Admissions FAQs

When is the Application Deadline?
Is an Interview Required for Admission?
What Does ECS Stand For, and What Is It?
What is the Advisor System?
What is the Average Class Size?
What are the School's Hours of Operation?
Are there Before or After-School Programs?
Does CSS Offer Bus Transportation?
What Accreditation does the School Hold?
What Competitive Sports are Offered?
Are International Students Required to Participate in the Homestay Program?
When is my Family's Indexed Tuition Application Due?
If my Family Chooses to Withdraw After the Withdrawal Deadline, How Do We Initiate this Process?

When is the Application Deadline?

The CSS admission application deadline for priority consideration is February 1. Once an application, including all supporting documents, is complete the Admission Committee reviews the file and invites qualified applicants for a visit and assessment. These visits can begin as early as November so long as a completed application and required supporting documents have been received.

Is an Interview Required for Admission?

Yes, an interview is a required component of the CSS application process. International students who do not visit the CSS campus may arrange for a remote interview.

What Does ECS Stand For, and What Is It?

ECS stands for Experience-Centered Seminar. These Upper School seminars are a central element of the school’s academic year. Each March, Upper School students participate in a three-week program that immerses them in academic subjects through a first-hand, interdisciplinary experience. Academic requirements include oral and written presentations, term papers, group work, projects and final exams.

The developmentally-appropriate comparison to ECSs in the Middle School are Seminars and in the Children’s School are Fall Adventure and Colorado Expedition.

What is the Advisor System?

Regular meetings with advisors help students stay on target academically and socially by setting focused goals. Each advisee group is made up of approximately 12 students. The advisor becomes the advocate and mentor for each student and serves as another point of contact for parents.

Middle School
Each student in the Middle School has a faculty advisor who monitors progress and establishes a supportive relationship. The advisor stays with the same advisee group through a student’s tenure in Middle School. The advisory group is comprised of students in the same grade.

Upper School
In Upper School, the advisory group includes students representing grades 9 through 12. Students have the same advisor through to graduation.

What is the Average Class Size?

Upper and Middle Schools
Average instructional class size is 12 students


Children's School

Grades 1-5
18:1 maximum

Kindergarten
16:1 maximum

PreKindergarten
8:1 maximum

Learn more by visiting our At a Glance page.

What are the School's Hours of Operation?

Classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Faculty and staff are available on campus for extended hours.

Are there Before or After-School Programs?

The Children’s School offers caring, on-campus supervision for an additional charge from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended Care (after-school care) is available in the afternoons for PreK students.

Does CSS Offer Bus Transportation?

Yes, bus stops are located throughout the community and, based on demand, may include stops in Monument, Powers Corridor, and Pueblo. Visit our transportation page for specific locations.

What Accreditation does the School Hold?

The Colorado Springs School is Accredited by The Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) and is a proud member of The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

National Association of Independent Schools
The NAIS is the national voice of independent education representing approximately 1,400 independent schools to ensure these schools uphold high education standards.

The Association of Colorado Independent Schools
The ACIS is dedicated to the improvement of member schools by accrediting, supporting, and promoting each school and by fostering excellence in teaching and learning.

What Competitive Sports are Offered?

Our athletic offerings include soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, tennis, lacrosse, swimming and golf. Visit the Athletics page for more information.

Are International Students Required to Participate in the Homestay Program?

Though not required, it is highly recommended that international students participate in a Homestay experience. Some international students live with family members who reside locally.

When is my Family's Indexed Tuition Application Due?

Beginning November 1, parents may access the online FACTS Grant & Aide application for the following school year. Applications submitted by February 1 receive priority consideration. Applications submitted after February 1 will be accepted and awarded based on the availability of funds at that time. In order to apply for Indexed Tuition, an Admission application must be fully completed.

See the Tuition page for more information on Indexed Tuition.

If my Family Chooses to Withdraw After the Withdrawal Deadline, How Do We Initiate this Process?

Should a family be required to withdraw their child from CSS for any reason:

  • Contact the Admission Office to begin a conversation.

  • Per the annual terms of enrollment, a family is still obligated to pay tuition and fees for the current school year. No refunds or discounts will be offered as the school’s expenses are fixed well in advance of the school year.

  • Should you wish to return at some point during the 2021-2022 school year, please know that we cannot guarantee a spot will still be available.

  • All withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the CSS Business Office.