Where are the best schools in Colorado Springs?

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Where are the best schools in Colorado Springs?

We are fortunate in Colorado Springs to have excellent schools. Nearly all of our public school districts claim high-ranking and often award-winning schools on GreatSchools.org.

Beyond relying on sites like GrestSchools.org, which use several objective criteria to grade education institutions, identifying the best schools in Colorado Springs is a tricky business.

The real reason it’s hard is that the best school is always going to be the one that’s best for your child, which might not have anything to do with test scores, student-to-teacher-ratios or funding. It could just be the school with the right culture for your child.

The good news is that Colorado Springs is a choice community. If your neighborhood school isn’t serving your child, you can hunt for one that’s a better fit and choice into it.

Buying a house for the best schools in Colorado Springs

Even though we’re a choice community, the ideal for many parents is still to send the kiddos off on foot or to help them onto the bus in the morning – to have them attend a quality neighborhood school where they will get good educations and meet friends who live nearby. That makes finding the best schools in Colorado Springs a big part of the house hunt for many.

Researching the best schools starts online. But even if you’re moving from out of town, it’s a good idea to contact schools directly and get a little more information about them. If you have the time on the ground, go in and visit so you can get a sense of the school culture.

Don’t rely solely on rumor and reputation

We have certain school districts in Colorado Springs with very good reputations. Many homebuyers assume then that the other school districts are bad. But each individual school has its own strengths and weaknesses and there are many instances where schools in less popular districts outrank schools in the more popular ones on GreatSchools.

Likewise, average home price (see below) isn’t always an indicator of the best schools either. There are some very highly rated schools in some of the lowest-cost areas of the city.

Colorado Springs School Districts

I have collected some information and resources here to make is easier for you to find the best schools in Colorado Springs when you’re ready to start your house hunt.

I’m also happy to help you look for homes within the service areas of specific schools you like. Please feel free to reach out to me for help or with any questions as you do your research. As a Realtor, I won’t make value judgments on schools or school districts, but I will help you find the answers and resources you need to make your own choices.

See the number of homes sold and average home prices in Colorado Springs school districts below. I also included links to the district websites and GreatSchools.org rankings.


• Harrison School District 2

Southeast Colorado Springs

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 785

Average single family homes sales price: $174,409

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Widefield School District 3

Unincorporated area southeast of Colorado Springs

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 1,274

Average single-family homes sales price: $209,951

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Fountain School District 8

Near Fort Carson Army Base, Southeast

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 484

Average single-family homes sales price: $208,430

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Colorado Springs School District 11

Central, largest district in the city

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 3,140

Average single-family homes sales price: $230,805

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Cheyenne Mountain School District 12

Southwest, Broadmoor area

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 304

Average single-family homes sales price: $506,323

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Manitou Springs District 14

Southwest, Manitou and mountain towns

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 124

Average single-family homes sales price: $304,633

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Air Academy District 20

North central, Briargate

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 1,739

Average single-family homes sales price: $358,235

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• Lewis-Palmer District 38

Monument and north

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 676

Average single-family homes sales price: $436,710

District websiteGreatSchools.org ratings


• Falcon District 49

Powers Blvd and east

No. of homes sold Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015: 2,358

Average single-family homes sales price: $260,672

District website

GreatSchools.org ratings


• City-wide average home sales price

$267,134 in November, 2015

Comments (1)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Amanda Miller Luciano,  You have great schools in the Springs for sure.  I just had a buyer mover there 3 months ago, which I would of known you then.

Sep 14, 2016 12:04 AM