Educational opportunities abound in Garfield County, with public and private schools serving students from kindergarten through four-year college and graduate programs.

Following is a demographic depiction of educational attainment for Garfield County residents recorded in a 2010 census:

Less than 9th Grade 5.9%
9th - 12th Grade, No Diploma 6.4%
High School Graduate 28.0%
Some College, No Degree 24.1%
Associate Degree 9.1%
Bachelor's Degree 18.9%
Graduate/Professional Degree 7.5%

Three public school districts serve school-age children in Garfield County. These districts are funded by local and state taxes.

District Re-1

The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The district serves close to 5,000 students and includes four elementary schools, three middle schools and three traditional high schools, as well as two smaller schools: the alternative Bridges High School and the
K-8 charter Carbondale Community School.

The Re-1 District oversaw a series of school construction projects and building renovations after district voters approved an $86 million bond issue in 2004. The vote also included a $1.8 million mill levy override that has allowed the district to raise teacher salaries in order to retain staff.

District Re-2

School District Re-2 serves families in New Castle, Silt and Rifle. The district oversees six elementary schools, including the new Graham Mesa Elementary in Rifle, which opened for the 2009-10 school year, plus two middle schools and two high schools. Several new and expanded school facilities were built over the last four years, thanks to a $74.9 million bond issue approved by Re-2 voters in 2006. In addition, district voters approved a $1.6 million mill levy override intended for increased pay to help retain teachers and staff.

Garfield County District No. 16

Garfield County School District No. 16 was founded in the early 1900s to govern all of the small rural schools in and around Parachute. Grand Valley High School, which opened in 2002, was built to accommodate 400 students; it can be expanded in the future to serve 600 students. In 2006, District 16 voters approved a $35 million bond issue for new school facilities.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS)

Founded in 1953, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus in Carbondale is just west of Highway 133, one mile south of Highway 82. Begun as a summer session-only college prep school, today the school (grades 9-12) offers scholastic programs with emphasis in service work and wilderness experience. Students work on the campus ranch, which produces an annual hay crop and gardens. Opening enrollment is limited to 165, 10 percent of which are international students.

1493 County Road 106
Carbondale, CO U.S.A. 81623

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is one of Garfield County's greatest educational assets. Originally organized as a two-year special community college district, today CMC serves a six-county region and has begun offering four-year degrees.

Community sites are located in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Rifle. Spring Valley Campus, one of CMC's three residential campuses, is just seven miles south of Glenwood Springs.

The college also has residential campuses in Leadville and Steamboat Springs, and additional community sites across the Western Slope, including Aspen, Edwards, and Breckenridge.

In Fall 2011, CMC started offering four-year degrees. While the college continues to build the four-year programs, CMC's strengths are its two-year degree programs including nursing, photography and veterinary technology, as well as occupational certificates in emergency medical technology, culinary arts, and real estate. Community enrichment classes run the gamut, from kayaking, to Chinese language, ballroom dancing to book writing.

Science and liberal arts associate degrees are often used as stepping-stones for transfer to other four-year colleges and universities.

On another collegiate front, the county's Department of Human Services began working in 2011 with the University of Denver to bring to Garfield County a master's degree program in social work in order to fill a shortage of mental health therapists in the area.

CMC administration & campuses/centers

Central Administration
802 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Lappalla Center
690 Colorado Avenue
Carbondale, CO 81623

Glenwood Center
1402 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Spring Valley Campus
3000 County Road 114
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Rifle Campus
3695 Airport Road, Rifle
(970) 625-1871

CMC adult training & community outreach

CMC Gateway Program- 384-8518
Literacy Outreach - 945-5282
English in Action - 963-9200
Glenwood Workforce - 945-8638
Rifle Workforce - 625-5627

Glenwood/Carbondale schools

RE-1 Administrative Office
1405 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: (970) 384-6000
Fax: (970) 384-6005

Glenwood Springs High School
1521 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Springs Middle School
120 Soccer Field Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Springs Elementary School
915 School Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Springs Montessori School
226 Center Dr.
Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601

Sopris Elementary School
1150 Mount Sopris Drive
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Roaring Fork High School
2270 Highway 133
Carbondale, CO 81623

Carbondale Middle School
180 Snowmass Drive
Carbondale, CO 81623

Crystal River Elementary School
160 Snowmass Drive
Carbondale, CO 81623

Bridges High School
455 S. Third Street
Carbondale, CO 81623

Carbondale Community School
1505 Satank Road
Carbondale, CO 81623

Rifle/New Castle schools

RE-2 Administrative Office
839 White River Avenue
Phone: (970) 665-7600
Fax: (970) 665-7623 fax

Coal Ridge High School
35947 Highway 6
New Castle, CO 81647

Rifle High School
1350 Prefontaine Avenue
Rifle, CO 81650

Rifle Middle School
753 Railroad Avenue
Rifle, CO 81650

Riverside Middle School
215 Alder Avenue
New Castle, CO 81647

Kathryn Senor Elementary
101 Alder Avenue
New Castle, CO 81647

Elk Creek Elementary
804 W. Main Street
New Castle, CO 81647

Highland Elementary
1500 E. Seventh Street
Rifle, CO 81650

Cactus Valley Elementary
222 Grand Avenue
Silt, CO 81652

Wamsley Elementary
225 E. 30th Street
Rifle, CO 81650

Graham Mesa Elementary
1575 Farmstead Parkway
Rifle, CO 81650

Parachute schools

RE-16 Administrative Office
251 N. Parachute Avenue
Parachute, CO 81635
Phone: (970) 285-5701
Fax: (970) 285-5711

Bea Underwood
Elementary School
0741 Tamarisk Trail
Parachute, CO 81635

L.W. St. John Elementary School
0460 Stone Quarry Road
Parachute, CO 81635

Grand Valley High School
800 Cardinal Way
Parachute, CO 81635

Grand Valley Middle School
0364 Sipprelle Drive
Parachute, CO 81635

Grand Valley Center for Family Learning
100 E. Second Street
Parachute, CO 81635

Grand Valley Educational Career Center
281 N. Parachute Avenue
Parachute, CO 81635

Other public/private schools

Yampah Mountain High School
(Mountain Board of Cooperative Education Services)
695 Red Mountain Drive
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Ross Montessori School
(Colorado State Charter School Institute)
407 Merrill Avenue
Carbondale, CO 81623

St. Stephen's Catholic School
414 Hyland Park Drive
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7746

Kaplan Academy of Colorado
703 Railroad Avenue
Rifle, CO 81650

The Garden School
A Classical Christian School
5033 County Road 335 #295
New Castle, Colorado 81647

Garfield County Administration
108 8th Street, Suite 101
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601

970-945-5004 | phone
970-945-7785 | fax

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