A Brief History of our Colorado Springs Charter High School

CIVA Charter High School Campus

CIVA, whose name stands for Character, Integrity, Vision, and the Arts, offers the families of Colorado Springs a profound educative experience. CIVA is an intentionally small college prep school with a specialized focus highlighting the arts.


CIVA - Colorado Springs Charter High School: History

  • In September of 1997, after years of planning by a group of Colorado Springs teachers, representatives from the Hyde school, parents and other community members, CIVA opened its doors. 
  • In 2004, CIVA was granted part of District 11's bond.  With the monies approved by the citizens of Colorado Springs, CIVA was able to purchase and renovate a building into a permanent school.
  • Recently, CIVA has developed an alliance with the Quantum Learning Network; a brain-based research model that maximizes student learning by teaching 9 keys of excellence. It is a model that increases student achievement through more effective teaching.

Over the years, CIVA has developed into a profoundly successful Colorado charter school, attracting students from a very wide area.  Most of our students come from District 11, 40% come from neighboring districts, and approximately 15% are exchange students from other countries.  Together CIVA offers a diverse and accepting peer culture, which empowers our students to excel artistically and academically.

CIVA Charter High School has established itself as a quality Colorado Springs charter high school.  For 21 years we have helped young men and women accomplish their educational goals.  We are proud of our current students and alumni; and we look forward to enriching and making a continued impact on the community we serve.