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Welcome to the Independent's Education Guide, intended to list scholastic resources for new arrivals to our community or for old thin-airists interested in continuing education. Sharpen your pencils, buy a stylish backpack, consider wearing a sweatshirt that says "College," mentally prepare for homework, and most of all, try to have fun.

One thing to note: This is not a complete list. Despite our most earnest efforts, we anticipate having missed a few organizations and institutions. We also realize that numerous specialized and trade institutions are technically schools, but space requirements mandated that we draw a line somewhere. Consult the Yellow Pages for more information. If you'd like to point out an omission, please e-mail listings@csindy.com.

Colleges and universities

Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

P.O. Box 7150 UH-1

Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150

262-4422

web.uccs.edu/bethel/

Founded in 1904, Beth-El College merged with UCCS (see listing below) in 1997. Now a college within the university, it works closely with Memorial Hospital and Penrose St. Francis, so its graduates benefit from real-world experience.

At the undergraduate level, Beth-El offers a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree with different specialties available; an RN-to-BSN bridge program; a four-year bachelor of science in health care services degree with options in nutrition, sports, and health and wellness; health care management; forensic health science; and completion degrees in emergency medical services and radiation technology. Additionally, Beth-El offers several certificate options for undergraduate and graduate students. Many courses are offered online.

Admissions: Call the number above for information.

Everest College (Formerly Blair College)

1815 Jet Wing Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80916

638-6580

everest-college.com

Everest College offers vocational programs designed to help graduates prepare for specialized and entry-level positions. Everest College offers programs in accounting, administrative assisting, business administration, computer information systems (networking, programming, web design), criminal justice, legal assisting/paralegal services, medical administrative assisting, medical assisting and medical insurance billing/coding.

Admissions: Prerequisites for admission include the successful completion of an assessment examination and an interview with an admissions officer. Financial aid is available to those that qualify.

The Colorado College

14 E. Cache la Poudre St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

389-6000; 800/542-7214

coloradocollege.edu

The Colorado College, founded in 1874, is a small, four-year liberal arts and sciences college with a student body of approximately 1,950. CC is consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. CC is distinctive for its "block" plan, in which the academic year is divided into eight 3-week sessions, allowing students to focus on one class at a time.

Admissions: Applications are available online and from the college, and are to be returned to the admissions office with a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Students are required to take the SAT or ACT, provide a secondary school transcript and two teacher recommendations, and answer essay questions. Financial aid is available.

The Colorado School of Professional Psychology

555 E. Pikes Peak Ave. #108

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

389-0360; 877/442-0505, cospp.edu

The Colorado School of Professional Psychology is an independent, not-for-profit graduate school. Founded in mid-1998, it opened its doors to doctoral students in January 2000. The Psy.D. program at COSPP is a comprehensive four-year program in clinical psychology designed for working adults. Degrees offered are a Psy.D. in clinical psychology and an M.A. in psychology. Specializations include marriage and family therapy, substance abuse, eating disorders, organizational consulting, forensics, trauma, group or school psychology.

Admissions: Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a U.S. Department of Education-recognized institution. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 but above a 2.5 may be considered on a selective basis. Candidates possessing a master's degree in psychology, counseling or a closely related field may be considered for admission based on their graduate-level coursework. An admissions packet may be requested from the admissions office, or downloaded from the Web site. Some financial aid and loans are available.

Colorado State University at Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001

719/549-2461, colostate-pueblo.edu

Formerly the University of Southern Colorado, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado State University system. Its 275-acre campus offers 26 undergraduate programs and graduate degrees in applied natural science, business administration, industrial and systems engineering and nursing. Pre-nutrition/dietetics and English are offered in conjunction with Colorado State University. In addition, non-credit, online courses may be used for professional development or personal growth and are not part of an academic degree program. Courses are available in a variety of topics, including computers, personal enrichment, entrepreneur/business, business administration/management, writing and Spanish.

Admissions: Students must submit an application (available online) with a $25 payment, ACT or SAT scores, and a high school transcript (or GED test scores).

