Education is a high priority here in the 12th Most Educated City in the nation, as ranked by WalletHub in 2019. And if there’s one word to know about education in Colorado Springs, it’s choice.
Statewide, parents and K-12 students have the ability to apply for admission into any public school in any district based on capacity, regardless of the ZIP code they live in. Several of the area’s 17 public school districts rank among the highest on state performance and accountability measures. But families looking for a better fit for their student have wide-ranging options across public, private and charter schools, plus home-school collectives. Options include International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and curricula based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), classical models, the arts, foreign-language immersion, experiential learning and more.
Options continue into higher education with a full spectrum of colleges and universities. Their innovative approaches and integration with the community at multiple levels, from business to healthcare to research, technology, athletics, the arts, continuing education and more, provide high-quality options for students and enhance local life and a rising workforce for all.
Here’s an overview of the local educational landscape.
Updated March 2020