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K-8
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Castle Pines, CO
Students enrolled: 892
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6971 Mira Vista Lane
Castle Pines, CO 80108

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(720) 292-5200
(720) 733-2641
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December 08, 2014
I'm surprised by some of the reviews on here. Yes, AA is academically rigorous; yes, there are uniforms; yes, there are expectations on each family to donate time and/or money to the school, BUT the school with work with you on any of these areas. For example, we found we were buried in math homework and yet still not doing well in the subject, we talked to the teachers and we had our math class changed and immediately saw an improvement in our issues. This is not a school you can send little Johnny to and then have your hands off, you must be involved. Overall we are extremely happy with the school, are thrilled with the STEM program, love the teachers, can't say enough about the PTO and would recommend AA to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2014
I am not surprised by the negative reviews about AA. My 2 boys have been there for 3 yrs. People who are shocked by the negative reviews don't spend enough time here. Academically, it's a great school, which is why my boys are still there. Regarding preferential treatment for families who invest a lot of money -- this is absolutely true. Faculty treat students with money very differently (i.e., they receive Leadership awards, etc). However, I have not found a school where this isn't true. We have not yet experienced the bullying that has also been mentioned here. If/when we do, I will have to deal with the faculty or pull the boys out -- this is something no parent should tolerate. The comments about Kindies receiving 4 reading & math sheets a night is exaggerated. We've now been through Kindie twice and we have received 2 math sheets (they are very quick and easy) and a reading packet that my son has all week to complete. Doable. Some of the AA parents I know have complained but this is what good schools do -- they get parents involved and knowledge is reinforced through homework. If you don't want to be very involved with your kids' education, this school won't be a good fit.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2014
Since moving my child to American Academy, Parker campus from another Charter school in the area, we have nothing but praise for this school. I'm taken back by the negative comments, but I really think that comes from parents first year in a Charter school. My daughter gets her homework done in under an hour. We love the impressive hands on science labs, ability grouping, Stem program and the positive atmosphere. Not to mention ditching the heavy backpacks, by putting books in their laptops and the convenience I have lockers. Yes, they have uniforms but it's not over the top. If I had to complain I'd say it was in regards to the long carpool lines. Couldn't be happier with American Academy!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2014
If you want a school with TRUE ability grouping; administration that DOES try to address parent and student concerns; adm and staff that CONSISTANTLY tries to address areas that need improvement; dedicated, dynamic, qualified teachers who CARE and are held accountable; and PARENTS who care about their students and their school community, then AA is for you. Yes, HW may seem daunting at times, but, depending on the day, it can be completed or started at school with proper time management during study time. AA is not for every family, and not for every child in a family. Nonetheless, it is an incredible school!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
Before attending this school, as a parent, determine what is most important for your children. A. A slightly higher standard of eduction standard scores which includes negative reinforcement throughout. Or B. a positive experience to school; understanding that everyone will be treated properly while teachers are expected to properly perform their jobs. The correct option is B; don't go for A or as a parent you regret the decision you made for your child's future.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
As a parent looking to find the school that will best fit your child/family there are a few things that are important to know about American Academy. First it really is not for everyone. The informational meetings a parent attends are all conducted by the school's director. At none of the mass group meetings we attended did you hear from the principal or teachers. Observing the classrooms/teachers or even meeting the teachers is "not something we do" the school informs a parent sighting "security' reasons. EVERY other school we looked at (both private and public )were more then willing to make those arrangements. I think the STEM curriculum/uniform guidelines/ability grouping is what attracts a lot of families. But ALL schools both public and private have ability grouping. Mandatory carpool drop-off/pick-up is okay in my opinion for 3rd grades on up but not for kindergarteners/1 and 2 graders. Parents spend time reviewing the schools website and policies. They use the word "structured" ALOT but what school isn't structured. There are many young teachers at the school still learning themselves...our family personally wanted experienced teachers with longevity at a school.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
This school seems designed for and by "professional moms" who have no other responsibilites and don't mind hour-long carpool lines. Required volunteer hours are mostly during the day (not reasonable for working parents). The discipline policies in the early grades are unrealistic and severe. Uniforms are high-quality, yet pricey and difficult to obtain (logo shirts are only available from retailer clear across town). This school is very tightly-wound and does not focus on whole-child development. "Book-learning" and high test scores trump real-world skills.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
My kids are both thriving at American Academy's Parker campus. I couldn't ask for a better school for each of them. It is more rigorous than the school we came from but I know this will pay off for them in the long run. I am so thankful that this school opened in our town. We absolutely love it!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
