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K-8
Public charter
Colorado Springs, CO
Students enrolled: 245
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2510 North Chestnut St
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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(719) 434-6566
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November 23, 2014
We just finished our end of first trimester conferences. We have two children at the school, who both qualify as gifted, but are very different students. One of our children is the rare case of a student who does well across the board and does not have organization and executive functioning problems. Our other child excels in many areas, but has the typical gifted student's lack of organization and executive functioning, and this child's skills are more asynchronous. Each of our children fits exceptionally well into this school, demonstrating how well the school accommodates its teaching style and curriculum to meet each student's needs. With one child, we have spent many hours working with the teachers and staff to ensure the correct placement, and to develop strategies and techniques to help that child succeed and develop better executive functioning. One of the best features of the school is that, if there are issues that need to be addressed, everyone will work very hard with parents to ensure that they get the very best education possible for their specific needs. A wonderful school for the genuinely gifted and talented.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2014
We have been thrilled with the change to this school because it has allowed all three of our gifted children to thrive. It really is a community for gifted adults parenting gifted kids. I have yet to see a school that is THIS GOOD a communicating with families, encouraging classroom observation and involvement, finding ways to foster independence and executive functioning skills, and work on ways to build positive family time. Academic expectations are high. Teacher expectations are very high. Problems are resolved as a team (including the parents and child.) I always feel like I have a resource in the teachers and administrators. They value hard work as much as intelligence. Great school, but do take a tour. It really isn't for child or every family. For those that do "fit" it will make life so much better! There is hope...

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
AcademyACL is absolutely state of the art concerning gifted education. I couldn't disagree more with the negative post of July 16. This person in fact seems to have no idea about gifted education and the needs of those children. Our son has tried several schools that claimed to have programs for gifted children. The reality was zero focus on his needs. AcademyACL is the first and only one that truly focussed on gifted education. The teachers understand him and his needs, and as a matter of fact it is the first time that he goes to school happy. The principal's involvement and expertise are incredible, and so are the enthusiasm and professionality of the school staff. If you kid is gifted, this school is a gift for him/her!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2014
This school as no idea how to teach gifted education. My kids went to this school for a year. We moved to another school district and all I can say is wow. The difference in schools is amazing. What AcademyACL calls gifted education is nothing more than regular education at our new school. Parents need to educate themselves and know that charter school are run by corporations to make money and will never really be great. They will just fool you in to thinking it is great.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2014
My daughter has been at AACL since it's inception and I find that it's been a blessing in her life. The way AACL has managed to cater to each child's learning ability is something every school should learn how to do. She has gone from math and reading at grade level to excelling to a grade ahead in both subjects. They avoid the monotonous repetition and encourage "hands on" learning which has really helped my child. I am very thankful for AACL.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
My 2x exceptional (gifted/autism) 5 y.o. attends AACL, and his teachers the E.C. team are AMAZING! Others have written of the academic wonders at AACL. It's true! My son receives ample support, while being challenged to grow. His peers are generous and kind. Older kids guide, mentor, and engage him in after school enrichment. They seem to understand him in a way that even I do not. 3 weeks in, my VERY shy son sang a solo for class! In just 5 weeks, every adult from custodian to office staff to upper division teachers and aids knows him by name. I know AACL isn't for every kid, but almost every school would have been wrong for mine; yet here, he's home. Re: required volunteerism, I love it! I've worked in public schools for years, and while I've heard a lot of griping about uninvolved parents, I've also seen teachers and admins get grouchy when parents actually try to be involved. Not here. I feel better than welcome; I feel APPRECIATED for sending emails, asking questions, & making requests. AACL values my input as the person who knows my son best. They WANT to know what I know and share with me what they observe and experience as they teach my son!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I am impressed with how well the school views each child as an individual, allowing them to excel and be challenged at their level. This environment truly empowers the students to excel at a rate unlike a standard schools. The staff communication and genuine interest in our children's success if phenomenal. We are continually impressed with the staff, as well as the families who attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
AACL has been the best fit for my girls who have been to 2 other schools. They let every child explore their strengths and strengthen their weaknesses. Every child is valued and parents are an integral part of the learning process. Teachers are good at communicating with parents, forming a partnership for the betterment of the child. If your child is a fast learner, needs an accelerated pace curriculum and just plain loves to learn, this is the place for them!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
We love AACL! It has been a great place for our kids to grow and learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
