Top 20 Colorado schools where students skip class

DENVER - Although Commerce City is reportedly considering a proposal to stop students from ditching school, state data shows students there are far from the worst offenders. Denver, on the other hand, has seven schools ranked in the top 20 for truancy rates.

The truancy rates are calculated by the Colorado Department of Education each year. The total number of unexcused absences in each school is divided by the total number of student days possible in the 2011-2012 school year to determine the percentages.

With a truancy rate of 35.95 percent, New America School in Lakewood had the highest truancy rate in the state.

The only school from Commerce City ranked in the top 20 was Lester R. Arnold High School. With an enrollment of 251, that school had a truancy rate of 23.29 percent.

The next Commerce City school on the list was Adams City High School, which had a truancy rate of 9.38 percent and ranked at 55.

It is also important to note that the top 20 truancy rates are associated with relatively small schools. The fall enrollment of the schools range from just five to 531.

The first school on the list with an enrollment over 1,000 is Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver. That school had an enrollment of 1,903 students and a truancy rate of 10.7 percent.

DISTRICT NAME CITY TRUANCY RATE
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1 NEW AMERICA SCHOOL LAKEWOOD 35.95%
COLORADO SPRINGS 11 LIFE SKILLS CENTER OF COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO SPRINGS 33.37%
DENVER COUNTY 1 LIFE SKILLS CENTER OF DENVER DENVER 32.34%
SAN JUAN BOCES SOUTHWEST COLORADO E-SCHOOL DURANGO 31.38%
ARCHULETA COUNTY 50 JT ARCHULETA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PAGOSA SPRINGS 30.42%
MAPLETON 1 THE NEW AMERICA SCHOOL DENVER 29.21%
CENTER 26 JT THE ACADEMIC RECOVERY CENTER OF SAN LUIS VALLEY CENTER 28.22%
MESA COUNTY VALLEY 51 R-5 HIGH SCHOOL GRAND JUNCTION 27.36%
DENVER COUNTY 1 FLORENCE CRITTENTON HIGH SCHOOL DENVER 26.04%
SUMMIT RE-1 SNOWY PEAKS HIGH SCHOOL FRISCO 25.40%
ADAMS-ARAPAHOE 28J NEW AMERICA SCHOOL DENVER 23.75%
ADAMS COUNTY 14 LESTER R ARNOLD HIGH SCHOOL COMMERCE CITY 23.29%
DENVER COUNTY 1 CONTEMPORARY LEARNING ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL DENVER 22.71%
MONTEZUMA-CORTEZ RE-1 SOUTHWEST OPEN CHARTER SCHOOL CORTEZ 21.78%
COLORADO SPRINGS 11 ACHIEVEK12 COLORADO SPRINGS 20.73%
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1 BRADY EXPLORATION SCHOOL LAKEWOOD 20.15%
DENVER COUNTY 1 COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL DENVER 18.78%
DENVER COUNTY 1 SUMMIT ACADEMY DENVER 18.33%
FOUNTAIN 8 LORRAINE SECONDARY SCHOOL FOUNTAIN 17.19%
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2 ARAPAHOE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL BOULDER 16.66%

 

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