Douglas County, Colorado – March 7, 2017 – Douglas County parents are working toward a new public charter school to meet demand for high-quality educational options in the district. Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County recently began asking parents to provide nonbinding expressions of interest in the school, which hopes to open in fall 2018.

Douglas County School District is known for its longstanding support of parental choice in education. While many parents choose traditional public schools, thousands of others have opted to send their students to district-authorized charter schools, which are tuition-free public schools that operate independently from the neighborhood school system and have additional flexibility when it comes to curriculum, instruction, and educational design.

However, demand for educational options often outstrips the seats available; many of the best charter schools have waiting lists or lottery pools in the hundreds.

Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County aims to meet this growing demand and create an academic home for hundreds of Douglas County students by replicating high-quality classical education model used by successful charter schools in Colorado. Classical schools seek to foster individual happiness and a healthy regime through a content-rich curriculum and traditional classrooms focused on direct instruction.

“We have partnered with parents who helped found Golden View Classical Academy in Golden,” said Clairissa Jolley, an Ascent founder from Highlands Ranch. “They have brought a wealth of experience to help ensure our new school will offer our children a high-quality education, starting from day one.”

“While using the Core Knowledge sequence, the school will offer a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, with a strong foundation in literacy, to include spelling and grammar, and cursive handwriting,” continued Jolley.  “Students will have a strong exposure to American history, the western tradition, Latin, and philosophy, tightly coupled with the development of good character and virtue.”

Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County will submit an application to the Douglas County School District Board of Education in March.  Interested families are asked to visit the Ascent Classical Academy website to complete an expression of interest and learn more about Founding Family opportunities at