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Education Guide

Welcome to the Independent's Education Guide, a scholastic resource for those new to the community, new to putting their kids into school, or newly committed to keeping their noodles active.

This guide covers kindergarten through continuing education. We are fully aware that this is not a complete list of places to learn in the city, as there are several art, trade and craft-oriented learning centers to nurture vast hobbies and interests. Consult the Yellow Pages for more information on such places.

If you would like any other organization or institution to be considered for future education listings, please e-mail listings@csindy.com, paying special attention to the aforementioned guidelines.

Whether you're 9 or 90, we wish you the best in your educational pursuits.

Post-secondary education
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



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 and Penrose St. Francis hospitals, 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.

The Colorado College

14 E. Cache la Poudre St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

389-6000; 800/542-7214


The Colorado College, founded in 1874, is a small, four-year liberal arts and sciences college with a student body of approximately 1,950. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks CC among the nation's top liberal arts colleges. 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


cospp.edu The Colorado School of Professional Psychology is an independent, nonprofit graduate school. Founded in mid-1998, it opened its doors to doctoral students in January 2000. The Psy.D. curriculum 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 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



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).

Classes are also held at three locations in Colorado Springs, including the Citadel Center, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base.

The Division of Continuing Education offers these classes, in several majors, to meet the needs of working adults and military personnel in Colorado Springs. The entire curriculum of upper-division courses for degrees in social science, sociology, sociology/criminology and social work is presently available, as well as some lower division general education courses.

College America at Colorado Springs

3645 Citadel Drive South

Colorado Springs, CO 80909


collegeamerica.edu College America's Colorado Springs branch 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



Colorado Technical University (CTU), founded in 1965, offers undergraduate, 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. Various financial aid programs are offered.

DeVry University 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80920


devry.edu DeVry University's Colorado Springs campus offers career-oriented education 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.

Everest College

1815 Jet Wing Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80916



Everest College offers vocational programs designed to help graduates prepare for specialized and entry-level positions. They include 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 who qualify.

Fuller Theological Seminary

540 N. Cascade Ave., #202

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.

IntelliTec College

2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909



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 for 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



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



National American University, a private institution, offers master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees at its Colorado Springs campus. 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



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



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


Pikes Peak Community College was established in 1968 as 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 Highway 83

Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Pima Medical Institute

Colorado Springs Campus

370 Printers Pkwy.

Colorado Springs, CO 80910



The Colorado Springs branch of 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 School of Ministry

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 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, #100

Colorado Springs, CO 80920



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



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

8610 Explorer Drive, #101

Colorado Springs, CO 80920



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 State offers many classes online and some classes in an innovative weekend format that allows students to earn credit over the course of two or three weekends. Classes are held on the Fort Carson campus at 1675 Long St., and the classroom at 5825 Delmonico Drive, Suite 120.

Admissions: Call the number above for information. University of Phoenix 866/766-0766


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

28640 South Circle Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Southern Colorado Campus

5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., #150

Colorado Springs, CO 80919


University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

262-3000; 800/990-8227


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


2304 Cadet Drive, #2300

USAF Academy, CO 80840

333-2520; 800/443-9266


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, #110

Colorado Springs, CO 80919



Webster University's main campus is in St. Louis, but one of more than 100 campuses across the world is in Colorado Springs. 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



District 11 consists of 39 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, five high schools, six charter schools and seven alternative schools. D-11 is the largest and most centrally located school district in Colorado Springs.

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12

1775 LaClede St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906



District 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



District 20 consists of 17 elementary schools, four middle schools, five high schools and one "choice," or charter, school.

Its test scores, graduation rates, college admissions/scholarships and student achievement awards put D-20 among the top-rated school districts in the state.

Harrison School District 2

1060 Harrison Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80906



The county's second-oldest district, District 2 was officially organized on Aug. 20, 1874. The original two-room Harrison School was built in 1891. District 2 consists of 15 elementary schools, one K-through-8 school, three middle schools, three high schools, four charter schools and one alternative school.

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 nine elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. The district strives to keep a small-town atmosphere as it grows.

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. It prides itself on its relatively small size, and the resultant opportunities for increased individual attention.

Widefield School District 3

1820 Main St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80911



The students of District 3 are served by nine K through 6 elementary schools, three junior high schools, two high schools and an alternative high school. The district also offers programs through its James Madison Charter Academy, a charter school for grades K through 6.

