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The Academy of Charter Schools (Westminster, Co)

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The Academy of Charter Schools
Address
11800 Lowell Blvd Westminster, CO 80031
Coordinates39.911605, -105.033890
Information
Other nameThe Academy
School typePublic Charter
MottoPursuing Truth, Wisdom, and Excellence
School boardMicheal Stock, Tamela Miller-Carlson, Greg Weaver, Brad Walsh, Kevin Sanchez, 2 Open 2 Year Positions
School districtCharter School Institute
DeanLinda Johnson, LeeAnne Sanders, Brandon Laird, Suzie Galbraith
DirectorTony Fontana
PrincipalCody Clark, Leigh Florida, Mark Wilson, Brent Reckman
Staff250
Grades13: PK-12
Enrollment1,189
Average class size140
Student to teacher ratio21:1
Color(s)Green, Blue
Athletics conference3A
MascotWildcat
Website
Last updated: April 2019

The Academy is a suburban public charter in Westminster, Colorado, United States. It serves grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Grades Pre-K to 2nd are at the North Campus 1.8 miles away from the Main Campus, which has 3rd-12th. The total number of students in all grades in 1,819, with 130-150 students in each grade level.[1]

The Academy expanded it's student capacity in 2011 and has continued to grow. The demand for entry into the school is high, and some remain sitting on a waiting list. The school uses a lottery system for entry, and student not enrolled get placed on a prioritized wait list until a spot opens. Some people get exemptions, such as children of staff and children with siblings already in the school.

Elementary[edit]

The Academy Elementary serves Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade. In 2011, the North Campus was opened to increase student capacity so elementary is separated with grades PK-2 at the North Campus and 3-6 at the Main Campus. The following is how the school describes the Elementary curriculum.

The Elementary program at The Academy is an exacting agenda consisting of phonics, reading, spelling, writing, math, social studies, and science. Our curriculum is highly academic, including Wonders Balanced Literacy, enVision 2.0 math, and Accelerated Reader.[2]

Elementary students participate in 'Specials' that give them time in Science, Music, Art, P.E, and Technology. 6th Grade Students have a unique schedule where they run a period like schedule. Like the secondary, they change classes and have teachers for specific subjects, as well as having an honors program. Electives in fine arts, technology and foreign language are offered.

Elementary students wear uniforms, much to the displeasure of many students, as the elementary has a focus on order. "High behavior expectations are set for students as well. Every effort will be made to work with a student with behavior issues, but consistently poor behavior will not be tolerated".[2]

The Elementary has long been the most popular portion of the school, and continues to attract more interest than secondary.

Secondary[edit]

The Secondary has around 800 students (558 in High School [2018-2019]) with a range of 130-150 students in a grade. There are seven periods, usually 55 minutes, but 90 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, students can chose to take a zero hour which is before the school day.

Academics[edit]

Students have the opportunity to participate in Honors classes, AP courses (HS), and CE courses at the school or at the nearby Front Range Community College[1]. In the 2015-2016 school year, the AP participation rate was 1/3.[1] The Average SAT Score is 1028, slightly above the state average of 1014, and ACT scores average 21 (State Average: 20).[3] The graduation rate is 89% (State Average: 79%). Students are strongly encouraged to attend "post-secondary schooling" and attempts to get every student accepted to a four-year college. 70% of students pursue college. The PSAT is taken twice every year (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) in the fall and spring semesters and the fall semester of junior year before the actual SAT is taken spring semester of Junior year.

Environment[edit]

The school is an a suburban environment (Suburb of Denver). It is located right near the border to the city and county of Broomfield, and outside the Bradburn neighborhood. The school backs up to a large open space which contains the Big Dry Creek trail, which the Cross Country team takes advantage of.

The school is relatively small and has 21 students per teacher[3] with around 30 students in classes. As far as ethnic distribution goes, 61% of students are White, followed by Hispanic at 26% and Asian at 8%. There is a 50/50 split between sexes and 18% of students are from low-income families.[3]

Athletics[edit]

The Academy is a CHSAA School (Colorado High School Activities Association).

Sports Offered:[4]

High School

  • Baseball
  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country
  • Football
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Cheer leading
  • Girls Softball
  • Girls Volleyball

Junior High

  • Baseball
  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Volleyball

Activities/Clubs[edit]

The following list changes frequently, as the school makes an effort to increase the accessibility of creating a club.

Clubs and Activities available as of April 2019:

  • Art Outreach
  • Comic Book Club
  • Creative Writing Club (HS)
  • Cultures Club (HS)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Club
  • Fishing Club (All)
  • GSA (Gender, Sexuality, Alliance Club)
  • High School/Junior High Student Council (Class/Pride Time respectively)
  • High School/Junior High Yearbook (Class)
  • Interact Club(Youth Rotary)
  • Junior High Newspaper (Class)
  • Magic the Gathering Club
  • Mathletes
  • Men's Volleyball (Not yet CHSAA sanctioned)
  • Mock Trial
  • Movie Club
  • NHS (National Honors Society)
  • Photography Club
  • Quantum Mechanics Club
  • Rubik's Cube Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Ski Club
  • Tabletop Gaming
  • Thespian Society

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Academy of Charter Schools". usnews.com. 2015–2016. Retrieved 13 April 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Elementry". theacademyk12.org. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Academy of Charter Schools". Greatschools.org. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. "Athletic Handbook for Parents and Athletes 2018-2019" (PDF). theacademyk12.org. May 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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