About Our Charter High School in Colorado Springs

Welcome to CIVA Charter High School, a college preparatory public charter school with a unique emphasis on the visual and performing arts. Our mission is to develop the essential qualities of scholarship, citizenship, and artisanship. Offering a large variety of college prep courses, advanced placement, and arts courses, our students grow into inquisitive and expressive thinkers. A quality unique from other high schools in Colorado Springs, which makes us a great choice when looking for an exceptional school.

CIVA's small class sizes and safe atmosphere provide a one-of-a-kind experience where students respect and care for one another. We limit the school’s yearly enrollment capacity to ensure we provide each student with a personalized and safe environment that fosters tremendous academic and character growth. With an average class size of 16 students, teachers are able to create an atmosphere that profoundly supports students to perform at their highest level. Students are able to thrive in this environment; the academic and character growth is unparalleled by conventional, larger high schools in Colorado Springs.

Founded in 1997 CIVA Charter High School is authorized by Colorado Springs District 11. Over the years, CIVA has become the highest performing high school in Colorado Springs District 11.

CIVA Offers:

  • Advanced Placement courses
  • A wide variety of Arts electives
  • Online college courses
  • Character Development
  • Athletics and Activities
  • Average class size of 16

 CIVA's pedagogical approach is gleaned from Quantum Learning. Quantum Learning is a brain-based research model, which has resulted in amazing academic and artistic accomplishments of our students. CIVA faculty members are exceptional at creating engaging lessons designed to bring out the best in students ensuring lifelong habits of learning. Over 90% of our graduates earn admission into four-year colleges and universities.

Perhaps the best aspect of CIVA Charter High School is the dynamic peer culture. It is the students that make our school such a safe and comfortable place to learn and develop. When students enjoy a healthy community, they encourage one another to live up to their best regarding academics, the arts, service, and athletics. Our welcoming culture is enriched by our focus on international students. Yearly, CIVA hosts over 10-20% of our students from other countries.

Conveniently located just off of I-25 and Garden of the Gods, our charter school facility expresses the character of a learning community. Though a bit of an unconventional facility in comparison to other high schools in Colorado Springs, it works well to foster an environment conducive to safety, learning and artistic expression. 

The liberal arts curriculum emphasizes small group and individual learning. Going beyond the classroom, students are highly engaged in community endeavors, especially regarding the arts community of Colorado Springs.

We know we've succeeded when CIVA students develop an emotional maturity and a confidence that comes from competence. We are proud and overjoyed to know our students are ready to thrive in the collegiate setting with a strong sense of who they are and what they want to pursue in life.