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Department of the Air Force
135 Dover Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80914-1160
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
None on base. El Paso County includes seven urban Colorado Springs school districts and three more in the outlying areas of Woodland Park, Palmer Lake, and Monument. Some local school districts include:
Contact the School Liaison Officer at the Airman & Family Readiness Center for more detailed information and assistance.
There are many school systems serving Peterson Space Force. Many base housing residents attend Colorado Springs School District 11 (D11), Falcon School District 49 (D49), and Harrison School District Two (D2). District 11 currently provides bus transportation to our feeder schools from Peterson SFB housing: Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy (6th-8th Grade), and Mitchell High School. Mann, Galileo and North Middle Schools are still recommended, but parents will have to provide their own transportation.
Colorado Choice State
The Colorado Board of Education recognizes that students may benefit from having a choice of schools to attend which is not limited by school boundaries. As such, both in-district and out-of-district students may enroll in programs or schools within Colorado Springs School Districts on a space available basis.
To apply for admission to a school other than their neighborhood school, parents complete a Choice Open Enrollment Form and submit the form to the school they wish to have their student attend. Annually, the open enrollment window is typically November 1 through February 15 for the next school year, but varies by school districts. Please call the school of choice for specific registration dates Schools may accept applications after the open enrollment period on a space available basis.
Approved applications for choice open enrollment are valid up to the duration of the academic level (elementary, middle, or high school). Students must re-apply for choice open enrollment to attend a school other than their designated attendance area school at the next academic level.
If accepted, it's the parent's responsibility to provide transportation to that school of choice.
Only a parent or guardian may enroll a student in Colorado Springs School Districts. Along with a completed enrollment form for each student, you will need to bring:
Due to the amount of districts and schools in the Colorado Springs area, we recommend visiting the district's webpage to find information on bus routes, meals, after school activities, transportation fees etc. The chart below has the websites for each school district:
Number of Schools
Elementary – 33Middle – 9High – 4Alternative/Charter – 6
Cheyenne Mountain District 12
Elementary – 6Middle – 1High – 1Alternative/Charter – 1
Academy District 20
Elementary – 21Middle – 8High – 7Alternative/Charter – 4
Manitou Springs District 14
Elementary – 2Middle – 1High – 1Alternative/Charter – 0
Falcon District 49
Elementary – 8Middle – 3High – 3Alternative/Charter – 8
Elementary – 8Middle – 2High – 1Alternative/Charter – 0
Lewis-Palmer District 38
Elementary – 5Middle – 2High – 2Alternative/Charter – 2
Woodland Park RE-2
Elementary – 3Middle – 1High – 1Alternative/Charter – 1
Widefield District 3
Elementary – 8Middle – 3High – 3Alternative/Charter – 3
Harrison District 2
Elementary – 14Middle – 3High – 4Alternative/Charter – 1
Pueblo District 60
Elementary – 19Middle – 5High – 4Alternative/Charter – 0
There are over 220 private schools in Colorado Springs.
There are many opportunities through the Peterson Education Office to advance your education for both military and dependents. These opportunities include local community colleges, on-line colleges, or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). To find out which one best fits your needs/goals, please contact the Education Center at 719-556-7738. See also Education - (College/Technical Training).
The school district that services Peterson is school district 11. For lunch menus, parents are encouraged to visit the prospective school web-site. The schools in the area offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Review more detailed information on what programs are offered in D11 and Special Education program information at https://www.d11.org/.
For more information on how a specific school is performing view the following website. Click on the first letter of the school district and it will give information on each school within that school district.
If residing on Peterson transportation is provided to the 3 feeder schools: McAuliffe Elementary, Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy (6th-8th Grade), and Mitchell HS. Galileo, Mann and North Middle Schools can be another option but parents will have to provide their own transportation.
The Colorado Department of education has excellent information on school performance, standardized test scores/school growth, and charter schools, click here.
The school liaison can be contacted by visiting their website.