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K-12
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Littleton, CO
Students enrolled: 480
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After care: Yes

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8420 South Sangre De Cristo Rd
Littleton, CO 80127

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(303) 972-7433
(303) 932-0695
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September 26, 2014
I found this web site by accident but had to write something after reading the last comment. I think the last person is writing about a different school because I am a student at this school and I came here because of all the drama and bullying at my old middle school. I love this school because there isn't a popular and unpopular group and I can just be myself. I have tech class in one of the computer labs every day too so I know that there are computer labs at the school. My teachers are awesome and always help me after school if I have questions on homework or anything.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2014
This school do a great disservice in giving children a solid educations. If you are not among the popular group your child will be ignored and suffer. They boost about how great the community is. The only community they have is the school community and all the fund raising money comes from you. You may as well investing in putting your child in a private school. They'll get a much better education. If your child has an IEP, they will do as little as necessary to follow the IEP, just to get the government money. I placed my daughter into a regular school and she excelled leaps and bounds. She even learned how to use a computer, which Collegiate doesn't even have a lab or library. What a disservice you are doing to your child by having them attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
My daughter was in kindergarten last year and we loved the school. It is a great place where parent involvement is strongly encouraged. I feel she gained so much knowledge and social skills with her class and teacher. We absolutely loved her teacher and other staff. They are very interested in our daughter's well-being. One of the things that brought us to this school is the small class size and the fact that they don't just teach to the State tests. There is so much more to learning than what is on those tests. While researching kindergartens we found so many of them just showed us a power point and said "this is what the state requires and this is what we teach". This school has seen some rough times prior to our joining them. The teachers are still here because they love the children. It is not just a job to them. If you want your children to be cared for in a great learning environment, please join us at Collegiate Academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
As a parent of three children at Collegiate I have to say that the rest of the education community can learn something from their K-12 model. As a school they care about the community they are building. Events are held for all students and families alike. Inside the classroom the teachers are caring and teach in a variety of different ways. I really appreciate that they do not place STATE TESTING at the center of how they judge success. My kids are so much more than test scores and Collegiate understands this. The leadership in the building is new, but I have found them to be approachable and easy to engage. They took over the school in a tough situation and have done a good job at taking steps to build for the future. They are young, and not perfect, but their commitment to my students education and the education of the community is obvious. Come to this school if you want to be apart of a true community. Go somewhere else if you just want to drop you kids off and then go about your day.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
Send your child here at your own risk. This school is awful. The leadership is unstable. There has been constant turn over of leadership and staff over the past several years (see the number of job openings they have posted right now on their web site). The principal and vice principal are non-responsive, unfriendly and inexperienced. The first is the brains while the second is the brawn. Neither are effective leaders in their own right and, together, they re a hot mess. There are no clear policies and procedures for families to reference for clarification of any practice. This leaves everything open to interpretation and allows for most decisions to be made arbitrarily by the two heads (which in this case is not better than one). Children cannot thrive in an environment like this. Again, send them at your own risk.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
Great caring teachers - awful leadership. Care more about bottom line than students well being. Last week students were wearing gloves and coats in class because the heating system was not repaired last year when they were notified of a problem. Student fell and injured herself on an uncleared sidewalk because the administration did not want to pay the company that plows the lots to shovel as well. Technology is pathetic with 15 to 20 year old computers, obscure software and no tech teacher. We willnot be returning.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
I am a parent of an elementary and junior high student and have been at Collegiate for 4 years now. This school has meet and or exceeded our goals for each of our students. Our students each learn differently and the small class size and amazing teachers have helped both to succeed and thrive in their education. They are getting the best possible education that our county offers and they will be so prepared for their future in higher education where ever that takes them.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
We have kids in 2nd and 9th grade at CAC. Administration has been very impressive in all their duties. Very "hands-on" and "in-the-know" with everything going on in the school. Small class sizes, caring and professional teachers, challenging and relevant curriculum, involved community of staff, parents, and students - isn't this what we're all looking for in a school in today's world

