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American Academy celebrates topping off of new building

PARKER - Last week, the Board of Directors and the administration of American Academy celebrated the “topping off” of the steel structure on their new Parker campus building.
Haselden Construction invited the group to visit the a safe spot on the construction site to sign the final steel beam before the construction team hoisted it into place across the roof of what will be the school’s gymnasium. The signatures on the beam included those of the construction team and the American Academy representatives on hand, as well as a hand-drawn AA logo and some stars for a little graphic pizzazz. Once the signing was complete, the construction team took over, lifting the 3000-pound beam with a crane and setting it down on the top of the steel frame to be bolted in place while the group looked on.
“It was a windy day, and I have to admit, I was holding my breath as they hauled that beam up and over – the men who sat at the top and bolted the beam in place are certainly brave souls! But it was a great pleasure to witness this symbolic piece of the process going into place for our new building and I loved seeing it happen in person. I couldn’t be more proud of our wonderful construction team,” says Erin Kane, Executive Director of Schools for both the Castle Pines campus and the new Parker campus. “I hope our new Parker families are driving by to enjoy the view, too!”
The Parker campus is scheduled to open for school in late September, and to date, construction is right on target in spite of the recent spring snows. The new building will eventually be home to Kindergarten through eighth grade as well as American Academy’s pre-Kindergarten program, KindiePrep. And though the K-8 program is fully enrolled for the fall of 2013, there are limited spots still available in KindiePrep. Mrs. Kane includes that, “we certainly encourage anyone interested in attending either campus to join the waitlist for the 2014-2015 enrollment lottery!”
American Academy is a Core Knowledge, K-8, public charter school with a special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For more information on the either campus, you can visit the school website anytime at
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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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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