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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 is a public school district located in Grand Junction, CO. It has 22,082 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 34% in reading.

Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
34%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1140
527 responses
Average ACT
25
556 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
22,082
Free or Reduced Lunch
51.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,510
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$9,257/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$49,849
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$912
National
$949
Median Home Value
$223,900
National
$184,700

Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 Reviews

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I enjoy D51. They are very good at providing safety, and a great education! As I prepare to graduate, I feel blessed for my education. Mesa county overall is a fun place, it has very good people, many help those in need. For most of the school I went to is Palisade High School and a lot of the student body there are good but some of the lack the well being for themselves for school. The teachers there are great at their job, they teach students great and some teachers have great connections with the students. I was on the football team and you can see how much the coaches love their players and that it means a lot to them if they get hurt.
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Academically, D51 is sufficient for the standard student, but on the lines of communication, empathy, and integrity, it is in great need of improvement. There is an immense gap between student and district/school communication, as well as one between parents and the schools, on opportunities, requirements, and aide. I was not prepared for college at all. My college goals were ignored because I completed high school a year early and planned to take a gap year (which is a great opportunity! but I didn't know about it until the beginning of my junior year).
There needs to be more diversity in educational opportunities and extracurricular activities for students of all kinds, especially since many students struggle academically or don't conform to standard social structures. It reflects poorly on individuals' mental health (see suicide rates for the district) and academic performance.
The district is adequate, but it could be so much better.
Like everyone else, I just wanted to survive. I wanted to get through as smooth as possible. But District 51 has a way of pulling you in. With so many advancement opportunities, it's hard not to appreciate this District. For the scholarly, I can assure you that there are advanced courses for every interest aside from language. Those are limited. Athletic individuals can delve into a variety of sports. There are multiple disciplines of art, including music. Finally, there is agricultural enrichment through Future Farmers of America. Not only is there plenty of opportunity, the staff are amazing. Many will help you at your request. But you must insist as well as persevere. Though the food is less than palatable, more often than not the service is good. But like all means of education, they will not hold your hand. Times will be tough, this year can attest to that. This District will provide all you need to succeed. However, you must put in the effort.