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Gifted & Talented

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers gifted & talented programming.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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Special Education

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Gifted & Talented

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers gifted & talented programming.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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Special Education

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Academy Charter School

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Academy Charter School is a Kindergarten through 8th grade charter school. We are a publicly funded school founded by a parent group in 1993. The building we are currently in was first opened for students in 2001. Our school offers unique educational opportunities through Core Knowledge Curriculum, Core Virtues, and rigorous academics. Our parent community is highly involved in the education of our students and are required to volunteer in the school 20 hours per year. We offer Spanish for K-8th grade along with technology, art, music, and PE. We also offer a Homeschool Support Program that meets twice a week at three different locations.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Core Knowledge
Home of the: 
Eagles
Attendance Line: 
(303) 660-4881
Principal: Yvette Brown
Calendar: Conventional
8:15am - 3:30pm
Awards
John Irwin Award
ACS has received the John Irwin award the past 5 years running.
Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award
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School At A Glance

1551 Prairie Hawk Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
Phone: (303)660-4881
Fax: (303)660-6385
Principal Name: Yvette Brown
Mascot: Eagles
Strand: Core Knowledge
School Start Time: 8:15am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Small
New enrollees: New enrollees for the upcoming year will be drawn by lottery from an enrollment pool. Openings will be filled on a class-by-class basis from the lottery lists. For New Kindergarten enrollees: Forms will be accepted from November 1st until November 30th this year. The lottery will be held on the first school day on or after December 1st this school year and will set initial enrollment wait lists for the upcoming year. Selection has been made for the 2015-2016 school year. You can still add them to the list but they will go onto bottom. For 1st-8th Grade enrollees: Forms will be accepted from November 1st until Noon on December 19th this year. The lottery will be held at the end of the day on December 19th this school year and will set initial enrollment wait lists for the upcoming year. Online Enrollment Form
Open Enrollment Status: Lottery
Class Size Philosophy: 
Class Size Subject to the following exceptions, the number of students regularly assigned to each class shall be 22/24. a. The number of students in a class may exceed 22/24 if: (1) the excess is the result of a retention; (2) the excess is carried over from the prior grade level in the prior school year; and (3) the excess is approved by an affirmative vote of the Governing Board. b. The number of students in a class may be less than 22/24 if: (1) fewer than 22 24 children requested enrollment in the class; (2) the number of children in the class falls below 22/24 after “count day” in any school year, and admission of additional students would not produce additional revenue; and (3) by affirmative vote of the Governing Board for a specific exception.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
The counseling department’s mission is to create and sustain an effective comprehensive counseling and guidance program which addresses each students’ social/emotional and academic needs. Services include group and individual counseling, academic support, classroom guidance, crisis intervention, career and college planning and student and family advocacy. My goal is to help students become lifelong learners and responsible productive citizens by promoting their personal growth and academic development. At ACS we believe in catering to the whole student, not just their academics. Each year we bring in character education programs that teach our students the value of empathy, kindness and compassion. Our goal is to create an environment where students feel safe, loved and appreciated.
Library Media Center
Tech Lab
We have an elementary tech lab and a middle school tech lab. We have both PCs and Apple products which include laptops, I-Pads, tablets, etc.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Douglas County Outdoor Education Center
Full-Day Kindergarten
Middle School Transition Program
Middle School Transition Description: 
Our 6th grade is considered a transition grade to middle school.
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Relational Safety
Be the Change
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Mission Statement – Through the cooperation of parents, teachers and students, Academy Charter School will create a learning environment that fosters growth in character, high academic achievement, and the love of learning resulting in responsible, productive citizens. Vision Statement – Academy Charter School provides a challenging academic program based on the Core Knowledge curriculum that promotes academic excellence, character development, and educational enthusiasm for its students.
Calendar: Conventional
8:15am - 3:30pm
Student Dress
Uniform
The learning environment of any school is influenced by a student’s attire. The purpose of ACS’s dress code is to reinforce an academic atmosphere, minimize peer pressure, and create consistency with resemblance and suitableness to improve the appearance of the student body. Enrollment in ACS constitutes acceptance of these guidelines, agreement to adhere to them, and acknowledgement of discipline for noncompliance as set forth on our website, www.academycharter.org.
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
45 minutes weekly.
Lunch: 
45 minutes daily
Lunch and recess are 45 minutes per day
Music Allotment: 
45 minutes a week.
Physical Education Allotment: 
45 minutes a week
Recess: 
30-45 minutes daily dependent on grade level
Technology Allotment: 
45 minutes a week as a class
Information Technology
ACS has approximately 250 devices shared among students.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Personal devices are allowed in middle school.
Support Staff
Building Resource Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
ACS uses DCSD Nutrition Services

