There are many quality schools and education facilities located in Downtown Denver’s city center neighborhoods.

Downtown Denver is home to 42,097 students in public, not-for-profit institutions of higher education, as well as over 13,000 students at various trade schools and private, for-profit institutions that have offices or classroom space in Downtown Denver.

An educated population stimulates the culture of Downtown. The Brookings Institution noted that the young, emerging workforce is choosing to locate in highly educated areas, where “young people can feel connected and have attachments to colleges or universities among highly educated residents.” The culture of education is highly revered in Downtown Denver and multiple educational opportunities exist in the center city.

The list includes a range of elementary schools with unique curriculums, a bilingual magnet Montessori program for kids three years old to 6th grade (Academia Ana Marie Sandoval), a charter school that uses Downtown as an “urban campus” (Downtown Denver Expeditionary School), outstanding high schools, schools with highly gifted and talented programs (Polaris at Ebert Elementary and Morey Middle School) to colleges, universities and vocational schools.


There are a number of pre-kindergarten facilities in Downtown Denver that offer the opportunity for children to begin their educational journey. Curriculums are available for both infants and toddlers. Below you will find a list of options that can be found in the urban core.

Gilpin Montessori Public School PK–5
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Public School PK–6
Bryant Webster Elementary School PK–8
Greenlee Elementary School PK–5
North High School 0–12


Downtown Denver has a number of high quality elementary, middle and high schools throughout its neighborhoods. From the recently opened Downtown Denver Expeditionary School to the nationally ranked East High School, options range from the traditional to innovative and there are options that work no matter what learning environment you are looking for. Below you will find a list of K–12 facilities to explore.

Dora Moore Elementary K–8
Dora Moore Elementary DPS Profile
Morey Middle School 6–8
Morey Middle School DPS Profile
Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) K–2 (Opening January 2014)
Emily Griffith High School 9–12
Emily Griffith High School DPS Profile
Gilpin Montessori Public School PK–5
Polaris at Ebert Elementary School K–5
Polaris at Ebert Elementary School DPS Profile
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Public School PK–6
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval DPS Profile
Bryant Webster Elementary School PK–8
Bryant Webster Elementary School DPS Profile
Contemporary Learning Academy High School 9–12
Contemporary Learning Academy High School DPS Profile
North High School 0–12
North High School DPS Profile
Strive Prep – Highland Campus 6–8
Strive Prep – Highland Campus DPS Profile
Fred N Thomas Career Education Center 9–12
Fred N Thomas Career Education Center DPS Profile
ACE Community Challenge Charter School 8–10
ACE Community Challenge Charter School DPS Profile
Colorado High School 10–12
Colorado High School DPS Profile
Denver Center for International Studies 6–12
Denver Center for International Studies DPS Profile
Greenlee Elementary School PK–5
Greenlee Elementary School DPS Profile
West High School 9–12
West High School DPS Profile

Continuing Education

There are a number options available for those looking for non-traditional, workforce development or vocational courses in Downtown Denver. Examples include the Community College of Denver, Emily Griffith Opportunity School as well as the Fred N Thomas Career Education Center. Below is a list of Continuing Education facilities in the urban center.

Emily Griffith Technical College
Art Institute of Colorado
Denver School of Nursing


The Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver is home to two universities that offer both four year and advanced degrees. CU Denver and Metropolitan State University (MSU Denver) offer unique bachelor’s and master’s degrees right in the heart of the city. Both offer low student/faculty ratios and are easily accessed via a range of multimodal transportation options. Click on a link below to explore one of the Downtown campuses.

Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado Denver

Downtown Denver and its city center neighborhoods are home to a wide variety of educational options that span a wide spectrum of learning environments. There are innovative kindergarten schools, high performing elementary schools and nationally ranked universities. The schools and institutions listed below are physically located in the Downtown city center neighborhoods. Click on the neighborhood name to view resource links for the local schools.

Auraria Schools Capitol Hill Central Business District Curtis Park/Five Points Highland Jefferson Park La Alma/Lincoln Park


Education Spotlight: Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES)

The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) was created to provide a high quality public elementary school in the heart of Denver and to serve families who live, work or attend school in or near Downtown. The academic model is Expeditionary Learning, with an emphasis on Integrated Arts and Mathematics. DDES will initially offer grades K–2, adding a grade level each year, to K–5. DDES will be inclusive and diverse, with a goal of 50 percent free and reduced lunch students. The Denver Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the charter in June 2012. They are projected to open in January 2014. Innovation, choice, excellence and accountability will be essential elements of this school.