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University School of Colorado Springs

Private | K-12 | 130 students

We are best known for Parent support & adventure.

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $165,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $700.

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Posted September 18, 2013

have been at Uscs for 7 years and I really enjoy this school. everyone here is always kind and welcoming. i love this school mainly because we get to pray, read the bible and talk about Jesus and most schools don't get to do that. also its really cool how our school goes on camping trips and we get to do zip lines, repelling and learn how to set up tents!I Love Uscs i don't think ill go back to any other school now that i see how awesome USCS is


Posted September 17, 2013

i think this school is amazing you should really join it if you aren't already here we my favorite thing is that they teach you about god and that's most important also everyday there is things like zip lines and capture the flag in the park uscs is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted September 15, 2013

It is a warm and caring school. The teachers care deeply for their students and do all they can to help them succeed. Unfortunately the school does not prepare the students for college. They don't have a guidance counselor who sits with each student to review grades, college applications, deadlines, SAT or ACTprep, goals, future plans etc. If they could only make this an integral part of high school, the school would deserve 5 stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

I attended TCA (The Classical Academy) from 2nd grade to 9th grade. I was not the best of students at that time and my grades reflected my discouraged spirit. I gladly left TCA and attended the first year of University School of Colorado Springs in 2006. What a difference between a big school with big classes and a small school with small class sizes. Through the amazing staff at US-CS and God working in my heart, I began to understand subjects and really learn the material. I went from being a C,D, and F student to an A, B student. US-CS prepared me not only for the the academic challenges I have come across in college but also the spiritual ones. I am amazed by how many opportunities have come up to share the gospel in my college classes, and I currently have a 3.8 GPA. Overall, I praise God for being so good and bringing US-CS into my life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 18, 2013

There are (obvious) differential treatments from various administration towards certain students and families. This school is not accustomed to handling any issues that arise in a positive way. To ignore situations, in hopes they go away, seems to be the norm. Do not think outside of their box. There are, however, some great teachers who don't participate in their hypocrisy.


Posted July 28, 2013

We will not be allowing our daughter to return here for various reasons. Please, speak to former families, teachers, and students before sending your children here to find out why they withdrew their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

I ve had the privelege of teaching at USCS since its first year. It s a young school (7years), so it has, of course, experienced growing pains. We've not been able to serve every family in the way they ve desired. But in the majority of cases, students blossom in the unique structure of our school. The strong ties between parents and teachers is crucial as we work to help students discover strengths and overcome weaknesses. The emphasis on student community and growing in Christ is stronger than most church youth groups. When there are issues with cliques (as in any group of teens), we do our best to address them. Extra-curricular activities include Bible studies, retreats, canyoneering, all-school challenge-type games, an incredible drama program, and mission/service opportunities. If your student plays team sports, USCS kids are welcomed onto the teams at ECA -- our teachers and students love to attend games and cheer them on. The best indicator of our school's impact on students is the lunch-time visits from USCS alumni who are still in town, or visiting from out-of-town colleges. When they pop in to see teachers and former classmates, it s like a family reunion every time.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 7, 2013

No school is the perfect fit for every child. But as a parent who's had children in home school, virtual school, charter school, and public school environments, I can say without hesitation that we've found what we were looking for at USCS, for both our girls. As with most private schools, not all of the teachers are certified, but having an anatomy teacher that used to teach medical students in hospitals works just fine for us! All of the teachers come either from public school backgrounds, or real-world occupations that relate to the subject they're teaching. We love the family atmosphere, and the partnership that we're blessed to have with the teachers (make no mistake: it's a partnership, and parents must be prepared to be the co-teacher -- that's the strength of the model). We look forward to seeing our girls graduate from this wonderful school (and we're grateful for the guidance in how to apply for college scholarships -- our older daughter got the second-highest scholarship possible at her private college of choice, which she'll be attending in the fall).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

Love this school! My son has been attending this school the last six years and he loves it! How many high school students do you know that love going to school? That is amazing in itself. He is challenged academically and spiritually in his classes as well as in the adventure class. He has scored very well in achievement tests each year which I do credit, in part, the excellent teachers. While it is a small school it has given hugely to the community and other organizations world-wide. We are so blessed to be part of this family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

This was a unique school, yes, but the teachers aren't the highest quality that some have stated. Overall there was a poor, or lack of, communication between their staff, teachers, and parents. The school does not prepare students for college and in no way helps their students with college scholarships. It is basically an expensive alternative to home education. If you are looking for a private school a full-time local Christian school such as CSCS is where you should go as you get more for your money and they also have sports, extra curricular activities, scholarships, extra support for their students, and a professional atmosphere.