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
The teaches at Collegiate are all fantastic. My son is in first grade and loves to go to school, he is learning so fast and making great friends.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Collegiate Academy of Colorado has been a great school for my boys. My son went for 1/2 of his first year and begged to go back when he was starting third grade. We have been there since. He is now in 7th grade, and thanks to the fantastic teachers he has had, and the Saxon Math curriculum, he is now in 9th grade Algebra 1 math and advanced in many other subjects. He knows he wants to go to Colorado School of Mines, and I feel confident Collegiate Academy will help him achieve success for the next chapter in his schooling as well as building a solid foundation for his career. What I love about Collegiate Academy is the focus on character and whole-person development.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I like this school all teacher so nice and kind and quality. Also principal of school and other all staff are really good people. I feel peace to be here and my children love this school we feel in home. And all thing work for my children success here, I am so glad for we found Collegiate Academy School. May God Bless this School with all staff and students and parents. sincerely

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
This school is great, and yes like many schools it has its challenges. Parents have had a tough time dealing with change, when the administration was shaken up but change can also lead to many great things. Like all charter schools this school needs support with funding and volunteerism, but I have faith that in time we will get there. I moved my daughter to this school for many reasons and I am not about to give up on it just because things got off track for a bit. Or just because administration changed. It had to change! I want nothing but the best for this school and while they may not have the luxuries the traditional public schools have, I know my daughter feels at home and loves all the teachers and staff. In 7th and 8th grade in all Jeffco schools there is roughly 500 to 700 children. I am not about to send my child to that environment. She will still deal with peer pressures here but on a much smaller scale. That is important to me and should be for ALL parents. Collegiate Academy is not an alternative school for troubled youth either and parents with kids that have serious behavior issues and or use drugs and alcohol should be not bring their kids here.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
In one respect this tool is very useful but in another there is no control for incorrect posts by mean & vindictive people. The previous board members were removed and replaced by teachers & parents with nothing but the best interests of the students in mind. Both my children attend and love this school. The class sizes are small and students are group by ability not arbitrarily by age. This community is very tight knit and it is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
I was a student here for my high school career and after attending a large high school for a almost a year (thunder ridge) I felt CAC was a little slice of heaven. Yes not every aspect of it is perfect but what school is? The teachers here treated me with respect and integrity and allowed me to flourish in subjects I had struggled in for years. The technology was the only area that needed improvement but they have an incredible new president of the Board who is actually thinking about the community coming together. The biggest point that I want to hit home is that there will always be kids who hate this school or that school or what not but for the first time in my life I made friends who I still keep in touch with (even after graduation) as well as some teachers who are aiding me in my pursuits of happiness now that I am in the real world. I felt part of a family there we fought, we cried, we laughed, we grew together, and most importantly we stuck together. CAC an incredible school with a passionate staff (mr. P knudson conradt,) all of those teachers not only love there job but they LIVE their passion and get paid very little to do it. That there is what dedication looks like.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2012
I am a high school student at Collegiate Academy and I really like how far the school has come. A couple years ago the staff was unfriendly and did not treat the students as well as they should. I used to never see the principals during the day because they would always hide in their offices. This year the administration has changed and everyone is really friendly. Throughout the day they will always say hi to me and sometimes we'll have a friendly chat. I will never look up to and respect any other teachers as much as the teachers at Collegiate. The teachers are always focused on how they can help the students and be great examples. I will miss all of the teachers and everything they did for me when I graduate.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2012
I have a couple of kids at Collegiate - one is extremely gifted and the other has a learning challenge. What impresses me is how the teachers and staff have been able to meet the needs of kids at both ends of the spectrum. My kids know that the teachers truly care about them, give them the attention they need and always keep them challenged. My kids love the small class sizes and have a lot of great friends here. They would not want to attend any other school!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
I have had children at Collegiate Academy for the last 12 years and currently still have 2 enrolled. I am a very involved parent who has been in the classroom on a regular basis each year. The reason my kids attend this school are the excellent teachers and the small class sizes. You will not find better teachers anywhere. The high school offers a variety of AP classes where the teachers are able to offer their students individual attention. The only downside is the size of the school makes it difficult to offer many sports programs, but students are able to participate in sports at the school of their choice. My kids are thriving in this school, academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
Clueless Academy of Colorado is what this place should be renamed. Last year we received an email that the school board had decided on a new focus for the school to become a college prep school. Considering the name of the school, one would have thought that to be a given. The fact that they felt they had to actually point it out is telling evidence of how clueless, unorganized and untrained the people in charge are. Bullying is so unchecked that the administration actually relied on it last year to try to keep students in line and the teachers joined in. I would go into detail but I have limited space. Suffice it to say many wonderful students have fled due to rampant bullying. Each time my son had any problem, we were always told something about having to keep up the image of the school. Come to find out that Jefferson County had programs and funding available to help him but the teachers and administration preferred to threaten holding him back rather than follow Jefferson County policies. This school can barely keep the lights on because so many people are leaving. The PTO is fundraising just to pay teachers. It should be allowed to die if they can't turn it around.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
