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American Academy breaks ground for new campus in Parker

American Academy, a charter public school with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus, as well as visual and performing arts programming and character development programming, broke ground on its third campus on November 30. The new American Academy – Lincoln Meadows campus, the school’s second campus located Parker, will be built near the intersection of Lincoln Meadows Parkway and Twenty Mile Road in Parker and is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2017.

The Lincoln Meadows campus will initially serve preschool (KindiePrep) and Kindergarten through sixth grade students, but will ultimately expand to include seventh and eighth grades in the following years as students move up through middle school.

“We are looking forward to responding to the strong parent demand and serving more Parker and Douglas County students on our waitlist with the new Lincoln Meadows campus,” says American Academy Board of Directors President, Alison Rausch. “Parker is a beautiful town with wonderful families and we are thrilled to be able to include more of them in our American Academy family.”

The school offers a STEM focus with daily science and regular STEM programming throughout the year. Middle school students additionally participate in Engineering Academy, a program designed to teach students specific and relevant engineering using real-world project challenges. The school’s extensive arts program includes an integrated visual arts and performing arts curriculum with a wide variety of extracurricular offerings, including instrumental, theater, vocal, and dance, and multiple school-wide performance opportunities. In addition to offering a strong academic and arts program, American Academy takes character development very seriously and has developed a character program of its own to support that goal.

“We want to grow students with strong character, the kind of students who will be able to communicate and use their knowledge and those skills in a respectful and responsible manner out in the world,” adds Acting Executive Director of Schools, Amanda Lane-Cline.

Families may add themselves to the American Academy waitlist at any time. The lottery for 2016-2017 enrollment at the American Academy – Lincoln Meadows campus, along with the Castle Pines and Motsenbocker campuses, took place on Monday, December 5. For more information about the school, please call 720-292-5200 or visit their website at To get an inside look, you can follow the school on Facebook at

December 8, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Choice Programming

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