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Our
Western Slope Students

HIGH SCHOOL LOCATIONS MAP

Welcome to College Outreach. We are dedicated to serving the underrepresented students of the rural Western Slope of Colorado. The Western Slope is a unique geographic area stretching from the Continental Divide to the Utah border.  The 32 counties we serve cover approximately 47,174 square miles, an area larger in size than the entire state of Pennsylvania. The Western Slope is much less densely populated than the eastern portion of Colorado with only a few towns having populations in excess of 5,000, and its largest city, Grand Junction in Mesa County, having a total population of nearly 60,000. The primary economic activities in the area are ranching, fruit growing, mining and tourism. The geography of the Western Slope ranges from the high mountain areas of Aspen, Crested Butte, Gunnison and Durango to the semi-arid canyon land surrounding Grand Junction to the high country sheep ranches of Meeker and Rangely.

Western Slope High School
City
State
Type
Designation
Animas High School
Durango
CO
Charter
Small rural
Aspen High School
Aspen
CO
Public
Rural
Basalt High School
Basalt
CO
Public
Rural
Battle Mountain High School
Edwards
CO
Public
Rural
Bayfield High School
Bayfield
CO
Public
Rural
Bridges High School
Carbondale
CO
Public
Rural
Buena Vista High School
Buena Vista
CO
Public
Small rural
Caprock Academy
Grand Junction
CO
Private
Rural
Cedaredge High School
Cedaredge
CO
Public
Rural
Centauri High School
La Jara
CO
Public
Small rural
Central High School
Grand Junction
CO
Public
Rural
Coal Ridge High School
New Castle
CO
Public
Rural
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Carbondale
CO
Private
Rural
Crested Butte Community School
Crested Butte
CO
Public
Rural
Custer County High School
Westcliffe
CO
Public
Small rural
De Beque High School
De Beque
CO
Public
Small rural
Delta High School
Delta
CO
Public
Rural
Dolores High School
Dolores
CO
Public
Rural
Dove Creek High School
Dove Creek
CO
Public
Rural
Durango Big Picture High School
Durango
CO
Public
Rural
Durango High School
Durango
CO
Public
Rural
Eagle Valley High School
Gypsum
CO
Public
Rural
Fruita 8/9 School
Fruita
CO
Public
Rural
Fruita Monument High School
Fruita
CO
Public
Suburb
Glenwood Springs High School
Glenwood Springs
CO
Public
Rural
Grand Junction High School
Grand Junction
CO
Public
Rural
Grand River Academy
Grand Junction
CO
Public
Rural
Grand Valley High School
Parachute
CO
Public
Rural
Gunnison High School
Gunnison
CO
Public
Rural
Hayden High School
Hayden
CO
Public
Small rural
Ignacio High School
Ignacio
CO
Public
Small rural
Lake City Community School
Lake City
CO
Public
Small rural
Lake County High School
Leadville
CO
Public
Small rural
Liberty Classical Academy
New Castle
CO
Private
Remote town
Mancos High School
Mancos
CO
Public
Small rural
Meeker High School
Meeker
CO
Public
Small rural
Mesa Valley Community School
Grand Junction
CO
Public
City
Middle Park High School
Granby
CO
Public
Rural
Moffat County High School
Craig
CO
Public
Town
Montezuma Cortez High School
Cortez
CO
Public
Rural
Montrose High School
Montrose
CO
Public
Town
North Fork High School
Hotchkiss
CO
Public
Rural
North Park High School
Walden
CO
Public
Small rural
Norwood High School
Norwood
CO
Public
Small rural
Nucla High School
Nucla
CO
Public
Rural
Olathe High School
Olathe
CO
Public
Rural
Ouray High School
Ouray
CO
Public
Small rural
Pagosa Springs High School
Pagosa Springs
CO
Public
Rural
Palisade High School
Palisade
CO
Public
Suburb
Peak to Peak Charter School
Lafayette
CO
Charter
Suburb
Plateau Valley High School
Collbran
CO
Public
Rural
R-5 High School
Grand Junction
CO
Alternative
City
Rangely High School
Rangely
CO
Public
Rural
Red Canyon High School
Edwards
CO
Alternative
Town
Ridgway High School
Ridgway
CO
Public
Rural
Rifle High School
Rifle
CO
Public
Town
Roaring Fork High School
Carbondale
CO
Public
Town
Salida High School
Salida
CO
Public
Rural
Sanford High School
Sanford
CO
Public
Small rural
Sangre de Cristo High School
Mosca
CO
Public
Rural
Sargent High School
Monte Vista
CO
Public
Small rural
Silverton High School
Silverton
CO
Public
Rural
Snowy Peaks High School
Dillon
CO
Public
Rural
Soroco High School
Oak Creek
CO
Public
Rural
South Park High School
Fairplay
CO
Public
Small rural
Southwest Open Charter School
Cortez
CO
Charter
Rural
Steamboat Mountain School
Steamboat Springs
CO
Private
Remote town
Steamboat Springs High School
Steamboat Springs
CO
Public
Town
Summit High School
Breckinridge
CO
Public
Rural
Telluride High School
Telluride
CO
Public
Rural
Telluride Mountain School
Telluride
CO
Private
Remote rural
The Peak School
Frisco
CO
Private
Town
Two Rivers Community School
Glenwood Springs
CO
Charter
Town
Vail Christian High School
Edwards
CO
Private
Rural
Vail Mountain School
Vail
CO
Private
Town
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
Minturn
CO
Alternative
Rural
Vista Charter School
Montrose
CO
Charter
Town
West Grand High School
Kremmling
CO
Public
Small town
World Academy High School
Eagle
CO
Public
Town
Yampa Valley High School
Steamboat Springs
CO
Alternative
Town
Yampah Mountain High School
Glenwood Springs
CO
Alternative
Rural

OUR PRIMARY
ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

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OUR COLLEGE FAIR

The students invited to the College Fair are as diverse as the Western Slope landscape. In 2010 the number of students attending public school in each of the 27 invited counties ranged from a total of 22,698 in Mesa County (Grand Junction area) to only 65 students in all of San Juan County (county population 699). 

In 2010, the schools of Western Slope educated the same number of students as are attending school in the Albuquerque, New Mexico school district but covers a geographic area that is over 260 times as large.  Mesa County, the most populous county, has a total 6.82 students per square mile while Hinsdale County has only .09 students per square mile.

 

Of the 89,199 students in the 27 county area, 25,878 or 29.01 percent were Hispanic with the highest percentage of Hispanic students occurring in Lake County with 70.12 percent of its student population being Hispanic.

 

The Western Slope also has a strong Native American presence with 2,129 or 2.39 percent of its students being of Native American heritage.  Montezuma County in the southwestern corner of the State had the highest percentage of Native American students with 20.59 percent of its student body being Native American.  Neighboring La Plata County also had a significant percentage of Native Americans with 7.23 percent of its student body being Native American.

The students’ interest in and commitment to the Colorado Western Slope College Fair is notable with many students traveling long distances to attend. Using just one example, those students coming from Mancos in Montezuma County have traveled 272 miles and six hours to reach the Fair. 

82 HIGH SCHOOLS

37% FIRST GENERATION

2.5% INDIAN AMERICAN

13% SUPER GENERATION

23% HISPANIC OR LATINO

21% FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH

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