The reason why there are so many reviews on AA - you either love it or hate it. Some great teachers. PTO is over the top, raises tremendous amounts of $, every kid 5th grade & above has a computer - with a very large amount of quality programs loaded, that they rent. Love History & Foss science is hands on and interesting. There are some really poor, grumpy teachers - turnover is high. The spelling/phonics program (Spaulding) is confusing & not effective. Your whole family will be impacted by the stress associated with the school. You kid will cry about homework & stress. Even good students will break down and cry, at some point, in the upper grades. Kids cry about missing a day of school b/c of the amount of homework. A boot camp for middle school. So many parents love it up to 3rd grade... And then it is a real struggle. Expectations are high - but not always at a healthy positive level. Make sure you think about how this will impact you & your family before signing up - and if you have a child that struggles with school - run! We have been there over 5 years & I don't know if I would recommend it to anyone - unless the child is above average & organized.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My children have attended AA since the first year it opened, when my son was in 1st grade, he graduated 8th grade last year. I currently have 1 in middle school & 1 in elementary. It is very hard to rate AA. There are so many positives and a few, very important, negatives. The teachers & staff are very committed & caring. BUT, parents talk and lately most of us are talking about the often 3-4 hour a night homework load, especially 5th grade on. It is almost abusive and the "late work" policy, which marks of 20% off first date late, 50% off 2nd day late and 0 credit on 3rd day, makes for lots of stress, poor self-esteem and the school forced barring of kids form school extra- curricular activities. On the plus side, my children do learn time management, and a no-excuses to getting your work done mindset. I recommend AA- CP campus, but with reservations. If your child struggles or quite frankly is very bright but will challenge the idea of doing lots of homework just for the sake of "rigor", you may want to pass on AA. As the school has become larger, the administration seems to be less concerned about the well being of the students and more concerned with their "ratings".

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
I'm a little confused by the negative comments below, because it almost sounds like my kids (grades 2 & 4) are going to a different school! We were beyond thrilled when our kids were accepted at the new American Academy - Parker campus last spring and it's been one great day after another there. The front office is amazing - they manage a school of around 600 students every day with a great deal of professionalism and grace and good humor (I laugh almost every time I come in!). The carpool process is still a little creaky, but I know from experience with other schools that this will iron out with time and other parents figuring out the right behavior for carpool (I'm referring to the parents who think that the whole line should wait for them to personally guide their little darlings into the waiting arms of their teachers). The academics are rigorous compared to the other schools we've attended and both my son and daughter are loving their teachers and the school atmosphere. We've even had one experience with bullying that we felt was handled REALLY well, and everyone is doing much better! I recommend American Academy whole-heartedly!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
I am a parent of a child that attends American Academy PKR. I am nothing but pleased and ecstatic with what my daughter has learned in this short amount time. She is challenged everyday and the teachers are so amazing. I am blessed that we were given the opportunity to move schools. I also have to say the staff at AA-PKR are amazing and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate whatever the need may be. Parent

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
I cannot believe how unprofessional the co-founder of this school is. As a parent, I was talking with her about the school and their expectations. I was still in the middle of the conversation when she told me thank you anyway for your concern and slammed the phone in my hear. I cannot believe how unprofessional her and some of the other staff memebers are at this Parker School! They are suppose to be teaching respect to our children. I have immediately pulled my 3 children from AA. We are back at our neighborhood school and loving it!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
Education is important but kids also need to feel good about walking through the school doors every morning. I was ecstatic when my student was accepted into the Parker American Academy, now my heart breaks and I hold my breath until the end of the day. I believe teachers choose to ignore the bullying. American Academy boast of teaching/enforcing the essential 23 guidelines for manners and behaviors but often my student comes home upset by the way they are treated by other students. Teachers only communicate with you when they have something to say. I have written emails with concerns or questions that have never been answered. It is almost impossible to really know what is going on with your student because the teachers don't want to be bothered by parents. If you are looking for a school who treats your child like a statistical robot and not an individual this is the school for you. As a parent you will be put in your place very quickly which is not as a partner in our child's education. My child will not be going back next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Wonderful school! We have had trouble getting our son excited about school previously and now he can't wait to go! He was also a kid that depended heavily on a dedicated teacher and we have finally found that ever year here. The parent communication still amazes me and has made our split household actually work when it's always been a fight. Best choice we could have EVER made.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
This school is all I wanted for my child. I have student in Parker campus. There is a great balance between hands on, book and/or memorization learning. My child ( 3rd grader) learned how to study and take notes. I see great improvement in all areas (and we came from pretty good charter school). School days are interesting and -believe or not-every day the question "What did you learn today" are answered with long and excited story and not like previously with "nothing". All that is happening because of the fantastic teachers! Those teachers are the best they can be. They work so very hard ( evenings, Saturdays- I have proof), they love their job. They care for the students and their success. The office/carpool staff are the nicest people I've ever met. They are nice, kind and helpful every day! The music department is great. Communication with parents is superb. The only hard part is when your child misses school. It is very hard to make up the assignments when they pail up with current ones. Be prepared for hard but interesting work and good organization. My child has a lot of ECA's so it's doable but not easy. I hope nothing will change.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2013
I have never worked with such amazing and dedicated students and parents. My job is terrific. I feel like I come in and make a difference everyday. I have excellent resources, proven curriculum and supportive administration and parents. I have worked in another highly rated district, as well as Denver's inner city. AA is the best.

