Colleges and Universities Beth-El College of Nursing & Health SciUUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, P.O. Box 7150 UH-1
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
262-4422; admissions 262-3383, http://web.uccs.edu/bethel/
Founded in 1904, Beth-El College merged with UCCS (see listing below) in 1997. Now a college within the university, the school works closely with Memorial Hospital so that its graduates benefit from real-world experience. At the undergraduate level, Beth-El offers a four-year bachelor's of science in nursing degree with different specialties available; an RN to BSN bridge program; a four-year bachelor's of science in healthcare services degree with options in nutrition, sports, and health and wellness; healthcare 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.
Blair College 1815 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
638-6580; 888/741-4271, www.blair-college.com
Blair College is a private career school originally founded in 1897 as Brown's School of Business. It offers vocational programs designed to help graduates prepare for specialized and entry-level positions. Blair College offers programs in accounting, administrative assistant, business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice, homeland security specialist, legal assistant/paralegal, medical administrative assistant, medical assisting, medical insurance billing/coding and network administration. A high school diploma or its equivalent (such as a GED) and successful completion of an assessment examination are prerequisites for admission. Financial aid is available.
Colorado College 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
389-6000; 800/542-7214, www.coloradocollege.edu
Colorado College (CC), founded in 1874, is a small four-year liberal arts and sciences college with a student body of approximately 1,900. CC was ranked 28 among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. CC is distinctive for its "block" plan, in which the academic year is divided into eight three-and-a-half-week sessions, allowing students to focus on one class at a time.
Admissions: Applications are available 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 along with two teacher recommendations, and write an essay.
Financial aid is available.
Colorado School of Professional Psychology 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., #108, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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 PsyD program at CSPP is a comprehensive four-year program in clinical psychology designed for working adults. Degrees offered are a PsyD in clinical psychology and an MA 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 course work. An admissions packet may be downloaded from their Web site. Some financial aid and loans are available.
Colorado State University Pueblo 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001
Formerly University of Southern Colorado, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado State University System. Its 275-acre campus offers twenty-six undergraduate programs and graduate degrees in applied natural science; business administration; industrial and systems engineering; and nursing. Education, human resource 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) together with a $25 payment, ACT or SAT scores, and a high school transcript (or GED test scores).
College America - Colorado Springs 3645 Citadel Drive South, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
637-0600; 800/622-2894, www.collegeamerica.com
College America has branches in Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins. They also have campuses in Flagstaff and Phoenix, Ariz. They offer 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, www.coloradotech.edu
Colorado Technical University (CTU), founded in 1965, offers associate's, bachelor'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 20 undergraduate online courses.
Admissions: Applications can be made online or with the assistance of admissions representatives. A variety of financial aid programs are offered.
DeVry University 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, CO 80920
DeVry University offers career-oriented education at campuses throughout North America. In Colorado Springs, undergraduate programs are offered in business administration; computer information systems; electronics and computer technology; and network systems administration technical management. They also offer 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 525 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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, www.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 and personal trainer. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology has accredited Heritage College. 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, www.intelliteccollege.edu
Founded in 1965, IntelliTec provides specialized career training and offers associate of occupational studies degrees in the following areas: network systems administrator, network security specialist, electronic engineering technologist, automotive technician, microcomputer service specialist, HVAC-refrigeration, architectural drafting and mechanical drafting. Diploma and certificate programs also are available as well as free graduate placement assistance.
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.
IntelliTec Medical Institute 2345 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs CO 80909
IntelliTec Medical Institute was established in 1966. The school's programs include medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, dental assistant, massage therapist, limited scope radiography, pharmacy technician, medical insurance billing and medical lab technician.
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
National American University is a private institution with multiple campuses throughout the central United States that offer doctorate, master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees as well as diploma and certificate programs. Courses include accounting, business administration, healthcare and information technology. Traditional and online courses are available.
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.
