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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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American Academy Parker

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American Academy is an academically rigorous and character-driven preschool through grade 8 charter public school with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). We have three Douglas County, Colorado, campus locations: one in the city of Castle Pines, one in Parker near Main Street, and another in Parker on Twenty Mile Road. At American Academy, we believe that for students to be truly competitive in the 21st century, they must have an early and solid foundation that includes math, science, and literacy along with a well-rounded and common body of historical and cultural knowledge, as well as exposure to and participation in the fine and performing arts. We deliver that foundation using a range of carefully chosen and age-appropriate curriculum, along with our own American Academy STEM Discovery and Performing Arts programs, designed to expose students in all grades to the skills and professional possibilities in STEM and the arts. In every area of study, we challenge and support each student at their own ability level using flexible ability grouping, regular progress evaluation and data-driven instruction. In addition to our proven academic record, we immerse our students daily in a culture of respect and responsibility, setting high expectations for character as well as academics, and encouraging that with integrated character-based programs and our own American Academy Manners.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Core Knowledge
Project Based Learning
STEM
Home of the: 
Rebels
Attendance Line: 
(720) 292-5600
Executive Director: Erin Kane
Elementary School Principal: Ginger Norton
Middle School Principal: Laurie Neil
8:05am - 3:35pm
Awards
John Irwin Award
American Academy has been awarded the Colorado John Irwin School of Excellence Award for every year it has been offered since the school opened its doors in 2005-2006.
Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award
American Academy has been awarded the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for our students' outstanding academic growth.
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School At A Glance

11155 Motsenbocker Road
Parker, CO 80134
United States
Phone: (720)292-5600
Fax: (720)644-3792
Mascot: Rebels
Strand: Core Knowledge, Strand: Project Based Learning, Strand: STEM
School Start Time: 8:05am
School End Time: 3:35pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
American Academy enrolls students via lottery each year. Please visit our website (www.aak8.org) for more details.
Neighborhood Weighting
Open Enrollment Status: Lottery
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
American Academy employs two full-time school counselors to serve our students.
Library Media Center
School Tech Center
American Academy has multiple technology access points, including a One2One laptop program for 5th - 8th grade students, as well as media, technology and STEM labs on site at both campuses.
Tech Lab
American Academy has multiple media/computer classrooms, as well as two dedicated STEM labs and three dedicated science labs at each campus.
TV Station
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Douglas County Outdoor Education Center
Full-Day Preschool
American Academy KindiePrep is a pre-Kindergarten program that has been carefully designed by our own Curriculum Specialist and our Preschool Consultant to prepare children, ages 3-5 years, for Kindergarten at American Academy, or any other Kindergarten program parents choose. The curriclum includes: - The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence - Saxon Math - Foss Discovery Science - Spalding Phonics-Based Total Language Approach - American Academy Manners - Art, Music and Technology - Hands Find out more about American Academy KindiePrep by visiting our website (www.aak8.org) and click on KindiePrep.
Full-Day Kindergarten
American Academy offers half-day Kindergarten and a tuition-based full-day Kindergarten.
Middle School Transition Program
Student Wellness
School-Level
In addition to our proven academic record, we immerse our students daily in a culture of respect and responsibility, setting high expectations for character as well as academics, and encouraging that with integrated character-based programs and our own American Academy Manners.
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Retreats
Leadership Overnight Retreat
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Energy Conservation
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. - Charter schools are public schools - Charter schools do not charge tuition - Charter schools do not have special entrance requirements - Charter schools are bound by federal and state public school laws - Charter schools do not discriminate - Charter schools accept students with disabilities and/or special needs - Charter schools do not teach religion - Charter school teachers must be "highly qualified" under the No Child Left Behind Act. For more information on charter public schools, please visit the Colorado League of Charter Schools website.
Calendar: Other
8:05am - 3:35pm
Student Dress
Uniform
American Academy requires that all K-8 students wear approved uniform items (Dennis Uniform) to school unless otherwise specified. Please visit our website (www.aak8.org) and click on School Uniform.
Time Allotment
Lunch: 
45 minuntes - daily
During the lunch period for their grade, students spend approximately 22 minutes in the cafeteria eating lunch and 22 minutes on the playground for recess.
Recess: 
About 40 minutes per day
Students in preschool follow state guidelines for recess and rest time. Students in grades K-5 generally have 40 minutes of recess daily. Students in grades 6-8 have 22 minutes of recess daily plus one 15-minute snack break.
Information Technology
Computers are used at American Academy daily. American Academy has a one-to-one program for all fifth through eighth graders; each student is issued a school laptop in the fall for their use during the school year. In addition, our younger students have access to many computers including laptops and technology labs.
Support Staff
Mentor Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist
Social Worker

Support Services

Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation
Charter schools are not entitled to publicly-funded transportation. However, for the convenience of our parents, American Academy contracts with DCSD Transportation Services to provide district buses to and from limited locations at the actual cost of transportation (parents pay $250.00 per student per trimester for a bus pass).

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.

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 95% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 91% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 95% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 93% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 57% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 74% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 75% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 95% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

State Resources
School Performance Rating: 
Performance

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
40
American Academy has a minimum requirement of 40 volunteer hours per year per family.
School Accountability Committee
In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a School Accountability Committee(SAC). The purpose of the SAC is to provide opportunities for parents, staff, and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their individual school’s instruction programs along with being a representative voice for the community. They make recommendations to the school principal on the school-wide action planning and goals for improvement, as well as the school budgeting process. Created by state statue in the 1970’s, these committees are comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community members. The focus of this committee is to inform, encourage, and provide opportunities for all stakeholders to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. School Accountability Committee (SAC) should: - represent the community point of view - make recommendations and/or give advice to the principal - work as a positive team member with the Science Department and other middle school teachers to provide the best possible education - focus on needs and concerns of the school’s community - review various components of the school program and advise the principal as to how well these meet the school and community needs - designate a representative to the District Advisory Committee - adopt by-laws consistent with the District’s organizational guidelines - conduct a regular needs assessments/survey for the formulation of school improvement goals - cooperatively develop areas of study based upon school baseline data and school profile information - help in the development and implementation of the school improvement plan - serve to facilitate the communications to the community and to the District Accountability Committee - meet other requirements as indicated in state law - meet on a monthly basis at a time when the majority of all members of the community can attend - open its meetings to the public, and publish the time, date and location of the meetings
Frequency: 
Monthly
Meeting: 
American Academy SAC meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm; location varies - see school website for details.
Parent Teacher Organization
The American Academy Parent Teacher Organization at the Parker campus (AAPTO-PKR), a chapter of the Douglas County Educational Foundation, exists to support the students, faculty, and parents of American Academy - Parker (AA-PKR) in achieving academic excellence while encouraging pride in our student, faculty and parent community. This goal is accomplished by raising funds for American Academy - Parker through our fundraising events and on-going collection programs, by giving back to our teachers and staff whom educate and care for our children, by developing a sense of community in our school with social gatherings, and by giving to those in need through our various outreach programs.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
PTO Meeting times vary from year to year based on the schedules of its members; please visit the school website for current schedules and details.