College America at Colorado Springs

3645 Citadel Drive South

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

637-0600; 800/622-2894

collegeamerica.com

College America has branches in Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins. It also has campuses in Flagstaff and Phoenix, Ariz. It offers programs in business, computer technology, medical specialties and graphic arts. Associate's degrees are available in computer programming, computer technology and networking, e-business management and accounting, medical specialties and graphic arts. The bachelor of science program includes accounting, business administration, computer science and health care administration. Flexible and online classes are available, with financial aid for those who qualify.

Admissions: Interested students can contact an enrollment adviser via the Web site, or apply online. Applicants must be high school graduates or have a GED.

Colorado Technical University

4435 N. Chestnut St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

598-0200; 800/559-9287

coloradotech.edu

Colorado Technical University (CTU), founded in 1965, offers undergraduate's, master's and doctorate degree programs for careers in business, criminal justice, visual communications and high-tech industries. Professional certificate programs also are available. Courses may be taken in a traditional classroom setting, online or through a combination of both. CTU offers a wide range of undergraduate online courses.

Admissions: Applications can be made online or with the assistance of admissions representatives. A high school diploma or GED is required. A variety of financial aid programs is offered.

DeVry University

1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

632-3000, devry.edu

DeVry University offers career-oriented education at campuses throughout North America. In Colorado Springs, undergraduate programs are offered in business administration, electronics and computer technology, network systems administration and technical management. DeVry also offers these programs in an accelerated format. Master's degree programs are offered through the Keller Graduate School of Management. Many programs are offered online.

Admissions: An application (available online) must be completed, as well as an interview with an admissions representative. A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Numerous financial aid packages are available and detailed online.

Fuller Theological Seminary

540 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 202

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

385-0085, fuller.edu

Fuller Theological Seminary is a nonprofit private institution that is one of North America's largest seminaries. The Colorado Springs campus offers coursework leading toward certifications and graduate degrees in theology and Christian leadership.

Admissions: In general, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.

Heritage College

12 Lakeside Lane

Denver, CO 80212

303/477-7240; 888/334-7339

heritage-education.com

Heritage College of Health Careers is located in Denver. Programs are offered for careers as a massage therapist, medical assistant, X-ray medical technician, pharmacy technician, esthetician and personal trainer. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology has accredited Heritage College.

Admissions: Prospective students can request information via phone or online.

IntelliTec College

2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

632-7626; 800/748-2282

intelliteccollege.edu

Founded in 1965, IntelliTec provides specialized career training and offers associate of occupational studies degrees in HVAC/refrigeration, architectural drafting and mechanical drafting, and programs to become network systems administrators, and automotive technicians. Free graduate placement assistance is available. The school is accredited ACCSCT.

Admissions: The school requires a high school diploma or GED, ability to read, write and speak English, and participation in a personal interview with an admissions representative.

IntelliTec Medical Institute

2345 N. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

596-7400, intelliteccollege.edu

IntelliTec Medical Institute was established in 1966. The school's programs include medical assisting, medical administrative assisting, dental assisting, massage therapy and programs to become medical lab technicians.

Admissions: The school requires a high school diploma or GED, evidence of good health, ability to read, write and speak English, and participation in a personal interview with an admissions representative.

National American University

5125 N. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

590-8300, national.edu

National American University is a private institution with multiple campuses throughout the central United States that offer master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees. Courses include accounting, applied management, pharmacy technicians, RN to BSN, medical administrative assisting, medical assisting, business administration, health care and information technology. MBA and master's programs in management are also available. Traditional and online courses are available. NCA accredited.

Admissions: You may call or write to NAU and request an application form, or apply online. There is a $25 application fee. Federal financial aid programs are available for those that qualify.

Nazarene Bible College

1111 Academy Park Loop

Colorado Springs, CO 80910

884-5000; 800/873-3873, nbc.edu

Founded in 1967, the college seeks to train mostly second-career adults for the ministry. It offers associate of arts degrees in church ministries, Christian ministries, early education and women's ministry. Bachelor of arts degrees in ministry are available with majors in pastoral ministry, Christian education, music, Christian counseling and Bible and theology.

Admissions: Applications can be made online or by contacting the college. The college requires a high school diploma or GED, a testimonial essay and letters of recommendation.

