School is back in session and you’ve probably got a place for your kids, but what if you don’t or you know friends who are looking for a charter schools. Here are some ideas for Colorado Springs charter schools that might work for your kids.
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning – Niki Myers, founder and principal told me, “AACL serves the needs of academically gifted students who need to work above-grade-level in a highly challenging, highly supportive learning environment. Parents of students with giftedness in at least one subject area choose AcademyACL so that their students are challenged with complex content but also supported with the unique issues that many gifted students face.”
Atlas Preparatory School – Zach McComsey, Director, says, “Families should consider Atlas because the school provides the education and character necessary to prepare for college. Atlas is able to do this through a longer school day, an extended school year, and an exceptional faculty.”
Banning Lewis Ranch Academy– According to Andy Frank, BLRA is a Mosaica Education School, offers a unique choice for families and students. While our focus is on developing the whole child through a humanities based curriculum, our goal is high academic achievement in a safe learning environment. Technology integration, along with extended learning time, help us attain success with each of our learners.
Cheyenne Mountain Charter School and The Vanguard School– Our K-6 school utilizes Direct Instruction and the Core Knowledge® curriculum to achieve student mastery. Students are taught in a fast paced, highly interactive, teacher-directed manner and are expected to learn specific facts and skills at each grade level.
Our Junior High provides a transition between our elementary and high school programs that is focused on the unique needs of students in their pre-teen/early teen years.
The Vanguard School is our classical, college preparatory high school where students build upon their knowledge and develop critical thinking and leadership skills by taking honors and AP level classes and by engaging in a variety of leadership opportunities that prepare them for college and beyond.
CIVA– CIVA is a premier college preparatory charter high school. Established on strong character education values and emphasizing the highest level of artistic achievement, CIVA prepares students to be thriving scholars, artisans and citizens. CIVA’s emphasis is on developing the character and creativity of our students. We seek to assist students in discovering their talents/abilities, what we call one’s unique potential.
Colorado Calvert Academy-The hallmark of the Colorado Calvert Academy program is the daily support of the home Learning Guide who is often a parent or other caring adult in the student’s life. Our parents choose our program because they want to be actively involved in their child’s learning journey–one of life’s most rewarding adventures.
Colorado Springs Charter Academy– We believe that our children need a challenging, stimulating, and motivating environment to fulfill their true potential. They need a school that is committed to academic excellence, but also develops well-rounded students and responsible and accountable citizens. They need a school with high academic standards and a rigorous curriculum that includes foreign language instruction. They need a place where parents volunteer their time and talents to help their children grow and learn.
Colorado Springs Early Colleges – Keith King told me, “Colorado Springs Early Colleges is the only high school in the Pikes Peak region to offer the opportunity for students to earn a college degree while they are in high school, FREE. CSEC pays for the college tuition and books for the college courses the students take. Our graduating class of 2011 earned over 5200 college credits and the average student graduated with 42 college credits. One graduated from Colorado Technical University with a four year college degree in Electrical Engineering. Colorado Springs Early College is a ‘disruptive innovator’. “
Community Prep School – CPS is a tuition free public charter high school. CPS works with students and their families to tailor an educational program that fosters successful engagement in learning and the attainment of a high school diploma. Students engage in the learning experience at CPS primarily through individually-structured coursework that students master before moving to another unit of study within a course. Some courses are more traditionally taught within a group instructional setting utilizing deadlines for work completion. Students also work online and within the community in some courses. CPS partners with Pikes Peak Community College to offer dual-enrollment courses. CPS has also adopted PPCC’s developmental curriculum as its core curriculum in English and math.
Globe Charter School – Globe Charter School uses small class size and emphasizes the student’s role in the global community. It provides a culturally rich, multidisciplinary program.
Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch – ICA uses a standards-based curriculum incorporating the Colorado State Standards, the Core Knowledge scope and sequence and the Classical approach. A strong character education program compliments the academic program and stresses character development and responsibility. The third major component of the school is the partnership with parents and the community.
James Irwin Charter Schools– Our schools are named for James Benson Irwin, the United States astronaut from Colorado. He was a man of character and integrity. This is the model we strive to place before our students. The mission of James Irwin Charter Schools is to help guide students in the development of their character and academic potential through academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs.
James Madison Charter School– JMCA is a community of learners committed to excellence in all aspects of a child’s education. We utilize Core Knowledge and a project-based instructional approach to maximize the potential of each and every student.
Life Skills Center of Colorado Springs – The Life Skill Center is an Alternative Education Campus for high risk students. We are a fully accredited Colorado High School requiring all state and district graduation requirements. Our staff is Colorado State Licensed and NCLB HQ.
Pikes Peak Prep– Our Middle College program is only one reason to attend Pikes Peak Prep. Our curriculum and our teaching methods are designed to let your child excel as fast as their ability allows. This kind of competency-based approach lets kids of higher ability progress past students their same age. It also permits students to regroup, master material not mastered at a more restrictive school, then, with new-found confidence, race toward their academic potential.
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy– Rocky Mountain Classical Academy exists to support parents in developing citizens of integrity and character who are equipped with a strong knowledge base and academic skills. The basis of this development is rooted in an academically rigorous, content-rich, classical educational program with Core Knowledge emphasis.
Roosevelt-Edison Charter School – Edison schools feature academics, technology, a longer school day and year, and attempt to bring together research and “best practices.” Roosevelt Edison provides and elementary and a middle school.
Scholars to Leaders Academy – It is the primary belief of Scholars to Leaders Academy that in order to achieve academic excellence for all of our students, it is paramount to engage students in the joy of learning. Children learn best and make great academic strides if they are fully supported by a network of adults – enveloped by their family, community, and school. Our small school in Colorado Springs represents a community-based model of education. The school operates with a “wrap around” model, a strength-based approach that identifies and honors those areas in a child’s life that are functioning well.
Space, Technology, & Arts (STAR) Academy – “STAR Academy is founded on the principles and values that a quality education is the birthright of every individual, that all children can learn, and that every child should be challenged to reach his or her full potential”
The Classical Academy – Our elementary, junior high, and high school are multiple recipients of the John J. Irwin Award for Academic Excellence. We have a curriculum based upon Core Knowledge that embraces the teachings of Charlotte Mason (hands on learning), the Socratic Method (questioning to lead students to answers and encouraging students to question), and the Trivium (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric).
Thomas MacLaren Charter School– We expect each student to master history, mathematics, science, literature, Latin and English, as well as to gain familiarity with at least one other language and fine arts. Students follow a common academic core curriculum which includes seven years of history, mathematics, science, writing, literature and foreign language (four years of Latin, three years of modern language). Students also take four years of drawing and painting, five years of music, and two years of drama.
NOTE: Most of the information was taken from school web sites. In some cases, school leaders were kind enough to give me their own words about why a student or parent should consider their schools.