Posted November 15, 2012

USCS has a unique way of relating to students, families, and the faculty. People that are use to the traditional institutional mindset of school may find it difficult to relate to. However, if you desire a place where the faculty truly love the students, desire them to grow in their faith, and excel in academics, this school is for you. Highly satisfied and encouraged regarding the new additions to the administration and the future of the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2012

Pros: great teachers, small classrooms, families, attempt to be Christ centered. Cons: Unorganized administration. Out of touch with Parents. School cliques. High Priced. Appears better on paper than in real life..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Great Christian school. small classes, attentive teachers. My son has grown spiritually and academically. Is learning to be responsible outside of the classroom with 3 day class schedule (yes they have school work the other 2 days). At first he did not want to go, now he can't wait to go back after summer break. Scored very well on achievement tests which supports academic soundness. Wish I could have gone to a school of this kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2011

This school is a GREAT SCHOOL! My daughters have attended this school going on year number 6. Their desire is to graduate from high school from here. They are presently in elementary! We love the balance of classroom teaching with homeschool teaching. I can not imagine having my daughters anywhere else. The staff and administration have a heart for God, the students and for the families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

My son has been attending this school for the past 3 years. He is in High school now and has really enjoyed it. As a parent, I have enjoyed the freedom of combining the elements of homeschooling and a private school. The school is small enough to meet our needs yet large enough to have a great variety of class offerings. I have found all my son's teachers to be excellent and willing to sit down with my son one on one when he needs it. The Adventure program is just the topping on the cake. It allows him to gain leadership experience, learn new skills and just enjoy the outdoors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

This school has been great for our family and a real answer to prayer. We have loved being involved with our son's education and having the support of the amazing staff. This school is the perfect combination of challenging academics, fun, and adventure which allows students to grow and excel. The teachers are wonderful and always willing to give a little extra help to students when they need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

My son has been going to this school now for two years, it has been such a blessing for us as a family. He loves the adventure class and the friends he has made. My wife very much likes the curriculum plus the fact that she can work with the teachers to best help Matthew. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

University School of Colorado Springs acted in a very unprofessional manner towards my child. Be cautious before considering this school.


Posted May 24, 2011

A great hybrid combining many of the best qualities of both traditional classroom and home school experiences. Dedicated staff and caring administration with a number of excellent programs including drama and adventure leadership that keep our kids on the go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

As a teacher at USCS, I strongly believe the administration, faculty and staff truly care about the success of the students both in academics and in the student's personal futures. The strong emphasis in academic success and greater emphasis on Christian values has proved to be very influential in all K-12th grade students and it's been a tremendous joy and pleasure to join this team of teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Colleges most students attend after graduation West Point
CCU
UCCS
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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Certified National Association of University Model School (2008)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jeff Cooper
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • NAUMS
Fax number
  • (719) 358-2586

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Rock Climbing, Canyoneering
Girls sports
  • Rock Climbing, Canyoneering

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

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  • Yearbook
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Dress Code
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  • USCS is a University-Model School, a relatively new model of schooling that understands the importance of coupling parental involvement with strong academics. According to a survey of 22,000 teachers, conducted by the Carnegie Foundation, 90% of those teachers cited a lack of parental support as a problem in today’s schools. An overwhelming 100% described their students as “emotionally needy and starved for attention and affection.” At USCS, we address those needs by partnering with parents to not only educate, but also to guide students in the development of their character, values, and spiritual walk. It is the vision and mission of USCS to help students become passionate about worship, academics, leadership/character, missions, and adventure. If students graduate from our school with high academics, but lose their faith the first year in college, we have failed.
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2713 W. Cucharras Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
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Phone: (719) 302-3751

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