New Geneva Theological Seminary

3622 Galley Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

573-5395; 800/554-5669

newgeneva.org

The Colorado Springs campus of New Geneva Theological Seminary offers coursework toward certifications and graduate degrees in theology and biblical studies.

Admissions: Students must submit a degree application form (available on the Web site), along with a $25 application fee by mail.

Pikes Peak Community College

Enrollment Services: 502-3000

Switchboard: 502-2000

Toll-Free: 800/456-6847, ppcc.edu

Pikes Peak Community College was established in 1968 as the El Paso Community College. The college offers two-year educational programs that enable students to qualify for admission as juniors at other colleges and universities. Also offered are programs in a variety of career and technical fields.

Admissions: An online application is available. Placement testing is required for all first-time, degree-seeking students. For information on financial aid and scholarships, call 502-3000.

Centennial Campus

5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

The Downtown Studio Campus

100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Rampart Range Campus

11195 Hwy. 83

Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Pima Medical Institute

Colorado Springs Campus

370 Printers Pkwy.

Colorado Springs, CO 80910

482-7462; 800/477-7462, pimamedical.com

The Colorado Springs branch of the Pima Medical Institute offers dental assistant, medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, pharmacy technician and veterinary assistant programs. The school offers a full range of student services, including financial aid and job placement assistance.

Admissions: Candidates should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Those who do not have a high school diploma or GED and are over age 18 may take a federally approved application test. All applicants must take an entrance exam and pass with a minimum score.

PPNC Bible College and Seminary

2130 Academy Circle South, Suite F

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Mailing address: P.O. Box 26538

Colorado Springs, CO 80936

264-8604, ppncmin.com

Originally a Bible and seminary school for women, PPNC now has opened a department of men's studies. Bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certification programs are available in pastoral health minister and pastoral counseling. Theology/religious studies also has a bachelor's, master's and doctoral program.

Admissions: An online application is available. Tuition costs vary depending upon the program.

Regis University

7450 Campus Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

303/458-7420, regis.edu

Regis University was founded in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits. It is a liberal arts college that comprises three schools: Regis College offers a range of programs in liberal arts, sciences, education and business; the School for Health Care Professions offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs for careers in health professions; and the School for Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, academic certificates and non-credit corporate education for working professionals. Online courses and degrees are available.

Admissions: Each school has different admissions requirements. Contact the departments of admissions or visit the Web site for further information. A variety of financial aid packages is available; for assistance, call the financial aid office at 800/388-2366 ext. 4126.

Remington College

6050 Erin Park Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

532-1234

remingtoncollege.edu/coloradosprings

Remington College offers associate's degrees in science, programs in criminal justice, and bachelor of science degrees in criminal justice and operations management. Diploma programs for careers as a computer support specialist, medical assistant and pharmacy technician also are offered.

Admissions: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for all programs except the medical assistance program and computer support specialist program. An interview with an admissions representative is required. Various forms of financial aid may be explored using links provided on the Web site.

Troy University

800/551-6076, troy.edu

A regionally accredited institution, Troy offers on-site graduate programs in management and international relations, and additional undergraduate online degrees. The programs are organized with working and military students in mind; Troy offers many classes online and some classes in an unusual weekend format that allows students to earn credit over the course of two or three weekends. Classes are held at the Fort Carson campus, and the classroom at 5825 Delmonico Drive, Suite 120.

Admissions: Call the number above for information.

Fort Carson Campus

1675 Long St.

Fort Carson, CO 80913

526-8073

University of Phoenix

800/834-4646, phoenix.edu

The University of Phoenix offers undergraduate, graduate and associate's degrees in many fields, including business, education, criminal justice, social and behavioral science, health care services and technology. Classes are offered in the evening and on weekends, with the working professional in mind. Most courses can be taken online.

There is a 20-month degree program for associate's degrees. Online or "on the ground" programs are available.

Admissions: For the undergraduate program, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be at least 16 years of age and have access to an organizational environment where he or she can apply concepts learned in class. Graduate students are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and at least three years of significant work experience. Specific degree programs may have additional admissions requirements. To enroll, students can complete and submit a request-for-information form from the Web site or call. Once the request has been received, students will meet with an enrollment advisor.

