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Peak Education

  • Peak Education
  • 205 E. Cheyenne Mountain Road
  • Colorado Springs, CO 80906
  • 719-389-1249
  • 1997
  • Carlos Jimenez
  • Chief Operating Officer / Director of College Counseling
  • (719) 232-3218

Program Description

Initially conceived as a scholarship-based incentive program, over more than two decades Peak Education has evolved into a mentoring and college access organization that provides long-term engagement with students and families focused on four strategies for success: developing college and career readiness, building students' capacity for leadership, fostering full family engagement in their students' journeys, and creating broad-based community connections.

Today, Peak Education is on the move building new partnerships with school districts around the city of Colorado Springs and beyond and is working to increase access to college counseling to ensure that more students are applying to well matched schools and equipped with knowledge about how to navigate the admission and financial aid application processes, as well as how to successfully transition to and through college.

Success Stories

Peak Education scholar Cina Costa graduated from the highly rigorous International Baccalaureate program at Palmer High School in May 2018, then earned both a prestigious Kane Family Foundation full tuition scholarship, and a Moniker Foundation scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her interests in cultural anthropology led her to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the Fall 2018 where, as a member of Tipi Raisers, she helped to rebuild homes severely damaged in summer storms (pictured left). Her motivation was to spend time learning from "marginalized peoples discussing their ways of life, stories and hardships." More recently, she has shadowed with a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst associated with the Family Support Center for Autism and is considering focusing her studies principally on psychology and philosophy and pursuing a master's degree in applied behavioral analysis. Her dream, she says, "is to one day open clinics in impoverished parts of the world to provide more people with the benefits of Applied Behavioral Analysis."

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 85
  • Middle School: 53
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing

First-Generation

  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 93%