- submitted by a teacher
November 21, 2013
My kids are at American Academy's new Parker campus. We absolutely love it - such an improvement over our neighborhood school! They are thriving with the challenging curriculum and ability grouping. We are very impressed with the leadership and staff. Can't say enough about this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My kids LOVE this school! Been at AA since 2008. Both of my kids have had exceptional teachers every year. My son went from being in supported reading and math in kindie to being in grade level math and advanced reading. His testing scores show he's advanced in all subjects. My daughter has been consistently advanced all her 4 years. My kids really enjoy the environment. I was unhappy when we moved into the permanent facility in 2009 and class size went from 16 to 28. But my kids have still thrived with the increase in class size. The homework at times can be overwhelming, but I really think it's an individual issue. My son can make a 30 min assignment last 2 hours. It's not as strict as some of the reviews say, yes you need to wear the uniform and may get a color change or write up but I've never seen anyone get any sort of discipline for an off color hair band(that's stretching it a bit). Every child learns differently and this school may not be for everyone, but its been phenomenal for my kids and I feel they will be prepared for HS. I must add that my family isn't super wealthy and doesn't donate thousands and I've never felt that my kids were treated any lesser.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
I couldn't have found a better school for my children several years ago. They were terribly bored at one of the neighborhood public schools. We opted to join the AA family when the school was still located in Lone Tree. My kids have graduated AA by now. They have had the best preparation for High School and are both way ahead of their classmates in all subjects. I strongly disagree with opinions regarding the current principal. We always found an open ear. For us things changed for the better with the new leadership a few years ago. Problems finally got addressed and solved.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
This school implements ability groupings in a more effective way than I have seen at another local school that claimed that to be a strength. This school integrates technology across its curriculum, truly accelerating learning and preparing students for our changing world. This school embraces excellence and empowers their students with sustainable skills sets that will serve students throughout their lives.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Really great school! When my older son transferred in to AA, he was behind in some writing skills and had to work hard to catch up (yes, even in 1st grade). I blame that mostly on the fact that even in kindergarten, this school challenges the kids to really learn and grow. My younger son started here in kindergarten and learned at least 3 times as much as my other one did at our local school. No school is perfect, but we have found that the teachers have been responsive to our concerns and we could resolve placement issues in a timely and constructive manner. Homework in the early grades depends on the individual teacher and the student's ability -- what takes some kids 5 minutes can take others 45 minutes. But kids know what is expected of them and the standards are high. And we love the opportunities that are offered here: in the curriculum, in the field trips, in the extracurriculars. The work load has not stopped my kids from doing competitive sports, just forced us to be very efficient and organized. We have not seen any favoritism or felt that donations have altered how individual students are treated. If you come, be prepared to work and you can thrive

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
I am overall very happy with our school! My children are very different academically and I am so pleased that they have ability grouping. The one thing that I am not happy about is transportation for student field trips. I believe that the students should be riding a bus to a field trip not in someone's parents car where I have no idea what their driving record is like or whether or not they are texting (especially if the student is 7 or younger and should still be in booster). Other than that it has been a great experience for us!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
Sadly this school has changed so much in the past few years, for the worse! Since the current head of school (can't be called principal because she has no background in education and forcefully pushed out the principal who was loved) took over the school has lost sight of its mission. Love of learning is gone. Now it is just like a military academy. The disciplie is unfairly administered and children are intimidated openly when not completing the hours and hours of homework. Parents are asked to volunteer - but only in certain areas like the lunchroom and playgroud. They are otherwise banned from the classroom stating that they are 'a distraction' Class size is actually between 28-33 (16 is listed on this website). Teachers and administration are not held to any dress code yet students are written up for not wearing a belt or having the wrong colored hair rubberband. If a student does not fit the exact mold for the straight A student who doesn't want to be involved in any other activity other than school and homework they are treated like they just are not smart enough. If parents are not donating thousands of dollars yearly students are singled out and not treated well.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
This school tries their best to push out children with special needs. They ignore bullying issues and favoritism lies with the children whose parents contribute the most money to their fundraising. The principal does not have any education background and does not bother attending IEP meetings- nor does she advocate for students struggling when teachers don't follow the IEP. The students come from upper income households for the most part and many of the kids hold an elitist attitude due to this. The school makes it apparent who has money and doesn't, as their library barely has any books and kids need a Kindle to check out books (online). They also are discussing each parent buying a laptop for their student as part of the school fees. Our other child was placed in a group that didn't match her ability and was left to flounder for weeks until we finally were able to get her reevaluated. We were told that evaluations are only quarterly, so she would be stuck until then. Often, she comes home with 3-10 worksheets a night to complete- yes I said 10. Their policy for field trips is to not pay for buses, so they let any parent that wants to transport the students do so. Unsafe.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
