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The Colorado Springs School to Celebrate Its Milestone 60th Year

The Colorado Springs School (CSS), located in the heart of Broadmoor, kicked off its 60th academic year on August 24. This September, the school will host a 60th Anniversary Celebration to commemorate this milestone year.

1965 - 7th grade girls

CSS was established in 1962 by a group of parents, educators, and other individuals who desired to provide a strong, academically innovative, college-preparatory school for girls in Colorado Springs. Today, The Colorado Springs School is the only PreKindergarten through 12th grade private, college-preparatory day and international school in the region.

“We’re honored to be part of a community of leaders who have chosen to invest in our children just as much as our current and former families, administrators, and faculty do,” said Head of School Tambi L. Tyler. “Their support, fiscally and physically, is crucial in preparing our students to become the next generation of leaders and trailblazers in Colorado Springs and around the world.”

Historic Display Case

So far this school year, Tyler – CSS’s 10th head of school, third female head of school, and the first person of color to lead the PreK-12 academic institution – has commissioned the creation of a commemorative 60th-anniversary book for purchase and has displayed historic artifacts for all to see in the Rotunda of the highly-trafficked Trianon.

Despite experiencing much growth since it welcomed its first student body of 23 girls, the now 337-student, co-ed school strives to remain true to its roots and will also be tying its storied past into several performing arts and community-wide events this academic year. On Saturday, September 17, CSS will host Colorado Springs’ greatest champions on its campus from 6 to 8 p.m. for a celebration of the many community connections forged throughout the school’s 60-year history. The event will take place in CSS’s 22,000-square-foot Trianon – added to the National Register of Historic Places in the late ’70s and fashioned in 1907 by prominent local architect Thomas MacLaren to resemble the Grand Trianon at Versailles.

In addition, Colorado Springs families are invited to ​​participate in some of the same hands-on learning and team-building activities that have had a transformational impact on CSS students over the past six decades during an ExEd Expo on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Activities will include gold-panning with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado, a 24-foot climbing wall, and a meet-and-greet with Master Falconer Roger Tuckers’ birds of prey.

1967 - Experiential Education

For 60 years, CSS has utilized superior academics and mentoring to prepare students to think independently and to meet the challenges of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. CSS is best known for its “whole child” approach to teaching, its 28-acre campus complete with eight buildings, including the historic Trianon, and its experiential education (ExEd) programs in the classroom and beyond. The school’s signature ExEd program – available to students beginning as early as PreKindergarten – enables children to grow beyond their comfort zones at an early age via hands-on learning and problem-solving, and culminates with a fully immersive Capstone experience during senior year.

“As we celebrate our 60th year, we will look to build on the past to prepare CSS for an even better tomorrow,” Ms. Tyler said. More on the history, present, and future of The Colorado Springs School can be found here.

This news also featured by Fox21 Colorado Springs.