District 60's 2019 graduation, dropout rates better than state average

posted Jan 16, 2020, 4:13 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Jan 20, 2020, 7:07 AM ]

Pueblo School District 60's latest four-year on-time graduation rate, as well as its high school dropout rates, scored better than the state average, according to statistics released by the Colorado Department of Education this week.

District 60's Class of 2019 touted an on-time graduation rate of 81.8%, 0.7 percentage points higher than the State of Colorado's 81.1 percent rate. It marked the third straight year in which District 60's graduation rate out-performed the state average.

Perhaps more impressive, though, was the considerable decrease in District 60's high school dropout rate.
District 60's dropout rate fell from 2.5% in 2018 to 1.6% in 2019. The figure was well below the state dropout rate of 2.0%. 

"It's an affirmation that we are engaging in the right work and are providing various supports that students need," District 60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said. "All achievements and successes can be attributed to the outstanding efforts and hard work of our teachers and staff. Our counselors, student engagement managers and support staff work tirelessly to ensure that kids are successful."

Centennial High School reported the greatest increase in graduation rates, improving by nearly 6% from 81.3% in 2018 to 87.2% in 2019.

"We are thrilled with the decrease in our dropout rate and increase in 4-year graduation rates," Centennial High School Principal David Craddock said, "and are continuing to work to keep all students engaged through graduation.  It is a tribute to the hard work of our students, staff and community and new goals are already in place to continue our accomplishments."

Of Pueblo's four largest high schools, Central High School boasted the best improvement in dropout rate, a 1.5% decrease from 2018 to 2019 (4.2% to 2.7%).

"I was more than pleased with the decrease in the dropout out rate, not only for Central High School, but for the entire district," Central High School Principal Destin Mehess said. "At Central, it is our mission to provide support for our students and make sure that those supports allow options for students who might need something a little less traditional, so that he or she is able to graduate and not drop out. It's so important to really know who your students are, their situations, and make sure they know they are important and that they matter."

The Colorado Department of Education annually releases graduation and dropout rates for every school and district in the State of Colorado. CDE statewide graduation statistics can be found at, and statewide dropout rates are available at

District 60 Education Foundation kicks off 'Vision 2020'

posted Dec 10, 2019, 12:58 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Dec 11, 2019, 7:56 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

The "Vision 2020" college and career readiness program was unveiled Tuesday, Dec. 10, thanks to a $25,000 grant from AT&T to the District 60 Education Foundation. 

The program, spearheaded by the District 60 Education Foundation along with the Garcia Foundation, aims to provide underserved high school students with opportunities to visit and tour college campuses and industrial parks.

"Our mission is to provide a high-quality education that assures each student the knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead a life of purpose and impact," District 60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said. "With the support of this grant, (AT&T) is helping us meet our mission, as well as provide our students even more opportunities to be successful."

Vision 2020 will provide high school students with support services includes assisting students with resumes, financial aid, and career exploration opportunities.

"Exposing these students to career and workforce readiness opportunities will provide a foundation for (students') decision on how to best train for their choice of career," former District 60 Superintendent and District 60 Education Foundation Chair, Dr. Henry Roman, said. 

A unique feature of these opportunities is that students will be able to have a family member join then to strengthen their support system as they receive this background information. Forty first-generation students will be identified to participate, as well as 40 students school personnel believe need more experiences in developing their vision for life after high school.

Vision 2020 will work in concert with District 60's new graduation guidelines, which provides three pathways to graduation that are consistent with Colorado's new requirements for high school graduation. The "Career Plus" avenue helps students plan to obtain a four-year advanced degree, the "Career Options" avenue offers courses to help students plan for a two- or four-year degree or professional certification, and the "Career Now" avenue helps students who plan to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

District 60 partners with U.S. Census Bureau

posted Nov 18, 2019, 9:57 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 10:19 AM ]

Pueblo County is better when everybody counts, and Pueblo School District 60 has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census count in Pueblo County.

As a partner, we will be working to ensure that Pueblo County is accurately counted and represented, with a goal of reaching residents with important and helpful information about the Census. We will reach out to our families, including our students from mixed or transient families. 

If Pueblo County does not get an accurate count of its citizens, our county can lose out on many vital services.

What does an accurate Census count mean for Pueblo County?
  • It affects our representation in state government and the U.S. Congress. It ensures that Pueblo County has a voice at the table
  • The Census affects Pueblo's allocation of federal and state resources for vital public and educational programs, such as:
    • Medicaid and Medicare
    • Pueblo's share of highway planning and construction funds
    • Housing vouchers
    • Colorado Children’s Health Insurance programs
    • Head Start and Early Head Start programs
    • Special education grants (IDEA)
    • Title 1 Grants
    • School lunch programs
    • Housing assistance payments
    • Health center programs
    • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women
    • Infants and Children (WIC)
    • Foster care
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LEAP)
    • Child Care and Development Fund Entitlement.
How can you help?
  • Respond to the Census request for information: Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. Do your part by taking part in the count. It's your duty as a U.S. Citizen.
  • Tell your friends and family to take partExplain how being counted or the Census affects the funding received in Pueblo County. Participating in the Census is a simple and easy way for people to positively affect Pueblo County.
  • Work for the 2020 Census as Census takerTo assure that Pueblo County receives an accurate count, you can apply for jobs as a Census-taker. Positions pay an average of $16/hour. For more information, visit

2019-20 Athletic Booster Passes

posted Aug 11, 2016, 6:46 AM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 10:58 AM ]

D60 2019-20 athletic booster passes are available for purchase at the athletic office in the Administrative Services Center (315 W. 11th Street) and at the high schools.

Passes include the Bell and Cannon games and are accepted at all D60 high school and middle school games.


SEASON PASSES – Per Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
Adults: $45
Students: $25
Seniors: $35

ANNUAL PASSES – Good From August - June (post season not included) 
Adults: $85
Students: $65
Seniors: $75

NOTES: cash or check accepted.  Athletic Office hours may vary; closed from 11:30 – 12:00.

Join Our Team

posted Oct 12, 2015, 6:30 AM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 12:52 PM ]

Join our food service team and work in a growth industry. Every day our district serves thousands of school lunches and school breakfasts. Great hours, school holidays, opportunity for advancement.

Join Our Team Today!

Call 595-4280
for more information

or apply on-line

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