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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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Ben Franklin Academy

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Mission: Our mission is to develop young adults with character like America’s founding Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin: well-read, scientifically curious, and civically engaged. Vision: Our students will excel academically through a challenging, sequenced curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and literacy. We will be a data driven institution, focusing on individual students. Our students, teachers, parents, staff, and leaders will be held accountable for the success of our school. Finally, we recognize that an education is incomplete without fostering the arts, sports, nature, and character.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Core Knowledge
Home of the: 
Lightning Bolt
Attendance Line: 
(720) 432-9239
Principal: Diana Simpson
Calendar: Conventional
8:15am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

2270 Plaza Dr
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
United States
Phone: (720)383-4519
Fax: (303)974-1738
Principal Name: Diana Simpson
Mascot: Lightning Bolt
Strand: Core Knowledge
School Start Time: 8:15am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Open Enrollment Status: Lottery
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Library Media Center
Tech Lab
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Full-Day Preschool
Full-Day Kindergarten
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Charter school benefits The educational program is uniquely tailored to each school and community it serves. All budget and personnel decisions are made at the school level. Charter schools have a multi-tiered accountability system that includes parents, authorizers, the state, and lenders. Charter schools thrive with an active community of parents. Teachers at charter schools are not unionized. Charter school facts There are more than 5,000 charter schools nationwide educating more than 1.6 million children. The Charter Schools Act was passed in 1999, in Colorado. There are more than 160 charter schools in Colorado educating more than 66,000 children (8.2 percent of total K-12 enrollment). There are approximately 40,000 students on charter school wait lists statewide. There are eight charter schools in Douglas County.
Calendar: Conventional
8:15am - 3:30pm
Student Dress
Uniform
Support Staff
Mentor Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist

Support Services

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

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: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 91% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 78% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 89% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 94% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 84% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 77% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 72% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 72% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Frequency: 
Monthly
Parent Teacher Organization
Ben Franklin's Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is an integral part of Ben Franklin Academy. The objectives of the PTO are to serve as a volunteer resource for the school, building strong school spirit, provide our school with great social events and to seek resources (materials, funds, and services) that help foster our school community. We are planning some fun events and fundraisers to benefit our school. If you'd like to get involved, please contact pto@bfacademy.org.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
6:30pm-8:00pm on the third Monday of each month in the library.