Ranked as one of the top twelve schools in Colorado, the Buena Vista Public School District serves about 1000 students. Special Education programs are available at all levels, as well as a Head Start program for preschoolers. Chaffee County High School is the alternative high school serving both Salida and Buena Vista. It continues to produce successful results. Darren Patterson Christian Academy is a private school, which serves Preschool-12th grade. Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has a welcoming facility just west of the airport. CMC offers a variety of associate degrees, career and technical certifications and many special interest classes. Core courses transfer to four-year colleges. New technology has allowed CMC to expand its services. In 2006, our new library opened with expanded services and a meeting area.