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CIVA Charter High School

Charter | 9-12 | 150 students

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Posted June 4, 2013

The teachers really care about and work with students. The principle is awsome with the kids. There is a very good atmosphere of friendship at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

This school saved my middle daughter from becoming a drop out to an outstanding member of the school and her community. This school is taking my youngest daughter to new experiences she would never have if she stayed in a large public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

The poster who gave CIVA one star is completely wrong about this school. The arts and music offerings are outstanding. Garage band? CIVA's choir wears uniforms and are lead by an outstanding music teacher. There's also band, theater, art, photography, even jewelry making. Tons of arts electives. And the format is very college like. Some classes are every day, some twice a week, it really helps students understand what college will be like. They learn to plan their schedules and study times and become disciplined learners. On top of that, the school offers a very small, family like environment where the students support and care for one another. You won't find bullying at CIVA. I'd encourage families to come check it out for themselves. The students who don't get anything out of CIVA are students who choose not to. This is far from an alternative school...it's a well rounded college prep and arts curriculum.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 9, 2012

CIVA is a wonderful school. This is my second year here and I have never seen a school build their students like CIVA has. After just a semester at CIVA, I saw students morph from unruly children to responsible and dedicated students. It really is remarkable how contagious CIVA's positive attitude is. With such a great principal, it's no wonder that the teachers and students are so upbeat. If you're a student stuggling with your studies or with any social problems, there is no better school than CIVA. Because of the one-on-one method we use here, students are always guarenteed help. The way teachers and students help each other improve and challenge themselves is one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen in the education system. The principles that CIVA teaches also reflects in the students. Quantum Learning's 9 keys of excellence are almost always present in the students and teachers. I recommend and support this school 100% because without it, I wouldn't be half the student I am today.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2012

CIVA Charter High School is certainly not for students looking to be challenged. Definitely an "alternative" style school, the teachers are very relaxed and often turn a blind eye to obvious disrespect and misbehavior of the students. CIVA tried very hard to be a "family", which often comes before the student's education. Many of the teachers are more like students than role-models, which causes the students to easily take advantage of them. Claiming to be an "art-based" school, the extracurricular classes are poor at best. Only offering a few basic art classes and band classes that feel more like a garage band jam. I was disappointed in this school. The idea of it sounds so perfect, yet it is executed terribly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2011

CIVA Charter School is a life-changing experience not only for students but for parents as well. Everyone becomes part of the family. Students that graduate from CIVA are well-educated, confident adults. The teachers really care about each individual student and their future. Even the principal know each student by name and genuinely cares about each of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

This school is amazing. I has been here for three years, and I would not imagine going anywhere else!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2011

I hace been a student at Civa for three years. I beloved that Civa has changed my life for the best kind of future. I have been a leader here sence day one and I beloved this is my family and I am part of this family
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2011

This school does wonders for students self esteem...great small school environment, interactive classrooms, and the students are really free to be themselves in a safe, family-like environment. The kids are respectful and all treat each other like family. I've never seen a school like this...great arts program, college prep format, and strong academics. Love it!


Posted August 31, 2011

CIVA is amazing! This school is a small, family like environment that allows the students to be themselves and does wonders for their self esteem. The classrooms are interactive, the teachers know and care about each student, and the students treat each other like family. Great arts program and college prep format. Take a tour...you will feel the positive energy and great things happening when you walk in the tour. This school is the best kept secret in Colorado Springs


Posted June 15, 2011

CIVA focuses on helping their students, many of whom are square pegs and out-of-the-box types, discover who they are and who they can become. They believe in these kids, and the majority of the staff works hard to help the kids believe in themselves. This school is not for everyone, but it provides an environment that encourages and enables students who might otherwise not succeed, an opportunity to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

