Of the 13 charter schools opening across Colorado in the fall, eight are still accepting applications. Here is a little information in case you’re still on a school quest for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Aspen Ridge Preparatory School, located in Erie, is still accepting applications for its school. Students will participate in a research-based curriculum in the core content areas along with a focus on technology, global issues, the natural world, and personal development.
- Global Village Academy will be opening its second school in Northglenn. Students who apply will be placed on a waiting list. Global Village Academy expects its students to become fluent and literate in a language in addition to English. Students will participate in an internationally grounded liberal arts curriculum
- Ben Franklin Academy, in Highlands Ranch, opened a second round of applications April 15. Students who do apply will be placed on a wait list in order of the application received. Ben Franklin Academy aims to provide a rigorous educational program that challenges each student at his/her own level. The Core Knowledge Sequence, with its emphasis on math, science, and literacy – combined with programming for music, art, physical education and character education, constitute the backbone of Ben Franklin Academy’s academic program.
- Loveland Classical School, in Loveland, is now accepting intent-to-enroll forms. A deadline for the lottery will be announced at a later date. Loveland Classical School strives to focus on classical education from kindergarten through 12th grade. Latin instruction begins in elementary school.
- Mountain Phoenix Community School at Wheatridge is in its second round of Jeffco choice enrollment, which ends Aug. 30. Students will be waitlisted. Mountain Phoenix Community School at Wheatridge will focus on an arts-based, developmentally appropriate education that nurtures the whole child.
- Prospect Ridge Academy, in Broomfield, is still accepting applications. Prospect Ridge Academy focuses on math and science through a rigorous curriculum. It also provides social and physical development through athletics. Prospect Ridge utilizes character education and service programs that encourage community partnerships.
- STEM School, in Highlands Ranch, opened its second round of applications April 15. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15. STEM focuses on having an academically rigorous core curriculum promoting science, technology engineering and math. Its mission is to promote relevant, real-world experiences and build on respect and community assets to prepare students for post-secondary endeavors.
- Skyview Academy, in Highlands Ranch, opened its doors in 2010 but is now expanding to include a high school. For now, only freshman applications are being accepted, but it aims to be a complete preschool through 12th grade school by 2014. Skyview is a classical and liberal arts program that emphasizes the core subjects. Skyview is committed to foreign language and community service.
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