There are 36 private schools in El Paso County, 13 high schools and 23 elementary. Options include college prep, Montessori and religiously affiliated, predominately Catholic and Christian. Here’s a sample of some leading private schools.
The Colorado Springs School (Pre-K-12)
An independent day institution in the Broadmoor neighborhood, CSS serves 330 students with a maximum class size of 18.
“The Colorado Springs School is a college preparatory school based on the belief that the closer the link between learning and experience, the more meaningful the resulting knowledge will be. Our goal is to prepare students for college and for life by equipping them with thinking and problem-solving skills, self-confidence, compassion and a love of learning.”
» Average test scores (2018 graduating class): 1273 SAT, 28 ACT
» Yearly Tuition (2018-2019): $8,500 – $22,300, scaled by grade level
» 40 percent of students receive financial aid.
» No. 1 Best Private High Schools in El Paso County and No. 3 Best Private High Schools in Colorado by Niche.com
Fountain Valley School of Colorado (9-12)
An independent day and boarding school in Security-Widefield, Fountain Valley has 239 high school students, with 167 of them boarding. Average core class size is 11. FVS also owns a 40-acre Mountain Campus near Buena Vista.
“Fountain Valley School of Colorado is dedicated to providing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in academics, athletics and the arts. Our community endeavors to foster a lifelong love of challenge and learning in an environment of diversity and mutual respect, and to prepare adolescents to become individuals who are open-minded, curious, courageous, self-reliant and compassionate.”
» Yearly Tuition (2018-2019): Day $29,900, Boarding $56,000
» 41 percent of students receive financial aid.
» No. 2 Best Private High Schools in El Paso County and No. 5 Best Private High Schools in Colorado by Niche.com
Colorado Springs Christian Schools (K-12)
The large Christian school in the Austin Bluffs area, plus a Woodland Park campus, has 744 students, and a student-teacher ratio of 14:1.
“CSCS exists to provide an excellent education from a Christ-centered, biblical perspective for lifelong service.”
» Yearly Tuition (2018-2019): $4,710 – $8,610, scaled by grade level
» No. 4 Best Private High Schools in El Paso County and No. 6 Best Christian High Schools in Colorado by niche.com