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WE ARE USCS
We exist to ignite a passion for Jesus in students through experiences in worship, academics, missions, leadership, and adventure.
GET TO KNOW US
USCS opened its doors in 2006 as a University-Model® School, a relatively new model of schooling that understands the importance of coupling parental involvement with strong academics. According to a survey of 22,000 teachers, conducted by the Carnegie Foundation, 90% of those teachers cited a lack of parental support as a problem in today’s schools.
An overwhelming 100% described their students as “emotionally needy and starved for attention and affection.” At USCS, we address those needs by partnering with parents to not only educate, but also to guide students in the development of their character, values, and spiritual walk.The mission of USCS is to partner with parents to ignite a passion for Jesus in students through experiences in worship, academics, leadership, missions and adventure.
The vision of University School of Colorado Springs is to develop students who live in obedience and service to the Lord, are valuable contributors to the formation of a Godly culture, and model strong family and educational values. We believe that through these foundational ideas, we will prepare students for lives of obedience and service to the Lord, allowing them to be valuable contributors to culture, and to model strong family and educational values. If students graduate from our school with high academics, but lose their faith the first year in college or their job, we have failed.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
USCS is a Christian University-Model School for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our commitment to students and parents is twofold.
Our first priority is to help young people grow in the Christian faith and live in that faith. To that end, USCS offers students the opportunity to explore God’s Word, actively pursue their faith, and minister to one another and the community.
Our second priority is to help each of our students reach their full academic potentials. Accordingly, we offer solid core courses within an intimate classroom setting where students learn not only about a subject, but also how to think critically, read comprehensively, and write well. Each student leaving USCS is prepared to explore a further academic career, if so led. Therefore, we have a responsibility to help each of our students to reach their full academic potential.
In achieving these goals, we look to God’s guidance and wisdom so that USCS is a place that allows each individual student to grow spiritually, achieve academically and develop personally. It is always our prayer and ultimate goal that students view their time spent at USCS as a memorable and enriching experience.
In order for USCS to accomplish these goals, we look to partner with our parents in the education of our students. This is done by the blending of a home education and traditional education environment. USCS teachers establish all course descriptions, objectives, lesson plans, and assessments. Teachers instruct students for two/three days of the school week, and parents are then given specific lesson plans and goals to accomplish at home on the other two/three days of the school week.
Our unique structure is designed for those families in which parents take an active role in the oversight and implementation of their children’s education. The level of parental involvement progresses from being a co-teacher in the elementary years, to a guide for dependent study in junior high, to more of a course monitor in the senior high courses. By partnering with our parents, USCS is then able to integrate the home and school instruction effectively toward the common goal of Christian character development and solid academic preparation.
While most schools have a student activity program which includes clubs, student council, and dances, USCS does not want to have programs for the sake of following “how it’s always been done.” We want our student activities to be purposeful, meaningful, and enjoyed.
We look at each activity we’re considering and ask the question, “Why have this program?” More importantly, we ask, “Does it fit into our five core values?” We care what our students like and don’t like. If a program is not popular, then it may not be meeting a need–so we do not want to waste time and resources attempting to continue.
USCS understands how important it is for students to be involved in furthering the kingdom of God. Our goal is to help our students grow in five distinct areas: Worship, Academics, Missions, Leadership, and Adventure. It is our hope to instill in students the value and importance of actively pursuing their faith and putting their love for Christ into action.
Another aspect of USCS is an emphasis on ministering to the nations. Not only do we strongly encourage and support students in their own short and long term mission opportunities, we may organize our own mission trips during the school year and over the summer which offer even more opportunities for students to use their gifts away from home.
Additionally, USCS schedules regular chapels for secondary and elementary students. This gives students the opportunity to worship together and grow as a community of believers. It is our desire that the content and activities during chapel are relevant and challenging to our students, and that they serve to equip students for life outside the school.
USCS also hosts several retreats throughout the year, which provide opportunities for students to not only grow in their faith, but also understand and appreciate the complexity of this world and our Creator.
The secondary program consists of grades 7 through 12. Secondary courses meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and offer a full course of study, which includes 50-minute class periods for the following subjects: Literature, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Biblical Studies, Math, Adventure, and a host of electives.
