A Brief History

A Brief History

CIVA Charter High School is a top charter school in Colorado offering many benefits to the Colorado Springs school system and community. CIVA opened its doors in September of 1997 after nearly three years of planning by a group of Colorado Springs teachers, representatives from the Hyde school, parents and other community members.  CIVA, whose name stands for Character, Integrity, Vision, and the Arts, offers the families of Colorado Springs a profound educative experience.  CIVA specializes in being an intentionally small college prep school with an emphasis on the arts and character development.

The vision of CIVA is to "Inspire each student to understand and pursue his/her unique potential."  Our mission is to develop engaged scholars, citizens, and artisans, which makes us unique compared to other charter schools in Colorado.

The history of our charter school is based on a guiding philosophy from the extraordinarily successful model of the Hyde School in Bath, Maine.  Joe Gauld the founder of the Hyde school defines unique potential as:  "a person's unique potential is akin to an inner calling, and reflects one's temperament, gifts, natural talents, dreams, aspirations, background, family, and upbringing."

CIVA was a part of District 11's bond issue in 2004.  With the monies approved by the citizens of Colorado Springs, we were able to purchase a building and renovate it into a new and permanent school.  We are now located at 4635 Northpark Drive (near Garden of the Gods and I-25).

In recent history of our charter school, CIVA has developed a new alliance with the Quantum Learning Network.  Quantum Learning is a brain-based research model that maximizes student learning.  It is a model that increases student achievement through more effective teaching.  CIVA is the only high school in the state of Colorado that specializes in this pedagogy.  Our students have benefited greatly, as demonstrated by their academic performance since we adopted the Quantum Learning model.  Click here to see the 9 Keys.

Over the years, CIVA has developed into an excellent school attracting students from a very wide area.  While most of our students come from District 11, 40% come from neighboring districts. Having students from neighboring districts gives us a unique edge and it is a benefit of charter schools in Colorado.

With the help of our senior seminar course, in the spring of 2015, 100% of our graduates earned acceptance into college, with 88% earning acceptance into 4-year universities.  The graduates were offered over 1.5 million in scholarships.

Also, recent in our history, CIVA has expanded its program to compete in athletics.  We offer girls volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, yoga, fencing and cross country.  

CIVA Charter High School has established itself as a quality school.  For 20 years we have helped young men and women accomplish their educational goals.  We are proud of our current students and our alumni and look forward to enriching and making a continued impact on the history of all charter schools.