About District 51
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is the largest school district on the Western Slope of Colorado and the 15th largest school district in the state. Our boundaries stretch from the Utah border to Palisade, from the Bookcliff Mountain Range down to Whitewater and Gateway.

Committed to academic excellence, District 51 provides a wide range of educational programs, extracurricular activities, and support services to meet the unique needs of each student.
Each day, nearly 2,800 employees serve 21,000 students in 46 of our schools & programs. Our dedicated team of highly qualified teachers and staff is committed to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment that encourages personal growth and success.


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Welcome Back, District 51
Whether you are starting your journey in D51, or entering your senior year…a new staff member, or a veteran, we can all push ourselves this year to take on new challenges, celebrate successes, step out of our comfort zones, and strive to “Reach New Heights!”
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Strategic Plan Update
District 51 is thrilled to share exciting updates about our successful first year of the three-year community-driven strategic plan. Together, with our students, staff, and community, we are building a thriving D51 community.
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GJHS Construction Updates
Showcases the progress and exciting developments of the ongoing construction project at Grand Junction High School.
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Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education
Our CLDE program aims to support students with languages other than English, fostering English proficiency and celebrates diversity, lifting up all voices in our district.
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Grand River Academy
G.R.A. offers a dynamic learning environment that accommodates students with a hybrid educational model, combining both online and in-person classes for greater flexibility and adaptability.


D51 By The Numbers

  • 20869
  • 2772
    Teachers & Staff
  • 80.4%
    Graduation Rates
  • 46
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