The 2023-2024 school year is right around the corner in Western Colorado. Have you ever wondered just how many public schools are in Mesa County? Which schools are doing the best in Fruita/Grand Junction/ Palisade and the rest of the county?

Thanks to the website we can take a closer look at data from the 2022-2023 school year and find out which schools deserve a special shout-out for their high scores in reading and math proficiency.

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The 2023 School Year in Mesa County

In 2023, 54 public schools serve Mesa County, Colorado. These schools teach more than 22,000 students combined. Mesa County is home to 10 private schools that serve just over 1000 students combined. 96% of all the K through 12th-grade students are educated in public schools in Mesa County. Colorado's state average is closer to 93%.

Which Public School is Number 1 in Mesa County?

The best-performing public school in Mesa County is New Emerson School at Columbus followed by Wingate Elementary School. Math proficiency at these schools is near 60% with reading proficiency at 65-75% at both schools. Keep going to see each public school in the top twelve and a breakdown of each one.

Reading and Math Proficiency in Mesa County

According to, schools in Mesa County, Colorado average a math proficiency score of 26%. The state average for Colorado is closer to 31%. The average reading proficiency score in Mesa County public schools is around 38% with the state average closer to 47%.

Colorado's 12 Best Public Schools in Mesa County

Did you know there are 54 public schools in Mesa County, Colorado? Which ones are doing the best job teaching our students? Keep reading to find out which schools have the best reading and math proficiency scores and serve the most students.

MORE: Which Western Colorado High School Has the Most Students?

The number of students enrolled in Western Colorado schools is rising, but which schools currently host the most students? Scroll through Colorado's District 51 schools below and compare them to our neighbors in Delta and Montrose. Keep going to find out which school is on top.

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Check out these 25 unique Colorado High School mascots across Centennial State. Some of these mascots are a perfect fit for Colorado, while others seem as if the school just ran out of names. Please scroll through the mascots below and help us decide which one is most unique. Open our station app to suggest even more mascots to add to the list.

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