Flagstaff Academy Preschool Receives Colorado Shines Five-Star Rating
Only Preschool in SVVSD and BVSD to Attain this Designation
September 12, 2018 (Longmont, CO) - Flagstaff Academy, the premier PreK-8th grade public charter school, announces that the school’s preschool has received a Level Five quality rating from Colorado Shines, aColorado Department of Human Services and Colorado Department of Education free resource that enables families to find licensed programs in their community that are committed to offering quality services.
According to the organization’s website, Colorado Shines utilizes a comprehensive approach to evaluate early learning programs for children ages 0-5 years in areas such as health and safety, training and teacher effectiveness, positive learning environment, continuing education and leadership – all characteristics that point to a program’s level of quality and ensures parents’ confidence in the program. Early learning programs are rated through Colorado Shines on a scale of 1 to 5.
The Level Five rating places Flagstaff Academy’s Preschool, directed by Patty Quinn, to be in the position of being the only preschool in both Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts to receive this designation.
“The rating was a total team effort with all staff taking extra professional development to reach their own personal high credential level,” shared Patty Quinn, Director of Flagstaff Academy Preschool. “We made many physical changes in the classroom and on the playground. We added Early Learning Developmental Guidelines to our curriculum, lesson plans, and assessments, all being beneficial changes. Patty Quinn, teachers, Regina Morrison and Melissa Campbell, believe they learned so much and made many positive changes to improve the quality of Flagstaff Academy Preschool.”
Flagstaff Academy Executive Director Wayne Granger said, “The dedication of our preschool team to lift our program to these heights is played out every day in their classroom. This is just another proud moment for Flagstaff Academy to be recognized for excellence in another important part of our Preschool to eighth grade academic program.”
Flagstaff Academy offers a high quality, part-time preschool program for ages 3-5 years old. The fee-based program, founded in 2009, incorporates the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum and Early Learning Developmental Guidelines. Children in the preschool program develop both socially and academically, meet new friends, and discover that learning is fun through play-based activities. Students have weekly classes in music, Spanish, and the curriculum includes Flagstaff Academy’s Outdoor Greenhouse classroom, the Library Media Center, nutrition and a wellness program.