This school is awful! The new administration was supposed to be so great. They made the new Dean sound like the second coming. It seems impossible but the school is actually worse now. My daughters new third grade teacher was extremely rude. The kindergarten teacher is very unenthusiastic. We took our girls out after the first day of school. They are now happy and at a school that is actually teaching at grade level.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
I wanted to like Collegiate: small classes, consistent teachers for 7th and 8th graders, ability level classes and teachers who really did seem to care about the students who learn a little differently. But administration is so poor that the good gets overshadowed. One of my son's middle school teachers abruptly quit two weeks before Christmas. No information was given to the school community. My son's bully was never addressed adequately and he endured two years of harassment from the same kid. My son dis-enrolled properly at the end of the year to transfer to a new school. And his transcripts were still not received at his new school by the beginning of the next school year. In fact the staffer said she was drowning in 75 students with the same need the first week of school. Sounds like a mass exodus has occurred. Sadly, I'm not surprised.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
This school was a unsatisfactory toward my child's learning. There was poor communication with the teachers. Had to put my child in Powderhorn just to get her caught up to her grade level.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
This school has changed my life. I am a junior in high school and I have been a student here for about a year now, with nothing but great things to say. In just a year, I have made great relationships with all of my teachers as well as students. Because of the student-teacher rate, its a great school to build stable friendships, as well as a stable future. The teachers are awesome with the students, and are always making sure that no student is left behind. My grades have dramatically changed from the day I started at this school, and I couldn't have made a better choice.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2010
As a current high school student at CAC, I find the teachers held back by the curriculum they must teach. I've learned far more from tangents and time outside of the classroom, which spurs independent research, than from the curriculum. The teachers are amazing people and really attempt to connect with the students, and often hold a lot of knowledge outside of their assigned teaching areas. I do think that, because it's a charter school, CAC attracts more of the "irregular" students. Administration sometimes has trouble controlling and maintaining behavior, and often miscalculates punishments. The recently introduced after-school detention, for example, is a fiasco. Regardless, I think with a little TLC and more dedicated parents, the school is a good choice. Your child is much more likely to get one-on-one teacher interaction and motivation at CAC.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
The school has, for the most part, highly dedicated and professional teachers. Principal/adminstrative leadership is extremely weak, ineffective, and top-heavy. There is significant tension between administration and faculty that negatively impacts quality of instruction. High school curriculum is lacking. Would recommend for K-8, definitely not for high school.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
My kids have been at Collegiate for nine years. It has been a positive experience for all of us. There have been frustrating times, as there are at all schools, but the administration has always been accesible and willing to listen. We will stay at Collegiate through High School.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
We love this school. My children are happy and challenged. No school is perfect...especially these days when school funding is low and the economy makes people stressed to the max on both time and finances. Yes, you are asked to help volunteer. I am a full time working parent. I work more than 50 hours a week and still find a way to give 40 hours back to the school over the 7 months my kids are in school. Not because I have to but because I care about my child's education. School is not some place you just drop your kid off at! You need to be involved. Set the example for your children that education matters.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2010
My experience with CAC was absolutely horrible. My child has been in a charter school, without any issues, since the age of two. During the 6 months we were there, my child went through 3 classrooms and 4 teachers. My child was slapped in the face, spit on, and harrassed on the playground. I removed my child after the administration refused to take responsibility for the inexcusable and terrifying experiences my child was going through. There is no academic standard that is upheld nor do they hold themselves accountable for the complete disaster that is CAC. Save yourself the trouble and avoid this school. There are other Charter schools that are worth the wait.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
I dont think this is a good school at all. Yes they have small class sizes but it is not worth the other BS you have to put up with. You are always being asked to volunteer which is fine but if you dont you are looked down on it can be very hard do this if you are a fulltime working parent I do go on field trips but it is diffcult to put in volunteer hours. I also agree with the comment above about the academic reporting policies they are false. This school is just not up to par. I would definitely look at other schools in the area and do your homework before you pick this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
The teachers and principals are fantastic. My daughter loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
My son has been there since kindergarten. They are always available to help. He's a straight A student.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
This school is amazing!! They have small class sizes and excellent, loving teachers. My child gets a lot of one on one extra help and she is finally learning to read! They have an amazing PE teacher as well as awesome art and music teachers. They just got a new cafeteria that is beautiful!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
I am a student at CAC and been here since the 2nd grade. CAC personally isnt the school for me, I get picked on a lot and all the teacher really do is tell the others not to do it. Their is no real punishment for anything. The student are dressed not good, in high school you can tell who is wearing what boxers for the men, and you can see girls chest. I've never been to a bigger school. I've been here since 2nd grade and Now I am in 12th and going to graduate from here. This school was good at one point but after a teacher getting arrested and school shootings it's been horrible. They haave a sign in the high school door way saying Be prepared to show ID, They never ask for ID. This school to me isnt good to others it is.