CIVA is a great school. We really have a since of friendship and family, This year the teachers have been 1 on 1 with students telling students if they need help see them and don't be afraid to ask. Another great part about this school is that there are very few people. The school this year including teachers is only 150 people. I belive the curriculum with there new books and teachers are great. They are having students move together as a class not leaving anyone behind. There is major support between people because of this. So far this year discipline has been better than my other schools.The parent involvement is great! I for one love to volunter for CIVA if school call I'm at school just give a time MOM.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

My daughter was on augst 2007 and she said it was awesome i must agree with her, the teachers and administration worked 100% with her specially a spanish teacher from Puerto Rico helped her a lot. Now my daughter is studying to become a teacher thanks to that teacher who encouraged her to follow her dreams
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

This school is NOT an 'Academy'. Supposed to teach character and integrity but the school leadership lacks both. Stay away from this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

CIVA is the best schools my son has ever attended. They have challenged him and kept him growing. He is excelling academically, in the arts and even athletics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2007

I believe that CIVA is a great school. We really have a since of friendship and family, This year the teachers have been 1 on 1 with us telling us if we need help see them and don't be afraid to ask. Another great part about this school is that there are very few people. The school this year including teachers is only 150 people. I belive the curriculum with there new books and teachers are great. They are having us move together as a class not leaving anyone behind. There is major support between people because of this. So far this year discipline has been better than my other schools.The parent involvement is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2007

We where so exited to start at CIVA, but the school has fell very short of our expectations. The classes said to be offered are not available. The support from teachers in majority classes is lacking. We came from a small School with a close knit support system, This is not to be found at CIVA. We will be looking for another school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

Good for out of the box learners. Great leadership
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

My student attended this school last year and we were very disappointed in the quality of the education, the lack of school discipline, and the school's low expectations of students. The school was advertised as an 'arts school' but few art classes were offered although both teachers were good. This year (2004)they only have a part-time art teacher which is one of the reasons my student opted out of CIVA. The school seems unsure of its focus...it calls itself a 'character' school but shouldn't every school be a character school? I think the school can doe all right with some at risk students but overall I think there are much better educational opportunities in Colorado Springs than CIVA high school. My student decided to go to Palmer High School since it had more diverse course offerings. My assessment of CIVA---Thumbs down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

I am a 17 year old Senior at CIVA Charter High School. You see, I am a former home school student. And, due to the advancment of my mother's illness, I was thrown headlong into the public school system. To put it lightly, I was dissapointed; overcrowded, dirty, dissinterestded, and closed minded! For all of the test scores and the esseys (that of which I descovered are produced by a thin upper crust), these kids could'nt think! I was loosing hope until I came to find CIVA. The light at the end of the tunnel for an ADD, starving musician like me. Here we're treated like adults, so naturaly, we are expected to act like adults, and if we do, we get to shape our own school like adults. But I'm out of words, so stop by and talk with anyone. Here there's no crust...
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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22%

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22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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27%

2012

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students22%
Female17%
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)38%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities24%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant22%

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students50%
Female50%
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female30%
Male21%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)26%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English27%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant22%

Reading

All Students63%
Female73%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Science

All Students45%
Female57%
Male26%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Writing

All Students49%
Female70%
Male16%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

89%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 56%
Hispanic 15% 32%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A41%
Male 48%N/A51%
Female 52%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Charter School Principal of the Year (2011)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Randy Zimmerman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
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
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • ultimate frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • ultimate frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
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  • CIVA is authorized through Colorado Springs District 11. We have been serving the educative goals of families in the Pikes Peak region for 15 years. Our academic program thoroughly prepares students for collegiate success, while our character development program prepares students for life. All CIVA students receive a thorough offering of college preparatory academics along with fascinating electives in the arts including: theatre, film, art, choir, jazz, strings, dance and pottery. CIVA specializes in a Quantum Learning pedagogy, which is an interactive learning experience. Our athletic program features volleyball, basketball, bowling and ultimate Frisbee.
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4635 Northpark Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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Phone: (719) 633-1306

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