Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Additional photos and more below.
Additional photos and more below.

"Missing the Bus: Colorado's Elite College Access Gap," a new report from A+ Denver, suggests that equal educational opportunities for all students in the state remains a distant goal. Among the findings: "Even though 42 percent of students in Colorado qualify as low-income, a non-low-income student is more than 12 times as likely to go to a top-tier college -- a list that includes several Colorado colleges."

Which high schools send the most low-income students to good colleges? We've got the top ten below, featuring photos and A+ Denver data -- and you'll note that the figures leave a lot to be desired for most of the schools on this roster. We've also included the complete report. See it all below.

See also: Photos: Ten Best Colorado High Schools According to U.S. News & World Report

Number 10: East High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 4.02 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 26

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 25.02 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 329

Number 9: Overland High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 4.25 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 25

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 6.42 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 48

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado high schools that send the most low-income students to good colleges.   Number 8: Westminster High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 5.36 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 31

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 5.75 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 21

Number 7: Gateway High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 5.43 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 21

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 3.52 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 20

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado high schools that send the most low-income students to good colleges.   Number 6: Palmer High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 6.46 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 19

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 13.85 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 147

Number 5: Smoky Hill High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

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Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 7.17 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 23

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 13.33 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 179

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado high schools that send the most low-income students to good colleges.   Number 4: Cherokee Trail High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 12.17 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 23

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 11.55 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 162

Number 3: Boulder High School

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 15.38 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 24

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 34.74 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 387

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado high schools that send the most low-income students to good colleges.   Number 2: Denver School of Science and Technology

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 24.72 percent

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 22

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 29.27 percent

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 48

Number 1: George Washington High School, IB (International Baccalaureate)

Ten Colorado High Schools That Send the Most Low-Income Students to Good Colleges

Percentage of Free-and-Reduced-Lunch Students of Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School:

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School:

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School:

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School:

George Washington High School, Non-IB (International Baccalaureate)

Total FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: 16

Percentage of Non-FRL Students of Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School: N/A

Total Non-FRL Graduates Enrolled in a Top-Tier School:

Here's the complete A+ Denver report:

Missing the Bus: Colorado's Elite College Access Gap

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