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Thomas MacLaren State Charter School

Charter | 6-12 | 240 students

We are best known for our rigorous classical curriculum.

 
 
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5 stars

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2013:
Based on 18 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 27, 2014

The administration is masterful at selectively reporting the school s successes, while conveniently omitting any mention of its failures. The same organization that awarded MacLaren s sparsely populated high school an A gave the middle school a B- for overall performance and a C for student academic growth. Check out the website if you don t believe me. Now the middle school did receive an A for academic proficiency, but the implications are still concerning. What it means is this: MacLaren s middle school students are enrolling with high proficiency levels, but their performance is actually declining. In other words, the majority of students are not making a year s progress in a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

My daughter was diagnosed with ADD in third grade and has a 504. I was a little nervous about the response I would receive when applying for a charter school. The staff at Thomas MacLaren welcomed her with open arms and have been very helpful in ensuring she has all the support she needs both during school and with homework. The communication I continually receive from the teachers has been beyond my expectations. I could not imagine my daughter attending any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

This school has been such a blessing for my two kids Learning had been brought to life by teachers who are excited about the curriculum and who spread that enthusiasm to out kids! The skills that each child receives in orchestra are unmatched by any school in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Excellence from the top down. Could not be more pleased with the leadership, administration, teachers and curriculum. Best decision we ever made to send our child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Our school is fabulous!! The curriculum is challenging and fun! The teachers are very knowledgable and seem to really enjoy the students they teach. Each class has an advisor and any concerns are addressed immediately. Classroom sizes are small and each student known well by classmates and teachers. I would recommend Thomas MacLaren to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

This school takes the politics out of education by focusing on best practices in education. My wife and I were sick of schools focusing on test scores, and political motivated curriculum. We found Thomas MacLaren to be a school that focuses on a child's education! I have never seen a more motivated, caring staff anyplace I have been. They have met and exceeded our expectations and our child is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

TMS is an outstanding school, with a well rounded curriculum. My kids have thrived here. There is the right balance of pushing the kids to excel and helping them when they struggle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school is amazing! Love the culture, academic challenge and emphasis on character. Thomas MacLaren has been the best education we could possibly ask for for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Thomas MacLaren actually does what it says it is going to do. It lives according its mission. The teachers are alive to the world and help my child become ever more awake, reflective, and learned about the world in which she lives. It is not just for the gifted, but for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

This school teaches future adults how to think for themselves with the available data and also shows them how to look for and understand the information they don't yet have. It is outside the "proverbial" box and learning becomes an exercise of wonder with the world and its people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

The teachers at MacLaren are very hands on and communicate several times a week with us, which is so great! I love the smaller class size
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

Thomas MacLaren has changed my daughter's life for the better She is happy to go to school everyday. She loves her teachers. The teachers instill the love of learning. There is a level of respect between students & teachers unlike I've ever seen before. This school has stepped away from the culture of the day & reclaimed integrity & decency.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

This school is giving our daughter confidence in math and science and great friends as well. There are no "cliques" or bullying or other undesirable behaviors we saw with my older children's middle schools. The academics are terrific.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

At Thomas MacLaren, students are actively engaged in their learning and embrace the expectation that their lives will be enriched by becoming a life long learner. My perspective is based on having had 3 children graduate from their neighborhood high school which was also an excellent experience. I've worked at a large, suburban, public high school and the standard of excellence at MacLaren along with a faculty whose mission it is to help each student reach for their potential, is beyond compare. MacLaren is not only a community of learners, but one where the individual is celebrated and encouraged to be accountable for his/her character in the journey to adulthood.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 18, 2013

Thomas MacLaren School is the best. I wish I could give it more stars. Here are just a few reasons: 1. The staff works hard to make time to coach kids individually. 2. Class size is around 18. 3. Curriculum is rigorous, but school expects all kids to rise to the challenge. 4.Teachers don't assume they know more about your kid than you do. 5. My kids have made significant progress in subjects they had previously always struggled with. I couldn't believe when my daughter, who has always hated math, came home and talked excitedly about infinity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Thomas Maclaren has been such a great school for our daughter. She is engaged in the learning process and excited about going to school. She is challenged and encouraged in each class. Each teacher is committed to each child's success. We know that upon our daughters graduation she will be ready for the demands of higher education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

So glad we found Maclaren!! I love that they focus on not only what to learn but how to learn! Their Orchestra program is amazing! My son has loved learning to play violin!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My daughter just started 6th grade at Thomas MacLaren and we could not be happier. The teachers are so involved and really show how much they do care about her education. The commitment from the faculty is amazing and I have never seen my daughter so interested in learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

I love this school, but what's more important is that my kids love this school! We are a military family transplanted from Germany and this is more than we could have asked for in an education for our kids. As one reviewer has already stated, this school isn't just for students identified as gifted, but for those that are it offers a challenge that a gifted kid can't help but accept. The teachers and staff are amazing, caring educators that truly care about our kids education and well-being and keep us not only informed but involved in all aspects of their education. This school is truly outstanding! It's only a few years old, but is definitely on par with all the other charters that have been out there for a while. Do your research and you'll see that MacLaren outshines them all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

Thomas MacLaren School provides and education that is not only rigorous, but is beautiful. It is for all students, not only those identified as gifted. The depth of the common (to all students) curriculum combined with the quality of the staff makes Thomas MacLaren School a very special place to learn. It is wonderful that our children do not need to chose between a rich life in the arts and high math and science courses. They get it all! We are completing our 3rd year at MacLaren and feel very blessed to have found it.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female82%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Reading

All Students96%
Female100%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant96%

Writing

All Students94%
Female100%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female83%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant100%

Writing

All Students92%
Female97%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students97%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant97%

Science

All Students86%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Writing

All Students97%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students95%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant95%

Writing

All Students95%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

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Reading

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Science

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Writing

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Proficient in Englishn/a
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Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
Black 8% 5%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A41%
Male 45%N/A51%
Female 55%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation We have not graduated our first 12th grade class yet.
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • John Irwin School of Excellence (2011)
  • Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award (2011)
  • John Irwin School of Excellence (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Classics - Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Faith Hall
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (719) 313-4491

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Foreign language club: Classics - Latin
  • Forensics club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
We have not graduated our first 12th grade class yet.
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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303 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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Phone: (719) 313-4488

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