These Are the Best Public and Private Schools in Greeley, CO

Learn about Greeley's top-notch and varied range of educational options.

By
Jessica Walker Boehm
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 10:51
City of Greeley

Greeley is full of learners of all ages, thanks to its variety of public and private schools. In addition to a public school district and several private options for students in preschool through 12th grade, the community is home to two public higher education institutions: the University of Northern Colorado and Aims Community College.

Public Schools

Serving more than 21,000 students in Greeley and Evans, Weld County School District 6 – also known as Greeley-Evans School District 6 – includes 25 district-operated schools, six charter schools and an online academy (Engage Online Academy). The school district is the 13th-largest in Colorado, and it comprises Greeley West High School, which is the area’s largest public high school.

High school students have the opportunity to take concurrent and dual-enrollment college classes at Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado. Each high school also has Advanced Placement classes, and Greeley West High School offers The International Baccalaureate program. Greeley high school students looking for a smaller school setting can attend Jefferson High School, which is known for giving each student individual attention and provides an on-site daycare for teen parents.

Private Institutions

Greeley has several faith-based private schools designed to serve students of various religious backgrounds. Adventist Christian School enrolls students in grades K-8, while Trinity Lutheran School serves only elementary students. Dayspring Christian Academy enrolls students from preschool through grade 12, and St. Mary Catholic School accepts preschoolers through middle school children.

Colleges and Universities

Founded in 1889 as Colorado’s teacher’s college, the University of Northern Colorado has more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, extended campus and online programs available to students. With an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, UNC comprises six colleges: College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Health Sciences, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Monfort College of Business and University College.

At UNC, class sizes typically range from 25-35 students, with 60 percent of courses enrolling fewer than 30 students. UNC is the first public university in Colorado accredited in both business and accounting, and its sports administration graduate program is one of only two in the U.S. ranked in the top five across the world. In addition, the school’s jazz program has received more than 100 DownBeat magazine awards.

Also providing higher education in Greeley is Aims Community College, which has more than 160 degree and certificate programs in areas of study like computer science, surgical technology and women’s studies. Enrolling nearly 5,000 students, ACC prides itself on offering one of the most affordable tuition rates in the Front Range, and it has daytime, nighttime and online classes to conveniently meet students’ needs no matter their schedule.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Walker Boehm is a journalism graduate of Belmont University and has been a regular contributor to Livability.com since 2010.