Ten Colorado high schools make Newsweek’s top 500 list for 2016

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A high school graduation. (Jeremy Jenum/Flickr)

A high school graduation. (Jeremy Jenum/Flickr)

Newsweek released its list of the top high schools in America, and 10 Colorado schools made the cut.

  • No. 46: D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Denver
  • No. 79: Colorado Early Colleges in Fort Collins
  • No. 153: DSST Stapleton High School in Denver
  • No. 272: Jefferson Academy High School in Broomfield
  • No. 316: Monarch High School in Louisville
  • No. 329: Chaparral High School in Parker
  • No. 414: Grandview High School in Aurora
  • No. 458: ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch
  • No. 459: The Classical Academy High School in Colorado Springs
  • No. 496: TCA College Pathways in Colorado Springs

Here is the simple explanation of their methodology: “Identify high schools within each state that have the highest performance as measured by academic achievement on state assessments in reading and mathematics” and “assess the extent to which the top-performing schools have prepared their students for college and rank them accordingly.”

The rankings include stats on college readiness, graduation rates, poverty rates and the percentage of students headed to college. One thing pops out here: Of all the Colorado schools, DSST Stapleton had by far the highest poverty rate — 48.1 percent — but it was also the only one with a 100 percent gradation rate.

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