Nazarene Bible College 1111 Academy Park Loop, Colorado Springs, CO 80910
884-5000; 800/873-3873, www.nbc.edu
Founded in 1967, the college seeks to train mostly second-career adults for the ministry. They offer associate of arts degrees in bible studies, Christian education and church music. Many courses are available online.
Admissions: Applications can be made online or by contacting the college. There is a $35 application fee, and 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
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 their Web site) along with a $25 application fee by mail.
Pikes Peak Community College Enrollment Services: 540-7722, www.ppcc.edu
Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) was established in 1968 as the El Paso Community College. Enrolling approximately 16,000 students each year, 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: PPCC requires a high school diploma or GED. An online application is available. Placement testing is required for all first-time, degree-seeking students. For information on financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office at 540-7089 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Highway 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Pima Medical Institute Colorado Springs Campus
370 Printers Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80910
482-7462; 800/477-7462, www.pimamedical.com
Pima Medical Institute offers medical vocational training for associate's degrees and certifications in eight Western states. The Colorado Springs branch 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 aged over 18 may take a federally approved application test. All applicants must take an entrance exam and pass with a minimum score. Apply by calling or via the Web site.
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
Originally a Bible and seminary school for women, PPNC has now opened a department of men's studies. Undergraduate, graduate and certification programs are available in areas such as the pastoral whole-health ministry for nurses, women's ministry and deaconess, biblical counseling and more.
Admissions: An online application is available. Tuition costs vary depending upon the program.
Regis University 7450 Campus Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
303/458-7420; 800/568-8932, www.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 their Web site for further information. A variety of financial aid packages are available; for assistance, call the financial aid office at 800/388-2366 ext. 4126.
Remington College 6050 Erin Park Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Remington College offers associate science degrees, programs in computer networking technology and criminal justice as well as bachelor's of science degrees in criminal justice and operations management. Diploma programs in business office specialist, medical assisting and pharmacy technician also are offered.
Admissions: A high school diploma or equivalent and an interview with an admissions representative are required. Various forms of financial aid may be explored using links provided on their Web site.
Troy State University 800/551-6076, http://fwr.troy.edu/
A regionally accredited institution, Troy State offers an on-site graduate program in management, international relations and additional undergraduate online degrees. The programs are organized with working and military students in mind; they offer 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. Active-duty military personnel and Department of Defense employees have priority for registration.
Fort Carson Campus
1675 Long St., Fort Carson, CO 80913
Colorado Springs North Campus
5825 Delmonico Drive, Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
University of Phoenix 599-5282; 800/697-8223, www.phoenix.edu
The University of Phoenix offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, administration, business, education, management, healthcare services and technology. Classes are offered in the evening and on weekends, with the working professional in mind. Students take one course at a time, for the duration of five to six weeks, and are encouraged to incorporate their real-world experience into the classroom. Most courses can be taken online.
Admissions: For the undergraduate program, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be at least 18 years of age and be employed. Those who are not employed must have access to an organizational environment where the student 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 adviser.
Executive Towers South Campus
2864 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Southern Colorado Campus
5475 Tech Center Drive, #130, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
262-3000; 800/990-8227, www.uccs.edu
One of four institutions in the Colorado University system, UCCS (or CUColorado Springs) offers 25 bachelor's degrees, 17 master's degrees and two doctoral degrees. There are six colleges on campus: business; education; engineering and applied science; public affairs; letters, arts and sciences; and nursing. UCCS also offers a number of graduate degrees through its graduate school and its Graduate School for Public Affairs. More than 514 faculty and 392 staff members support the campus.
During the fall 2002 semester, more than 7,400 students enrolled in state-supported instruction and more than 400 students participated in extended studies. CU-Colorado Springs boasts a diverse student body made up of 17 percent ethnic minority students. Ninety-two percent of students are Colorado residents, 7 percent are from out of state and 1 percent are international students. More than 300 active military personnel and 30 U.S. Olympic athletes pursue higher learning at UCCS.
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. Full details and application forms are contained on the Web site.
