D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School makes the highest grade in the state.

U.S. News & World Report released its Best High School rankings of the 2019 top public high schools in the country on April 30. Colorado’s top spot went to D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, which is located in Jefferson County.

The school took the highest ranking among 217 Colorado schools, as well as 131st in the country and made the list at No. 122 for Stem High Schools nationwide.

The rankings are determined based on performances on state proficiency tests in math and reading, college readiness, performance on college-level coursework, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams, and graduation rates. Over 17,000 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were ranked.

Founded in 1994, D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School is part of the Jefferson County R-1 public school district and is committed to the core belief that students need to be challenged and held to a high standard of expectation for both behavior and academics. Students here have many opportunities to take Advanced Placement classes and exams; the school has an 89 percent participation rate in these advanced options. 81 percent of students have passed at least one AP exam, and the school boasts a 97 percent graduation rate.

With 625 students, the school serves grades 7-12 and has an average of a 21:1 student-teacher ratio.

Following D'Evelyn the top five performing schools in the state are Denver School of the Arts (No. 2), The Vanguard School (No. 3), Peak to Peak Charter School (No. 4), and Crested Butte Community School (No. 5).

The rankings are searchable by state and school name here if you want to see where your school ranks, both statewide and nationally.

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