Academy School District 20
From its rich history and unwavering tradition of excellence, Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs anticipates an exciting future. Voters in the district have historically offered resounding support of needed bond issues and recently passed a referendum to build new facilities. As the north end of Colorado Springs continues to grow, so will District 20; yet it will remain steadfast in its overall goal of offering the finest possible education to the citizens of tomorrow.
District 20 is well known for their academic excellence. They have earned the title Accredited with Distinction for 5 years. This title is reserved for the top 18 school districts (10%) statewide. They offer comprehensive curriculum including International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes in order to challenge their students. They also offer hundreds of athletic and extracurricular activities at all grade levels to develop your child’s interests and talents. This district is home to award-winning artists and scientists, state champion athletes, Boettcher Scholars, and all-state musicians. Academy District 20 was the proud recipient of the 2014 ELPA Excellence Award. This award is presented to district-based English Language Proficiency Programs that achieve the highest English language and academic growth among English learners and the highest academic achievement for English learners who transition out of the English language proficiency program. Academy District 20 a great place for your child to explore and pursue his or her passions.
Currently, Academy District 20 consists of five high schools, five middle schools, and eighteen elementary schools utilizing a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 grade level configuration. District 20 is also home of one of the most popular Charter schools in Colorado Springs, The Classical Academy. The following information presents an overview of curriculum and programs offered in Academy District 20.
Talented and Gifted (TAG)
District 20 wants your child to be able to reach their full potential and therefore provides TAG programming and has teachers dedicated to meeting TAG students. TAG is offered early on starting in kindergarten. In third grade a transition between this informal participation and more formal identification for TAG services occurs. District testing in third grade and sixth grade determines formal TAG identification. Once the student reaches middle school responsibility for meeting the needs of the TAG students is shared by an academic team of teachers, TAG teachers, the student, and the parent(s). Identified students are offered opportunities geared to their specific strength area(s). In high school, TAG students enroll in more rigorous and accelerated courses which may include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors and postsecondary classes. Electives and extracurricular activities provide additional avenues for students with special abilities and talents. Student self-advocacy is encouraged and becomes more important as goals for the future are decided. For more information,
The special education staff members of Academy District 20 are committed to empowering each student with a disability to reach his/her unique potential for a life of quality, dignity, and purpose. They strive to provide services to students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment along with non-disabled students to the greatest extent feasible and in accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The district offers a continuum of service options and alternative placements designed to meet the individual needs of students. Academy District 20’s service delivery for children on IEPs (Individual Education Plan) is based on individual needs, not driven solely by disability category. Each school is staffed with at least one special education teacher and a speech/language pathologist. Itinerant staff members (school social worker, school psychologist, school nurse, occupational and physical therapists, and others) are also available to complete assessments, participate in the IEP process, and provide specialized support services as necessary. All special education professional staff members meet highly qualified standards as appropriately licensed teachers or special service providers through the Colorado Department of Education. Paraprofessionals are often available to assist in implementation of students’ IEPs.
Academy District 20 Choice School Transportation provides transportation to designated choice programs throughout the district for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. This model of transportation was created to help parents by sharing the responsibility for delivering students to schools outside their neighborhood school attendance area. Parents may choose to bring their students to satellite stops from which their children may be transported by school bus to their choice school. Satellite bus stop locations are established throughout the district, often at or near neighborhood elementary schools. Wherever possible, bus stops will be placed within approximately .5 miles from home for elementary students and approximately .75 miles from home for secondary students.
Exploring a few D-20 Schools
D-20 is a high achieving school district that offers a wide range of academic roads for your child. Digging a little deeper we can give you a taste of a few of the schools inside the district.
Academy International Elementary School: Academy International is one of more than 1,000 International Baccalaureate elementary schools in the world and was the first public school in North or South America to be certified by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). The staff from this school comes from around the world as well as inside Academy District 20. The curriculum is internationally focused and is based on best practices of the USA and the world. All students receive French language instruction. A One-Way French Immersion option is available beginning in first grade.
Mountain Ridge Middle School: Mountain Ridge has an International Baccalaureate program as well and has successfully implemented it for 17 years. Teachers here are IB trained. Intrinsic to the IB program is the expectation that students become adept at communicating in their own language as well as developing proficiency in a second language. The IBMYP Programme provides a framework that encourages students to become reflective, critical thinkers and challenges them to see the connections between their learning and the world. All IB students will take French or Spanish language as part of their academic day. In partnership with parents, students receive support from the staff as they transition through the social, physical, intellectual and personal changes of adolescence.
