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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
  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 22,105 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 33% in reading.
About Mesa County Valley School District No. 51...
Address
2115 Grand Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Telephone
(970) 254-5100

Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1140
399 responses
Average ACT
25
526 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
22,105
Free or Reduced Lunch
51.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,845
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$177,978,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,044/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    3%

Mesa County Valley School District No. 51 Reviews

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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.
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Mesa Country Valley School District 51 has recently gone through some large changes, so my experience may be completely different from what it would be now. When I was a student there, I was fairly disappointed with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program. It was more like a if it relates to all four categories, it's coincidence. Towards the end of my 12 years, it was just taking off though. Most of the instructors were proficient or outgoing at their jobs, but a lot of them didn't want to deal with students, at all, out of class time. The selection of exploratory classes was mediocre at best, and a lot of those classes were ran by instructors who were only going off the textbooks. There were also a lot classes that got shutdown such as home economics. One of the schools had a whole classroom that was designed and built for home ec, but it got transformed into basically a holding cell for the "special needs" students. The district is HEAVILY underfunded.
I like going to a school here in mesa county. I feel like it is a good community and a good environment but on that note a lot of things happen that should be seen as unacceptable and they are tolerated. For example the use of drugs on campus, the fights, and the overall bad vibe given off by quite a few students. I believe this is because they hate school. For many school is a cause of stress and depression. Its the environment and unfortunately my school district is not the only one suffering. Kids all around the country are sick of school and how it makes them feel. There are ways to change this but not many are doing anything about it.Our district is a good one but people still feel like its a burden and it makes them feel bad about who they are becoming. Mesa County like I said is not bad at all and they have many teachers working hard to make school a place to enjoy but our society is not helping them in their quest.