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Colorado Military Academy Takes to the Skies!

Thursday, August 10, 2017  
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Colorado Military Academy Teachers Take To The Skies


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – (August 4, 2017) – On Friday August 4th, teachers from the Colorado Military Academy flew over Colorado Springs in a Stearman biplane and Cessna 182.

The opportunity to head into the clouds was part of their Professional Development program that started on August 1st when all the teachers came together for the first time. The Professional Development program continues every day until the first day of school, which is August 28th for K – 2 and August 29th for grades 3 – 8.

The day was specifically designated to educate CMA teachers about the Civil Air Patrol, which plays an instrumental role in the vision of the school to develop leaders with uncompromising character, using a military structure as guidance. All CMA students will be taught military history and military customs and courtesies. Additionally, as they enter 6th grade they are invited to join CMA’s Civil Air Patrol squadron. CMA’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum also integrates an abundance of activities focused on aviation and aerospace.

CMA teacher Laurie El said, “This was an amazing day for teachers and staff. I can’t wait for the students to experience Civil Air Patrol.” Laurie was not alone in her enthusiasm. Teachers were eager to learn more about aviation and the beaming smiles that followed every flight spoke for themselves!

The event was hosted by the National Museum – World War II Aviation. Teachers received a briefing about the Civil Air Patrol from the school’s Commandant, Lt. Col. Lee Ann Wade, followed by a tour of the museum and culminated in flights in a Stearman biplane and Cessna 182. The planes were provided by Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

The World War II Museum is located at 755 Aviation Way in Colorado Springs. The museum offers a highly successful K-12 STEM program that gives teachers the resources they need to convey STEM concepts within the historical context of World War II. This perfectly complements the mission of CMA to prepare cadets for today’s colleges and tomorrow’s careers by engaging them in a rigorous and high-tech STEM curriculum while building strong moral character through an environment of military leadership development.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is located on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. The museum educates and inspires people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Both museums generously donated time, resources and equipment to ensure that CMA teachers had an unforgettable aviation experience to use in the classroom.

CMA is a public charter school launching with grades K - 8 in August 2017 at 360 Command View, Colorado Springs near the north gate of Peterson Air Force Base. The school will expand by a grade level each year until it reaches grade 12.


Setting CMA apart are an interdisciplinary learning approach using STEM, an integrated Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and a redesigned school facility equipped with leading technology, including tablets for all students.

Online enrollment and announcements can be found at


Media Contact:
Nicola Roark

(719) 373-9646

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