Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County appeared before the Colorado State Board of Education on October 11, 2017 for a hearing on its request for state waivers. Waivers from state statute and rule are what provide the autonomy for a charter school to implement its own curriculum and academic program, remove restrictions on state licensing for staff, to allow a charter school to hire teachers with strong content backgrounds, and allow for operational autonomy.
The non-automatic waivers were approved by the State Board of Education on a 7-0 vote.
To view Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County’s automatic and non-automatic waivers, visit the Financial Transparency page.
The Douglas County Board of Education approved Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County’s charter contract at its August 1 meeting. The school now has its 5-year agreement and the team is looking forward to the work ahead to prepare the school to open in September of 2018.
Included in the pre-opening conditions is the requirement to have the school 75% enrolled by January 31, 2018. The school team will be working hard to enroll students early and will likely hold its lottery in late-October or early-November. We will provide parents advance notice of the lottery and any important dates via our email newsletter.
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Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County was approved by the Douglas County Board of Education at its June 20 meeting.
Ascent Classical is a K-12 charter public school opening in the fall of 2018 with grades K-10. The school is replicating the successful classical school model proven across the state of Colorado. It is the first expansion under the Ascent Classical Academies network and is based on Golden View Classical Academy, the flagship school in Jefferson County.
Ascent Classical will offer direct, teacher-led instruction in the grammar school with a strong focus on literacy using an explicit phonics approach, the content-rich Core Knowledge sequence, and ability-grouped Singapore math. Older students will participate in more Socratic learning studying primary sources and Latin to deepen their understanding of the English language.
Ascent Classical’s rigorous academic program and focus on developing good charter and virtue is designed to prepare its students to flourish in life.
With the school’s charter approved, founding principal Dr. Terrence O. Moore stated, “I’m looking forward to recruiting teachers well-versed in the liberal arts and sciences to teach this demanding curriculum and talking with parents about what to expect in a classical school.”
Derec Shuler, CEO of Ascent Classical Academies, hailed the decision of the Douglas County School Board for recognizing the strong demand of parents to have a classical charter school option.
The school will be finalizing its future campus location in northern Douglas County, near the I-25 corridor, in the next several months.
As a part of the Ascent Classical Academies network, the school is the second charter school in Colorado affiliated with the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College.
To apply for the Ascent Classical Academy lottery, please complete a non-binding and confidential Letter of Commitment today.