Executive Towers South Campus

2864 South Circle Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

235-4009

Southern Colorado Campus

5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 150

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

599-5282

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

262-3000, uccs.edu

One of four institutions in the University of Colorado system, UCCS offers a wide variety of bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as doctoral degrees. There are six colleges on campus: business and administration, education, engineering and applied science, public affairs, nursing and letters, arts and sciences. UCCS also offers a number of graduate degrees through its graduate school and its Graduate School for Public Affairs.

Admissions: Applications are available from the college or online and are to be returned to the admissions office with a $50 application fee ($60 for graduate school). An official high school transcript, official ACT/SAT scores and transcripts of college coursework previously taken are required.

United States Air Force Academy

HQ USAFA, 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2300

USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025

333-2520; 800/443-9266

academyadmissions.com

Recognized as one of the nation's finest four-year institutions of higher learning, the U.S. Air Force Academy provides cadets with a solid foundation for a career in the Air Force and a life as an engaged citizen.

Admissions: Public law (Title 10) decrees that a cadet must be unmarried, with no dependents, and be older than 17, but younger than 23, by July 1 of the year he or she enters the academy. Full details can be found at the Academy's Web site.

Webster University

5475 Tech Center Drive, Suite 110

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

590-7340

webster.edu/coloradosprings

Webster University's main campus is in St. Louis, but the university has more than 100 campuses across United States, Europe, China and Thailand. Students attend classes one evening a week from 5:30 to 9:30. Webster offers master's degrees in business administration, information technology management, human resources development and management, management and leadership, procurement and acquisitions management, and space systems operations management. Many of these programs are available online. Classes are also offered at Colorado Springs' satellite office at Peterson Air Force Base.

Admissions: Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be admitted; no entrance exams are required. Go online to see all information regarding admissions.


K through 12 education: area school districts

Colorado Springs School District 11

1115 N. El Paso St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

520-2000, cssd11.k12.co.us

D-11 consists of 39 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, five high schools, six charter schools and seven alternative schools. D-11 is the largest, most centrally located and most diverse school district in Colorado Springs. As D-11's schools improve, so, too, do the neighborhoods that surround them, as young families who once might have preferred the suburbs move to the downtown area. D-11 also has one of the best elementary schools in Colorado (Steele), as well as a high school that could serve as a model for every urban school in America (Palmer).

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12

1775 LaClede St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

475-6100, cmsd.k12.co.us

D-12 consists of six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one charter school.

The Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy is located at 1832 S. Wahsatch Ave. The Academy is designed for grades K through 8. It uses the Direct Instruction method for reading, math and spelling, and the Shirley method for grammar and writing. The Hirsch Core Knowledge series provides a systematic and incremental sequence of content-rich topics.

Academy School District 20

1110 Chapel Hills Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

234-1200, asd20.co.edu

Academy District 20 existed for over two decades with one high school, one junior high, and a few elementary schools. Then, in the 1980s, the district experienced a major building boom, with the addition of two high schools, two middle schools and six elementary schools. Now D-20 consists of 17 elementary schools, four middle schools, five high schools and one "choice," or charter, school.

By any measure test scores, graduation rates, college admissions/scholarships, student achievement awards D-20 is one of the best school districts in the state. It's a suburban district, which, while politically conservative, typically has supported the bond issues needed to keep pace with growth.

Harrison School District 2

1060 Harrison Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

579-2000, harrison.k12.co.us

The second-oldest organized school district in El Paso County, Harrison School District 2 was officially organized on Aug. 20, 1874, two years before Colorado became a state and three years after the city of Colorado Springs was founded. The original two-room Harrison School was built in 1891 on the Lewis Dairy Farm, where the Colorado Springs World Arena is now. District 2 currently consists of 15 elementary schools, one K through 8 school, three middle schools, three high schools, four charter schools and one alternative school.

What distinguishes this district: As quoted on District 2's Web site, "We are 'in the trenches,' and would not have it any other way."

