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Higher Learning

Education in the Tri-Lakes area is built on a tradition of excellence. The Tri-Lakes region is served by two excellent school districts: Lewis-Palmer School District 38 (LPSD) and the Academy School District 20. Both continuously rank among the top performing districts in the state.

For more than 100 years, highly trained, caring teachers, active school board members, involved parents and committed students have worked together to provide a challenging and rewarding academic environment at Lewis-Palmer School District 38. The district manages five elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools and one K-8 charter school. LPSD ensures achievement will reflect the greatest potential for every student in the district’s Pre-K through 12 programs. It is consistently ranked among the top-achieving school districts in Colorado for test scores, graduation rates and student achievement.

Academy School District 20 supports more than 21,000 students and offers an International Baccalaureate program at the elementary, middle and high school levels. There are also programs for students who need non-traditional educational settings and opportunities for students in a wide variety of co-curricular activities.


Private schools offer Tri-Lakes residents alternative choices for education. St. Peter Catholic School serves students in K through fourth grade. Hope Montessori/Andrews Academy offers Montessori-based curriculum for grades Pre-K through sixth, and Life Academy offers an alternative high school program.

There are also a large number of institutions of higher learning located within easy drive of the Tri-Lakes area, a few of which include: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Colorado Technical College; Colorado College; Nazarene Bible College; United States Air Force Academy; Pikes Peak Community College; and Regis University.

The Pikes Peak Library District

The Pikes Peak Library District serves El Paso County residents, including the Tri-Lakes area, with a system of more than a dozen area-wide branches, as well as an eBranch, the Library Express site and Mobile Library Services. PPLD’s unique collections, state-of-the-art computer system with a multitude of at-home research resources, combined with classes and events, are available to its membership. Its main branch in downtown Colorado Springs has extensive genealogy resources, digital photo archives and a newspaper microfilm collection. Two branches are conveniently located in the immediate area, including the Monument Branch at 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive and the Palmer Lake Branch at 66 Lower Glenway.

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