Defiantly hands down the best school my kids have ever been in. Geared more towards the students needs and learning speed. Teachers and staff are not there "just for the paycheck". They all genuinely care and know every student by name! We absolutely love Academy ACL and are so happy to have found it!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
Academy ACL is the only school in the Colorado Springs area to specialize in educating Gifted and Twice Exceptional Learners (2E). As the school completes it's third year of operation, the school is looking to build on the strong foundation that has been laid and is working on the future needs of ALL of it's students and faculty. Involvement is needed in many areas to do research, visit other schools, as part of smaller groups interested in the long term strategic growth of the academy. The Director of the school is very proactive in making the Academy not only a great school, but a wonderful resource for all of the Pikes Peak region in the areas of Gifted and 2E education. The other administrators (2) and Office staff (2) are very professional and work very hard to make Academy ACL a safe and nurturing place for our children to learn. The teachers at the academy are wonderful and portray their labor of LOVE everyday with their pupils and care for them as if the kids were their own. I was amazed recently to find out the Academy does all of this GREAT work with only a third of the funding received by other district schools. Without a doubt Academy ACL is a GREAT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
We came from a school in a well-touted district in Colorado Springs that is a "test" school and keeps kids in the same box with curriculum. That doesn't seem to work with high ability/gifted children as they need to stretch their brains a bit more. We decided to go against the flow of our neighborhood and take the steps needed to switch schools as our kids were showing us they needed more in-depth education and being with others that were a lot like them. Our kids are now doing so much more than we ever expected with Academy ACL. Our kids are happy to work on so many interesting projects and have educational goals with their teachers that they don't have to "wait until everyone else is there", they can actually "Do!" We are so happy! We see the love-of-learning coming back to our kids and they are able to do the advanced curriculm they need and in an environment that cares. Thank you so much Academy ACL....we are so lucky to be part of such an outstanding and loving school. We could give another outstanding review on just the Director.....she is simply amazing and very involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
AACL has been a fantastic school for my children. The fast pace of instruction, integration between specials and academics, and especially the ability tracking for math and language arts have kept both of my kids engaged and loving school. The level of parent involvement is fantastic, and the frequent conferences allow parents to have a good understanding of their child's strengths and struggles.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
As a parent, I feel that the responsibility for the knowledge of drugs, anatomy, and preparation for high school lies in the hands of their parent. Who better knows their child's level of interest, understanding, and susceptibility in each of those areas? When our children are with their friends, there is an inclination to follow "group think" instead of asking the pertinent questions to help the maturation process. Many of these students grasp matters quickly and desire to go more in-depth, which is better suited to a parent- child discussion. These students will likely only feel uncomfortable if their parents are. If the parents approach the subjects very openly, and keep the lines of communication open, the desired result of knowledge will ultimately be attained. While I support the school whole-heartily, I have no desire to allow the school to be the one to teach them in these matters. It can become a political mess trying to teach to satisfy all manners of thought. I will continue working with my four to teach them what they need to know. This is my job as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
This is the third year of operation for the school and some things seem to have stayed true to the original charter, but some haven't. The students in the upper divisions need to get more of a feeling that they are in middle school (school is k-8). That should involve separate assemblies, health information about the changes they are seeing and feeling with their bodies and to some point the culture of high school. To avoid treating the students as if nothing different is happening within them and around them will only make a student want to explore different areas in high school. They will need to address smoking, drug use, alcohol parties and the one work no one wants to talk about, sex. The type of student at the school is curious by nature and to ignore the temptations that will hit in high school is setting them up for failure. Yes the issues aren't the easiest to talk about, but it is better to talk about them now and not end up with a students or more live the temptation without any knowledge. Where are the life lessons these students will face being taught? Make the changes before your charter renewal comes up next year, before students start to explore drugs, alcohol & sex

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
Academy ACL has been a life saver for my son. After trying several area schools from K through second grade, we finally found a school where he gets academically challenged and teachers truly care about him. Many of his previous schools had "excellent" ratings, claimed to offer differentiation, but had nothing but a one-size-fits-all approach. My son was bored and very tired of the repetition. He has been in AACL for two years and he is very happy with the school, he is accepted by his peers, and has wonderful teachers. The curriculum and the ability grouping are excellent and not just busy work. Parent involvement is very high and the school support staff and the Director are wonderful. No more being bored. No more having to spend hours after school actually teaching him what he was not being taught at school. I am very pleased with AACL and I wish the school the best as it continues to grow!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
