The Grand Junction area is not only the place for undergrad education, but it is also the place where talent is nurtured from our baby steps. Mesa County Valley School District 51 is the main school district serving K-12 students in the region. It is the 12th largest of 178 districts in Colorado, and the diversity of our K-12 community helps shape our education style. In recent years, School District 51 has adopted a modern, performance-based curriculum that encourages our students to explore their talents and directly supports the needs of our business community.

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School District 51 offers lots of learning opportunities for every type of learner, including:

 (STEM) focused elementary school

Dual-language elementary and middle schools

Waldorf- and Montessori-based learning

K-12 online blended learning school

K-12 vision school

International Baccalaureate (IB) for high school students

Challenge Program for middle school students

College courses through a unique partnership with CMU and WCCC

In addition to the public schools, there are a number of non-district charter and private, faith-based schools, providing parents with numerous options to tailor education to the specific needs of their children.

Higher education In the new west

Home of Colorado Mesa University (CMU), the Grand Junction area offers educational opportunities that support the future of our workforce and community. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, CMU is not only the fifth fastest-growing university in the country, it is also the home of 11,000+ students pursuing 225+ academic programs. Located on 90 acres in downtown Grand Junction, CMU is a comprehensive regional public higher education institution offering liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the master’s, bachelor’s, associate and certificate levels. CMU offers evening, online, and distance education classes for non-traditional and working students.

a hands on approach

The Western Colorado Community College is a division of CMU that offers more than 20 career-oriented associate-degree and certificate programs. Some of the more unique study options include a Peace Officers Academy, which entitles students to work in any law enforcement office in the State of Colorado, and Chez Lena, a state-of-the-art learning lab for culinary arts students, open to the public.

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