United States Air Force Academy HQ USAFA
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80840-5025
333-2520; 800/443-9266, www.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 appropriate to an Air Force career and the activities of a responsible American citizen."
Admissions: Public law (Title 10) decrees that a cadet must 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 1485 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Suite 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Webster University's main campus is in St. Louis with over 100 campuses across United States, Europe, China and Thailand. Webster offers graduate degrees for the working professional seeking career advancement and professional growth. Students attend class one evening a week from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university and have a qualifying GPA will be admitted; no entrance exams are required. Webster offers master's degrees in business administration; computer resources and information management; human resources development and management; procurement and acquisitions management and space systems operations management. Many of these programs are available online. In addition to the Kelly Johnson location, classes are offered at Colorado Springs' satellite office at Peterson Air Force Base.
Admissions: Go online to see all information regarding admissions.
K-12: Area School Districts Colorado Springs School District 11 1115 N. El Paso St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
D-11 consists of 39 elementary schools, nine middle schools, five high schools, six charter schools and seven alternative schools. D-11 is the largest, most centrally located and most diverse school in Colorado Springs. It is well regarded by the voters. And as D-11's schools improve, so, too, do the neighborhoods that surround them, as young families who might have once 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 1118 W. Cheyenne Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
D-12 consists of six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one charter school.
What distinguishes this district: Schoolmatch ranked this district as one of the 100 best in America.
D-12 offers programs through the Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, located at 1832 S. Wahsatch. The Academy is designed for grades K-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 7610 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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 16 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, has typically supported the bond issues needed to keep pace with growth.
Harrison School District 2 1060 Harrison Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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 now consists of 14 elementary schools, one K-8 school, three middle schools, two high schools, four charter schools and one alternative school.
What distinguishes this district: "We're in the trenches, and we wouldn't have it any other way" -- a quotation on Harrison District 2's Web site (presumably from a teacher) that perfectly characterizes this tough, feisty school district.
Falcon School District
Falcon School District 49 10850 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831
Falcon District 49 is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the area. It consists of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.
What distinguishes this district: 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
Lewis Palmer School District consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one charter school.
What distinguishes this district: 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
The students of Widefield School District 3 are served by nine K-6 elementary schools, three 7-8 junior high schools, two 9-12 high schools and an alternative high school.
What distinguishes this district: 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 community center.
The district offers programs through its Leadership Preparatory Academy, a charter school for grades K-3 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.
Widefield School District 3Manitou Springs Manitou Springs School District 14 405 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
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 tell you (and tell you, and tell you ...), it's a fine school system. Expect quirky, smart, occasionally rebellious students and sympathetic and caring teachers and administrators.
K-12: Private schools All Peoples Learning Center 4735 Town Center Drive, Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Private Christian and home-schooling courses for grades K-12
American Christian Academy 2227 Platte Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Branson School Online 101 Saddle Rock Drive
P.O. Box 128, Branson, CO 81027
719/946-5531; 888/863-7850, www.bransonschoolonline.com
Branson School offers an accredited K-12 public education online.
Colorado Springs Christian Schools 4855 Mallow Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Nondenominational K-12 Christian school that provides biblical-based education. Also offered are preschool and home-schooling programs.
Colorado Springs School 21 Broadmoor Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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 the 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 North Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Cornerstone Baptist Academy 3615 Vickers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
A nondenominational K-12 Christian school
Divine Redeemer Catholic School 901 N. Logan Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Evangelical Christian Academy www.ecaeagles.org
Pre-K and Elementary Campus
2511 N. Logan, Colorado Springs CO 80907
4050 Nonchalant Circle South, Colorado Springs CO 80917
Hilltop Baptist School 6915 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Holy Trinity Catholic School 3115 Larkspur Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
School 828 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Our Lady of the Rockies School 815 S. 25th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Pauline Memorial Catholic School 1601 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Pikes Peak Academy 1311 Columbine Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Pikes Peak Christian School 5905 Flintridge Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Redeemer Lutheran School 2221 N. Wahsatch Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Salem Lutheran Elementary School 4318 N. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Springs Adventist Academy 5410 E. Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915
St. Stephens Episcopal Day School 631 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The Colorado School for the Deaf & the Blind 33 N. Institute St., Colorado Springs, 80903
Voice 578-2100, TDD 578-2101
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is a state-funded school that provides educational services to children who are deaf/hard of hearing and/or blind/low vision and are under age 21. For students beyond a reasonable commuting distance, on-campus living is available as well as after-school, athletics, peer advisers, Big Brother/Big Sister and work programs. A variety of living arrangements are 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.
