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American Academy prepares to open second campus in Parker

PARKER – American Academy hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new campus, which is opening in Parker later this month.

A group of dignitaries, school officials and parents gathered on Saturday, September 14 for the event that showcased the new school. The ceremony celebrated the opening of the school’s second campus.

The first campus, now located in Castle Pines, initially opened in 2005 in a Park Meadows strip mall. In 2009, the school built and moved into its current Castle Pines location.

With a wait list of more than 2,000 students, the American Academy Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Schools, Erin Kane, decided that it was time to expand the American Academy family.

The new building at Motsenbocker Road and Mainstreet in Parker is just about finished.

“We are right on schedule to start the Parker campus school year on September 23 and all of our families are so excited,” said Kane.

The school will replicate the successful Core Knowledge program, continuing American Academy’s emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Initially the new campus will welcome 700 students and 68 new staff members and will eventually grow to include kindergarten through eighth grade as well as American Academy’s pre-kindergarten program, KindiePrep.

“We accept all students that come through our lottery”, explained Kane. “We like to create an environment where the teacher can really target instruction at those students at exactly their level to make sure we maximize their growth.”

Parent Brandi Perry added, “One thing I love about American Academy is the ability grouping. It really meets the needs of both my students and where they are academically.”

Monday, September 23 will be the first day of school at the new location.

November 15, 2013 | By rmbarber | Category:

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.