Liberty High School: At Liberty High School 70% of their teaching staff hold a master’s degree or higher and all are dedicated to the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students. They offer Honors and Advanced Placement courses as well as programs to help under-achieving students be successful. They have award winning performing arts, visual arts, and career and technical education programs that challenge students at the highest levels. Additionally, Liberty offers a full range of athletic and extra-curricular programs including 24 CHSAA sanctioned athletic programs and over 20 academic clubs and activity groups. The athletic programs have won multiple academic all-state awards have seven state championships. Through clubs and activities, the students annually raise thousands of dollars for charity, participate in community service, and engage in multiple school events. Liberty High School is dedicated to developing well-rounded students who can meet the challenges of a dynamic world. Traditionally, 87% of the graduating seniors attend post-secondary colleges and universities across the country
Pine Creek High School: Pine Creek is one of three Schools of Innovative Learning through Technology in Academy District 20. As the district’s technology strand high school, students and teachers have open access to a variety of technological advancements. Pine Creek is moving towards a 1:1 device initiative. For the 2015-16 school year, more than 1,300 iPads will be assigned to individual students. Full implementation will be attained in 2016-17 school year. Technology is applied in creative, productive, and effective ways in the daily educational experience. This seamless integration of technology into the learning experience is just one of the hallmarks of Pine Creek. Pine Creek students are high achieving; more than 95% of the Class of 2015 is headed to college, and these students received more than $14 million in scholarships and awards, including Boettcher Scholarships, National Merit Scholarships, and several appointments to United States Military Academies. More than 60 students graduated with above a 4.0 grade point average and more than 120 were recognized as honor grads, graduating with higher than a 3.75 grade point average. They are committed to providing support to all students, including those who may be struggling in the classroom, through numerous interventions and programs. Academic support will be available before and after school, as well as during Creek Connections, offered during both lunch periods, in the Academic Support Center. Students can access teachers, the math and writing lab, and make-up quizzes and tests. Athletic teams at Pine Creek are highly competitive. Pine Creek is home to the 2014 and 2013 5A State Championship Football team. In the fall of 2013 the Pine Creek boys soccer team won the 5A state championship. The Pine Creek girls track and soccer teams consistently have top state finishes and will be making a run for the state championships in 2015. Pine Creek is the proud recipient of 12 Metro League championships for the 2014-15 school year. Additionally, Pine Creek was recognized as the academic state champions in several of the boys and girls sports. The Pine Creek performing arts department is the best in the region. The drama program was selected as one of a few productions to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival. The instrumental program is home to award winning marching, jazz, and concert bands, and the Choral Program consistently earns top honors competitively, and boasts high numbers of students selected as All State participants. They are known for the wide array of clubs and activities offered, including DECA. This large marketing education club provides opportunities for state and national competition, and Pine Creek is proud to be considered among the top twenty DECA programs in the nation. One of the goals is to engage 100 percent of the students in a co-curricular athletic or activity program. If you would like to visit Pine Creek High School to experience their dynamic educational environment, please contact the counseling office
Rampart High School: Rampart is a comprehensive high school and is also home to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Academy District 20 was the first public school district in North America to offer a K-12 program with the International Baccalaureate Organization. Rampart had students graduate in 2012 who participated in the IB program throughout their education. In addition, Rampart offers a comprehensive AP (Advanced Placement) Program. In 2013, Newsweek ranked Rampart among the top 500 high schools in the United States based on the number of students who took the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams
Discovery Canyon Campus High School: Discovery Canyon Campus follows many of the D-20 campus trends with implementing another authorized International Baccalaureate Programme site with all students in ninth and tenth grade participating in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Students in grades 11 and 12 may choose to enter into the Diploma Programme (DP) and receive the highly acclaimed IB Diploma upon successful completion of programme requirements. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of courses. In addition to standard college prep classes, AP and IB classes are offered in math, English, science, humanities, and world languages (Spanish/French). Electives include drama, speech and debate, marketing, programming, publications, music (instrumental and vocal), business, art (3D, 2D, and computer graphics), technology/engineering (Project Lead the Way), Biomedical Sciences and physical education. A wide range of clubs, activities, and interscholastic athletics are offered for all students affording them opportunities to assume leadership roles not only within grades nine through twelve, but throughout the campus.
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