Our Mission, Philosophy & People
Through superior academics and mentoring,The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the challenges of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity.
Philosophy of Education
The Colorado Springs School’s distinctive philosophy of education guides the school as it balances tradition and innovation. Equally influenced by constructivist educational theory and modern brain-based educational research, educators at The Colorado Springs School place students at the center of every educational experience. Our committed teachers, dynamic and applicable curriculum, small classes, authentic assessments and real world seminars reach and teach students in ways traditional educational environments cannot.
At CSS, students learn actively, collaborate with their peers, present their work for review and take time to reflect on their learning. A superior academic curriculum prepares our students to succeed in college, and our commitment to teach social and emotional skills, leadership, and to foster ingenuity sets our graduates apart. At CSS, we utilize the best teaching techniques from all origins— Socratic seminars and cutting-edge educational technology are employed side by side to teach critical thinking skills, quantitative literacy, global perspectives, and writing skills.
CSS is dedicated to challenging some commonly held notions about education. We do not believe that the academic disciplines should be “siloed,” that school should be separated from the real world, that tests can measure everything that can be known about a student’s learning experiences, or that students are uniform, empty “vessels” that need to be filled with rote learning.
Rather, we believe that, as Yeats wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” We also believe that students come to us as unique individuals with distinct interests, talents, and motivations and that they leave us as enriched scholars and leaders. We find that project-based learning increases student motivation by allowing them more autonomy, letting them experience mastery, and connecting their academic work to deep and authentic purposes.
As a school committed to preparing students for the future, our school’s curriculum and programs encompass the entire city, region, nation, and world. Lastly, we believe that a private school can and should serve the public good by creating leaders who are committed to serving others and leaving their mark on the world.