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2010
Academically, this school is very weak. Although they call themselves Collegiate Academy, they have a very low percentage of college-bound graduates. The guidance counseling seems to lead kids away from college options and towards technical schools and military careers. My son took 2 AP classes, but never had any homework. All of the promises made to us about their academic reporting policies were false. The Window of Opportunity (WOO) doesn't really exist and Thursday grade reports are worthless when teachers are not up to date on grading. The politics between the teachers and administrators is very obviously strained and affects the schools ability to function to the benefit of the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
Everyone participates in the success of the school. It is a very friendly school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
The small class sizes are great for my daughters. The teachers and staff are caring and supportive. We love CAC!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
I love that my child loves this school. She cannot wait to get there each day. Our child is thriving at this school. Thank You CAC!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
Wonderful values and small class sizes. They care about my child and are giving the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
The work that they kids are expected to do is age appropriate as well as challenging. Also kids get to be kids by having recess time and gym time!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The old school values and accountability. The smaller classroom size allows students to really get one on one time.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 11, 2009
both my kids attend this school and we all love it

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2009
CAC is a unique school, that allows acceptance of all children. Although they also have there challenges, it is on a smaller scale. It is the closest way to simulate a private school and not have to pay the large amount of money. The teachers know their students and treat them as individuals. I have one child who graduated from CAC and is entering premed at Colorado Christian. Although CAC does not have a volleyball team, the teachers supported her particicpation at another local high school. She is also playing college VB. My son graduates this year and has done exceptionally well at CAC, both personally and academically. CAC has also support his pursuit to participate in theater at other high schools. Great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2009
My two sons have been attending CAC for 3 years. During that time, they have experienced positive growth, both academically and emotionally. The small class sizes and feeling of family has increased their self confidence, not only as students, but overall! I appreciate the dedication of all the teachers and staff at CAC!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
I'm currently a 8th grader at CAC. Now first off this is a great school, but it depends on how you are as a person. It is a small school with a select amount of kids. Now if your more of a smaller school kid, cac is just right for you, if your looking for more students and the ability to meet new kids cac is not for you. As for the teachers and students. Most elementary teacher are great although there a couple middle school who i highly dislike and i feel as if im not learning anything. Now I should the great opinion on this school simply because ive gone here since Kindergarten. This is my 9th year at cac. This is a great school with decent teachers and wonderful kind students. Now lastlly, the thing that is so great about cac is that no one is judged.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2008
I am a 7th grader at Collegiate Academy of Colorado, and everyone there treats me with respect and shows great pride in the school. I am excited to graduate at Collegiate Academy of Colorado!

