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The Colorado Springs School

Private | PK-12 | 302 students

Our school is best known for experiential learning and mentoring
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $219,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 11 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted December 9, 2008

CSS is a great school as far as academics are concerned. I attended the school from 2nd grade until 7th grade and I received a great education during that time. However, the school is not a good environment for children or young adults. The small class sizes create cliques and there is a huge amount of bullying that occurs. There is also a very snotty, spoiled attitude as a vast majorirty of the kids come from extremely wealthy families. I would never reccomend CSS to anyone because the education I received at public school in Honors classes was equally as trying, and the environment is much less hostile and more 'real-life' (meaning not everyone in the 'real-world' is rich and lives in the environment)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

Very good school..seniors going to top flight programs..Grinnell, University of Penn..Carnegie Mellon ..Columbia ect..great friendly motivated kids, good athletics ..Excellent AP courses..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

I have been truly blessed by CSS. The school is not only on beautiful grounds, but the administration is organized and helpful; the parents are involved in a great deal of extracurricular activities and events. The teachers are creative, skilled, and knowledgeable. There is a real sense of community and good will. I know you will be more than pleased with CSS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

The Colorado Springs School (CSS) is not your typical private K-12. For Children's and Middle school, CSS is a high quality, fairly challenging program that is particularly storg when dealing with disabilities like ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia. As far as Upper School goes, CSS bills itself as a College Prep School, a reputation that it lives up to every year. However, it is not a TOP College prep school, nor does it encourage its students to attend top universities. Although students in past years have matriculated at schools like Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton and Swarthmore, they were few and far between. CSS is first and foremost a 'Decent School' mill, sending the vast majority of its students off to good schools, but nothing extraordinary. The merit of CSS, is that students with little drive or energy can and will be sent to college, and usually those with decent repuations. It's not bad.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 5, 2005

As a sophomore in the Upper School at CSS, I have seen the difference CSS has made in my education. The academics are fantastic, especially the Experience-Centered Seminar (ECS) program for Upper Schoolers. Any student can actively participate in band, choir, art, sports, theater, and whatever else they want. My parents love the school, too, because of their high level of involvement and their knowledge of the curriculum. I would highly recommend CSS to anyone considering it.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 32%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school area Public Schools
other Independent Schools nationally
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Colleges That Change Lives
Colorado publics and privates
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit and Commended Students (2011)
  • Perfect ACT Score (2011)
  • ABE Distinguished Art Teacher (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Partners in Philanthropy Oustanding Donor (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French & Internationa

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kevin Reel, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Experiential
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Coordination by Learning Tea
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Daily service and activity bus
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French & Internationa
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • KICS: Philanthopy club
  • Knowledge Bowl/ Matchwits
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Ping Pong club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Board of Trustees
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the challenges of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. Established 1962. Celebrating 50 Years. The Colorado Springs School is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and is a proud member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
83
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
99
Students typically come from these schools
area Public Schools
other Independent Schools nationally

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Need-based and Merit-based

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Colleges That Change Lives
Colorado publics and privates
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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21 Broadmoor Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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Phone: (719) 475-9747

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