Four DPS High Schools Named in Top Ten Best High Schools in Colorado

May. 9, 2018

Contact: Will Jones, Director of Media Relations,

Same Four Schools Ranked on 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s List of “Best High Schools in America”

Denver – Denver Public Schools (DPS) is pleased to announce that 12 DPS high schools have received national recognition on the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Best High Schools in America.” The rankings included data on more than 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The top 500 best public high schools in the nation earned gold medal status. Four DPS schools attained gold medal status.

The annual report recognized 72 Colorado schools among the U.S. News Best High Schools, including 11 gold medal schools, 31 silver medal schools and 30 bronze medal schools.

2018 Best High Schools – Colorado Rankings for DPS’ High Schools

#2      KIPP Denver Collegiate High School – Gold Medal
#5      DSST: Stapleton High School – Gold Medal
#6      Denver Center for International Studies – Gold Medal
#8      Denver School of the Arts – Gold Medal
#12    East High School – Silver Medal
#15    DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School – Silver Medal
#29    Thomas Jefferson High School – Silver Medal

Additional Nationally Recognized DPS’ High Schools
DSST College View High School – Bronze Medal
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design – Bronze Medal
DSST: Cole High School – Bronze Medal
KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy – Bronze Medal
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy – Bronze Medal

“It is nice to see the national recognition for so many of our schools,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “We deeply appreciate all the hard work that has gone into driving the progress at our high schools.”

High schools were ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Better than expected overall student performance on state-required assessments.
  • Better than average disadvantaged student performance on state-required assessments.
  • Overall graduation rate must meet or exceed the national high school graduation rate.
  • How well schools prepare students for college as measured by their Advanced Placement participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.

See the full listing of Colorado high schools here.