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K-12 Education
Jefferson County Public Schools
Facts & Figure
Fall 2014-2015 Enrollment 83,647
Area 773.2
Schools 97 Elementary
9 Elementary/Middle
9 Elementary/Middle/High
18 Middle
9 Middle/High
21 High
Source: Jefferson County Public Schools
Jefferson County Public Schools is the largest in the state with fall enrollment of more than 85,000 students. The district's mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future.

Because of the school district's size, it is uniquely positioned to provide a wide variety of educational choices to families. In addition to 89 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, and 17 high schools, the district has 9 option schools and 15 charter schools.

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Achievement Statistics
Jefferson County students consistently receive high scores in the American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores, in addition to high rankings in other areas.

High School Graduation Rates
2015 ACT Scores
(American College Testing, scored on a scale of 1 to 36)
2015 SAT Reading Scores
(Scholastic Aptitude Test, scored on a scale of 200 to 800)
2015 SAT Math Scores
(Scholastic Aptitude Test, scored on a scale of 200 to 800)
1Jefferson County
2U.S. Average

Sources: (1)Colorado Dept. of Education, 2015 (2) US Census Bureau, 2015

Did You Know?
• Jeffco Public Schools ties for the second best graduation rate of the 50 largest school districts. This is the third year that Jeffco has been one of the top districts for its graduation rate.

• Jeffco students consistently outperform the state average on the Colorado Student Assessment Program and the new Transitional Colorado Assessment Program. The students continue to show above average growth in reading, writing and math. 84% of sixth-graders scored advanced or proficient in reading.

• The Center for American Progress awarded Jeffco a green rating indicating the highest return on investment. This study measures the academic achievement a school district produces relative to its educlational spending. Jeffco was one of only two districts in the metro Denver area to recieve this.

• Jeffco's dropout rate is 2%, lower than the state average.

• In 2012, Jeffco voters passed two school bond measures, 3A and 3B. This approves a $99 million bond issue and a $39 million mill levy override. This will help make up for the decrease in state education funding, which dropped more than $700 per student over the last few years. This additional money will be used for educational programs, supplies, salaries and to support capital projects, such as buildings, repairs and renovations.

Educational Initiatives

  • The business community is an active partner with the schools. Jefferson County's School-to-Career Program connects businesses with schools for career awareness (grades K-6), career exploration (grades 7-10), career preparation (grades 11-12), and career development for out-of-school youth and adults. The program builds bridges between careers and classrooms by helping teachers learn about the changing demands of the workforce and by helping students explore a wide range of career options in order to make good education choices.
  • Cisco Systems, the San Jose, CA-based international leader in networking technology partnered with the Jefferson County Public Schools and Red Rocks Community College to train 240 students at seven Jefferson County high schools to design, build, and maintain Cisco computer networks. After completing the four-semester course and graduating from high school, the students will be eligible for jobs at Cisco paying yearly salaries of $40,000 to $50,000. The program is co-funded with a grant from the Colorado Institute of Technology.
  • Jefferson County citizens are dedicated to improving the excellence of public education for students through the Jefferson Foundation. The Foundation is a private initiative to develop and fund programs that expand education opportunities for students while fostering innovation and improvement in the quality of education in Jefferson County.
  • With a mission of helping Jefferson County families become more aware of literacy, the Jefferson County International Reading Association promotes literacy activities within the school district for teachers and families. The Association consists of teachers, administrators, community members, and children.
  • Jefferson County Public Schools has developed and set into motion a comprehensive Strategic Plan based on the input of over 100,000 students, staff, and citizens. The Plan provides a focus for improving learning in the district.
  • Jefferson County Public Schools has developed a Performance Promise Program to outline how money from a voter-approved mill levy override will be spent to increase student achievement. The program was developed using the most recent research on student learning, analysis of test scores, and a determination of how to most efficiently and effectively impact achievement. These factors include smaller classes, classroom coaches, staff development, extended learning, and individualized attention.
  • The Jefferson County Business Education Alliance (JCBEA) seeks to develop new career, college and workforce readiness opportunities for students of Jefferson County Public Schools, Colorado's largest school district, by connecting employers and business leaders in career and technical education for youth. JCBEA is works closely with the school district to enhance existing programming by engaging business leaders from the community to share expertise, advice and knowledge about building successful careers. JCBEA is implementing these initiatives by coordinating workshops in the classroom, connecting students to internships, facilitating job shadowing, providing mentorship opportunities for students, and partnering teachers with professionals to facilitate information sharing.
Jefferson County Public Schools
1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27
Golden, CO 80401
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