Choosing the right school for your child is an important factor in a successful relocation. Knowing how the schooling system works in Colorado will help you select the right school for your child. There are many options to choose from. Make sure to do your research in advance in order to have a good idea of what you are looking for. It may also ease your HHT process when you are looking for a house.

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Children's Education Management
Education Supports
Second Language Services
Peterson AFB School Liason Office
Buckley AFB School Liason Office
Colorado Department of Education 

Schooling Options

Public Schools

The city’s public schools are divided by Districts. Most of the Canadian Children are in the Districts 20 or 49. They are numerous specialty options at every school. There are limited amounts of schools that offer a French language component in their curriculum. Because of the choice-in programs, some schools reached their capacity quickly. Make sure to start the school registration process as soon as you have a lease.

Colorado Springs District Map 
Academy School District 20
Falcon School District 49

It is highly recommended that you look into the bus/transportation options, procedures regarding IEPs, special needs, EpiPen protocol, language services and any other areas of conern prior to making your school selection as each school - even within a district - is different. You will be able to start the registration process after obtaining proof of your rental agreement.

If you do not reside in a specific District, you may request a transfer to a different school. Please note that schools allow a limited amount of out-of-districts students. 

- Bus/Transportation Options: District 20; District 49
- Special Education: District 20; District 49
- English as a Second Language (ESL): District 20; District 49
- Choice-In Programs: District 20; District 49
- Registration: District 20; District 49

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that operate with freedom from many local and state regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools may include grades K-12 or any combination and can have specialized areas, such as music or technology. They are free as they receive funding through the state but slots for students are limited. 

Charter Schools in Colorado Springs 

Private Schools

There are a few private schools in Colorado Springs, most of which are Catholic. A practicing Roman Catholic may enroll in a Roman Catholic school; however, proof of religious objective is necessary (e.g., baptismal certificate) and proof that the previous school attended was Roman Catholic. 

Private Schools in Colorado Springs
CEM Information and Allowance Forms

Instruct at Home/Homeschool

If you are interested in a homeschool program for your child, you will have the option of choosing between a Colorado-based curriculum or a Canadian curriculum. Please do your research and contact your CEM counselor before registration.

CEM Website Information


Some districts provide preschool options at specific locations. Spots are limited and students are selected based on a lottery system. More information is available on the District webpages - District 20; District 49

Private preschools are also an option in Colorado Springs. There are many options to choose from. Here is a list of preschools recommended by other Canadians. Do not hesitate to ask for feedback within our community Facebook group.

Briargate Primrose
Hope Montessori
Rocky Mountain Montessori
Young Scholars Academy

Have questions concerning reimbursement for junior kindergarten/kindergarten by CEM?
Please see FSD 34.1.1


There are opportunities for higher education. Bachelor and graduate degree programs are offered at various colleges and universities in Colorado Springs. Be sure to check to see if these degrees will be recognized back in Canada before enrolling. 

Applying to Post-Secondary Education FAQ

Denver & Aurora Information

Aurora Public Schools (District Map)
Cherry Creek Schools (District Map)
- Special Education: APS; CCS
- English as a Second Language (ESL): APS; CCS
- Registration: APS; CCS

Colorado Charter Schools 
Colorado Private Schools 
International School of Denver
French American School of Denver