range

$36,380 - $68,880

School counselors in Colorado, can earn between $36,380 to $68,880 a year, with over 4,330 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield2,110$47,360
Colorado Springs720$45,650
Fort Collins, Loveland300$46,590
Boulder240$52,960
Greeley180$47,230
Pueblo160$43,750

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

2,140

Salary Range

$48,650 - $101,940

School librarians have a salary range between $48,650 to $101,940 a year in Colorado. Colorado is home to about two thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield1,050$67,750
Colorado Springs240$68,550
Boulder180$74,560
Fort Collins, Loveland150$62,600
Greeley120$55,590
Pueblo50$64,480
Grand Junction40$63,840

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

9,080

Salary Range

$40,210 - $74,700

In Colorado, a special education teacher's salary may range from $40,210 to $74,700. Colorado is home to about nine thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield420$54,640
Colorado Springs100$46,350
Pueblo30$44,400

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield2,820$53,790
Colorado Springs450$46,210
Boulder190$58,050
Greeley140$48,400
Fort Collins, Loveland120$47,680
Pueblo120$49,550

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield820$54,920
Colorado Springs250$46,780
Fort Collins, Loveland80$49,930
Pueblo80$44,700
Greeley70$47,430

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield1,130$58,030
Colorado Springs350$47,410
Boulder140$60,940
Fort Collins, Loveland120$49,410
Greeley80$48,250
Pueblo80$49,640

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

17,950

Salary Range

$22,040 - $37,240

In Colorado, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $22,040 to $37,240. There are around seventeen thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Denver, Aurora, Broomfield9,760$27,620
Colorado Springs2,290$24,670
Boulder1,210$31,440
Fort Collins, Loveland840$26,000
Greeley570$24,180
Pueblo310$29,650

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Colorado

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Colorado that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 53 school districts in Colorado were analyzed with the top 20 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.89
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 74.95

With administrative offices located in Sterling, Colorado, Valley Region -1 School District consists of 8 schools that provide programming for students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The district employs over 100 teachers to educate more than 2,300 students, providing them with a ratio of approximately 17:1. Teachers and support staff in the district remain focused on ensuring that their students are prepared for the next steps in their life journey. Learn more by visiting the Valley Region-1 School District website at re1valleyschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 63.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 69.69
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.25
% Proficiency Score: 91

Founded in 1889, Littleton Public Schools have a jurisdiction which includes southern Denver and outlying communities. The administrative offices itself however, is located in downtown Littleton. The district operates 23 schools in total, and has programming which ranges from pre-kindergarten to grade 12; the district's over 800 classroom teachers support more than 15,000 students and are committed to every student meeting their unique academic goals. Learn more by visiting the Littleton Public Schools website at littletonpublicschools.net.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 77.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.24
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 75.71
% Proficiency Score: 91.5

Located in the northern part of Colorado Springs, and founded in 1957, Academy 20 School District's jurisdiction encompasses the city and surrounding areas of El Paso County. With 32 primary, middle, and high schools in operation, the district employs over 1,400 teachers to educate almost 24,000 students. Longstanding and committed teachers and support staff are dedicated to educating Academy 20's student population in order to build a democratic republic. Learn more by visiting the Academy District 20 website at asd20.org.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 77.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 87.94
% Proficiency Score: 85.13

Established in 1950, Cherry Creek Public Schools is based in the westernmost section of Arapahoe County in the state of Colorado. The school district is dedicated to excellence and the principles of schools as a foundation of the community. Cherry Hill Public Schools operate 60 schools throughout the district, and employ more than 2,900 dedicated classroom teachers to educate more than 50,000 students through primary, middle, and high schools - including kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs. Learn more by visiting the Cherry Creek School District 5 website at cherrycreekschools.org.

District Details
  • > 2,500 FTE Teachers
  • 50,000-100,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 71.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.82
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.43
% Proficiency Score: 88.07

Located in northern Colorado, Poudre School District's jurisdiction includes fort Collins, Wellington, and Timnath, as well as surrounding rural areas. Established in 1960, Poudre has 51 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The district employs over 1,600 classroom teachers to educate almost 28,000 students and provides a variety of programming options to meet their unique educational needs, ensuring that every child receives a quality education, every day. Learn more by visiting the Poudre School District website at psdschools.org.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 25,000-50,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 74.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.37
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 75.64
% Proficiency Score: 91.07

