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Installation Overview --Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

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Installation Overview --Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

The Peterson Air Force Base Education Center

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

There are over 10 school districts in the Colorado Springs area. You are highly encouraged to carefully review the district and school web sites before purchasing or renting a home. Some school districts are quite large and schools within that district can vary greatly on test scores, graduation rates, etc.

A recent initiative for school-age children is the development of the School and Military Parent Alliance in Colorado Springs. The goal of the Alliance is to help develop a local area plan designed to help counselors, teachers, school administrators and parents ease the transition of children into and out of the local school system.

Also, many schools especially in Districts 11 and 20--have overflow issues, more children than available positions. In these situations, other schools nearby which are not filled to capacity are designated overflow schools and children are then registered there. Whether a child may attend the neighborhood school is often determined by the date on your rental contract or purchase date of your house. Again, check with the individual school to determine if there is an overflow issue and what documents will be required. If students need to go to a school other than their neighborhood school due to overflow, bus transportation is provided ONLY to the officially designated overflow school.

If residing on Peterson AFB, children will attend District 11 schools. Elementary age children attend Monroe Elementary while middle school students attend Emerson-Edison Junior Charter Academy, and high school students attend Mitchell High School.

Children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before 15 September of the year they are to enter kindergarten. Some schools offer full day kindergarten for free others provide half-day kindergarten at no charge but require payment for full day. All new students must provide a birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of immunization against DPT, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, and Hepatitis B. Please check with the school you wish your child to attend to see if original documents are required.

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