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In these recordings, CMA Board Chairman Reggie Ash is joined by the Director of Finance and Operations, the Director of Academics and Student Services, the Registrar, and our Commandant, Dr. Lee Ann Wade, Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Colonel to answer parent questions.


Don't hesitate to contact CMA if you have other questions





​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Is there tuition?

CMA is a publicly funded charter school and tuition-free except for full-day kindergarten.   Tuition for full-day kindergarten is $300 per month for 10 months, or $2,500 if paid up front.  Parents of free and reduced lunch students may apply for a scholarship to cover part or all of the cost. The discount for tuition for families qualifying for free or reduced priced lunches is 50%. 


Although there are no tuition costs required to attend Colorado Military Academy,  except for full-day kindergarten, there are cadet consumable fees. Please refer to the cadet fee schedule on page 18 of the Handbook (select dark blue button above for Handbook).  For more information on the CMA Fees policy, please see the policy section of the CMA website. 


Please note that CMA will NOT collect this cadet consumable fee for the 2017-18 academic year and strongly encourages every student/family to submit the following two forms.  Even if families know they don't qualify for these programs, CMA may receive resources from your application.  These programs will bring tremendous resources to the school (i.e. funding and staff), which will directly benefit your students:


  • ​Free and Reduced Meal Form submitted: https://www.myschoolapps.com/  
  • Federal Impact Aid Form or statement of non-applicability submitted to CMA this Fall based on federal timelines.  (CMA will distribute these forms and advertise state deadlines as soon as we receive them.)


Is it possible to enroll if fees have already been paid to another school?

If non-refundable fees have been paid to another school, CMA will discount CMA fees by the amount not refunded by another school after reviewing receipts. For more information, please call 719-576-9838, or email info@coloradomilitaryacademy.org.


What are weather alert procedures?

​CMA follows Colorado Springs School District 11 for decisions regarding school delays and closures.  CMA will send out emails, post on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/coloradomilitaryacademy/ and on our website www.coloradomilitaryacademy.org when we have delays or closures. 

Families can also receive this information by watching the local news, listening to local radio stations or downloading the District 11 app on your phone to receive their alerts. 

If CMA has a school closure, school will resume the following day after the closure (the schedule will follow the regular Blue/Gold schedule.  If the school closure results in missing a Blue day, then cadets will come back to a Gold day schedule). 

If CMA has a 2 hour delay, school will begin at 10:15 for Middle School cadets and 10:30 for Elementary cadets.  No breakfast will be served on a 2 hour delay schedule but lunch will be served on those days.  


Is kindergarten half-day or full-day?
Both options are offered.  There is no tuition for half-day kindergarten.  No shuttle service will be provided at mid-day.


What are the kindergarten hours?
Full-day Kindergarten from 0830 to 1530 (8:30 AM to 3:30 PM) 
Half-day Kindergarten from 0830 to 1130 (8:30 AM to 11:30 AM) and 1230 to 1530(12:30 PM to 3:30 PM)


Do full-day and half-day kindergarten have the same curriculum?

​Full-day kindergarten cover the same curriculum and skills as the half-day kindergarten, but has more time to explore and practice.  Full-day kindergartners also receive our specials classes taught by teaches other than their kindergarten teacher: Art, Music, PE and maybe Spanish.


Is there a wait list or lottery to enter for the academic year 2017-18?
No. Enrollments are accepted as they are received.  If a grade level fills a wait list will be established.  


Is there an entrance test or other requirement?
No.  As a public charter school there are no entry requirements.  Entering students are given placement tests to be used to assign them to the appropriate course level.  Grade level promotions of prior schools will be recognized. 


What is the target class size?
Our target class size is 25 students.  

In addition to enrolling grades K-8 for the 2017-18 academic year, will you consider enrolling 9 - 12?
CMA will not be enrolling grades 9 - 12 for the 2017 - 18 academic year.  They will be added one grade at a time starting the 2018 - 19 academic year.

What is the birthday cutoff for entering kindergarten and first grade?
Kindergartners need to be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2017 (an October 1 cutoff is possible; please inquire)
First graders need to be 6 years old on or before September 15, 2017 (an October 1 cutoff is possible; please inquire)​

Has the school calendar been published?



What are the school hours?
Middle School from 0815 to 1545 (8:15 AM to 3:45 PM)
Elementary School from 0830 to 1530 (8:30 AM to 3:30 PM)
Full-day Kindergarten from 0830 to 1530 (8:30 AM to 3:30 PM) 
Half-day Kindergarten from 0830 to 1130 (8:30 AM to 11:30 AM) and 1230 to 1530 (12:30 PM to 3:30 PM)

Are shuttles provided?

Unfortunately, CMA is not currently able to meet the requirements of providing transportation to students from Schriever AFB and Peterson AFB to the school. 


For families living or working on Peterson AFB, there is a walking/biking path through the North Gate to CMA.  Additionally, the Youth Center offers (for a small fee) a supervised walk, or transportation in inclement weather to students between the Youth Center and CMA as part of their Before and After School Care.  Please call 719-556-7220 if you are interested in the Youth Center's assistance.

