Our Why

What's Your "Why"?

CSI is committed to fostering high-quality charter school options that meet the needs of their communities. Each member of the 20,000+ CSI community of schools has a unique story on why they have chosen a charter school.

Below is a selection of stories from CSI school staff, parents, and students. Each story highlights what charter schools and choice mean to them.

We want to hear your story! What does your charter school mean to you? Submit your story below.


Student Stories

This powerful video highlights four very different CSI schools and how they offer unique educational choices in their communities.

Schools Featured: New Legacy Charter School | Kwiyagat Community Academy | Thomas MacLaren School  | The New America School – Aurora 


School Staff Stories

“Our community protects each other. They’re our families…I think that’s really our strength.” 

Zachary Dominello & Marc Lytle

Ricardo Flores Magón Academy

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RMFA Students

Parent Stories

“The dedication of the staff and teachers goes beyond what is expected. I am truly grateful for the school!”

Rebeca Martinez

Parent, Ross Montessori School 

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Rebeca Martinez

Student Stories

“My favorite thing about Animas is the student-teacher relationships…my teachers actually care.”


Animas High School

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Student Stories

 “I really love AXIS…When I came to AXIS, I was like, “Whoa! This is super enriching!” 

Lily, Damian, & Cora

Students, AXIS International Academy

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Parent Stories

“[The] teachers…have been a beacon of hope…for our family & Latino community.”

Samuel Bernal

Parent, Ross Montessori School 

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Ross Montessori School

School Staff Stories

“As each year passes I find more and more reasons to believe why our small school is excellent.”

Megan Atherton

Staff, Golden View Classical Academy

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Golden View Classical Academy Teacher - Megan Atherton

Student Stories

“New Legacy gave me confidence to ask for help…The staff taught me to advocate for myself.”

Bianca & Xa’Kye

Student, New Legacy Charter School

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Bianca & Xa'Kye

Student Stories

“What makes [Mountain Middle School] so special is how free…and how extraordinary it is.”


Mountain Middle School

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Parent/Staff Stories

“It was the perfect fit. The model was exactly what we were looking for…It’s been great!”


AXIS International Academy

Watch Elisa & Ashley’s Story




School Staff Stories

“I love working in an innovative environment…I see these kids thrive and grow every day!”

Mary Bain

Staff, CEC Inverness/Douglas County

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CEC Teacher - Mary Bain

School Staff Stories

“I love being here. I work with great people and I love bringing kids to their fullest potential.”

Lorna Floyd

Staff, Academy of Arts & Knowledge

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Student Stories

“I love my teachers and all of the faculty. They’re wanting us to get better. They’re wanting us to grow.”

Bella, Addie, & Matthew

Ascent Classical Acdemy

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Ascent Student - Bella

Parent Stories

“I saw something in Michael that I had never seen before, he liked school…I watched his success take off.”

Michael’s Family

Parent, Global Village Academy

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Global Village Academy Student - Michael

Student Stories

“[Mountain Song is] joyful…It’s unique. It’s a Waldorf school…Artistic…It’s a safe environment.”

8th Grade Students

Mountain Song Community School

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Student Stories

“Thanks to the college opportunities that [CEC] offers…I’m on my way towards achieving that goal.”

William Navarette Moreno

Student, Colorado Early Colleges

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CEC Student - William Navarette Moreno
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