Top 10 Best Colorado Alternative Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 90 alternative public schools serving 17,335 students in Colorado.
The top ranked alternative public schools in Colorado are Horizons K-8 School, Polaris Expeditionary Learning School and Bridges. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Colorado alternative public schools have an average math proficiency score of 16% (versus the Colorado public school average of 35%), and reading proficiency score of 29% (versus the 47% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Colorado public school average of 47% (majority Hispanic).

Best Colorado Alternative Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Horizons K-8 School
Alternative School
Charter School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4545 Sioux Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
(720) 561-5580
Grades: K-8
| 348 students
Rank: #22.
Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
Alternative School
Math: 44% | Reading: 63%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1905 Orchard Place
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 488-8260
Grades: K-12
| 411 students
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Bridges
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
455 South 3rd Street
Carbondale, CO 81623
(970) 384-5995
Grades: 9-12
| 50 students
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Monte Vista On-line Academy
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
345 East Prospect
Monte Vista, CO 81144
(719) 852-2212
Grades: 4-12
| 123 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
The Academic Recovery Center Of San Luis Valley
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
550 S. Sylvester Avenue
Center, CO 81125
(719) 754-2859
Grades: 9-12
| 8 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Byron Syring Delta Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
345 Prospect
Monte Vista, CO 81144
(719) 852-2212
Grades: 7-12
| 36 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Horizons Exploratory Academy
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
349 E 9th Street
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 530-5252
Grades: 9-12
| 29 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Justice High Charter School
Alternative School
Charter School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
805 Excalibur
Lafayette, CO 80026
(720) 935-1337
Grades: 6-12
| 79 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Lincoln High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
230 Walnut Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
(970) 867-2924
Grades: 9-12
| 31 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Lookout Mountain
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2901 Ford Street
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 273-2600
Grades: 5-12
| n/a students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
North Conejos Alternative Program
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
635 Main Street
La Jara, CO 81140
(719) 274-4220
Grades: K-12
| 51 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Respect Academy At Lincoln
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2285 South Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219
(720) 423-5203
Grades: 9-12
| 116 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Southwest Open Charter School
Alternative School
Charter School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
(1)
401 North Dolores Road
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-1150
Grades: 9-12
| 145 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Yampa Valley High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
325 7th Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 871-3196
Grades: 9-12
| 23 students
Rank: #5 - 155. - 15.
Zebulon Pike
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1427 West Rio Grande
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 329-6924
Grades: 5-12
| n/a students
Rank: #1616.
Vail Ski And Snowboard Academy (vssa)
Alternative School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
948 Chambers Avenue
Minturn, CO 81645
(970) 328-2832
Grades: 5-12
| 189 students
Rank: #1717.
Early College High School
Alternative School
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 70-79%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
2115 Afton Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 328-3009
Grades: 9-12
| 197 students
Rank: #1818.
Delta Academy Of Applied Learning
Alternative School
Math: 21-39% | Reading: 40-59%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
239 E 6th Street
Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-0835
Grades: 5-8
| 20 students
Rank: #1919.
Dual Immersion Academy School
Alternative School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
552 A West Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 254-6070
Grades: PK-5
| 302 students
Rank: #2020.
Destinations Career Academy Of Colorado
Alternative School
Math: 11-19% | Reading: 50-59%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
102 West 6th Street
Julesburg, CO 80737
(970) 474-3365
Grades: 6-12
| 250 students
Rank: #2121.
Longview High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 40-59%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
13301 West 2nd Place
Denver, CO 80228
(303) 982-8523
Grades: 9-12
| 58 students
Rank: #2222.
Colorado's Finest High School Of Choice
Alternative School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2323 West Baker
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 934-5786
Grades: 9-12
| 293 students
Rank: #2323.
Aspen Valley Campus
Alternative School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1450 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(719) 234-6000
Grades: 7-12
| 130 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Community Prep Charter School
Alternative School
Charter School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: 40-49%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
332 East Willamette Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 227-8836
Grades: 9-12
| 340 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Daniel C Oakes High School--castle Rock
Alternative School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: 40-49%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
15 South Gilbert Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 387-0650
Grades: 9-12
| 157 students
Rank: #26 - 3026. - 30.
Discovery High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
701 Widefield Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
(719) 391-3121
Grades: 9-12
| 72 students
Rank: #26 - 3026. - 30.
Durango Big Picture High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
215 East 12th Street
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-0203
Grades: 9-12
| 88 students
Rank: #26 - 3026. - 30.
Harold Ferguson High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1101 Hilltop Drive
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 613-5300
Grades: 10-12
| 109 students
Rank: #26 - 3026. - 30.
Montbello Career And Technical High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
4501 Airport Way
Denver, CO 80239
(720) 423-7200
Grades: 9-12
| 89 students
Rank: #26 - 3026. - 30.
Patriot High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
11990 Swingline Road
Peyton, CO 80831
(719) 495-5505
Grades: 9-12
| 104 students
Rank: #3131.
Vision Charter Academy
Alternative School
Charter School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1080 Pioneer Rd
Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-8226
Grades: K-12
| 456 students
Rank: #32 - 3432. - 34.
The Bijou School
Alternative School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: 30-39%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
2115 Afton Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 328-7900
Grades: 9-12
| 131 students
Rank: #32 - 3432. - 34.
Centennial High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: 30-39%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
330 East Laurel Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 488-4940
Grades: 9-12
| 131 students
Rank: #32 - 3432. - 34.
Grand Mesa High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: 30-39%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
56600 Highway 330
Collbran, CO 81624
(970) 487-3576
Grades: 9-12
| 143 students
Rank: #35 - 4135. - 41.
Alamosa Ombudsman School Of Excellence
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2431 Main Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 937-2112
Grades: 6-12
| 57 students
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