Schriever AFB families are encouraged to explore carpool options for students attending CMA. ​

Is the school for military families only?
No, with its STEM curriculum, project-based-learning, 1:1 ratio of students to computers, and high quality teachers, the CMA program benefits all students. 


The military focus is designed to build an esprit de corps using military customs and courtesies and does not exclude any family that desires to instill these values.  The CMA cadet leadership training program develops well educated leaders who embody the values of HONOR, COURAGE, INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE and SERVICE.  Graduates of CMA will be academically successful, highly sought after, and prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century.

What if my child is below grade level in one or more subjects?
With your participation, a plan will be developed to provide support and help your child improve their skills.

Are there services for students with special needs, IEPs, 504 plans, ELL, or speech-language needs?
Yes. As a public school, CMA offers the same services as other neighborhood schools.  If there is a question of whether CMA is the best suited placement, a seat will be saved until the staffing team can meet with the family and facilitate a determination.  


Parents may submit IEPs, 504 plans and ELL and speech-language needs at any time during registration.  Our Coordinator for Exceptional Students reviews IEPs.

Will there be any special services provided for children of military families?
Yes, an MFLC will be assigned to our school.  An MFLC can be compared most closely to a guidance counselor for children of military families.  The MFLC is trained to deal with the challenges of military life such as frequent moves and deployments.

What sports are offered?
A selection of middle school sports will be offered based on the responses to the interest survey. The athletic director will help place your student into a sport at another school if it is not offered at CMA.  

Are uniforms required?
Yes.  The uniform is a light blue polo shirt with embroidered CMA logo and navy pants/skirt (girls are welcome to wear either pants or skirt).  Shoes must be black, including soles and laces (if the shoes have laces). Secondary (grades 6 - 8) will have a PT uniform that is a gold t-shirt with blue CMA logo and blue shorts with gold CMA logo. ​




Uniform pants can be purchased from ANY vendor and can be any brand, as long as they meet these standards:

* Has "School uniform" on the label, navy blue, straight leg, with belt loops
* For cadets enrolled in the Civil Air Patrol program, they may wear the AF blues pant with the CMA polo shirt uniform.
* The following are strictly prohibited: pants with logos, cargo pockets, denim, capris, skinny pants.
* Girls have the option of wearing either boys or girls pants meeting the above standards.


​We also have boys and girls pants available to try-on for size and purchase in our uniform supply store.


Uniform skirts are optional.  Girls may wear shorts under their skirts, as long as the shorts are not visible while the girl is standing. Also, smooth textured, non-pattern, solid color, navy blue or black tights and knee-socks are permitted. Leggings are not permitted. For Civil Air Patrol cadets, the AF blue skirt may be worn with the CMA polo.


Uniform shorts (rather than uniform pants or uniform skirts) are not allowed.  CMA is mirroring military dress code standards, of which shorts are not a part.


CMA polos and PT shorts and T-shirts must be purchased from the CMA supply store as they carry the CMA logo. PT shorts and T-shirts are required for grades 6 - 8 only.  


Elementary school cadets do not need to change for PT but do need safe athletic shoes.  Athletic shoes can be any style and color, with the emphasis on being able to perform all PT activities safely.  Cadets may also wear the same shoes during the day as they do for PT  - in this case, shoes must be all black, black soles, black laces (if the shoe has laces) and safe for physical activity. 


What are the guidelines on backpacks?

Backpacks should be age/school appropriate. While there are no color and style guidelines, backpacks should be selected for their purpose and suited to the environment.

Additionally, for middle school cadets who are enrolled in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and when wearing the CAP uniform, their backpacks must follow Air Force Instruction 36-2903.

"6.3.4.3. Back Packs. Back packs will be solid black, olive drab, Air Force sage green or ABU pattern in color, and may be worn with any uniform combination. Small logos are authorized."
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Is there a school lunch program?
Yes.  A breakfast and lunch program is offered through D11. Families can fill out the free and reduced form through D11 and pay for the meals through the D11 website.  CMA encourages all families to submit an application even if they don't think they will use it.


To apply online for free or reduced meals, go to https://www.myschoolapps.com/.  Select District 11 as the school district to which you are applying. Eligibility Guidelines are also available on the same website.


To pay for your student's meals online or view their meal history, enroll at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/.


Is there a before-school and after-school program?
Yes. Before care begins at 6am and after care ends at 6pm. The fees are listed on page 18 of the Handbook and the enrollment form is below:




Is there a cafeteria with meal service?
CMA has a cafeteria that is estimated to be ready to serve hot meals around the beginning of October. CMA is currently using D11 Food & Nutrition Services to provide breakfast and lunch.


​To pay for your student's meals online or view their meal history, enroll at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/.


Where are the school supply lists?
Supply lists are below.




What is the bell schedule?





Does CMA follow state requirements for immunizations, physicals, etc.?
Yes, the State of Colorado requires immunizations and physicals.  Please provide a hard copy of your student's immunization record or exemption form to the Front Office of Colorado Military Academy by October 24, 2017.  Here's more information about the request for immunization records:


 

Are there employment opportunities at CMA?
Yes, information about employment, including a Teacher Job Description, and the School Leaders for America principal and teacher training programs can be found at www.coloradomilitaryacademy.org/forms.html and http://schoolleadersforamerica.org/.

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