Colorado's Rural School Districts

How does the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) define a rural school district?

A Colorado school district is determined to be rural giving consideration to the size of the district, the distance from the nearest large urban/urbanized area, and having a student enrollment of approximately 6,050 students or less. Small rural districts are those districts meeting these same criteria and having a student population of less than 1,000 students.

Rural schools and communities have very different needs than large, urbanized school districts, including funding disparities; transportation needs over long distances; access to technology; teacher recruitment; migrant families; and more.  Some of the CDE resources available from our library that discuss the unique challenges and opportunities found in rural school districts include:

You can find a current list of Colorado’s rural and small rural districts here.

Search our library’s online catalog for more resources, including historical reports on rural schools.