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Department of the Air Force
5136 Community Center Drive
USAF Academy, CO 80840
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.
If residing on the Academy, students will attend District 20 schools: Douglass Valley Elementary, Eagle View Middle School, and Academy High School. Call the School Liaison Office at 719-337-6790, with questions.
There are 11 school districts in the Colorado Springs area. The community is a "School Choice" area, so you do not have to attend a school in the district you're residing in, but may not get the school of your choice due to high enrollment, etc. You are highly encouraged to carefully review the district and school web sites before purchasing or renting a home.
There are 11 school districts in the Colorado Springs area. You are highly encouraged to carefully review the district and school websites before purchasing or renting a home. Some school districts are quite large and schools within that district can vary greatly on test scores, graduation rates, etc. The School Liaison can be reached at 719-337-6790.
Public schools normally begin instruction in the third week of August and conclude in the last week of May. Breaks are given for standard holidays and spring break. Check with your school district for a current calendar.
Some schools have overflow systems when there are more children than available positions. In these situations, other nearby schools which are not filled to capacity are designated overflow schools and children are then registered there. Whether a child may attend the neighborhood school is often determined by the date on your rental contract or purchase date of your house. Again, check with the individual school to determine if there is an overflow issue and what documents will be required. If students need to go to a school other than their neighborhood school due to overflow, bus transportation is provided ONLY to the officially designated overflow school.
Each January and February, Academy District 20 hosts a Choice Enrollment period. During this period, students may apply to attend any district school beginning the following fall semester. If the student is accepted in his/her selected school of choice he/she must attend that school the following school year beginning in August. Once the student is accepted in the choice school, the choice school becomes his/her assigned school, and the student will follow the feeder system for that school. Space availability dictates the number of applicants accepted in the choice school. If a student wants to move out of the choice school, a new application will have to be completed during the next available choice enrollment period. Please visit other school districts websites below for their choice enrollment information.
Registration Requirements for Public Schools
Because the state sets the acceptance age for children entering kindergarten, check with your school district for its kindergarten entry age requirement. Public school districts require children to be five by 1 October and others by 15 September. All school districts provide half-day kindergarten at no cost to parents; however, they may charge a fee for full-day kindergarten. Some districts may offer full-day kindergarten for free. Contact your perspective school district regarding its policy for kindergarten.
All new students must provide a state registered birth certificate, immunization record and verification of address, i.e. warranty deed, settlement statement from closing, current signed lease agreement, signed contract with name, property address and closing date, or current El Paso County tax notice. Other documents required if applicable custody documents and IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
School Bus Transportation Fees
The Academy District 20 Board of Education voted during its regular meeting on Nov 10, 2011, to implement a fee for transportation services beginning in fall 2012. Special education students with individual education plans (IEPs) that require transportation and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will receive free transportation services. The rate for most students will be 50 cents per ride.
Academy District 20 Schools
If residing on the U. S. Air Force Academy, students will attend Academy District 20 schools: Douglass Valley Elementary, Eagleview Middle School, and Air Academy High School. Links to Academy District 20 and these schools as well as others can be found below. View the Academy District 20 Parent Information Guide.
Colorado Springs School District 11
To view the Colorado Springs School District 11 Public School Information brochure, please click here.
For a complete listing of Colorado Springs school districts, as well as listing of private and parochial schools, please click here.
Due to the number 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, etc. The chart below has the websites for each school district:
Number of Schools
Academy District 20
Elementary – 19Middle – 6High – 6Alternative/Charter – 5
Cheyenne Mountain District 12
Elementary – 4Middle – 1High – 1Alternative/Charter – 1
Elementary – 31Middle – 10High – 4Alternative/Charter – 9
Manitou Springs District 14
Elementary – 2Middle – 1High – 1Alternative/Charter – 0
Falcon District 49
Elementary – 9Middle – 3High – 3Alternative/Charter – 9
Elementary – 8Middle – 2High – 2Alternative/Charter – 0
Lewis-Palmer District 38
Elementary – 5Middle – 2High – 1Alternative/Charter – 3
Woodland Park RE-2
Elementary – 3Middle – 1High – 1Alternative/Charter – 1
Widefield District 3
Elementary – 8Middle – 3High – 3Alternative/Charter – 1
Harrison District 2
Elementary – 13Middle – 3High – 2Alternative/Charter – 1
Pueblo District 60
Elementary – 19Middle – 4K-8 – 3High – 4Alternative/Charter – 5
There are over 160 private schools in Colorado Springs. Please call the School Liaison Office, 719-337-6790 for information on a specific school.
If you are interested in home schooling your children, there is a home school support group and other resources that can assist you. Please call the School Liaison, 719-333-6790, for specific information.
There are many opportunities through the Academy Education Office, Community Center Bldg. 5136, 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) 333-3298 or DSN: (312) 333-3298.
The School Liaison can be contacted by calling 719-337-6790.