Colorado Springs School District 11 is the largest district in the area. It is very diverse, ranging from servicing very new, growing neighborhoods in the northeast corner, to more traditional inner city schools in the south. D11 covers a wide area, including most of the city of Colorado Springs, bounded in the east (generally) by Powers, in the north by Cottonwood Creek (except as you go west, its complicated). The easiest way to describe the area it covers is probably with this map of D11 schools. D11 has too many schools to really generalize it much. Palmer High School has an IB program (International Baccalaureate) that sets it apart a bit. The 5 main high schools of D11 vary quite a bit in test scores and graduation rates, and it is generally best to look at the district’s achievement reports to get a better feel for this. The relationship between the district and the community has been somewhat strained at times, with many bond issues failing, and lots of turmoil at the board level. In 2013, the school board moved to close one of the more central high schools (Wasson) because of falling enrollment.
In 2012, D11 scored 68% proficient or above for the summary TCAP testing. In 2012, the average home price in D11 was $194,429, but because of the diverse neighborhoods served, there is quite a variation in home prices. Here is a sample of homes currently for sale in D11 between $175 and $250k.