KIPP Denver Collegiate High School Named One of America's Best High Schools

April 27, 2017

KIPP Denver Collegiate High School was named one of the top high schools in the country, and the third best high school in Colorado, according to U.S. News and World Report. The magazine, which grades high schools across the country using test performance, graduation rates, and college preparedness, declared the charter public high school the second best in the city of Denver and the third best in the state of Colorado.

This is the third consecutive year that KIPP Denver Collegiate High School ranked among the top ten high schools in Colorado by U.S. News and World Report. 

School Leader Anna Mendez Hickman believes the emphasis on Advanced Placement classes for all students and teaching character strengths has strengthened her students’ academic performance and career readiness. 

”Our students and teachers are fearless in proving what's possible for education in educationally underserved communities,” said Mendez-Hickman. “100% of our seniors are enrolled in two or more Advanced Placement classes to ensure all of our students have equal access to the rigor of a college-level class before they graduate high school.  Our hope is that through this work, 100% of our students will not only be accepted into college, but will also graduate from college and go on to lead lives of choice and opportunity.”  

U.S. News and World Report noted the high number of students enrolled in college-level Advanced Placement courses and the high marks students earned on state exams in Math and English in its ranking of the school. 

Located in Southwest Denver, KIPP Denver Collegiate High School educates 431 students in grades 9 through 12. The student body is 97% Latino, with 93% qualifying for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. In 2016, 100% of the school’s senior class graduated from high school, and across the country, 70% of KIPP Colorado alumni are persisting in college.

KIPP Denver Collegiate High School is part of KIPP Colorado Schools, a network of five charter public schools educating 1,800 students in Southwest Denver and Far Northeast Denver from kindergarten through high school. It is part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 200 schools in 20 states and Washington, D.C.