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Jeffco Public Schools (Jeffco) is located in Jefferson County, Colorado.

It is the second-largest school district in Colorado serving 69,000 students across 155 schools. With 14,000 employees, the district is the largest employer in Jefferson County and has provided educational excellence for more than 70 years.

Jeffco covers more than 770 square miles, running the length of the western edge of the Denver metropolitan area. The district is diverse in both population and geography, from urban to rural, including the mountain communities in the foothills west of Denver.

Jeffco’s strategic plan, Jeffco Thrives 2025, focuses on providing a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures as local and global citizens.

Visit Our Team page to meet Superintendent Tracy Dorland and the Jeffco leadership team.

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Mission, Vision and Values


Provide a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures as local and global citizens.


Be a thriving district where all students achieve their biggest dreams.


Belonging: In Jeffco, we cultivate environments where all students, staff, families, and members of our community are safe, accepted, respected, included, encouraged by others, and feel that their voices and perspectives are valued.

Equity: In Jeffco, not all students, staff and families are starting from the same place nor do they need the same things to reach their fullest potential. We view individual differences as assets to be leveraged as we help all students thrive.

Excellence: In Jeffco, we aspire to be a world-class school district which requires us to inspire one another to make an impact, focus on solutions, maximize our partnerships, and hold ourselves accountable for successful outcomes for all students.

Focus on Students: In Jeffco, we make decisions and measure outcomes based on how well we serve our students. We exist to help students succeed and act with intensity to give our students the education they need and deserve, today.

Integrity: In Jeffco, acting with integrity creates honesty, trust, responsibility, and a spirit of transparency. It is a constant commitment to do the right thing for our students, staff, families, and community.

District Profile

Number of schools

  • 84 elementary schools
  • 6 K-8 schools
  • 17 middle schools
  • 17 high schools
  • 12 option schools
  • 15 charter schools*
  • 1 online school
  • 1 career/tech ed school
  • 2 outdoor laboratory schools

*Some charter schools have multiple locations but are reported here as one school.

Jeffco has 155 schools and many programs on 168 campuses. Use the School Finder tool to identify your neighborhood school and learn about other schools and programs.

Student population

66% White
24.6% Hispanic
4.4% Multiple Races
3% Asian
1.4% Black
0.5% American Indian/Alaska Native
0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

as of CDE Data, January 2023

In 2022-23, 32.5% of Jeffco students qualified for free and reduced lunch.

The enrollment count for the 2022-23 school year is 77,092. For additional education data and statistics, including graduation rates, visit the Colorado Department of Education.

Enrollment statistics

Each year the Instructional Data Reporting Office compiles detailed information about student enrollment by school and grade, including data on dropout and graduation rates.

For questions on enrollment data, contact the Instructional Data Reporting Office at 303-982-6715.

Student achievement

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks three Jeffco high schools in their top Colorado schools list:
    • #1 - D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
    • #14 - Evergreen High School
    • #24 - Ralston Valley High School
  • National Blue Ribbon Schools - Exemplary high performing schools
    • 2022 - Fairmount Elementary School
    • 2020 - D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School
    • 2018 - Kendrick Lakes Elementary
    • 2017 - Dennison Elementary School
    • 2016 - Devinny Elementary School
    • 2015 - Evergreen High School
  • Niche's 2023 Top Colorado K-12 Schools rankings:
    • #5 - D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
    • #13 - Lakewood High School
    • #19 - Evergreen High School
  • Governor's Bright Spot Award 2022 - Schools demonstrating strong growth in student achievement since 2019
    • Brady Exploration School
    • Welchester Elementary School
  • In 2019, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) awarded 37 Jeffco schools with distinguished awards based on student growth and academic achievement.

Our teachers

Jeffco has approximately 5,300 teachers. All teachers meet the educator qualification requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state law. Many have advanced degrees and several have earned national and state recognition.

74% Have Masters Degrees
1.1% Have PhDs
1.35% Have Other Degrees (Juris Doctor and Educational Specialist Degrees)
0.59% Are National Board Certified

Learn More About Jeffco

Articulation Areas & Maps

The school district is divided into 17 articulation areas that feed into one of Jeffco's high schools, providing assigned schools for each neighborhood served, as well as option and charter school choices. Each area is managed by a community superintendent.

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Board of Education

Jeffco’s volunteer five-member Board of Education is the policy-making body of the school district, and its powers and duties are set by state law. The Board is responsible for planning and evaluation, staffing and appraisal, school facilities, financial resources and communication.

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Charter Schools

A charter school is a publicly funded school operated by a group of parents, teachers and community members.

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District Committees

Jeffco institutes committees and task force teams to focus on particular issues. Committees meet a limited number of times to study an issue, weigh options or actions the district could take, and make a recommendation to the Superintendent.

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Inclement Weather

Weather can impact school-day operations. View Jeffco’s inclement weather policies and procedures.

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Initiatives focus Jeffco’s work, align resources and ensure that the district can accomplish its mission of providing a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures locally and globally.

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Jeffco Builds

The district’s capital improvement program uses voter-approved bond revenue to fund essential construction projects.

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Jeffco Thrives 2025

Jeffco Thrives 2025 is the district strategic plan designed to move the district from good to great to extraordinary. Jeffco Thrives has four main priority areas encompassing six goals and was informed by the district’s vision, mission and values statements.

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Our Team

Jeffco’s leadership team is composed of our Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, School Leadership team and Cabinet Leadership team.

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Student & Family Handbook

The Student and Family Handbook is designed to promote safety through high standards of behavior. This handbook outlines Jeffco’s policies, procedures and student expectations.

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