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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Jefferson County Open Secondary School is a public school located in Lakewood, CO. It has 313 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
52%
Average SAT
1180
10 responses
Average ACT
26
12 responses
AP Enrollment
1%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$64,100
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,249
National
$949
Median Home Value
$333,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Final Support Meetings
    23%
  • Peace Night
    23%
  • The Wilderness Trip
    23%
  • All school swim day
    15%
  • Skate Day
    15%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
313
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,463
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.4%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.3 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.3 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.3 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,949/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.3 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.3 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.3 responses
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JCOS has been an amazing experience for me overall. The structure of the school is very different from a traditional one, they focus mainly on life preparation and finding who you are. There are many things they do for this, trips around the world to have hands on learning, six passages for adulthood, including Career, Creativity, Global Awareness, Logical Inquiry, Practical Skills, Adventure. Each is completed within the Walkabout program(10-12) and have requirements for everything need to succeed in life for each student personally. more projects are required to complete the Foundations program(7-9). Everyone is close and supportive in the community. The biggest issue that I would change is funding, they are not very recognized so they get very little. Because of this they have only one sport, Ultimate Frisbee, and technology and non-human resources are very little.
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The Open School is an alternative public high school in Lakewood, CO. It focuses on experiential learning through travel and self-directed study. Students do not receive grades, so a students success is largely based on their own self-motivation. It is a very welcoming community. The Open School changed my life for the better. I have loved my 6 years there.
Jefferson County Open School gives students the opportunity to Discover their Personal, Intellectual and Social goals and aspirations through experiential learning and individual self discovery. The school is a K-12 community which provides an opportunity for participants in the high school program to practice their leadership skills and develop the necessary traits in becoming a positive role model. Education at JCOS ensures that students have the opportunity to do much more then memorize and regurgitate information, it ensures opportunity to prosper and attain skills for not only further education, but of all life beyond that.