Located in the biggest city in the state of Colorado, Boulder Valley Region 2 schools are leaders when it comes to academic achievement and innovation. Mostly urban, the district has 56 schools, and employs over 1,700 teachers to educate approximately 30,000 students within the district jurisdiction. Boulder Schools provide programming from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and have a variety of programs and courses available to suit student need and interest. Learn more by visiting the Boulder Valley School District website at bvsd.org.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 25,000-50,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 77.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.95
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.62
% Proficiency Score: 95.19

Located in El Paso County, Colorado, the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 serves areas of Monument, Woodmoor, Palmer Lake, and parts of the city of Colorado Springs. The district got its start in 1948 when the two former area districts combined. With head offices in Monument, the district operates 9 schools throughout the area, and employs more than 300 teachers to educate over 6,000 students. All staff are committed to maintaining academic excellence for student success. Learn more by visiting the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 website at lewispalmer.org.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 80.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.75
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 83.37
% Proficiency Score: 82.63

Established in 1950, Jefferson County Public Schools have administrative offices in West Pleasant View, near the city of Golden, Colorado. The district encompasses much of Golden, some unincorporated communities, and a portion of the Denver Metropolitan Area and operates 163 schools. The district employs over 4,700 teachers to educate more than 85,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school and is committed to providing the best educational opportunities for each student. Learn more by visiting the Jefferson County Public Schools website at jeffcopublicschools.org.

District Details
  • > 2,500 FTE Teachers
  • 50,000-100,000 Students
  • > 2,500 Total Support Staff
  • 70.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.22
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.96
% Proficiency Score: 77.13

Located in Teller County, Woodland Park Region 2 School District is located amidst heavily forested lands on most sides. The preK - 12 public school district operates 5 elementary, middle and high schools and is home to more than 2,500 students. With almost 150 classroom teachers employed, the district reports a ratio of about 17:1 in the classroom, which ensures that Woodland Park teachers are dedicated to elevating each student's education. Learn more by visiting the Woodland Park Region-2 School District website at wpsdk12.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 65.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 88.06
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 49.49
% Proficiency Score: 100

Founded in 1872, the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 covers the southwestern portion of the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The district has 9 schools and employs 300 teachers. With more than 4,600 children to educate at the primary, middle, and secondary levels, the student-teacher ratio is about 15:1. Cheyenne Mountain Schools focus on academic excellence and building community every day. Learn more by visiting the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 website at cmsd.k12.co.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 84.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 70.07
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.8
% Proficiency Score: 77.89

With administrative offices in Loveland, Colorado, Thompson School District R2-J covers the adjacent towns of Berthoud, Drake, Masonville, and parts of Fort Collins. With a total of 35 schools, the district offers programming for students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The district employs approximately 850 teachers to educate more than 16,000 students, providing Thompson Schools with a student-teacher ratio of about 19:1. Learn more by visiting the Thompson School District R2-J website at thompsonschools.org.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 66.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 64.66
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.9
% Proficiency Score: 89.82

With a mission statement of "Learn today. Lead tomorrow." it's easy to see where the priority lies for Douglas County School's teachers and administrators. Employing approximately 3,000 teachers to educate 64,000 students across 82 schools, the district offers a student-teacher ration of about 21:1. With administrative offices in Castle Rock, Colorado, Douglas County School District includes many of the outlying communities that form the southernmost border of the Denver Metropolitan Area. Learn more by visiting the Douglas County School District Re. 1 website at dcsdk12.org.

District Details
  • > 2,500 FTE Teachers
  • 50,000-100,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 76.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.67
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.95
% Proficiency Score: 75.51

The Delta County School District as it is commonly called, operates 20 schools throughout the Delta and Orchard City, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. With more than 250 classroom teachers providing instruction for approximately 5,300 students from pre-K to grade 12, Delta County schools have a student-teacher ratio of approximately 20:1. Committed and professional, the staff provide a safe and caring environment that helps students foster academic success. Learn more by visiting the Delta County 50(j) School District website at deltaschools.com.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 64.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.97
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.53
% Proficiency Score: 69.45

Located in Garfield County, the Garfield School District No. Region 2 serves the community of Rifle, Colorado and surrounding areas. With more than 4,800 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, the district employs more than 250 classroom teachers throughout its 10 elementary, middle and secondary schools, providing students with a ratio of approximately 17:1. The district is committed to encouraging, nurturing and challenging every student, every day. Learn more by visiting the Garfield Region-2 School District website at garfieldre2.k12.co.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 59.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.46
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.33
% Proficiency Score: 71.89

Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 is an important part of Mesa County. With 47 elementary, middle and secondary schools, the district serves more than 21,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and employs more than 1,200 classroom teachers. With a student-teacher ratio of about 17:1, Mesa County Valley teachers are dedicated to helping every student learn for life, every day. Learn more by visiting the Mesa County Valley School District 51 website at mesa.k12.co.us.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 61.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.94
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.14
% Proficiency Score: 63.46

With district administrative offices located in Fort Morgan, Colorado, the Morgan County School District provides service to areas of Orchard, Weldona, Sterling, and Otis, all lying to the northeast of Denver. The district has 8 schools and its 200 teachers educate approximately 3,100 students ranging in grade level from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The district's unwavering commitment to offering a variety of high-quality educational options pays off as students graduate and become successful thinkers and leaders in their lives. Learn more by visiting the Morgan County School District RE-3 website at morgan.k12.co.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 54.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 87.13
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 47.25
% Proficiency Score: 97.06

Located in the north-central part of Colorado, Steamboat Springs RE-2 School District serves the communities of Clark and Steamboat Springs, as well as some of the surrounding rural areas. The district has 6 schools that provide programming from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The approximate 2,300 students in the jurisdiction are educated by more than 150 teachers, giving the district a student-teacher ratio of about 15:1. This ratio along with teacher professionalism and commitment ensures that students continue to achieve their academic goals. Learn more by visiting the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 website at sssd.k12.co.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 82.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.72
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.76
% Proficiency Score: 56.52

Located in Arapahoe County, the Englewood 1 School District is a public PK - 12 district operating 9 elementary, middle and high schools that serve more than 2,800 students throughout the area. Employing more than 150 classroom teachers, the district has a ratio of about 15 students per teacher, which ensures that Englewood schools are committed to a relentless focus on learning. Learn more by visiting the Englewood 1 School District website at englewoodschools.net.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 48.3 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.57
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 74.15
% Proficiency Score: 73.27

Located in the community of Colorado Springs, the harrison School District 2 is an integral part of El Paso County. With 24 elementary, intermediate and secondary schools, the district serves more than 11,000 students spanning preschool to grade 12. The district employs more than 650 classroom teachers and reports a ratio of about 16 students per teacher, ensuring that the schools focus on building student character through diversity, challenge and accomplishment. Learn more by visiting the Harrison School District 2 website at hsd2.org.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 400 Total Support Staff
  • 62.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 100
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 33.03
% Proficiency Score: 94.5

Based in the town of Aspen, Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Aspen 1 School District is committed to maintaining its reputation as a top district in the state. With 5 schools in its jurisdiction, Aspen 1 School District employs over 130 classroom teachers to educate just over 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Aspen's teachers and administrators have unwavering focus on ensuring every child meets with academic success. Learn more by visiting the Aspen 1 School District website at aspenk12.net.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 80.0 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Colorado

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#21 Canon City Region-1 School District922775.63
#22 Durango 9-R School District1229275.55
#23 Eaton Region-2 School District510975.35
#24 Moffat County Re:no 1 School District813875.16
#25 Colorado Springs School District 11611,68675.16
#26 Elizabeth C-1 School District814674.83
#27 Eagle County School District RE 50J1941874.82
#28 Weld RE-4928674.63
#29 Fountain-Fort Carson High School1250073.68
#30 Gunnison Watershed Re1j School District513473.57
#31 Keenesburg Region-3(j) School District614173.38
#32 Falcon School District 492291472.28
#33 St. Vrain Valley School District551,61772
#34 Lamar Region-2 School District610471.44
#35 Widefield School District 31653570.91
#36 Pueblo County Rural 70 School District2450370.44
#37 Adams 12 Five Star Schools552,09370.39
#38 Montrose County Region-1j School District1534870.09
#39 Montezuma-Cortez Region-1 School District1016769.91
#40 Weld County Region-1 School District612769.2
#41 Weld County School District Region-8414368.74
#42 Summit Region-1 School District919168.73
#43 Denver Public Schools1875,35768.08
#44 Aurora Public Schools592,08367.35
#45 Pueblo City Schools341,04866.16
#46 Adams County 14 School District1343664.73
#47 Alamosa Region-11j School District411864.04
#48 Brighton 27j School District2680363.93
#49 Weld County School District Six321,14263.83
#50 Roaring Fork School District1234863.48
#51 Johnstown-Milliken Region-5j School District618163.17
#52 Westminster 50 School District2054161.43
#53 Mapleton Public Schools1541159.43

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey