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K-9
Public charter
Castle Rock, CO
Students enrolled: 729
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1551 Prairie Hawk Dr
Castle Rock, CO 80104

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(303) 660-4881
(303) 660-6385
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May 11, 2014
ACS is a good tight nit community, they are always looking out for one another. I went to the school from K-8th grade. Did i want to go to another school at the time? of course i did. i mean what 5-8th grade kid wants to wear uniforms...? but I'm glad i didn't, personally i think i got the better education then looking at some friends who did not attend a charter school. My class alone has had a girl go onto Stanford University, someone else went to Westmont a private college. Every school is going to have their fair share of rotten apples, teaches who just have no spark left in them and they are only in it for a pay check, to say this school doesn't have a few of those would be untrue. that doesn't mean that the school is awful or unfit for ones child/children. Majority of the teaching staff loves what they do and are happy doing it. Bullying has been an issue in the past but the school is making great strides to eliminate the problem.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2014
All of my students middle school teachers word hard and are active outside of just the classroom, they are truly invested in making sure that every student has a place in the school community Yes, the students come home with homework and yes, they are held to high expectations. Each teacher has been easy to communicate with and provides my student with engaging and high quality learning. Two of my students have gone through ACS and are now in high school, one is in 7th grade; all have had great educational experiences. As a parent I am thankful to have a community that is so close and one in which I can actively be a part of regularly. We love our school and love our teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
I have a child at ACS. She has enjoyed the curriculum, teachers and friends. When my older child transferred to high school. She was beyond prepared for the rigors of high schools. Supportive teachers, administration have an open door policy, ready to support.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
As a parent at ACS I completely disagree with the parents that complain out the administration and bullying at this school. The unfortunate truth is that we have parents that only hear one side of a conflict, their own child's. Bullying is an over used term and this school provides more anti bully programs than any other school in the district. They use Challenge a Day, Rachel's Change, Core Virtues, Love and Logic, Second Step and many other programs to promote a positive environment. The administration is wonderful and in my dealings with them they are fair. It stinks when your kid makes a mistake and finds themselves in trouble but I'm thankful to have someone that will hold them accountable. Unfortunate we live in a society of helicopter parents that rescue their children at every turn, I approximate a school that doesn't allow that behavior. This is a great school and I would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
ACS is a great school! The staff works hard to ensure that every student achieves success and feels loved, safe and appreciated. The Deans are amazing and as a staff member I feel supported by the administration. I would recommend this school as a great place to work and send your kids.

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
Academy Charter School is a great school! It has a caring atmosphere where adults keep kids accountable for their behavior and choices. The academic rigor has truly prepared my oldest child for high school. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a teacher
April 03, 2014
Academy Charter School is an awesome school! We have moved a lot and my daughter has been to a lot of different schools and I can say Academy Charter is THE BEST to date!! They teach the kids good core values. The teachers seem to want to do their jobs and are there for the kids. My daughter loves all her teachers. Academy Charter has high standards and expectations. The kids want to live do well in school. They care about their grades. From what I can tell, the kids seem to get along well and my daughter has not experienced any bullying (which was a big problem at her last school). My only regret is that the school does not go up to 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
This school has a good curriculum and very smart students. Everyday when I walk down the halls I see kids being bullied. One of my friends is a victim of it and the teachers know, the deans know, and the counselor knows... Nobody has done anything to help him. The deans are also liars! Especially with the parents. My friends and I had to talk to the deans about an issue and we clarified multiple times that our other friend was not involved in any way, shape, or form. The deans blamed the entire thing on her, said that we told them it was her, and gave her a lunch detention. Her father, who was extremely upset, emailed the deans. They told her father she was in no trouble at all, and that she wouldn't be getting a lunch detention. They also promised to talk to her. They never talked to her. And they made her do the detention. He emailed them again after finding out, but they never replied. I would also like to point out that some of the middle school teachers are very bad. The social studies teacher doesn't help you with an assignment. She will give it to you and expect you to do it without help. Over-all, this school is pretty bad. I hope I helped. Sincerely, A Student

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2012
Great curriculum especially in science and math. The dean is fantastic, however there is a strange culture of bullying and ignorance that seems to manifest itself at ACS. Glad to have our kids back in a community-base and friendlier school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
We pulled our daughter out of this school due to the attitudes of the teachers and staff. They take the role of dictator and do not listen to child or parent ideas/complaints/issues. Her kindergarten teacher told me I needed to use reward and punishment to help her improve in school. That is absolutely the worst way to get kids to love education - especially at such a young age! Bullying seems to get worse every year by the children that are staff 'favorites', so nothing is done to address the issue.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
Good curriculum Dean and Staff present an atmosphere of entitlement rather than a nurturing and welcoming environment for students. Bullying is an issue at the school and something they have not addressed for years. Unwilling to listen to parents or students concerning this problem. Excited to leave this atmosphere and sorry we allowed our children to attend this school

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
The academic portion of this school is wonderful, core knowledge is the way to go. Parent involvement is phenomenal! As far as the morale of the school the administration is not very helpful, thoughtful or concerned about the child's full well being, it's like they are just concerned about the bottom line and don't take time to thoroughly hear a parent's concern. I am driving 20 miles to take my children to another charter school that is more willing to hear the concerns, fears, support and suggestions given by the most experienced educator in a childs life, the parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
Love this school! My child is thriving at this school and it has been nothing but wonderful in all areas. From teachers and staff, to parent volunteers and the students a well, we are very happy. I never here any complaints from other parents either. My child is thriving in all areas and learning so much. The deans are professional. The parent go above and beyond in helping in every area in the school. It is amazing! ACS is highly recommended from a happy parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
I love this school. We have great teachers and great parents. The academics are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
alright here is the deal about ACS. i was a student here for 6 YEARS!!! personaly i LOVE this school. the staff listens to what you have to say and does something about it also. they have assemblies about bullying problems and how to stop it. i don't know how anyone can write a bad review about this place. AND just because i'm a "child" doesn't mean i'm wrong about this place. it's really cool here,the staff is awesome, and if you have a problem they will fix it. that's all i have to say :)