Personalized Learning

Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners

The Douglas County School District is dedicated to serving a full continuum of learners, where students feel safe, valued and connected in order to reach their highest potential.

English Language Development

ESL specialists and content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure that English Language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted education contact will collaborate and/or consult with classroom teachers to appropriately extend the content for identified gifted learners.

Literacy Intervention

Content teachers and literacy interventionists collaborate to provide specialized reading and writing support.

Health Services

Providing for the needs of students with an emphasis on those with health challenges, so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

In a multi-tiered system of support, Health Services provides:

  • Medical training and support to school personnel
  • Prevention efforts for communicable diseases
  • Advocacy for students with health concerns
  • Implementation of accommodations so students can focus on learning, including case management for students with intensive care needs

School nurses are healthcare connectors who keep students in classrooms, ready to learn.

Special Education

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

Personalized Learning
Cluster Grouping
Reading Recovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 95% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 97% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 89% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 91% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 91% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 74% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 78% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 84% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 78% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 84% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
20
By enrolling your child at Academy Charter School, you have chosen to participate in a unique educational experience that actively involves both you and your child. Our school was established on the belief that parents are an important element in a child’s education and that parent involvement is necessary for the success of Academy Charter School. A copy of the Parent Participation Agreement is on our website. Each family is required to volunteer for 20 hours per year.
School Accountability Committee
Purpose of the School Accountability Committee (SAC) The SAC analyzes and discusses the school’s academic performance using test score data as well as input from school staff, parents, community members, district representatives, and other school board representatives. Through this research and discussion the SAC will pinpoint ACS academic strengths and weakness and present their findings to the Governing Board who will use the data to improve academic performance at the school. The SAC meets quarterly, all families are required to attend at least one meeting per school year.
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Parent Teacher Organization
ACS PTO Mission Statement The mission of the ACS PTO is to align resources with the vision and direction of the school to enrich the learning environment while empowering parents, teachers and students for success. The PTO’s main role is to supplement the school’s budget through various fundraising efforts while maintaining and encouraging community spirit. ACS PTO Vision Statement Our desire as a PTO is to exemplify integrity, teamwork and community while fostering productive, healthy partnerships with staff, teachers and administration. We will conduct ourselves with humble, positive attitudes, following our approved code of ethics, as we create and maintain relationships honorably and professionally within the school. The PTO is committed to students, parents and teachers and will represent itself in a respectful manner at all times. Description of the ACS PTO Board Members of the PTO are comprised of families and staff members who are associated with ACS. All families and staff members are encouraged to participate in PTO activities throughout the year, even if unable to attend the General Meetings. The PTO Board members represent the membership of the school. This Board is composed of PTO members who are elected to Board positions in April. The Board meets 10 times throughout the school year; and Board members, along with other appointed PTO members, manage the organizational and financial aspects of all the PTO functions. The PTO operates on an annual budget, which is approved by a PTO Parent membership vote in September at the General Budget Meeting. Parents attending the PTO General meetings have voting privileges, but are not considered members of the PTO. The money used to sponsor PTO activities is raised through PTO annual fundraising events. The PTO follows the approved Bylaws and Guidelines & Procedures as adopted by the ACS PTO.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly