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 to provide your child with the premium education experience in southern Colorado. 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 more meaningful and relevant ways than traditional educational environments.
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 your student to succeed in college, and our commitment to teach social and emotional skills, leadership, and to foster ingenuity sets our graduates apart, enabling them to lead purposeful lives. At CSS, masterful teachers 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 to create an environment where your child can achieve and thrive. We believe an innovative approach to the academic disciplines that integrates the real world offers the best learning experiences for students. As Yeats wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
At CSS, we 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 dedicated to preparing students for the future, CSS’s curriculum and programs encompass the entire city, region, nation, and world. We also believe that an independent and 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.
When you choose the premier education experience provided by The Colorado Springs School for your child, you can be assured they will be well-prepared by our rigorous and balanced curriculum to achieve the self-confidence that comes through knowledge, accomplishment, and an understanding of how to succeed in our dynamic world.
The Colorado Springs School does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures or practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, or other protected status.