Stay away from this school if you have common sense. The teachers assign worksheets non-stop instead of hands-on, involved teaching. My daughter in kindergarten comes home with 3-4 worksheets a night for homework in Math and 1 hour of Reading worksheets, as well. The work doesn't get graded in a timely manner- her last graded paper was 1 month ago. When you reach out to the principal with concerns, she reminds you of the chain of communication- aka: Don't bother me. We are moving on and will be returning to our neighborhood school. One more thing: They let everyone park all over the the school grounds- blocking people in at the end of the day so you can't leave. 2013 school year can't come soon enough!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
My family was so excited for our children to attend this school due to the excellent Core Knowledge Curriculum, Uniform/Conduct Standards, and Ability Grouping. These aspects worked for our students. The homework can be excessive but does prepare them well for time management issues in High School. The downside is it can create family stress. The teacher turnover is high and the administration will not admit it. More than double the percent last reported. There does not seem to be a plan to correct this issue. The conduct standards have been inaccurately and unfairly used against some students in the Middle School. There has been a large issue with the Middle School boys. It seems better with the girls. I your son is very bright, inquisitive, and challenges any the rules in Middle School (Ie , noise in the lunchroom, uniform rules etc., recess rules,study hall rules) this may create more resentment from your child . While the academic standards of the school are great the structure is such that you may run into problems with the administration or teachers. There is often no way to resolve these because the board and administrators are protecting each other.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
Think long and hard before accepting enrollment to this school. It needs discipline, hard work, focus, respect and high expectations of oneself - and is obviously not everyone's cup of tea. Most of us parents don't pay any attention to this during the open house and also do not pull our kids out of school when it does not suit them - so the easy street is denial and criticism. In the last four years my daughter is thriving and we love it here - although we are not connected to any school committee. The myth about zero extra curricular activities is also incorrect since some of the other kids are state swimming champions and doing fine in the school at the same time. The school is not perfect but for my kid it is a great blessing. You have to make the right call for your kid since no school is perfect for everybody and can please everyone all the time. From what I understand, hard work pays. And the consistent results from this school shows. But what I like most is how it prepares kids for the future. Hats off to the many dedicated and unsung teachers, administrators and amazing PTO.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2012
Think long and hard before accepting enrollment to this school. If you and your children are Type A personalities than you will survive the very, very rigorous academic structure and pace. Academic pace starts to increase noticibly at 3rd grade level and by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels, count on 3 1/2 - 4 hours of nightly homework. The culture at this school is bad, very elitist . Your children will be squeezed out if they do not fit into the culture and it's "invisible" parameters...you will beg for your neighborhood school to give your child back their spot...as AA has now become your "home" school. Leadership is marginal. Special treatment for kids whose parents are connected to the school. Problems with bullying. Have a happy family life and stick with your neighborhood school, your child will recieve a very good education and be well rounded and well adjusted. This school looks great from the outside and on paper, but it is rotten on the inside.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
Leadership wants more schools. Cannot even keep their website up and operational. Disappointed with admin. Teachers are good but turn over is high. Parents are VERY involved with school. Lots of homework for the kiddos.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
We had a horrible experience with this school and I would never wish what happened to them to happen to any other children. My children were not welcome as new students and there was no attempt by the teachers to give them any guidance or support - it was sink or swim. I invite any parent reading these reviews that has had an unfavorable experience to band together and report their offenses,. There is power in numbers and this school needs to be held accountable.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
American Academy is a fantastic school with amazing leadership. The American Academy Board of Directors and current Head of School are some of the most passionate, dedicated and effective individuals to work in public schools. American Academy offers an extensive educational experience for their student population as they foster the next generation of scientists and world leaders. This is a school that cares about and provides support for all members of the student population. They have amazing teachers who are constantly going above and beyond for their students and the overall school community. There are many extracurricular options that help to create the culture that makes this school different from the other options available. The teachers are excited to teach the administrators are enthusiastic to lead. American Academy is the best!!

