Almost every local private school offers some type of financial assistance, and many either provide transportation or help coordinate carpools. When researching private schools, we recommend that you ask about these options.
Colorado Springs Christian Schools — K-12
4855 Mallow Road, 599-3553; 1003 Tamarac Pkwy., Woodland Park, 686-0706; cscslions.org
Student pop.: 800
Tuition: Varies based on grade level, ranging from $3,300 for half-day kindergarten to $8,600 for high school
As an independent, non-denominational enterprise, Colorado Springs Christian Schools emphasize Christian character-building with daily Bible courses, weekly chapel services and myriad student volunteer opportunities. CSCS offers students a well-rounded education — from a comprehensive academic program to a full complement of co-curricular opportunities. "Recently, we have completed the installation of interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, as technology is so important in helping our students learn," says Charlotte Sherman, executive assistant to the superintendent. Along those lines: Since last year, a half-online, half-on-site program has been made available to students from sixth to 11th grades. At half the price of regular tuition, families choose which classes to take online and which at the school.
The Colorado Springs School — Pre-K-12
21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747, css.org
Student pop.: 315
Tuition: Ranges from $6,335 for three-day kindergarten to $19,175 for upper school
Having started out as an all-girls boarding school, CSS is now a co-ed school emphasizing well-roundedness by encouraging young students to gain a global perspective. Fifteen percent of upper-school students are international students, hailing from countries like South Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Japan, Chile, France, Hungary and Croatia. Using small class sizes to maintain "frequent encounters for teachers, parents and students to know one another well," the school strives to partner with parents to bridge the communication gap and enhance student achievement. CSS, now under the leadership of interim head of school Nori Madrigal, implements a "broad and demanding liberal arts curriculum" to help form the groundwork to promote success of students in the university setting. Forty percent of families receive some kind of financial aid, and there are many scholarships available to students as well.
Evangelical Christian Academy — Pre-K-12
2511 N. Logan Ave. (elementary), 634-7024; 4052 Nonchalant Circle South (secondary), 597-3675; ecaeagles.org
Student pop.: 340
Tuition: Ranges to a high of $7,800 for high school
As the only accredited classical Christian School in Colorado Springs, Evangelical Christian Academy's elementary campus hosts grades Pre-K through 6, while the secondary campus serves students Grades 7 through 12. "Academic rigor integrated with Biblical truth is the hallmark of the ECA education," says Michelle Poli, admissions adviser. Small class sizes enable the ECA faculty to engage in one-on-one interaction with the students. And, says Poli, "Latin, logic and rhetoric set the stage for a graduate who is able to understand competing worldviews while holding fast to their faith." College credit is available for students in a wide variety of subjects, including political systems, literature, calculus and chemistry. Various art and athletic programs are also offered.
Fountain Valley School — 9-12
6155 Fountain Valley School Road, 390-7035, fvs.edu
Student pop.: 243
Tuition: boarding $48,600; day students $26,400
Using the wide-open space and spectacular views of the mountains as a constant source of inspiration, Fountain Valley School offers a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum in academics, athletics and the arts. Founded in 1930 with the help of famed businessman and philanthropist Spencer Penrose, the day and boarding school's mission is to prepare students "to write their own history" by following a strong set of core values. Currently boarding more than 150 students on campus in Colorado Springs, FVS also has a mountain campus at the foot of Mount Princeton, near Buena Vista and Salida, used for retreats and seminars, immersion projects and team-building activities like Ski Weekend. Eighteen different countries are represented in FVS' student body, with over a quarter of the student population coming from outside the U.S., creating a campus that Head of School William V. Webb says "embraces a global perspective."
HillSprings Learning Center — 1-8
2776 Janitell Road, 576-3840, hillsprings.org
Student pop.: 24
Specializing in programs for students with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder, the HillSprings Learning Center incorporates an after-school reading program as well as certified tutors. According to director Lori McCauley, the students attend school for a three-hour intensive of reading, writing and math in the morning, then return to their regular schools in the afternoon. Generally educating kids for one to two years, HillSprings strives to help students eventually succeed in mainstream schools. Through grant-writing and donations, 25 percent of students received scholarships this year. HillSprings also implements a five-week summer program for students who cannot afford year-round tuition as well as a training program for teachers serving students with learning disabilities.
