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The Denver School System

Denver, Colorado, is the capital of the state and has a population of about 705,000. The larger metropolitan area has a population of almost 2.9 million. Denver has been ranked as a Beta world city and was named as the best place to live in the United States in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The city has nearly 92,000 students attending almost 200 schools, which are overseen by the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district.

In such a large school system, it isn’t unusual for parents to feel overwhelmed and even a little lost. This problem is especially true when parents have a child with special learning needs or a student who is struggling with a class. Varsity Tutors helps parents connect with professional Denver tutors who can offer support to students of all ages and abilities. Whether your child is struggling with boredom because the school they are in does not provide sufficient options for gifted children, or they are unable to learn via standardized instruction, a professional tutor can make the learning process more fun and productive. Here's a chart showing how some of the largest Denver schools compare to state assessment averages:

Denver Test Scores

Not only do Denver area students need to prepare for the PSAT and SAT, but they also need to be ready for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) as early as third grade. These exams cover mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies. Some of these tests are administered through the eleventh grade, while others are spaced intermittently throughout the child’s academic career. If your child is facing one of these exams, working with a personal tutor can help them prepare more effectively.

Even students attending exceptional schools can benefit from working with a personal tutor. Many of Denver’s high schools are among the most highly ranked in the state of Colorado. Below you can see how the top ten high schools in the city compare with others from throughout the state.

Denver High School Rankings

High School Denver Ranking State Ranking AP Pass Rate
East High School 1 8 65%
DSST: Stapleton High School 2 11 84%
Denver School of the arts 3 13 61%
DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School 4 24 68%
Denver Center for International Studies 5 56 56%
George Washington High School 6 58 46%
Thomas Jefferson High School 7 62 39%
South High School 8 73 36%
CEC Middle College of Denver 9 177 N/A
KIPP Denver Collegiate High School 10 N/A 53%

Denver area high schools have relatively low class sizes, even in the largest schools. Unfortunately, these favorable student-teacher ratios don't mean students are getting enough or the right kind of attention. One on one tutoring ensures students get individualized support. The chart below gives a clearer picture of the student-teacher ratio in these schools.

Denver Student-to-Teacher Ratios

East High School has a 20 1 student-teacher ratio.

South High School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.

Abraham Lincoln High School has a 16 1 student-teacher ratio.

George Washington High School has a 18 1 student-teacher ratio.

Martin Luther King Jr. Early College has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.

Colorado State Average has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.

Denver has many options for high school graduates who want to stay close to home for their collegiate career. Below you can see how the top local universities compare to schools across the country.

Denver University Rankings

College National Rank Acceptance Rate
Colorado School of Mines 63 40%
University of Denver 177 53%
University of Colorado - Denver 287 61%
Regis University 358 56%
Colorado Christian University 780 94%
Metropolitan State University of Denver N/A 64%
Johnson & Wales University - Denver N/A 85%
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design N/A 100%
Red Rocks Community Collge N/A 100%
University of Phoneix - Colorado N/A 100%

How Varsity Tutors Can Help

As you prepare to send your child off to college, don’t forget that their learning routine will shift dramatically. Even students who excelled in high school can suddenly find themselves overwhelmed and struggling in their undergraduate studies. By being aware of this potential, it is possible for parents to offer their children the support they may need in the form of personal tutoring. Varsity Tutors can help parents connect with highly qualified subject area experts who can assist students in a wide variety of collegiate level classes.

From the first day of kindergarten to their graduation from a university, students of all ages can benefit from the services of an experienced tutor. Varsity Tutors can help you connect with a Denver area tutor who can help your child achieve his or her academic potential. Contact Varsity Tutors to get started today.

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