Welcome to Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County

Ascent Classical Academy is offering a tuition-free K-12 classical, charter public school to families in Douglas County. The community will finally have one of the highest performing school models to help children flourish and to prepare them to be happy in life. The school will open in the Fall of 2018.

Expression of Interest

Do you support more high-performing education options in Douglas County? Expressions of Interest are confidential and non-binding, but critical to demonstrate community support for our new school.

Completing an Expression of Interest will also make your child eligible for Ascent Classical Academy’s inaugural lottery, to be conducted in late November 2017.

Information Meeting with Dr. Terrence Moore – September 28

Dr. Terrence O. Moore, founding Principal of Ascent Classical Academy in Douglas County, will be presenting Thursday, September 28.  Dr. Moore is one of the leading advocates of classical education in the United States and its importance in the formation of our...

Dr Terrence Moore Speaks on What to Expect at an Ascent Classical Academy

Dr. Terrence O. Moore, founding Principal of Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County explains what to expect at a classical K-12 charter public school like Ascent Classical.

No “L” in STEM – How a Classical School Develops Leaders and Thinkers

There Is No “L” in STEM: How a Classical School Develops Leaders and Thinkers As every parent knows, there is a great deal of buzz these days surrounding STEM education under the larger umbrella of “college and career readiness.”  Why our schools have not been...

Stanford CREDO Study Finds CMO Charter Schools Have Positive Impact on Student Performance

A recent CREDO at Stanford University study finds charter schools associated with non-profit management companies post signficantly higher gains that other school models.

Summer Reading Suggestions

With school out for the summer, many parents want to know what kinds of books their children should be reading.  The following suggestions are taken from our sister-school Golden View Classical Academy. Download the summer reading list Kindergarten – Second Grade...

Classical Schools Model Still Among the Best Overall and in STEM

The US News and World Report recently released its 2017 rankings of the top schools in the United States and classical and liberal arts schools retain a strong showing in Colorado, demonstrating the success and strength of the classical model. Among the Top 10 schools...

Nationally Known School Reformer Joins Ascent Classical Academy in Douglas County

Ascent Classical Academies are pleased to announce that Dr. Terrence O. Moore has joined the Ascent team as the founding principal of the Douglas County K-12 classical charter school’s launch in the fall of 2018. Dr. Moore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience...

Six Reasons Why Singapore Math Might Be The Better Way

Ascent Classical Academy will use Singapore Math.  Singapore Math is a cohesive, deep, and focused mathematics curriculum, for Kindergarten through Seventh Grade, with the goal of developing algebraic thinking. Algebra is a systematic approach to describing patterns...

Latin, Dead or Alive

Thomas Jefferson, in proposing a course of study for the state of Virginia, wrote this of Latin: I thank on my knees, him who directed my early education, for having put into my possession this rich source of delight, and I would not exchange it for anything which I...

Why Kids Should Learn Cursive (and Math Facts and Word Roots)

Time Magazine published a piece several years ago about the benefits of classical teaching methods and "old-fashion" skills like penmanship and learning multiplication tables, as many schools today are abandoning these basics. The article begins with the perspective...