Colchester Public Schools (CPS) have a proud tradition dating back from the first Bacon Academy, established in 1803. In Colchester, "where tradition meets tomorrow," families and community join together in the education of our youth, proudly partnering to offer the best education possible. Colchester Elementary hosts Prekindergarten and Kindergarten through second grade. Jack Jackter Intermediate School includes grades three to five; William Johnston Middle School has grades six through eight. Bacon Academy High School, Colchester's public high school houses grades nine through twelve. The alternative high school, part of Bacon Academy, is located in the former 1803 building near the town green.