The Colorado Springs School embraces the concept of learning by doing, both within and beyond the classroom. Our Children’s School students also travel throughout Colorado on curriculum-based trips designed to teach academic principles and life lessons through firsthand experience.
In the fall, students in Kindergarten through Grade Two participate in school activities beyond the normal school day. Kindergartners and First Graders stay at school to participate in community-building activities, and then go home with their parents at 6:00 p.m. Second graders spend the night in the classroom with their teachers. Third graders practice setting up tents and spend the night on campus. Students in Grades Four and Five spend the night away from CSS and tent camp at a regional campground. All students will develop team-building and personal growth skills.
In the Spring, the Children’s School classes study the early cultures of Colorado. Kindergarteners spend the night in the classroom while First Graders spend one night in a lodge and Second Graders spend two nights in a lodge. Parent volunteers help with the preparation, transportation, and food, and spend the night with the kids.
Students in Third Grade tent camp for two nights and participate in day activities to Bent’s Old Fort and museums in the area where they can learn more about life along the Santa Fe Trail during the early days of Colorado. Fourth graders tent camp in Alamosa for three nights where they visit Fort Garland and the town of San Luis as they study Colorado’s early settlers. Fifth graders tent camp for four nights in Mesa Verde to learn about the Ancient Puebloan culture.