- submitted by a community member
June 28, 2011
This school is as good as it gets for our area. If you want to sit back and enjoy the ride think again about enrolling your kids here. Parents are required to put in 40 hours per school year. The academics are definitely rigorous and the culture of the school is composed of "intense" predominantly "type A" personalities. If you are looking for a more laid back and relaxed school then I would not recommend it. This school has an amazing fine arts and music department. There are a multitude of extra curricular activities including Spanish, typing, writing workshops and robotics to name a few. A big improvement for this year will be in- house special educators including speech, psychologist and social worker.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
Great STEM school with a great curriculum! Students, parents and teachers are all very involved in a rigorous environment. The uniforms keeps everyone on task.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
My husband's and my favorite part about AA is the flexible grouping system. Students are tested all year long to gauge their current ability levels and to identify learning gaps. For example, my son, an early reader and a quick student, had fallen behind this last year in comprehension skills. Instead of keeping him in the advanced group, he was moved to the standard group for more support. He's getting the attention he needs at the level he needs right now, and he's doing great. Maybe next year he'll be in advanced again, maybe not, but he's being taught according to his NEEDS. How many schools can say they identify and then address and accommodate each student at that level of detail? Not many I imagine. We are thrilled by the school's determination and ability to make "challenging each student at their level" a priority and a possibility.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
Our kids have attended a few others schools, public and private and though I never have been one for uniforms and a lot of structure, I have to say that it really works for my kids! They are learning at such a fast pace and doing extremely well at American Academy, I just can't beleive it. I love my kids teachers (and they do too!) and I feel like they really care about educating my kids. The school managemnet is extremely effecient and I feel like the school is runs like a top. The communication from the school is wonderful. We feel like we are informed about policies, fundraisers and all of the extra cirricular activities that are offered (which we love as well).

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
My children have been going to this school since the oldest was in first grade (she is now in fifth) and it is an amazing school. Is it perfect? No, bu then again, what school is? However, when I see the quality of education my children are getting, I have no complaints. The teachers are excellent and dedicated, the new principal is doing an excellent job, and there are more than enough challenges to keep my children interested.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
I have been very happy with American Academy. The teachers here are dedicated to making learning fun and interesting for all students! I can't believe what they are learning! My 4th and 6th grader are learning more advanced Science and Math than their high school aged cousins! Truly amazing! Great school, great community feel!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
Phenomenal school with phenomental teachers! I love the curriculum and the challenges that the teachers provide. The leadership is wonderful and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
I thought this school was better than it actually is. The homework load for the middle school students is excessive for no reason. The Math department is ridiculous. The ability placement is a joke because children don't move up and are often placed in the wrong classes. Two of my children were incorrectly placed and thus NOT challenged. I had to argue to have my children placed properly.What could be a Great school is only mediocre due to it's math department and homework load. Hours of homework do not make a child smarter, the teachers do. Teach the children how to do the work! Educate! I'm really disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
I have two children at American Academy and they absolutely love it! We left our neighborhood school in search of more. The ability grouping for math and reading is fantastic! They have science and social studies everyday, not rotating the two like our old school. Carpool line takes some getting used to, but is to be expected in a commuter school. I will take a little hassle for a quality education. You really feel you are getting a private education for free. I have no idea why or how people are posting negative reviews when their child never attended the school. Bizarre!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2010
As in many charters the literacy instruction is outdated and faulty. There is a negative attitude towards students who struggle or who have special needs... "This school might not be the right fit for your child." Meaning- they need CSAP scores. They have a board that operates as friends do- not as a school leadership team.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
American Academy used to be a great school. Unfortunately, now that the new building is in Castle Pines, it has become a school fo the haves versus the have nots. The entire culture of the student and parent body is changing, and not for the better. The principal is the mother that founded the school and she has no background in education with regard to a formal education. She defers to the Senior Academic Director for virtually all academic issues. Additionally, there is an elitest attitude that only the brightest students need stay. Teachers are encouraged to tease out the students who are not performing at or above grade level so that their state testing scores are not influenced in a negative way.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
My family loves this school! The depth of the curriculum is incredible. I am amazed at the information my children retain. Carpool is somewhat time consuming, but not a deal breaker. The teachers seem to be very enthusiastic in regards to helping the children understand. More and more extracurricular programs are popping up every month, creating an even more rounded educational opportunity for the students. There is a bright and exciting atmosphere within the school, helping the kids feel comfortable and eager to learn. I cannot promote this school enough - I tell all my friends about this amazing find!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2010
We're finally finished with American Academy!! Kids are ability grouped with NO flexibility and once they are set in a particular group they do not move!! New principal has no background in education and yet is supposed to evaluate best practices within the classrooms. Kids individual learning styles are not addressed and there is little or no attempt to work with kids that struggle academically. Kids will either be indoctrinated into the AA way or will struggle and leave. There is NO concern for providing an environment where ALL students can succeed!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
