Top 10 Best Colorado Alternative Public Schools (2021)

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For the 2021 school year, there are 92 alternative public schools serving 18,227 students in Colorado.
The top ranked alternative public schools in Colorado are Horizons K-8 School, Delta Academy Of Applied Learning and Vail Ski And Snowboard Academy (vssa). 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 17% (versus the Colorado public school average of 35%), and reading proficiency score of 23% (versus the 44% 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).

Top Colorado Alternative Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Horizons K-8 School Alternative School
    Charter School
    Math: 55-59% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    4545 Sioux Drive
    Boulder, CO 80303
    (720) 561-5580

    Grades: K-8 | 348 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Delta Academy Of Applied Learning Alternative School
    Math: 40-59% | Reading: 60-79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    239 E 6th Street
    Delta, CO 81416
    (970) 874-0835

    Grades: 5-8 | 20 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Vail Ski And Snowboard Academy (vssa) Alternative School
    Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    948 Chambers Avenue
    Minturn, CO 81645
    (970) 328-2832

    Grades: 5-12 | 189 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Early College High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    2115 Afton Way
    Colorado Springs, CO 80909
    (719) 328-3009

    Grades: 9-12 | 197 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    Ace Community Challenge School Alternative School
    Charter School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    948 Santa Fe Drive
    Denver, CO 80204
    (303) 436-9588

    Grades: 8-10 | 181 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    Adams Youth Service Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1933 East Bridge Street
    Brighton, CO 80601
    (303) 659-4450

    Grades: 4-12 | 26 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    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: #5-165.- 16.
    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: #5-165.- 16.
    Chaffee County High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    613 East Main Street
    Buena Vista, CO 81211
    (719) 395-4064

    Grades: 7-12 | 30 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    Excel Academy Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1825 S. Federal Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80219
    (720) 424-2250

    Grades: 9-12 | 258 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    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: #5-165.- 16.
    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 student
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    Montbello Career And Technical High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    4501 Airport Way
    Denver, CO 80239
    (720) 423-7200

    Grades: 9-12 | 89 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    North High School Engagement Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    2960 Speer Blvd
    Denver, CO 80211
    (720) 423-2700

    Grades: 9-12 | 98 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    Soar Academy Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3201 West Oxford Avenue
    Denver, CO 80236
    (720) 833-6825

    Grades: 6-12 | 94 students
  • Rank: #5-165.- 16.
    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: #1717.
    Polaris Expeditionary Learning School Alternative School
    Math: 39% | Reading: 54%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    1905 Orchard Place
    Fort Collins, CO 80521
    (970) 488-8260

    Grades: K-12 | 411 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Destinations Career Academy Of Colorado Alternative School
    Math: 21-39% | Reading: 40-59%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    102 West 6th Street
    Julesburg, CO 80737
    (970) 474-3365

    Grades: 6-12 | 250 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Dual Immersion Academy School Alternative School
    Math: 15-19% | 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.
    Aspen Valley Campus Alternative School
    Math: 20-24% | Reading: 30-34%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1450 Chapel Hills Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920
    (719) 234-6000

    Grades: 7-12 | 130 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Vision Charter Academy Alternative School
    Charter School
    Math: 15-19% | Reading: 30-34%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1080 Pioneer Rd
    Delta, CO 81416
    (970) 874-8226

    Grades: K-12 | 456 students
  • Rank: #22-2522.- 25.
    Daniel C Oakes High School--castle Rock Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    15 South Gilbert Street
    Castle Rock, CO 80104
    (303) 387-0650

    Grades: 9-12 | 157 students
  • Rank: #22-2522.- 25.
    Justice High Charter School Alternative School
    Charter School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    805 Excalibur
    Lafayette, CO 80026
    (720) 935-1337

    Grades: 6-12 | 79 students
  • Rank: #22-2522.- 25.
    Life Skills Center Of Colorado Springs Alternative School
    Charter School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1810 Eastlake Boulevard
    Colorado Springs, CO 80910
    (719) 471-0684

    Grades: 9-12 | 300 students
  • Rank: #22-2522.- 25.
    Longview High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    13301 West 2nd Place
    Denver, CO 80228
    (303) 982-8523

    Grades: 9-12 | 58 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Colorado's Finest High School Of Choice Alternative School
    Math: 15-19% | Reading: 25-29%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2323 West Baker
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 934-5786

    Grades: 9-12 | 293 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    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
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Colorado High School Charter Alternative School
    Charter School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1175 Osage Street #100
    Denver, CO 80204
    (303) 892-8475

    Grades: 9-12 | 364 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Discovery High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    701 Widefield Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80911
    (719) 391-3121

    Grades: 9-12 | 72 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Durango Big Picture High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    215 East 12th Street
    Durango, CO 81301
    (970) 259-0203

    Grades: 9-12 | 88 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Florence Crittenton High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    55 South Zuni
    Denver, CO 80223
    (720) 423-7900

    Grades: 9-12 | 125 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Harold Ferguson High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1101 Hilltop Drive
    Loveland, CO 80537
    (970) 613-5300

    Grades: 10-12 | 109 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Lincoln High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    230 Walnut Street
    Fort Morgan, CO 80701
    (970) 867-2924

    Grades: 9-12 | 31 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    North Conejos Alternative Program Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    635 Main Street
    La Jara, CO 81140
    (719) 274-4220

    Grades: K-12 | 51 students
  • Rank: #27-3827.- 38.
    Patriot High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    11990 Swingline Road
    Peyton, CO 80831
    (719) 495-5505

    Grades: 9-12 | 104 students
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