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SCHOOLS The Boulder Valley School District is a highly rated, public school district headquartered in Boulder and serving residents in a 500-square-mile region that includes nine major urban, suburban and rural communities from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the suburbs of Denver. Fifty-six schools in the district serve 31,000 students, with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. The Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) consistently ranks among the top three districts in Colorado – often as the top district – as measured by state and national academic rankings. The other major school district in the Boulder MSA is the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD), which incorporates 53 schools serving 31,000 students in communities surrounding

the Boulder Valley School District. SVVSD is a leader in innovative educational programming. It won one of the original Investing in Innovation (i3) grants under the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top program and was one of 16 recipients of a follow-on grant awarded to create a $16.6 million Innovation Center. The SVVSD Innovation Center prepares students for successful STEM careers by partnering with industry to provide real-world work experiences, fostering analytical and problem-solving skills, encouraging entrepreneurial ambitions and creating mentorships with experts in the STEM fields.

SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADUATION RATES Comparing graduation data for the largest districts in each of the peer regions studied in this report, Boulder Valley Schools had the highest graduation rate and St. Vrain Valley School district ranked sixth highest.

School District

Average Graduation Rates


Boulder Valley School District



Austin Independent School District



San Jose Unified School District



Wake County (Raleigh) Public School System



San Francisco Unified School District



St. Vrain Valley School District



Seattle Public Schools



Portland Public Schools



Boston Public Schools



Denver Public Schools



Source: Niche

In recent rankings by United States News & World Report of the best high schools in the nation, 13 schools in BVSD were recognized, two as Gold Medal Schools and one, Peak to Peak Charter School, was ranked 1st in Colorado and 34th in the nation. Eleven high schools in the SVVSD were recognized, including one as a Gold Medal School. Boulder Valley School District voters recently approved a $576.5 million educational innovation bond issue. BVSD is using the bond proceeds to rethink the design of school buildings and the district’s approach to education. Working with Fielding Nair International, known around the world for creating innovative learning environments, the district is infusing educational innovation into every bond project and creating learning spaces that support success for all students.


Among other innovations, the Boulder Valley School District is a leader in the national healthy school lunch movement. Championed by Chef Ann Cooper, director of BVSD’s Food Services Department, the district’s School Food Project is earning accolades from across the country. Within St. Vrain Valley Schools, a model Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program was started at Skyline High School. P-TECH allows students to earn a high school diploma as well an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at no cost from Front Range Community College. This our-six year program includes significant internship and mentorship opportunities with IBM, giving students a head start in their career after completing the program.


Innovation Venture  

The Boulder Innovation Venture Report is a product of an initiative launched by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber in 2017....

Innovation Venture  

The Boulder Innovation Venture Report is a product of an initiative launched by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber in 2017....