Pikes Peak Academy — 9-12
5590 N. Nevada Ave., 473-5745, pikespeakacademy.net
Student pop.: approx. 50
Tuition: Sliding scale based on family income and family size
Originally a project of the Denver Street School, Pikes Peak Academy turns 10 years old this year. Academics, life-skills activities and a work-study experience make up the curriculum at this faith-based, alternative high school. The three-part program focuses on building confidence in students frustrated with traditional schools. Most Pikes Peak Academy students have been referred by their previous school, or by current PPA students. The life-skills portion of the program promotes the social skills needed for "successful independent living," which are then applied in the work-study program, where students are encouraged to gain real-world experience. PPA runs from August through June, with school days ending at noon for other structured activities. Registration is open year-round.
Pikes Peak Christian School — Preschool-12
5905 Flintridge Drive, 598-8610, pikespeakchristianschool.org
Student pop.: 375
Tuition: Ranges from $3,528 for preschool to $6,822 for high school
Seeking to provide a "God-centered, Bible-centered, Christian education," Pikes Peak Christian School is a coeducational school for children 2 years old through high school. Beyond the core curriculum, all students are offered elective classes in computers, physical education, Spanish, library, music and art. Additionally, students in middle school and high school can participate in athletics, such as volleyball, football, basketball, wrestling, track/cross country, cheerleading and baseball. The school prioritizes "Christ-centered excellence, exceptional academics, Christian character development, caring relationships and preparation for college and life."
Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy — Pre-K-8
7675 Lexington Drive, 592-0900, rm-montessori.com
Student pop.: N/A
Basing its educational approach on the teachings of Maria Montessori, Italian educator and medical doctor, Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy provides mixed-age-group classes for toddlers (ages 1 to 3), pre-primary (3 to 6), lower elementary (6 to 9) and upper elementary/middle school (9 to 15). The school offers part-time and full-time programs, providing all school supplies and lunches. With a commitment to develop a "child's inner compass," classes promote self-directed learning, peer teaching and cultural learning. The school believes in leaving religious instruction up to parents and families and instead, offers students a multi-cultural examination of holidays celebrated across the world in hopes of encouraging tolerance and to "further the cause of world peace."
St. Mary's High School — 9-12
2501 E. Yampa St., 635-7540, smhscs.org
Student pop.: 310
St. Mary's provides Catholic, college-prep education with scores in academics that consistently exceed state and national averages. About 88 percent of students pass their AP tests, and the average ACT score is 24.9. "St. Mary's was the only high school in the U.S. featured by the National Institutes of Health in its publication Structures of Life, for students' work and research on protein folding," says president John Kraus. Last year's graduating class of 84 received more than $9.7 million in college scholarships, and two students were offered the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship, according to Kraus. Along with an impressive academic record, St. Mary's continues its emphasis on faith-development of students and community service.
Springs Adventist Academy — K-8
5410 Palmer Park Blvd., 597-0155, saaschool.org
Student pop.: 25
Tuition: Sliding scale based on family income; tops out at $350 per month
SAA exists to "provide a partnership with God and parents to educate and challenge students to spiritual and academic excellence." The school prioritizes academics, personal and spiritual development and community service. Following "Jesus' example of caring for others," students volunteer in various communal settings such as homeless shelters and nursing homes. Maintaining a small teacher-to-student ratio, SAA's classes emphasize one-on-one interaction. Last year, the school added a computer lab to enhance students' technological skills. The school also strives to tie together home and school environments by involving parent volunteers, who help with school lunches and fundraising for the school.
Unified Catholic Schools — Pre-K-8
Multiple locations, ucsppr.org
Student pop.: Varies by school
Tuition: Varies by school, but approximately $4,544 for Catholic students; $5,574 for non-Catholic students; pre-K rates charged by the month
Working to "develop the whole child in the Catholic faith," the Unified Catholic Schools system includes: Corpus Christi (Pre-K to 8, 2410 N. Cascade Ave., 632-5092); Divine Redeemer (Pre-K to 8, 901 N. Logan Ave., 471-7771); Holy Apostles Preschool (4925 N. Carefree Circle, 591-1566); Pauline Memorial (Pre-K to 8, 1601 Mesa Ave., 632-1846); and St. Peter (124 First St., Monument, 481-1855). With a shared overarching theme, each school maintains separate administration and programming emphasis. As the first Catholic school to open in Colorado Springs (1921), Corpus Christi seeks to "educate each child, emphasizing spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and social development," says principal Kimberly Schindler. Similarly, Divine Redeemer educates its students through faith, prayer and spiritual growth, beginning and ending each day with prayer and holding Mass once a week, says principal Marjie Weldele. With emphasis on creating a community environment, Divine Redeemer supports the Parish Food Pantry through non-perishable food donations. The school has recently created a mobile computer lab and implemented the Rosetta Stone program to teach foreign languages, says Weldele.