Falcon School District 49

10850 E. Woodmen Road

Falcon, CO 80831

495-3601, d49.org

Falcon District 49 is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the area. It consists of nine elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.

One of the district's slogans is "A special place for everyone." The district strives to keep a small-town atmosphere as it grows, treating each student as an individual.

Lewis-Palmer School District 38

146 Jefferson St.

Monument, CO 80132

488-4700, lewispalmer.org

Lewis-Palmer School District consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one charter school.

Lewis-Palmer is a small district (particularly when compared to D-11 and D-20), so students can expect an intimate, friendly and supportive atmosphere, with less bureaucracy and more individual attention.

Widefield School District 3

1820 Main St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80911

391-3000, wsd3.org

The students of Widefield School District 3 are served by nine K through 6 elementary schools, three junior high schools, two high schools and an alternative high school.

Widefield School District 3 is a strong community anchor, embodying the hopes and aspirations of this transient community. Catering to a student body that's multiracial, multiethnic and often from working-class backgrounds, the district has formulated an exhaustive set of criteria to define academic expectations. Widefield High graduates include some of Colorado's best-known athletes, and, moreover, D-3 operates its own Parks and Recreation Department, complete with a community center.

The district offers programs through its James Madison Charter Academy, a charter school for grades K through 6, located at 660 Syracuse St. The school's mission is to develop educated, independent, self-motivated children who are critical thinkers, technologically aware and socially astute.

Manitou Springs School District 14

405 El Monte Place

Manitou Springs, CO 80829

685-2024, mssd14.k12.co.us

The students of the Manitou Springs area are served by one high school, one middle school and two elementary schools.

What distinguishes this district: Manitou Springs is a small town, and D-14 is a small district. But as Manitou alumni, students, teachers and administrators will attest, it's a fine school system. Expect quirky, smart students and sympathetic and caring teachers and administrators.


K through 12 education: private schools

All Peoples Learning Center

4735 Town Center Drive, Suite B

Colorado Springs, CO 80916

634-5013, allpeopleseducation.org

Private Christian and home-schooling courses for grades K through 12.

American Christian Academy

2230 E. Bijou St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

633-1129 Grades 1 through 12.

Branson School Online

101 Saddle Rock Drive

P.O. Box 128

Branson, CO 81027

719/946-5531; 888/863-7850

bransonschoolonline.com

E-mail: info@bransonschoolonline.com

Branson School offers an accredited K through 12 public education online or within a bricks-and-mortar school.

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

33 N. Institute St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Voice 578-2100

TDD 578-2101, csdb.org

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is a state-funded school that provides educational services to those under age 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or blind or low-vision. For students beyond a reasonable commuting distance, on-campus living is available, as are after-school programs, athletics, peer advisers, Big Brother/Big Sister and work programs. A variety of living arrangements is offered, based on students' levels of independence.

Admissions: Students are required to have a documented hearing and/or vision loss, as defined by Colorado eligibility guidelines.

Colorado Springs Christian Schools

4855 Mallow Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

599-3553, cscslions.org

E-mail: admissions@cscslions.org

Nondenominational K through 12 Christian school that provides biblically-based education. Also offered are home-schooling programs, day care and the Handprints Early Education Center preschool.

The Colorado Springs School

21 Broadmoor Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

475-9747, css.org

The Colorado Springs School gives students in preschool through 12th grade the opportunity to "learn by doing." The curriculum allows students to apply academic concepts to classroom activities and to field studies on campus, in the community, in the nation and around the world. Teachers at the independent, coeducational, college-prep day school have small classes, so they know students as individuals and challenge them to give their best. The college counseling process, which begins in middle school, helps students find the right fit academically, socially and financially. Individualized guidance in high school coursework, testing tactics, essay writing and interviewing gives each student the tools to present the best possible profile to colleges and universities. The Colorado Springs School offers a variety of arts, athletics and service opportunities in a balanced program. Transportation, as well as before- and after-school care, are available. Financial aid and scholarships are available to students who qualify.

Corpus Christi Catholic School

2410 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

632-5092, corpuschristicos.org

Grades pre-K through 8.

