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The Adams-Arapahoe 28J School District, more commonly known as the Aurora Public Schools, is the public school system in Aurora, Colorado, United States. There are 55 schools in the district: two early childhood education, 27 elementary schools, five K-8 schools, seven middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, one gifted and talented K-8 school, six charter schools, one of only five vocational–technical colleges in the state, and the first P-20 school in Colorado, going from preschool to graduate school.

Adams-Arapahoe 28J School District
Aurora Public Schools
1085 Peoria Street

Coordinates39°43′57″N 104°50′52″W / 39.73250°N 104.84778°W / 39.73250; -104.84778Coordinates: 39°43′57″N 104°50′52″W / 39.73250°N 104.84778°W / 39.73250; -104.84778
MottoEvery student shapes a successful future!
SuperintendentRico Munn
Enrollment40,000+ (October 1, 2016)



The first school district in Aurora was created at the request of William Smith by the Arapahoe County School Superintendent around 1885. It was known as Arapahoe County District #28 by 1907, and later Aurora School District. Aurora Public Schools was formed in 1962 from Aurora, Altura, Clyde Miller, First Creek, Sable, and Tollgate Districts.[1]



  • Jamaica Child Development Center
  • Laredo Child Development Center
  • Meadowood Child Development Center

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Altura Elementary School
  • Arkansas Elementary School
  • Century Elementary School
  • Crawford Elementary School
  • Dalton Elementary School
  • Dartmouth Elementary School
  • Elkhart Elementary School
  • Fulton Elementary School
  • Iowa Elementary School
  • Jewell Elementary School
  • Kenton Elementary School
  • Lansing Elementary School
  • Laredo Elementary School
  • Lyn Knoll Elementary School
  • Montview Elementary School
  • Paris Elementary School
  • Park Lane Elementary School
  • Peoria Elementary School
  • Sable Elementary School
  • Side Creek Elementary School
  • Sixth Avenue Elementary School
  • Tollgate Elementary School
  • Vassar Elementary School
  • Vaughn Elementary School
  • Virginia Court Elementary School
  • Wheeling Elementary School
  • Yale Elementary School

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Aurora Hills Middle School
  • Aurora West College Preparatory Academy (Grades 6-12)
  • Columbia Middle School
  • East Middle School
  • Mrachek Middle School
  • North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus
  • South Middle School

P-8 schoolsEdit

  • Aurora Frontier P-8
  • Aurora Quest K-8
  • Boston P-8
  • Clyde Miller P-8
  • Mosley P-8
  • Murphy Creek P-8
  • Vista Peak Exploratory P-8

Gifted and talented K-8 schoolsEdit

High schoolsEdit

P-20 schoolsEdit

  • Vista Peak P-20 (K-8 school open in fall 2010; high school open in fall 2011; no news on when college will open)

Pilot schoolsEdit

  • Fletcher Intermediate Science and Technology School
  • Fletcher Primary School
  • William Smith High School

Charter schoolsEdit

  • Aurora Academy
  • Aurora Expeditionary Learning Academy
  • Axl Academy
  • Colorado Early Colleges Aurora
  • Global Village Academy
  • Lotus School
  • New America School
  • Vanguard Classical School
  • Vega Collegiate Academy

Alternative programsEdit

  • APS Avenues
  • Crossroads Center
  • GED
  • IB Middle Years Programme
  • International Baccalaureate Programme
  • Options Schools
  • Rebound Program

Career and technical education schoolsEdit

  • Pickens Technical College


  1. ^ Aurora Public Schools History: Board of Education Archived December 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 30 November 2006.

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