Selected readings on US charter schools
DENVER – The Colorado League of Charter Schools announced that 15 new charter schools will open their doors in Colorado for the 2013-14 school year, collectively serving more than 3,500 students. This brings the total number of Colorado charter school campuses to over 200. The state’s charter schools now serve over 97,000 students, representing 13% of total K-12 public school enrollment in Colorado.
“This year, Colorado charter schools celebrate their 20th anniversary, and it’s exciting to see them continuing to grow at such a fast rate,” said Nora E. Flood, President of the Colorado League of Charter Schools. “The new charter schools opening this year bring a variety of new, innovative public school options to families across Colorado.”
Some of the new schools are replications of proven and successful models including American Academy, Atlas Preparatory School, Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), Global Village Academy, James Irwin Charter Schools, and Strive Preparatory Schools.
Three of the new charter schools boast Waldorf-inspired models: Juniper Ridge Community School (Grand Junction), Mountain Sage Community School (Fort Collins), and Mountain Song Community School (Colorado Springs).
Colorado Springs and Fort Collins are new homes to Global Village Academy, a language immersion school where students obtain most of their learning in a second language such as Spanish, French, German or Mandarin Chinese.
The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School brings a charter option to families that live in the heart of Denver.
“The fact that these 15 new charter schools will be collectively serving over 3,500 students from the moment they open their doors shows that Colorado parents are demanding public school options so that they can select the right educational fit for their families.”
Charter schools are tuition free, public schools. They are open to anyone who wishes to enroll, no matter a student’s neighborhood, family income, previous education, ethnicity or family status. If a charter school’s demand exceeds its capacity, students are placed into a random lottery for enrollment.
In exchange for flexibility, charter schools embrace strict accountability and maintain high standards by focusing on student needs and academic outcomes.
Currently, Colorado has 200+ charters serving over 97,000 students across the state.
List of Colorado’s Public Charter Schools Opening in fall 2013:
About the Colorado League of Charter Schools
The Colorado League of Charter Schools is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to supporting the charter schools in the state. The League is committed to helping these schools reach higher levels of student performance and overall success by providing information and resources, including technical support, advocacy, public relations assistance, and much more. The League also provides guidance and technical assistance for developing charter school groups, such as charter application reviews and general start up support.