Cornerstone Baptist Academy

3615 Vickers Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

593-7887 A K through 12 Christian school for church members only.

Divine Redeemer Catholic School

901 N. Logan Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

471-7771

divineredeemer.net/school/drschool.htm

Grades pre-K through 8.

Evangelical Christian Academy

2511 N. Logan Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

634-7024, ecaeagles.org

Secondary campus

4052 Nonchalant Circle South

Colorado Springs, CO 80917

597-3675

Fountain Valley School

6155 Fountain Valley School Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80911

390-7035, fvs.edu

Fountain Valley School, founded in 1930, is a private boarding and day school that stresses rigorous academics for grades 9 to 12.

Admissions: An application (available online), a personal interview with an admissions officer and standardized test scores (preferably the Secondary School Admissions Test) are required. Contact the admissions office at admission@fvs.edu for further information.

HillSprings Learning Center

1257 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite 120

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

576-3840, hillsprings.org

HillSprings Learning Center is a nonprofit, half-day learning center for K through 8 with learning disabilities or ADD.

Hilltop Baptist School

6915 Palmer Park Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

597-1880, hbccs.org

Grades K through 12.

Holy Trinity Catholic School

3115 Larkspur Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

634-1029, holytrinitycs.com

Grades K through 8.

Immanuel Lutheran School

828 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

636-3681, ilsfalcons.org

Grades pre-K through 8.

Our Lady of the Rockies School

815 S. 25th St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

634-0988

Additional information not available at press time.

Pauline Memorial Catholic School

1601 Mesa Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

632-1846

st-pauls.net/pauline.htm

Grades pre-K through 8.

Pikes Peak Academy

5590 N. Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

473-5745, pikespeakacademy.net An alternative Christian high school.

Pikes Peak Christian School

5905 Flintridge Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

598-8610, ppcseagles.net

Grades pre-K through 12.

The Renaissance Academy

2760 Fieldstone Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

475-2510, therenaissanceacademy.org

The Renaissance Academy is an independent day school for gifted students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Admissions: Admission is based on a personal interview with the director for parents and the student. In addition, students must take either a Stanford-Binet or a Weschler IQ test administered by a clinical psychologist.

Contact the school for current tuition rates. Payment plans are available, as well as financial aid for one year only.

Springs Adventist Academy

5410 E. Palmer Park Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

597-0155, saaschool.org

Grades K through 9.

St. Mary's High School

2501 E. Yampa St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

635-7540, smhscs.org

Founded in 1885 by Sister Columa Gallavan of the Sisters of Loretto, St. Mary's High School was one of the first schools in the Pikes Peak region. St. Mary's High School now is an independent, coeducational Catholic high school with over 350 students.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School

631 N. Tejon St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

575-0436, ststephensdayschool.org

Grades pre-K through 5.

West Valley Alternative High School

828 Wooten Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

635-1371

Founded in 1996, West Valley Alternative High School was created for at-risk students. Students are referred to West Valley by their home school district, which must be a Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services (see listing above) member district.

Admission: School officials, parents or students interested in learning more about the West Valley High School program should contact their high school counseling office or a West Valley staff member.


Montessori Schools
Montessori schools are based on principles developed in 1907 by Maria Montessori, Italy's first female physician. Learning through all five senses is emphasized, and children are allowed to learn at their own pace, choosing activities from numerous possibilities. Children are placed in multi-age groups, which encourages older children to share their knowledge with younger ones. The following Montessori schools are located in Colorado Springs:

Buena Vista Elementary School (part of School District 11)

1620 W. Bijou St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

328-4100, d11.org/buenavista

Giving Tree Montessori School

1110 W. Moreno Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80905

630-3763

Golden Mountain Montessori School 306 W. Brookside St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

632-0875

Hope Montessori Academy

2041 Chuckwagon RoadColorado Springs, CO 80919388-8818, montessorichild.com"

Hope Montessori Academy

6353 Stetson Hills Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80922, montessorichild.com"

Hope Montessori Academy 18075 Minglewood Trail

Monument, CO 80132, montessorichild.com

Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy

7675 Lexington Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

592-0900, rm-montessori.com

Woodland Hills Montessori School

3215 Woodland Hills Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

594-0611


Other public school resources

Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services

4825 Lorna Place

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

570-7474, ppboces.org

Founded in 1968, the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services serves 15 school districts in the Pikes Peak region. The Pikes Peak BOCES helps local school districts find the best use of educational dollars by offering services in technology planning and implementation, program development for non-English-speaking students, and more.