we are very pleased with the high quality of the academics my children are receving. The teachers and the staff are very professional and knowledgeable. The STEM program is one of the best in the nation. This is the kind of education our children need in order to compete with the rest of the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
The school year has been wonderful in every aspect. The front office does an amazing job. I am very pleased with the staff and administration!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
The academic curriculum and the teachers are good, but the administration and the front office is extremely rude and does not address the issues and concerns of the parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
This is our first year at American Academy and we have nothing but positive things to say. To me, the highlights are definitely the the Core Knowledge curriculum, the ability grouping and the uniforms. In my opinion, these three components set the stage for a successful education. Our son has enjoyed the entire year, from Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading down to PE, Music and Art. We're thrilled with what he is learning, how he's being taught and the environment in which this is all happening. We've also enjoyed the opportunity to attend a special after-school Spanish class. As with most things, you get out of it what you put into it. We couldn't be more happy here.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
I am so thrilled with this school! Our kids do athletics in the surrounding community, so I'm mostly concerned that the school my children attend has a focus on, heaven forbid, academics. Whatever else they deal with on a daily basis, the first priority of AA's administration is obviously the academic success of their students. Kids are tested regularly and the teachers are held to those results. And they use those results to tweak the curriculum and staff. What a concept! My they are average students at AA. Sometimes there's a lot of homework. But they are thriving and happy and learning amazing things every single day at this school. I wish I could go back and attend this school! I couldn't be more enthusiastic in my recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
Amerian Academy has been an exceptional school for my two kids. We started at AA 3 years ago. We are so impressed with the curriculum, the teachers and the staff. We particulary like the fact that character education is emphasized. I have never seen a group of kids act with such respect towards others and property. This is a school that is on the cutting edge and so needed in today's world. I would recommend this school very highly.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating March 03, 2010
First and foremost, the charter school option is a self selecting option. If you do not like the option, seek a better option. If you like the option, congratulations you've found it. We sought and found a school that is Core Knowledge and STEM focused. What we got was more as this administration, faculty and student body is fully ENGAGED in all aspects. Wonderful school. If I have to raise funds to keep it running then so be it. I sought it out. If I did not want that for my child then I would've put them in the regular mill. Remember: Options, Choices and Consequences. Good, bad and ugly, its all relevant to your perception.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
We are a brand new family at American Academy and we are thrilled with the success our daughter has had. The ability grouping is such a great system and we can't say enough about the teachers. The STEM weeks are incredible, the information the kids come home with is so encouraging. Her class size is small - 23 kids compared to 28 or 29 at some of the other schools in the district. The new building is beautiful and the teachers and front office staff have been so helpful, friendly and supportive to our family. We are so happy with the education our daughter is receiving and have absolutely no regrets about choosing American Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
This is not the school we signed up for four years ago. Small class sizes are no more with the building of the new facility. The highly qualified principal was let go for no reason, and the founding parent of the school is now in charge! This leader is not qualified and has never taught a day in the classroom and stands to get the $90K job for next year. Teachers make some of the lowest salaries going and everyone is told how we need to raise funds, but they need to pay attention to where the money is really going. Children are nothing more than revenue to AA. If you aren't outraged...you aren't paying attention.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2009
We just moved to American Academy this year (2009). We previously attended a charter school and so we understood the volunteer requirements, uniforms, board situations, etc. Charter Schools do not follow the same game plan as a public district run school. Some are run using a business type structure, some mimic private schools, and others follow your average public school setup. Research and know the difference then determine what is best for your family. My oldest son is advanced in most subjects but really needs help with Math. American Academy definitely can and is providing that structure for him through their ability grouping. My other son is advancing far beyond what I could have. Teachers are responsive and want their students to thrive. With the new building the extra cirricular activities are there. Overall this has been a great experience for us.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2009
This is the perfect school for US, my kids and my family. As with any school the right fit is the key to success. It may not be for everyone especially busy parents without time to be 'hands on' with their childs' education. A ton of parental involvement is expected and I grow weary of all the complainers, seriously are you more interested in what is going on with staff kids than your own? I am not a staff person, just a parent that feels this is the best place for my kids. The scores don't lie and watching my kids excel and remain challenged keeps me thrilled! It's not for everyone or for every kid, parents partner with your kids and decide if it's right for you and your kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
This is a schoool that is either loved or hated by the kids and parents. There are some really wonderful teachers at this school that my kids dearly loved and learned a lot from. Unfortunately the bad apples ruin the bunch. The principle does as little as possible, in the hopes of avoiding confrontation, to address numerous parental concerns. Nor does she have a grasp on what is happening in the classrooms and the extreme variences of expectations between grades and teachers within the same grade. Again, despite numerous complaints from concerned parents. On top of a very academically rigorous day the kids are sent home with large amounts of homework (far beyond district standards) leaving little time for downtime and after school activities. The kids and teachers are beyond burnt out by the end of the school year. I don't feel that this school supports a well rounded student.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 07, 2009
