The Colorado Springs School

  • Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the needs of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity.
  • Learning is grounded in experience.  By delivering challenging academic material through traditional and experiential settings, The Colorado Springs School offers our students hands on and practical opportunities to learn more thoroughly, to retain information longer, and to apply it to new settings.
  • This deliberate approach to teaching also offers students opportunities to learn more about themselves, others, and the world.
  • Building on strong, supportive relationships afforded by small classes and a safe environment, we advance each student's personal and academic growth.
  • We teach to a higher standard than the common core.

Top Placements

The Colorado Springs School places among the top 20% of private schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1962

Student Body

Total Students362 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Colorado Springs School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers49 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Art, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States History
Average SAT score1326
Average ACT score28
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $13,400 (Preschool), $18,100 (Elementary), $22,200 (Middle School) to $24,300 (High School)
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJoy Maguire-Parsons
Admissions AssociateHendrika Layton


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
LacrosseMountain Biking,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Book Club, Disc Golf, Forum (Student Body Association), Garage Band, Judicial Council, Kodiaks Investing, MatchWits, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Outdoor Adventure Club, Poetry Club, Robotics Team, Ultimate Frisbee, Upstagers, World Cultures

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Band, Ceramics, Glass, Pep Band, Theater, Vocal Ensemble

School Notes

The Colorado Spring School is a college preparatory day, and international school serving students from preschool through high school.
  • Ranked Best 2019 College Prep Private High School in Southern Colorado and #2 in all of Colorado by Niche
  • Ranked Best 2019 Private High School in the Colorado Springs Area.
  • Ranked Best 2019 Private Private K-12 School in the Colorado Springs Area and #2 in all of Colorado.
Points of Pride 2018

2.8 Million dollars in college merit scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2018. 

Children`s School assemblies were conducted. Themes ranged from friendship, courage, cooperation, independence, sincerity, and patriotism to Veteran`s Day, Black History, Poetry, and Music.

12 Core members of the Robotics Club put in a total of 430 hours working on projects in the new Innovation Lab.

15 International students are sharing global perspectives from China, Spain, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Guatemala.

23 The average number of days CSS students are off campus gaining real world experiences.

28.2 The average ACT Score for the Class of 2018. The National Average is 21 and the Colorado Average is 20.

31 Zip codes are represented by CSS families across the region. More than 53% of students live outside of the school`s 80906 zip code.

32 Robustly designed experiential learning opportunities, including 6 Fall Adventures, 6 Colorado Expeditions, 10 Middle School Seminars, 4 Upper School Mission Centered Seminars, and 6 Experience Centered Seminars.

58 Percent of faculty and staff hold advanced degrees, in addition to their tremendous professional and life experiences.  

All 4th & 5th graders are in the Band class.

81 Percent of Upper School students reported "Very Much" in response to our school`s emphasis for understanding of information and ideas in class on the High School Student Survey of Engagement. NAIS schools average 67%  and public schools average 36%.

100 Percent of Children`s School is on stage in Holiday Tea and Dessert Theatre.

100 Percent Faculty/Staff and Board of Trustee participation in the Annual Fund.

115 Healthy lunches were served daily in the CSS Dining Hall, from sandwiches and hot meals to soups and a salad bar, promoting nutrition and wellness.

198 Hours of imaginative play with the newly purchased Big Blue Blocks during recess and extended care.

1200 Pounds of clay have been fired in the new kiln purchased by the Parents Association. Art electives included: Advanced Art & Portfolio Studio, Studio Drawing, Printmaking, Metal Sculpture, Darkroom Photography, Ceramics & Video.

1400 Solar panels are owned by CSS. The panels are located in local solar gardens and on the roof of the Children`s School. We cover 75% of the electrical usage on campus with these panels.

1962 is the year The Colorado Springs School was established. Cheers to 57 years of pioneering excellence in education!  

2053 Library books were checked out by Children`s School students on-campus this year for an average of 20 books per student.

110,415 Miles driven in CSS vans, buses, and rentals: 27,500 miles for experiential trips and competitions and 84,664 miles on our four daily bus routes and the late route.

Inspired Learning. Masterful Teaching. Prek-12

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    9.7 miles
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We moved to Colorados Springs so that our two high school aged daughters could attend the Upper School. We chose this school for its academic rigor and amazing experiential learning program. We wanted our girls to be well rounded, develop their soft skills and meet life with kindness and integrity. The school community embraced us immediately. Both of my daughters ran cross country for the first time in their lives and their team went to state. One of my daughters is going to try basketball. The kids are encouraged to participate no matter their prior experience. Our daughters are thriving academically and socially and we could not be happier parents.
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