- submitted by a community member
July 02, 2010
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE! This school USE to be one of the best schools in the area, until the administration changed. In the last four years it has gone DOWNHILL. Two years ago they let go one of the best teachers my child has ever had and this year they let go four more great teachers and the assistant dean. The teachers remaining are all shut down and afraid they will be the next ones fired. Fear is no way to run a school. Since the new Dean has taken over the ONLY focus is on test scores. Teachers are losing the individualization they use to have with the students. The Dean also does not respond to parent questions or gives out false information. In face on this website alone she had her staff log on and post positive attributes to make the school look better.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
As a parent and staff member I disagree with the last parent comment about ACS. This is a great school and the administration and staff works very hard to ensure that all students are challenged and have the opportunity to learn in a safe environment. Often times parents like these assume that because they don't know what all goes on behind the scenes that nothing is being done to address concerns and that couldn't be further from the truth. There is a level of confidentiality that must be kept to protect student and parent rights, which is why they can't always know all the details. As an educator who has worked in several different public and charter, I can safely say that ACS has far fewer issues with bullying and student conflict than most schools do.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
It has an awesome group of families and a great, loving community feel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
ACS is an amazing school with students who are extremely gracious, generous and willing to learn! This school has a friendly and invititng atmosphere where people are treated like family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
It's the best school ever! I work there in the summer program and the teachers are wonderful. The parents are so involved. The entire staff is amazing.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 28, 2009
I love the uniforms as it equalizes students and puts them in a better learning environment. I love that the parents are so involved and if students and parents do not follow code and are serious about education, they are warned and dismissed if necessary, again providing a great learning opportunity. I love the teachers and curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I love the high moral emphasis as well as the strong academic strengths of our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Great teachers; low student/teacher ratio; excellent administration

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
The staff/teachers are amazing!! The curriculum is well above the standard public school. I feel my child will be a step ahead of the rest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Small class sizes. Traditional school year

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
It's a great school to work in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Wow, I love our school, class size, teachers are the best, the parents get a say in how the school is ran and the curriculum that is used to teach our children. We have been there for almost 8 years and it truly is a part of our family

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
Students get a solid education with small class sizes and an emphasis on the basics

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 26, 2009
ACS is such a great school academically and the staff is wonderful. The Dean has implemented so many great changes since taking over. It's a small, close nit community. The staff knows all of the children and personalizes curriculum ability wise. My children have attended since kindergarten and are happy, well adjusted girls!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
The Principal there is really nice and does a great job running the school and keeping it organized.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
The best teachers and staff in the world!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
The teachers really care about their students. There is only 20 students per class.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Academy Charter School has a wonderful caring staff as well as a great group of parents and students who truly care about the school and their education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
I love Academy Charter School because it has the best staff! They really care for their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
My school is such an amazing place to work! All of the students and parents are wonderful and the staff is so supportive. I just love it here!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 25, 2009
20 to 1 classroom sizes! Great teachers! Uniforms! Awesome parent support!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
ACS has an amazingly friendly and supportive community spirit. I can't imagine sending my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
small class size and uniforms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Academy Charter School helped lead the way for other charter schools here in Colorado. Students are the first priority and the decisions that are made are always based on the students' needs. With less funding, we have maintained quality education, excellent teachers and staff, and small class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
I love ACS because of the outstanding teachers, parent involvement, and community!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
I love ACS because of the great teachers and staff, curriculum, small class sizes and uniforms!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Exceptional leadership and a true passion for the student's educational growth!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
I love that the dedicated teachers truly care about the students growth and learning and the curriculum is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
This school has it's act together. Great teachers, great dean! The schools has a Family atmosphere, my kids are well taken care of there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2008
here at ACS. One teacher went as far as to ask my Mom if she had ever tested me for Special Ed right in front of me. Just because I had been put in a Course 1 math with out my parents knowledge or permission. The school seems to make up their rules as they go along and does not seem to follow their vision or mission statement very well. There are lots of bullying problems at ACS as well. I have also had lots of friends who's parents have taken them out of ACS and placed them in other schools. I would have to rate ACS below average.

- submitted by a student
April 11, 2006
The quality of academic programs for the elementary school is in its infancy. The cirriculum seems to have been by trial and error with mixed input from both inexperienced and experienced educators. Quality also depends on the teacher and how the material is presented. I would grade ACS as average in quality of academic programs. The availability of programs is diverse and appear to be well managed and organized. A grade of above average for availability of the arts etc. I believe charter schools are a bit parent involvement heavy. ACS' level of parent involvement is too greatly dependent upon and a better balance needs to be implemented. I give ACS a below average in parent involvement meaning the parents are too involved for the greater good.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
I would rate this school an A++++++++++. My daughter was a 1/2 year behind when she started and they were able to catch her up without a problem. Parent envolvment is always encouraged and appreciated. The specials programs are great. And I couldn't ask for a better staff and Dean. We have been blessed to have our children go there. THANKS TO EVERYONE AT THE ACADEMEY!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2004
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Academy Charter School
1551 Prairie Hawk Dr, Castle Rock, CO  80104
(303) 660-4881
Last modified Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Academy Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top