Students are responsible for completing teacher-provided lessons and homework on Mondays/Friday. The parents’ role at the secondary level transitions from being a guide for dependent study at the junior high level to a course monitor at the senior high level. Students register for individual classes and may take as few or as many as they desire. However, students are encouraged to take a minimum of four core academic classes to meet the residency requirements for a diploma, ranking, cording, and transcript purposes.
Each student who registers for courses at University School of Colorado Springs will have a transcript on file with the school, with a copy of this transcript made available to the student’s parents upon request. USCS will include approved parent courses of study on a student’s transcript if the student meets residency requirements. These transfer credits must be accompanied by the required form (provided by the school) before being accepted by USCS’s standards. These forms must be submitted by specified deadlines.
University School of Colorado Springs is accountable only for the courses taught at USCS. Any course instruction received at other schools or through home education is the responsibility of the parent.
The USCS Foundations program has been developed with the goal of meeting the academic needs of students by providing options that accommodate a variety of learning styles. The Foundations program is designed to give high school students the option of taking foundational coursework in secondary academic subjects in a visual interactive environment, in lieu of the traditional classroom setting. These courses will allow students to build a solid foundation as they obtain the critical knowledge and skills in core academic subjects.
While some USCS Foundations courses will be offered in a classroom setting, many of these courses will be offered in an Online Learning Lab environment on campus utilizing Education Portal (www.education-portal.com), an online program using engaging, technology-based instruction, assessment, and monitoring.
The elementary program consists of a variety of options for parents that include a 1, 2, or 3 day option. Elementary classes meet in a classroom setting three times per week. Tuesday and Thursday classes focus on the core academics and offer a full course of study (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Spanish, and Fine Arts).
Each lesson is between 45-90 minutes in length and is taught by the qualified teacher on the on-campus school days. Parents and students follow teacher-provided lesson plans for at-home school days. Students attending Tuesday/Thursday core classes have the option of also enrolling in the Wednesday interactive classes or working through the curriculum at-home with parents on that day. At the elementary level, the parents’ role at home is very involved and hands-on as the co-teacher.
Wednesday consists of interactive classes and activities including Math and Language Arts workshops, music, drama, science lab, STEM, art, and others. The math and language arts objectives for this day are based on the curriculum sequence from the other school days, thus students do not have additional academic lessons to complete at home on Wednesdays. Families have the option of attending only the Wednesday interactive, enrichment day in which they will also get the complete Renweb lesson plans for the week to work with their students at home, if desired.
The KING’S Kidz Club!
A club that helps your preschool-age student start strong in Kindergarten! Come join us two mornings a week for fun, educational experiences that your preschool-age child will love!
What: It’s a club that will be a FUN and EDUCATIONAL (including development in social skills, hands-on art projects, singing, and so much more)!
When: The King’s Kidz meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Who: Children ages 3 years to 4.5 years. (Children must be completely potty trained.)
Where: University School of Colorado Springs Campus
2713 W. Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs, Co 80904
Cost: $100.00 Registration Fee
Monthly – $90.00 per month (August – May)
Download Application Packet: King’s Kidz Registration Packet
Download Curriculum List: King’s Kidz Curriculum
Download “Getting to Know Me”: Getting to Know Me
Download Welcome Letter from Ms. Cheney: Welcome Letter
Contact Jamie Cheney for more information.
Jeff received a computer science degree from Carson-Newman College and later received his Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Jeff served as the youth pastor at Pacific Church of Irvine for eight years. Jeff taught higher level mathematics and functioned as the Director of Student Life and Ministries in Southern California. Jeff has been the Principal of USCS since 2007.
Ryan has received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, as well as a Colorado teaching license and M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS . He and his wife have lived in Sierra Leone, where Ryan mentored and tutored former child soldiers and street children. He has also worked at CSEC, where he served as the Math Department Chair, Summer Program Director, and Response to Intervention (RtI) coordinator. Ryan has been the Vice Principal at USCS since 2012.
Lessie received a History/Political Science degree from Vanguard University of Southern California and immediately began teaching secondary English and History courses in California and at USCS until the Fall of 2012, when she began an administrative position. She has been married to Jeff Cooper since December 2005 and they are now enjoying their first child, Charis Hope. Lessie has been involved at USCS since 2006.