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. Manitou Springs is a small town, and District 14 is a small district, with an accomplished student body that represents the quirky nature of the community.

K through 12 education: private schools

American Christian Academy

2230 E. Bijou St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Grades 1-12.

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

33 N. Institute St.

Colorado Springs, CO 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 those under age 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or blind or low-vision. After-school programs, athletics, peer advisers, Big Brother/Big Sister and work programs are available. Various living arrangements 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 School

4855 Mallow Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80907



Colorado Springs Christian School, a nondenominational K through 12 Christian school, 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



The Colorado Springs School gives students in preschool through 12th grade the opportunity to "learn by doing." The college-prep 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. Small classes, a college counseling process that begins in middle school, and individualized guidance in high school coursework, testing tactics, essay writing and interviewing help each student present the best possible profile to colleges and universities.

Financial aid and scholarships are available to students who qualify.

Corpus Christi Catholic School

2410 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907



Grades pre-K through 8.

Cornerstone Baptist Academy

3615 Vickers Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80918


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

Divine Redeemer Catholic School

901 N. Logan Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Grades pre-K through 8.

Evangelical Christian Academy


Pre-K through grade 6 campus

2511 N. Logan Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907


Grades 7 through 12 campus

4052 Nonchalant Circle South

Colorado Springs, CO 80917


Fountain Valley School

6155 Fountain Valley School Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80911



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, #120

Colorado Springs, CO 80906



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



Grades K through 12. Holy Trinity Catholic School

3115 Larkspur Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80907



Grades K through 8.

Immanuel Lutheran School

828 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903



Grades pre-K through 8.

Our Lady of the Rockies School

815 S. 25th St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80904


Grades pre-K through 9.

Pauline Memorial Catholic School

1601 Mesa Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906



Grades pre-K through 8.

Pikes Peak Academy

5590 N. Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918



An alternative Christian high school.

Pikes Peak Christian School

5905 Flintridge Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80918



Grades pre-K through 12.

The Renaissance Academy

2760 Fieldstone Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80919



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



Grades K through 9.

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. St. Mary's High School now is an independent, coeducational Catholic high school with more than 350 students.

St. Stephen's Classical Academy

631 N. Tejon St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903



Grades pre-K through 6.

West Valley Alternative High School

828 Wooten Road

Colorado Springs, CO 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 member district.

Admission: School officials, parents or students interested in learning more can contact their school counseling office or a West Valley staff member.

Montessori schools

Buena Vista Elementary School (part of School District 11)

1620 W. Bijou St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80904



Golden Mountain Montessori School

306 W. Brookside St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Hope Montessori Academy

2041 Chuckwagon Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80919



6353 Stetson Hills Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80922



18075 Minglewood Trail

Monument, CO 80132



Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy

7675 Lexington Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920



Other public school resources

Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services

4825 Lorna Place

Colorado Springs, CO 80915



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


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

Online resources


Provides comprehensive information on Colorado colleges, universities, career colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, technical schools, vocational schools and online degree programs.

Continuing education

City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and 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 Community Education

Mailing address: 1115 N. El Paso St.

Walk-in registration: 1033 N. Franklin 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 at Pueblo, Division of Continuing Education

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001

719/549-2316, 800/388-6154


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

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.

Globelink International Services, Inc./Foreign Language Center

1011 Elkton Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80907



Globelink International offers foreign language and cultural awareness classes for individuals and businesses, as well as translation services. Twenty-seven languages are 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.

Paragon Culinary School

3125 Sinton Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

578-5740; 866/FOOD-101


Run by local five-star Chef Victor Matthews, Paragon Culinary School (PCS) is designed to be an alternative to larger culinary schools. It is a 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art site featuring an open kitchen, comfortable classrooms, banquet hall, art gallery, locker room, offices and dorms. PCS focuses solely on culinary arts and restaurant management, with intensive training by award-winning chefs and world leaders of the field. Beyond a general college or school for regular hospitality managers, PCS is designed to assist in the creation of great future chefs and restaurateurs. PCS also offers three-year certifications and public cooking classes.


30 E. Rio Grande St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903



The Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation (PILLAR) offers classes 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


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. An eBranch can be found online at ebranch.ppld.org

Briargate Branch

9475 Briar Village Point

Colorado Springs, CO 80920


Cheyenne Mountain Branch

1785 S. Eighth St., #100

Colorado Springs, CO 80906


East Library

5550 N. Union Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918


Fountain Branch

230 S. Main St.

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


(under renovation until fall 2007)

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

685 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


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