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Meet Jennifer Burgess

Jennifer Burgess, SkyView Academy

Upper School Principal (Grades 6-12), SkyView Academy PK-12 Charter School 

HIGHLANDS RANCH – “One significant goal this year is for SkyView students to be known in their communities by the content of their character.  We work hard at helping students to do their best and be their best in all that they attempt,” says SkyView Principal Jennifer Burgess. “If passion and heart comes through in service to others, then we have done our job.”

Burgess joined SkyView Academy as an administrator in 2011.  Prior to joining SkyView, she worked as a Mathematics teacher and teacher leader for Aurora Public Schools. 

“I began my adult life in the business world, and quickly discovered that it was not for me. Through a service opportunity with Junior Achievement, I discovered my love for being in the classroom. I never planned on being a principal, but felt very comfortable with school leadership at a variety of levels.”

10 things you didn’t know about Jennifer Burgess

  1. Your favorite restaurant?
    Texas Roadhouse
  2. If a mountain was named after you, what would it name it?
    Ambition Peak
  3. What was your first car? 
    1980 Ford Mustang
  4. If you could freeze your age at any time, how old would you be?
    30–My favorite year so far!
  5. What is one question you have about the future? 
    No real questions about the future–just hopeful for happiness wherever the road my take me.
  6. Favorite quote?
    “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” –Maya Angelou
  7. If you were someone famous who was deceased who would it be?
    American Red Cross Founder, Clara Barton
  8. Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met and why?
    My younger brother Matt, is the most inspiring person I have ever met. He had a significant medical issue at a young age that has impacted his ability to see. Nothing has ever really stopped him from achieving his dreams--he has a college degree, and is an impressive artist! There are so many times when it would have been easier for him give up, but that’s not him. His drive, motivation and positive attitude are an inspiration to me.
  9. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
  10. If you could buy anything, regardless the price, what would it be?
    I would buy a vacation destination for my entire family to get away for some fun!

Jennifer launched the inaugural 6th and 9th grade classes in SkyView’s middle and high school, and has built high quality secondary school programming while growing enrollment each year. Burgess received a B.A. in Organizational Management from Colorado State University and two M.A. degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from the University of Denver. 

Burgess continued, “after a few years of teaching, I found myself gravitating toward leadership roles within my building, and a passion for organizational management and instructional improvement.  When the opportunity to lead SkyView came my way, I jumped at the opportunity to do what I love in a new school!”

SkyView Academy offers a research-based, content-rich liberal arts program for students ages 3-18 in grades preschool-12. SkyView’s commitment to foreign language with Spanish instruction daily in grades PK-8, with the addition of Latin and French offerings in high school prepares students for a World Class Education. Students work together across grade levels on service projects within the community, and character education is woven into the curriculum on a daily basis.

“We are a rigorous, college-prep school where students thrive in a culture of high expectations and support and are known by the content of their character,” said Burgess.

The Administrative Team at SkyView includes three principals, each overseeing the Primary, Elementary and Secondary levels of the school. Middle and high school students are offered a variety of electives and college counseling begins in 9th grade using the Naviance system.  High school students can have honors and/or AP level courses options.

According to Burgess, SkyView Academy students are well-rounded and have successfully competed in programs such as Destination Imagination.  SkyView Academy students have presented and won the District art fair and high school students have made it to both the state and national science fair. 

“When students leave SkyView, I want them to know that people and relationships are extremely important in the working world and in life.  The relationships that you make and how you treat people is what matters most,” says Principal Burgess.

September 10, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: SkyView Academy, Charter Schools

District News

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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.