Fountain Valley School 6155 Fountain Valley School Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Fountain Valley School, founded in 1930, is a small day and boarding 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 email@example.com for further information.
PP Board of Coop. Educational Services 4825 Lorna Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Founded in 1968, the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services serves 16 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.
The Renaissance Academy 1010 Darby St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
The Renaissance Academy is an independent day school for gifted students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Classes are multi-age with an approximate two-year span.
Admissions: Admission is based on a personal interview with the director for both parents and the student. In addition, students must take either a Stanford Binet or 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.
St. Mary's High School 2501 E. Yampa St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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. Originally, it was operated as a grade school, then as a boarding school, then as an elementary school together with a high school. St. Mary's High School is now an independent, coeducational Catholic high school with roughly 400 students.
West Valley Alternative High School 828 Wooten Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915
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 contact a West Valley staff member.
Montessori Schools Montessori schools are based on principles developed in 1907 by Maria Montessori, Italy's first woman 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 Montessori School Part of School District 11
1620 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Giving Tree Montessori School 1110 W. Moreno Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Golden Mountain Montessori School 306 W. Brookside St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Mountain View Montessori School 923 N. Wahsatch Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy 7675 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Woodland Hills Montessori School 3215 Woodland Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Homeschool Support Several area organizations provide emotional and educational support for parents who home-school their children.
Colorado Springs Homeschool Support Group
Info line: 598-2636
Concerned Parents of Colorado P.O. Box 547, Florissant, CO 80816-0547
Continuing education and the arts Bemis School of Art Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Founded in 1968, Bemis offers art classes to children and adults. A variety of media are 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 CS Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs CO 80905
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 Commmunity Education
1115 N. El Paso St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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 - Pueblo Division of Continuing Education
2200 Bonforte Blvd. , Pueblo, CO 81001-4901
Formerly the University of Southern Colorado Division of Continuing Education, 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
Cottonwood Art Academy, located in their new building, 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 their Web site.
Falcon School District 49 Community Education
10850 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831
This new program takes place in district schools, offering a variety of classes for children and adults in the community.
Foreign Language Center 315 E. Willamette Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The Foreign Language Center was founded in 1978 to serve as a center for language and cultural exchange. It offers a variety of classes, study groups and translation services in over 60 languages. During summer, the center offers group language classes for school-age children.
Globelink International Services, Inc. 102 S. Tejon St., Suite 1100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Globelink International offers foreign-language and cultural awareness classes for individuals and businesses as well as translation services. Languages offered include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
PILLAR, an institute for lifelong learning 30 E. Rio Grande St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation (PILLAR) has been offering classes that are targeted to people who are retired but open to all. Over 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 www.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.
Cheyenne Mountain Branch 1791-D S. 8th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
East Library 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Fountain Branch 501 E. Iowa Ave.,, Fountain, CO 80817
Monument Branch 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, CO 80132
Old Colorado City Branch 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Palmer Lake Branch 66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, CO 80133
Penrose Public Library 20 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Rockrimmon Branch 832 Village Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Ruth Holley Branch 923 N. Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Sand Creek Branch 1821 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Ute Pass Branch 8010 Severy Road, Cascade, CO 80809
This is not a complete list. Despite our most earnest efforts, we anticipate a few organizations and institutions may have slipped through our radar. If you'd like to point out an omission (so that we can correct our records for future education supplements), please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.