This is an amazing school! The kids are held to high standards of behavior & accountability. The teachers obviously love these kids and are enthusiastic. It's also amazing to me how flexible they are in meeting the needs of each child academically. They are continuously re-assessing these kids. We have attended several private and public schools and there is nothing better than American Academy. There are some things that are lacking, like foreign language, but you can only fit so much work into a day without stressing young children out. The specials teachers take very seriously their music, art and PE, which is outstanding. They're not 'soft' classess by no means. I'm thrilled that my children will be there through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
American Academy simply stated, raises the bar. Expectations of students have deteriorated - which is evident in how the US ranks among other countries when it comes to education. American Academy has set out to remedy that for students and parents who are willing to give what it takes to uphold rigorous academic and behavioral standards. American Academy will not meet the needs of coddling parents, however, it is a school that will produce tremendous leaders of the future. Wait and see.... - Proud, Pleased Parent

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
This is a wonderful school. The education my kids are getting is far superior to the public schools in our area. Expectations are so high. Would not have my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
This is an amazing school! The curriculum is challenging, the teachers fantastic. My daughter has been there for 2 years and we're transferring our other grade school child there next year! I spend quite some time at the school volunteering and the children are respectful and kind. AA expects high standards and I admire that. Sure, it's a new school, but there are always growing pains with something new. Considering there are 500+ kids in a temporary strip mall it's fantastic! We love the school! It's not the building that counts, but what's inside. We are thrilled that the school goes through 8th grade and we couldn't be happier to be there.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2007
We love the school, the CK curriculum and the structured environment. Our three girls love their teachers and the school. It is amazing at what they learn. The staff is wonderful. What more could we say? It works for us. Simply the BEST!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2007
I am amazed at what my kids are learning at American Academy. The education they are receiving is far above where they were before coming to this school. This is an academically challenging school and I couldn't be happier with the curriculam, the teachers or the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
We are thrilled with the school. I will admit that it was an adjustment coming from a school where my children were never challenged. Now they are thriving and loving everything about it. Of course they can't wait for the new facility with a 'real' playground but they are still having fun and staying active. I am certain that my children will be prepared for highschool and beyond now. They are learning to take notes and tests and they are actually learning to write! I never saw an effort to teach writing in thier old school. In addition the Core knowledge curriculum allows a deeper exposure to science and history before Jr. High. The 4th graders are about to dissect a animals heart while they are learning about cardiology! There are high expectations of the children in this school and they really rise to meet the challenges set in front of them.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
You couldn't pay us to take our kids out of AACP. Yes, the Admin could use some work, but so could any organization in the world - academic or not. Yes, there are issues with the playground, but we all went in knowing that the current campus was temporary. Wait till the new school is built in Fall 2008! The academics are very challenging; The parent community is very passionate about the lives of their kids - which is part of why this school is so great. The school is new and always evolving. CSAPs don't lie, nor does the 700+ person waiting list.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
We feel very fortunate to have found American Academy: For parents, we offer the following: 1. It's a core knowledge school. It's important to understand what that means and how it will 'fit' your child's needs. We have found (after just one year) that our kids (3rd and 6th grade) have learned more than we could have ever expected (we came from an established Douglas County elementary school with an excellent rating). 2. Math/Science/and Technology is a major focus. The students exceed proficiency in these areas at an early age. The content is challenging and progressive. 3. The academic and behavioral expectations are high. We are happy about this. 4. The school is 'young'. There are many 'new school kinks' to work out,which incidentally, are within reason and to be expected. The administrative systems are in place and communication has been excellent. 5. The volunteer and parental energy is very high.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
We have sent our daughter to AA for the past two years. She just finished her first grade year and is reading at a strong 3rd grade level. Her math skills are greatly improving because of the time her teachers are spending with her. I can't speak highly enough of the teachers that teach at AA. The specials at AA have greatly improved since the first year and I can't say enough how wonderful they are and all the time they each put in each year. I personally volunteer on a weekly basis and feel that my time is well spent.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
We're thrilled with our daughter's progress in this school. Nothing's perfect! You have to take the good with the bad. The facility is not good, but it's temporary! Our daughter loves her school and her teacher. Not once has she ever complained about the building or playing on concrete. Her dad grew up in Queens and he played on concrete! he's fine. Love the dress code. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and let things work themselves out. It's a new school and there will be growing pains. The curriculum is great, teachers are good. We're very happy!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
I went to American Academy the first year it opened. There were some things that I liked about American Academy, and there were some things I dreaded about American Academy. First of all making friends was the easiest part. Everyone was new so that wasn't challenging. Also I really liked the teachers, and I also really liked the specials teachers as well.My teacher was the best teacher I had ever had. American Academy did not have that many after school activities. American Academy had just ok facilities. The board members kids were treated differently from everyone else's kids. Older grades weren't always nice to younger grades. I thought they focused too much on math and science. The administration wasn't very friendly either.American Academy wasn't for me.

