Education and Schools in Denver

Expats relocating to Denver with children will be pleased to find that education and learning are priorities throughout the state of Colorado. This is exemplified by the fact that metro Denver has one of the highest per capita education levels in the USA.

There is plenty of choice when it comes to schooling options in Denver. Both public and private schools offer a number of primary and secondary school options, including charter and magnet schools. There are also a number of international schools in Denver which follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and various other foreign curricula.

Public schools in Denver

Public schools in Denver offer open enrolment, which means that students are able to apply for the school of their choice. In effect, expat parents who choose to send their child to a public school in Denver won’t be limited by geographic location and can instead select a school for their child based on individual student needs. As part of the application process, parents submit forms listing their top five school choices. Schools then admit students based on space availability.

Charter and magnet schools

Charter schools are institutions that receive funding from the local district and the state of Colorado. While these schools are approved by the local school district, they have a greater degree of freedom when it comes to teaching methods and curricula.

Magnet schools are public schools with specialised courses or curricula, in areas such as science or the arts. These schools attract a range of students from all over the Denver metro area.

Private and international schools in Denver

There are a large number of private schools in metro Denver which tend to offer a wider range of facilities than are usually found at public schools. Many of these schools offer education based on a particular religion or alternative teaching philosophy. There are also those which teach a foreign curriculum, known as international schools.

International schools are often a good choice for expats. particularly those planning to only stay in Denver for a short period of time. Though fees are typically high, attending an international school allows expat children to meet other international students and assists them in being better equipped in making the transition to life in Denver.

The majority of international schools in the Denver metro area follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum and a number of these schools offer language immersion classes.