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​​​​​​​PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL GRADES K - 9

SCHOOL TOURS

Is it possible to tour the school?

Colorado Military Academy will offer group tours Monday to Thursday (when school is in session) at 10am. 


Individual tours are offered by appointment at the following times:

  • 9am to 11am
  • At 2pm


All visitors 18 years and older, must show a valid state or government issued picture ID.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ENROLLMENT
Is there a wait list or lottery to enter for the academic year 2018-19?
The CMA lottery process for the upcoming year was held on March 1, 2017.

Entries for our lottery received AFTER February 28, 2017 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis and are placed at the bottom of the list after those who participated in the lottery.  If you are interested in enrolling a new student be sure to submit your Letter of Intent (green Enroll button above) as soon as possible.

Preference is given to staff children, second to siblings of current students, and third to siblings of students already offered seats for the next school year.

Students currently enrolled in CMA for the 2017-18 school year are automatically enrolled for the upcoming 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 October 1. First graders need to be 6 years old on or before October 1.

In addition to enrolling grades K-9 for the 2018-19 academic year, will you consider enrolling 10 - 12?
CMA will not be enrolling grades 10 - 12 for the 2018 - 19 academic year.  Grades 10-12 will be added one grade at a time starting the 2019 - 20 academic year.

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. 

FEES
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.  The discount for tuition for families qualifying for free or reduced priced lunches is 50%. There is no tuition for half-day kindergarten.

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 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/  (Available in late July for the new year)

Federal Impact Aid Form or statement of non-applicability submitted to CMA each Fall based on federal timelines.  (CMA will distribute these forms and advertise state deadlines as soon as we receive them.)

KINDERGARTEN
Is kindergarten half-day or full-day?
Both options are offered.  There is no tuition for half-day kindergarten. 

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 covers 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.

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
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 here:



SCHOOL HOURS
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)

SCHOOL CALENDAR
Has the school calendar been published?
The 2018-19 school calendar is currently being formulated.  Please refer to the 2017-18 calendar for a sample of our routine.

 

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

TRANSPORTATION

Is busing provided?
No.  CMA will help facilitate carpools.  Please contact the school for more information.  ​

SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
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.

SERVICES
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, ELL and gifted plans at any time during registration.  Our Coordinator for Exceptional Students reviews IEPs.

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.

Will there be any special services provided for children of military families?
Yes, an MFLC has been 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.

SPORTS
What sports are offered?
A selection of middle school and high 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.  

UNIFORMS
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 - 9) 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 - 9 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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SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
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 cafeteria with meal service?
CMA has a cafeteria that serves hot meals. 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/.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
Where are the school supply lists?
Grade level specific school supply lists are provided below.



IMMUNIZATIONS
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, 2018.  Here's more information about the request for immunization records:



EMPLOYMENT
Are there employment opportunities at CMA?
Yes, information about employment, including a Teacher Job Description, can be found at www.coloradomilitaryacademy.org/forms.html .

INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES
What are weather alert procedures?
CMA follows Colorado Springs School District 11 for decisions regarding school delays and closures.  CMA will send out emails and post it on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/coloradomilitaryacademy 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, there will be no morning Kindergarten, 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.  

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