I have two children at this school. I was sure the oldest student needed and accelerated, more challenging academic program that was available at our neighborhood school. She was bored, disenchanted, and put aside because other kids in the class moved much more slowly. When AACL opened, we immediately enrolled and have been pleased ever since. The school assesses each child at the beginning of each year, then places students exactly where they need to be for math and reading/language arts. Up a grade, up two grades - what ever they need - regardless of age. Challenging and interesting projects and frequent opportunities to present knowledge in front of peers are unique attributes. The school places great value on PE, free-play, theater, art, and language in addition to core academics - offering every student a place to shine and a place to be challenged. The program is rigorous and not for everyone. Expectations are high and the bar is set appropriately for each child. Classes move quickly to keep pace with students. Behavior and discipline expectations are high as well, and students are held to high standards across the board to insure a high level of education for all.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2012
AACL serves as a beacon of high quality, purposeful and holistic education in a time of darkness and confusion. While the name indicates, and the teachers are trained in Gifted Education, the staff and Director are extremely knowledgeable about supporting the mental, emotional and physical needs of each student. AACL is active in the community and assists K-8 students in improving daily life skills. AACL requires ONLY 15 hours of family volunteer time, per year and makes volunteer opportunities so fun and frequent that more time is easily accrued. Educator, child advocate and parent, I recommend AACL to any family who wishes to see their child succeed in school and build a foundation for a lifetime love of learning!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
Watch out !!! We registered our son in May, he was placed in July, and on August 1st (Less that a week before school started) They finally read his records and changed their minds. Now I Have 4 days to find a school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
AACL is really intended for kids that are working grade levels ahead. The school is in its 2nd year of existence and a majority of its students are there because the traditional classroom wasn t working for them. The school does a great job meeting each child where he/she is with ability grouping as kids are placed together for math & language arts by ability and not grade level. Art, Spanish, P.E. and music theatre are incorporated well into the various subjects as well as an individual class. 15 volunteer hours are required for each family and volunteer work seems to be one extreme or the other as either you re struggling to find enough hours or completely overwhelmed. School is definitely not for everyone as it focuses on a small minority of students (which is great for those students) and if considering take a tour and/or have your child visit to see if it s a good fit.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
Today was my 7th Graders first day back into the public school system after being home schooled. As I impatiently waited throughout the day thinking it was going to be another horrible experience, upon picking her up, she had a smile from ear to ear. She made new friends, ate lunch with friends, and all around had a great first day. Thank You A.A.C.L.!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
AACL (Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning), hands down, was absolutely the right placement for my daughter. The quality of the staff, the phenomenal tools and methods for teaching, including excellence in differentiation and "fine tuning" along the way made all the difference!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
My daughter is very smart and has always struggled to fit in with other kids in her grade because she tested in an extra year early and is a year younger than her classmates. But at AcademyACL she no longer feels like an outcast. She fits right in. I hesitated to enroll her at first due to the "twice exceptional," but it has ended up being a blessing in disguise because it makes for many additional opportunities, as every classroom is well equipped & prepared to handle ANY situation (for example, each classroom has "bouncy" chairs for kids w/extra energy, beanbag chairs for those that need to kick back & relax, "quiet areas" for those that need to study alone, they allow "good time outs" for those not in trouble but need a few moments to take a break before working...and MUCH more!). I could not be happier with this school and everything it offers. It really is a Godsend like others are saying!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
My son is a very smart boy who was not fitting in well in the elementary school in our neighborhood. One result of No Child Left Behind and the emphasis on standardized testing for school success has been a strong central tendency--kids who are above or below the middle of the bell curve aren't well treated. So, despite being in the home area for one of the best elementary schools in the state, our son was not happy or thriving. We found this school and got in during its first year. It has been a godsend. Our son goes to language arts class two grade levels above his standard grade level and loves the challenge. Yet, the school is very supportive of gifted students who also have learning disabilities. I cannot say enough positive about this school. If you have a gifted student who is not coping well in a standard classroom, I strongly recommend you check out AcademyACL.

- submitted by a parent
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Our entire school design is focused on the needs of students with academic giftedness in at least one area. These students usually have scores in at least the 80th percentile, if not 95th or 99th percentiles, in reading, language, math~ they require curriculum at a deeper level and faster pace than typical programs provide. We ask that parents carefully consider if their children have these gifted educational needs, and we invite them to contact the Academy Director with individual questions.

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Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning
2510 North Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO  80907
(719) 434-6566
Last modified Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top