Homeschool support

CMCA Home School Connection

2948 E. Fountain Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80910

477-6715

A one-day-a-week enrichment program for home-schoolers in grades 1 through 8.


Continuing education and the arts

Bemis School of Art

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

30 W. Dale St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

475-2444, csfineartscenter.org

Founded in 1968, Bemis offers art classes to children and adults. A variety of media is covered, from drawing, painting and photography to ceramics, music, drama and more.

Admissions: Preschoolers through adults may register at the Fine Arts Center or use the online mail-in registration form. Tuition varies per class.

City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

1401 Recreation Way

Colorado Springs, CO 80905

385-5940, springsgov.com

The city of Colorado Springs offers a multitude of learning opportunities for people of all ages through recreation centers, community centers and senior centers. Cooperative agreements with schools and recreational facilities provide facilities to supplement the city's facilities. Classes range from academic to recreational.

Colorado Springs School District 11 Community Education

Mailing Address: 1115 N. El Paso St.

Walk-in Registration: 1033 N. Franklin St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

520-2000, cssd11.k12.co.us/communityed District 11 offers dozens of community education classes for children and adults, from ballroom dancing to Spanish to managing rental property. They take place in the district's schools year-round.

Colorado State University at Pueblo, Division of Continuing Education

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

719/549-2316, 800/388-6154

coned.colostate-pueblo.edu/

CSU-Pueblo CONED also offers extension sites in Pueblo and in Colorado Springs at the Citadel Center, Pikes Peak Community College, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base.

Cottonwood Artists' School

25 Cimino Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

520-1899, cottonwoodartistsschool.com

Cottonwood Artists' School offers a variety of visual art classes, workshops, instructional video screenings and open studio sessions for all levels. Instructors are experienced artists. For class schedules, visit the Web site.

Falcon School District 49 Community Education

10850 E. Woodmen Road

Falcon, CO 80831

495-3601, d49.org/communityed This new program takes place in district schools, offering a variety of classes for children and adults in the community.

Globelink International Services, Inc. / Foreign Language Center

102 S. Tejon St., Suite 1100

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

532-0300, globelinkservices.com

Globelink International offers foreign language and cultural awareness classes for individuals and businesses, as well as translation services. Twenty-seven languages offered, including Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. It offers a variety of classes, study groups and translation services in more than 60 languages. During summer, the center offers group language classes for school-aged children.

PILLAR

30 E. Rio Grande St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903 633-4991, visitpillar.org

The Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation (PILLAR) has been offering classes that are open to all. More than 200 volunteers in the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization develop the curriculum, instruct classes and provide organizational structure. Classes range from music and travel to computers and astronomy. Locations and fees vary.

Pikes Peak Library District

ppld.org

The Pikes Peak Library District offers book discussion groups, computer classes and numerous other learning activities for the community. Meetings and classes take place at PPLD libraries, branch libraries and online. Most activities are free or require a nominal fee. The PPLD has also opened an eBranch, which can be found online at ebranch.ppld.org.

Briargate Branch

9475 Briar Village Point

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

260-6882

Cheyenne Mountain Branch

1785 S. Eighth St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

633-6278

East Library

5550 N. Union Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

531-6333

Fountain Branch

230 S. Main St.

Fountain, CO 80817

382-5347

Monument Branch

1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive

Monument, CO 80132

488-2370

Old Colorado City Branch

2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

634-1698

Palmer Lake Branch

66 Lower Glenway

Palmer Lake, CO 80133

481-2587

Penrose Public Library

20 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

531-6333

Rockrimmon Branch

832 Village Center Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

593-8000

Ruth Holley Branch

685 N. Murray Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

597-5377

Sand Creek Branch

1821 S. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80916

597-7070

Ute Pass Branch

8010 Severy Road

Cascade, CO 80809

684-9342

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