- submitted by a former student
April 04, 2007
Stay away from this school at all costs! My kids are MISERABLE here. We are doing everything we can to get them out and back in to our neighborhood school. The only positive is the curriculum but even that can't make up for the countless other negatives; terrible facility, weak administration, very few extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
I made the big mistake of sending my child here this year. I completely agree with the other parent regarding the administration and board. If your not one of the select few you will have no say. If you offer suggestions that differ from their opinions you will be shunned. Academics are ok, and the school gets good marks in those areas, but at what cost? Little Robots? Will the overscheduled children be able to function in the real world? Do some serious research before betting your child's education on this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
I LOVE AA ad am very glad to go there! I think all kids should go here. The teachers are wonderful!! It is the best school in Colorado! I don't know why anyone would think it is a bad school.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2007
I am constantly amazed at the progress that my child has made at AACS. the staff and teachers are so caring and wonderful. They put in so much time and heart! I can't say enough positive words about the curriculum! Core knowledge is the way to go! The one thing that I should mention is that this school is an academically rigorous school of choice. Therefor, not all students and families may fit the high standards that they expect. Some kids just don;t fit the challenging classes. I cna add that you won;t be disappointed if you want your child to succeed in life- send them here!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
My kids went to American Academy last year. I couldn't get them out of there fast enough. In fact, my kids begged me not to send them back there. The administration treated the parents who put in countless volunteer hours horribly. The board members children get special treatment. The school claims to be about core values, but the administration and board don't practice what they preach. The teachers were good, but it didn t make up for the stress that was inflicted on everyone. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
There is a lot to be said for this school - some good teachers, the curriculum - BUT... the admin is only there for damage control. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I go to American Academy(6th)and this school rox tha world. Everyone should go here. It is the best school in all of Colorado. I love it! Send your child here and you will worship the school for how in line they are and how much they know!

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
The school and teachers are completly involved in the kids and their education. Principal extreamly envolved and eager to help. Other parent interaction is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
I'm just amazed by these horrible reviews, especially the one that said American Academy does not compare well to other schools in science and technology. American Academy offers very rigorous instruction in those areas, so I'm not sure why anyone would have made that comment. The school did have a rough start, but that is to be expected for a first-year charter school. Complaints about the Board could be true, but the school has improved a great deal since last year and I see more improvement every day. The Core Knowledge curriculum speaks for itself, and I love the level of discipline at the school. The music and art classes are great, and parents are able (and expected) to volunteer as much as possible. My children have attended other public schools in the area, and I can say from experience that American Academy is far superior.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2006
Our two sons were there last year and we are very happy to have them out of there. We thought their teachers were quite good, but the school administration and parents board were running amok. We had to get the school district involved in how they were railroading our oldest son for minor stuff. The school district took our side, but AA didn't change their ways. Beware! If you send your kids to a charter school, that school then becomes your 'neighborhood school'. If the charter school doesn't work out, your geographical neighborhood school does not have to take them. You may be stuck. We had to beg!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
I had 3 children in AA last year. We chose to pull all three of them for several reasons. First, all three of their teachers were let go. I thought all 3 teachers were great because of the time they spent with my children and met their individual needs, mainly, reading and math. Secondly, the Board of Directors showed that their decisions were made for their own needs and not the school as a whole. They disregard suggestions or feelings of the parent population. Last of all, it was not worth the stress. The rules change in midstream, concerns with the curriculum, especially the lower grades, lack of choices for the upper grades and just the 'politics' of the school on a day-to-day basis.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
People should know that the high CSAP scores received by this 1st year school are reflective of where the student attended the previous year. Over 30% unenrollment after first year. Many have stayed because neighborhood schools are full. Curriculum is great. The school advertises having a Science and Technology emphasis but does not compare to other schools in those areas. Employee turnover is high: at least 10 teachers and staff left. Parents are treated rudely by the administration and board. It would be better if the board members did not have children attending the school. Playground is cement - no grass or equipment. The uniform policy was completely changed against parents wishes causing financial hardship on many families. New schools can have bumpy starts. Without a change in the school leadership some of these problems may never go away. Our family didn't have time for the changes to be made.

- submitted by a parent
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American Academy
6971 Mira Vista Lane, Castle Pines, CO  80108
(720) 292-5200
Last modified American Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
American Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 89 reviews. Top