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2008
My son is now in 2nd grade and has been at CAC from kindergarten. We have been lucky to have had responsive, dedicated, and caring teachers every year. Each class so far has been split between 2 teachers, but both classes are shared by what the teachers specialize in. The classes are also segregated by ability, so more advanced kids aren't getting bored, and the others are getting the extra attention that they need. The teachers respect and listen to the parents and hold the kids responsible for their actions, and respect for each other is impressed upon them. Overall our family is extremely pleased and satisfied with CAC.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
I am a former student of CAC, and the reason why left is because the students do not care for eachother, the teachers do not care anything about the students, and I found the school created a negative enviroment for everybody.

- submitted by a student
April 09, 2008
Collegiate provides a warm and welcoming environment for kids. My duaghter has not once complained about her peers-whata welcome change!! The teachers are very nurturing and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
I am one of the only remaining ninth year students at Collegiate,so I speak from experience when I say the staff is amazing. The teachers are dedicated to their students, and are really top notch and really do communicate with parents well. Conduct Codes do sometimes get out of hand, and punishments are sometimes dealt too quickly.Usually though, the school is great.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
June 25, 2007
When we started our Kindergartner at CAC we were very excited to have her in a school with such wonderful plans for the future. We planned to keep her there through the the 12th grade, as well as her younger siblings. She just finished 6th grade and is going to start at a new school in the fall as is her 4th and 2nd gr siblings. In the seven years we were there we never saw the high expectations come to pass. Some of the teachers CAC are wonderful high quality teachers, but because of the low pay they do get teachers that are not as committed. The administration is the main reason we are leaving. It has struggled for all those years and we have run out of patience waiting for them to get their act together. I wish the best for them, but we are done.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2007
I have 2 children at Collegiate and we all love it there. The teachers are incredible! I've rarely seen such commitment and dedication. They take a personal interest in each child and are quick to respond to parent's questions or concerns. Whenever one of my children has struggled, either with assignments or with social-emotional challenges, the teachers were very supportive and eager to problem solve. I am not a staunch 'core knowledge' fan, but it works well here. My children have appreciated the dress code and feel comfortable that it is not only an 'equilizer' but that it makes it easier to dress in the AM! I would encourage other parents to visit the school and talk with the teachers, administration, and other families!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2007
Great school. We like the small - almost private feel, and the flexibility in programs/teaching/assistance needed for our children. We have 2 children here in our second year. The teachers have always been great to deal with, and the administration is top-notch! Very accessible, very helpful, and we know our children are benefiting from this school. Conduct is aided by good guidance and teaching. We like the fact that the teachers care, and show great respect for all students. We can't say enough. But the school has been terrific!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
This school is ridiculous. CAC is a small school. Those are sad stats indeed. Conduct codes are handed out left and right for the silliest things and the teachers are nonchalant about talking with parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
my daughter had always been an abs student. One semester at collegiate and she was failing EVERYTHING. The communication between teachers and parents is sadly lacking and the staff isn't much better. The school does not offer enough to their students and their'conduct code' is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
So far I am extremely please with the CAC teachers and principle. I have spoken with teachers, as well as the principle, and their interest and attention is extremely commendable.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
As a Senior at Collegiate I have never encountered any religous bigotry. I myself am liberal ion religous beliefs and, yes among students we do discuss religion but the debate is very civil and non bias. In the highschool all religous debate is outside the classroom. I have been at CAC since 2001 and I do not know where these people are coming from when they are talking about religous bigotry. Many of our students do not consider themselves religous and those that do respect other people's opinions.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2005
I love Collegiate. It is a wonderful experience for the kids as well as the parents. I feel involved in my childs education through volunteering at the school. My child is getting a very good education here and I highly recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2004
This school is awesome and the comments regarding religon are rediculous. I think what parents are seeing is freedom of speech. Something they are not use to in a public school. My child is loving school and the environment he is working in. This is more than I can say for his friends that don't go to the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
School has very caring teachers but minimal library resources and run on a shoestring. There is an extremely strong conservative Christian element to the school that is rather religiously bigoted. Very structured and controlling, conduct code violations are handed out freely for petty infractions of a strict clothing and conduct policy.

- submitted by a parent
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Collegiate Academy of Colorado
8420 South Sangre De Cristo Rd, Littleton, CO  80127
(303) 972-7433
Last modified Collegiate Academy of Colorado is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Collegiate Academy of Colorado Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top