Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are glad you are here. I have three points of pride I want to share with you to kick off the school year.
Responsible Growth: We’re proud to announce that, following our strategic plan, enrollment has grown by 11% from last year. We’re now serving 330 students (and counting) in 15 grade levels, drawing from more than a 450 square mile area of the Pikes Peak region and 7 countries.
Families choose us initially and choose to return each year because of the inspired learning and masterful teaching that occurs at CSS. Our college preparatory program includes things you don’t find at other schools. Seminar-based learning, tech education in coding and Virtual Reality, experience in the Fine and Performing Arts, and participation in our distinctive and competitive athletics set us apart from other options in the area. Our current families are our best ambassadors of the school with their neighbors and friends. It’s not too late for you to refer a family for the 2018-2019 school year.
In keeping with our strategic plan, we have maintained our exemplary student-teacher ratios. In many cases, actual student-teacher ratios are lower. Increased numbers of students in each grade level provides a deeper pool of peers for kids to learn alongside and befriend. It also helps the school’s leadership and Board of Trustees steward our best resources – our stellar faculty and staff and our inspirational campus.
Excellence: We’re also proud that Niche, an external school ranking service has continued to rank CSS as the second-ranked college preparatory private high school and the second-ranked private K-12 school, not just locally but in the entire state of Colorado. CSS is second to Kent Denver for private college prep high schools and second to Colorado Academy for private K-12 schools, both of which are Denver schools with national reputations. This is not a marketing gimmick, nor is it a one year blip. This is the fourth year that CSS has been selected as the premier college preparatory private high school in the Pikes Peak region. If you’re interested, click here to learn more about how Niche calculates rankings.
National Recognition: Lastly, we are proud of our re-accreditation by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. The Colorado Springs School is now accredited through 2028. As part of the rigorous accreditation process, CSS demonstrated compliance with 112 standards and principles of best practice in education, health and safety for students, educational management, and governance, just to name a few. Below is a brief excerpt from their report on significant areas of excellence for CSS.
We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. We are proud to have met and exceeded the high standards of local families, Niche and ACIS/NAIS. We look forward to meeting your high standards during the 2018-2019 school year.
All the best,
Head of School
P.S. Campus was impacted by the significant hailstorm on August 6, 2018, but in conjunction with our facilities management group, Advanced Facilities Services, we will stand tall for the opening of the new school new year. We’ve completed an extensive assessment with engineers and our insurance adjusters. In the coming days and months, we will move forward on repairs to campus.