Top 10 Best Chaffee County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 12 public schools serving 2,480 students in Chaffee County, CO (there are 2 private schools, serving 98 private students). 96% of all K-12 students in Chaffee County, CO are educated in public schools (compared to the CO state average of 92%).
The top ranked public schools in Chaffee County, CO are Crest Academy, Longfellow Elementary School and Salida High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Chaffee County, CO public schools have an average math proficiency score of 33% (versus the Colorado public school average of 31%), and reading proficiency score of 49% (versus the 47% statewide average). Schools in Chaffee County have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of Colorado public schools.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Colorado public school average of 48% (majority Hispanic).

Best Chaffee County Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Crest Academy
(Math: 60-79% | Reading: ≥80%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
220 12th Street
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-2977
Grades: 5-8
| 46 students
Rank: #22.
Longfellow Elementary School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
425 West 7th Street
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 530-5260
Grades: K-4
| 430 students
Rank: #33.
Salida High School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
26 Jones Avenue
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 530-5400
Grades: 9-12
| 390 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
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
| 25 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Horizons Exploratory Academy
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
310 E 9th Street
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 530-5252
Grades: 9-12
| 29 students
Rank: #66.
Buena Vista High School
(Math: 30-39% | Reading: 60-69%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
559 Railroad
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-7100
Grades: 9-12
| 273 students
Rank: #77.
Salida Middle School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
520 Milford Street
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 530-5300
Grades: 5-8
| 351 students
Rank: #88.
Salida Montessori Charter School
Charter School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: 60-79%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1040 I Street
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-4887
Grades: PK-8
| 117 students
Rank: #99.
Buena Vista Middle School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
549 Railroad
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-7060
Grades: 6-8
| 226 students
Rank: #1010.
Avery/parsons Elementary School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
516 East Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-7020
Grades: K-5
| 439 students
Rank: n/an/a
516 East Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-5270
Grades: PK
| 88 students
Rank: n/an/a
516 Teller Ave
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 530-5237
Grades: PK
| 66 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Chaffee County, CO

Chaffee County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
P O Box 1199
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-4675
Grades: 5-12
| 22 students
613 East Main St
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-4064
Grades: 3-12
| 7 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Chaffee County, CO?
The top ranked public schools in Chaffee County, CO include Crest Academy, Longfellow Elementary School and Salida High School.
How many public schools are located in Chaffee County, CO?
12 public schools are located in Chaffee County, CO.
What percentage of students in Chaffee County, CO go to public school?
96% of all K-12 students in Chaffee County, CO are educated in public schools (compared to the CO state average of 92%).
What is the racial composition of students in Chaffee County, CO?
Chaffee County, CO public schools minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Colorado public schools average of 48% (majority Hispanic).

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