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What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school operated by a group of parents, educators and/or community leaders as a semi-autonomous school of choice governed by a contract between the members of the charter school community and the local school district. For more information on charter schools in Colorado, visit the Colorado Department of Education website.
Charter schools are public, they receive public and sometimes corporate funding. This means that there is no tuition. Being public, they are subject to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The charter schools use teachers who are highly qualified under the NCLB Act.
Charter schools offer free open enrollment for all students. At a certain point during enrollment a lottery system may be used to accept students. Enrollment practices are non-discriminatory and there are no testing requirements to enter.
Charter schools are not subject to the same rules as public schools, but they are still held accountable. This flexibility in the education system allows for schools to tailor their educational programs, and provides the space where innovation is made.
Some charter schools tailor their academics to certain curricula, or some to a specific type of student such as gifted students or at-risk students. Commonly charter schools specialize in an area of study such a s science and technology while blending focus on all other academic areas.
What grades does Flagstaff Academy serve?
Flagstaff Academy charter school offers public K-8 Elementary and Middle School education, and a private Pre-School program.
Does Flagstaff offer full-time Kindergarten?
Flagstaff Academy charter school offers three full-day Kindergarten classes and one morning half-day Kindergarten. Since public funding supports a half-day program only, tuition is charged for full-day Kindergarten.
Does Flagstaff charge tuition?
No, Flagstaff Academy is a public school within the St. Vrain Valley School District, and receives public funding through per pupil revenue from the St. Vrain Valley School District. The one exception is full-day Kindergarten. Public funding for Kindergarten is only for half-day throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District. Families who are interested in the full-day Kindergarten option must pay tuition for the other half of the day. Flagstaff Academy charges a yearly student activity fee. Families who qualify for free and reduced lunch are not asked to pay this fee.
How is science and technology integrated into the curriculum?
Key components of Flagstaff Academy charter school's program are hands-on lab-based science programs, integration of math, science and technology in a practical fashion, and integration of writing throughout the science curriculum. Students establish a knowledge base for understanding science through hands-on science exploration through a science lab-based program that will be used in conjunction with the Core Knowledge science sequence. All Flagstaff Academy students have science class daily, as well as an additional science class held once a week in the Science Lab.
Flagstaff Academy has implemented a comprehensive K–8 technology plan. All teachers and students become proficient in the use of technology. Flagstaff Academy has computer labs in each classroom in which students have access to Google Apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Type to Learn – Keyboarding, Graphic Organizers, such as Inspiration and Kidspiration, Accelerated Reader, Star, NWEA – MAPS Assessment, Dreamweaver and much more.
What are classroom sizes like?
Our class sizes do not go above our ideal class size numbers:
Preschool - 15 students (3 years old), 16/17 students (4/5 years old)
Kindergarten - 23 students per class
1st–5th Grade - 26 students
Middle School - Avg. of 22 students
Are special education services available?
Yes, Flagstaff Academy charter school is subject to all federal and state laws under IDEA for special education services. Flagstaff Academy will purchase all special education services from the St. Vrain Valley School District and will be accountable to the District Board of Education regarding compliance with federal and state special education and disability laws.
The St. Vrain Valley School District will provide services required by the Individual Education Plans (IEPs), including but not limited to initial evaluations and re-evaluations, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, audiology, low vision specialist services, autism specialist services, teacher of the deaf, paraprofessional services, sign interpreters, school psychology services, school health care services, and transportation services required by student IEPs.
Are the needs of gifted and talented students addressed?
Flagstaff Academy has programming in place to meet the needs of all learners, including our gifted students within the classroom. Each classroom is equipped with materials and curriculum to challenge the gifted learner. Gifted and talented students are recognized by Flagstaff Academy as exceptional children who require special programming to reach their full potential (C.R.S. 22-20-101 et seq.). Children are evaluated by the Teachers and Gifted and Talented Coordinator through a body of evidence including the Cognitive Abilities Test, TCAP, a teacher input form based on classroom performance in the specific area, and NWEA, Measure for Academic Progress on-line benchmark assessment, as well as other in-house assessments, to identify if they qualify for special programming. In addition to regular classroom teachers, the school may employ a resource/literacy teacher with experience in classroom differentiation strategies for exceptional children.
Is Flagstaff Academy a Prep School?
Flagstaff Academy is a K-8 college preparatory public school, committed to providing a rigorous academic program in a supportive environment. Our curriculum, science and technology focus, and commitment to core values prepare our students to have the skills necessary to thrive in college. Our students can choose to go to their feeder schools, or, as St. Vrain Valley District students, open enroll at Skyline High School and apply for its STEM Academy, apply to Niwot High School and its Interbacculaureate Program, or pursue Advanced Placement classes at Longmont High School and other area high schools. We develop leaders and thinkers with a lifelong love of learning, respect for their community and the world around them, and a solid academic foundation.
Is there a Before and After School program at Flagstaff Academy?
Dragon Flight is Flagstaff Academy's Before and After School programs run onsite. The students will have opportunities to complete homework, receive tutoring, complete activities, play games and have fun! Dragon Flight also runs extracurricular and enrichment classes throughout the school year.
Does Flagstaff Academy offer extracurricular after-school activities?
Dragon Flight offers extracurricular and enrichment classes throughout the year. Flagstaff Academy offers a variety of extracurricular after-school enrichment activities including sports programs, arts programs, foreign languages, and other enrichment classes run through our Dragon Flight Before and After School Enrichment program. We also participate in St. Vrain Valley School District sports programs for our Middle School students.
Is there a dress code?
Flagstaff Academy is dedicated to creating a positive environment that is conducive to learning. Students are expected to be well-groomed, dressed in a manner reflecting respect for themselves and those around them, and use good judgment in the choices they make. Specific requirements for what is acceptable clothing to wear to school can be found in the Dress Code section of the Parent and Student Handbook.
How do I enroll my child?
Flagstaff Academy welcomes all students! Schedule a tour and see what we're all about! Enrollment information can be found here.