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K-8
Public charter
Littleton, CO
Students enrolled: 465
 

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1200 West Mineral Ave
Littleton, CO 80120

(303) 798-5252
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August 04, 2014
Excellent school. Excellent teachers, administration and staff. My children have been attending this school for 5 years and we've been extremely happy. I have one child that is high achieving and 1 child with learning difficulties - they have both been given exceptional support and have received excellent educations at LA. Yes, there are high expectations regarding both academics and behavior but certainly nothing unreasonable and I'm thrilled my children will be thoroughly prepared for high school. The Principal works tirelessly and is truly dedicated to the school, the children, the staff and the parents.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2014
To the person who said they got "yelled at"for wearing a green bow in their hair: I don't believe that for a second. Whether anyone approves of the methods at this school, it's clear that the motives of all involved, is to give the kids the best chance at life they can. The previous principal and vice principal were excellent - they were in lived, invested, and were true to the curriculum and student handbook. No one was out to get children. But they were people of high integrity and therefore they expected the very clearly laid out rules to be followed. I want that kind of strength and integrity in a school that teaches core virtues. The new principal and vice principal seem similarly motivated - they strive to do the right thing for the kids and the school and do their best to stay true to the founding principles of LA. They may not be perfect, but they definitely care.

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November 10, 2013
I am a student at Littleton Academy. My school is a wonderful school in many ways. Some ways are: 1) NO bullies allowed 2) Excellent teachers 3) Nice students. My school can improve by being a little easy on what kind of shoes you wear. For example, if my shoes are untied, they MUST be tied right then and there. ALl in all, my school is a wonderful school

- submitted by a community member

September 04, 2012
we've been at LA since 2006 and my child just entered middle school there -- I was prepared to set aside hours each evening for homework but it has been totally manageable. The teachers give them plenty of direction and time at school plus there are study halls available -- in addition to teachers asking that students come see them if they need extra help. With a new principal and vice principal on board, the school is taking lots of steps to ensure that a core knowledge rigorous education through 8th grade is not only attainable it can also be FUN. Kudos to all the great staff and teachers at LA -- it is so obvious that you all really care about the kids.

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July 27, 2012
to all those that insist that the homework is ridiculous, i know that - i am a student! however hard all that homework is, the teachers give you tools to help manage it. they also make sure that you use the tools. as far as i know, the uniforms help keep bullying down, and the rules are mostly pretty reasonable. i might be wrong about this, but it seems to me that what matters most is how the teachers, not the administration, interact with the kids. all the teachers are super nice (i think) and to me as a student, that's what matters most.

- submitted by a community member

January 12, 2012
My kids have received a private school education at a public school by attending Littleton Academy. While they have really disliked some aspects of the school (uniforms and homework) they also knew it was preparing them for high school and life. For years alumni told us high school was a breeze, and then we found out it was true. My youngest no longer complains about the homework because he knows it is getting him ready for high school and beyond.

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July 29, 2011
We sent all of our children through Littleton Academy (from 1996 - 2008), and while each of them found a rule to hate (dress code, or discipline, or something) and each resented the homework from time to time, as they watched the neighbors playing outside, reaching high school cured that! Every single one of our children has thanked us for having the fortitude to withstand the complaints and provide the support to ensure that they received the best educational foundation we could provide. As they met new challenges in high school with less trepidation than their "regular public school" peers and achieved successes that surprised and delighted their sometimes jaded teachers, they realized that the knowledge they'd gained and, more importantly, the ability to think critically that they'd developed at LA far overshadowed any rules or minutes missed outside. My family, knowing what we know now, would make exactly the same decision again to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2011
What Charter Schools like Littleton Academy provide is an opportunity for parents to be intimately involved in their child's education. As a very involved parent of two children at Littleton Academy, this has made all the difference in the quality of their education. Is there a lot of homework? Yes. Is the discipline strict? Yes. Does the school set these high standards because they know these kids are capable of reaching them? Yes. Do I have a voice if I feel something is not right, or my child needs something more? Absolutely. If you are a parent who wants to be very involved in your child's education - including helping with homework every single night, attending multiple parent/teacher meetings, volunteering at least 20-hours per year, supporting the discipline standards at home as well as at school - then Littleton Academy is the school for you. If you answered "no" to any of those questions, then it may not be the right fit.

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April 20, 2011
I really question the 4 star - when looking at all the reviews they have a few recent good rating (I wonder why??) but many that follow are bad. The adminstration is leaving and I am sure it will be a much more positive experience at the school. Children need to have a school enviroment that is positive, offer experiences of caring and support, not adversarial, this produces great academic learning. Thanks to the governing board it might turn around to be an outstanding school like it was years ago. This would offer a culture that the kids love, teachers can teach and the parents are proud.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2011
I graduated from Littleton Academy after attending for 8 years. I must admit that as a student I found the rules annoying and silly but when do kids ever know what's best for them? Looking back I am thankful for the uniform, the homework, and the high standards. I know so much about the English language that normal public schools never seem to mention as well as a cursory knowledge of spanish and an outstanding knowledge of mathematics. I learned how to spell and write both cursive and print legibly. I found that I was given enough homework to sufficiently learn the material without ever feeling overwhelmed. I practiced gymnastics 4 nights a week and was still able to complete my homework because my parents and teachers helped me develop good time management skills that I practiced all through high school and still use now in college. My favorite teachers are still at Littleton Academy and I wish I had met anyone as effective in high school. This is an excellent school.

- submitted by a community member

March 07, 2011
I graduated from Littleton Academy after attending for 6 years. Upon entering high school, I was surprised at how extremely uneducated the rest of my peers seemed to be. As a middle schooler, I used to complain constantly about L.A.: too much homework, too many rules, no one cares about me. I see now that my complaints were nothing but an excuse for attention. I received the best education possible. I received practice in self-discipline. I had the opportunity to be creative and inventive (as opposed to the rote learning that public schools give). I felt safe. Littleton Academy should be considered an EXCELLENT school all-around.

- submitted by a community member

February 12, 2011
We love this school. It exceeds my expectations in every way. My son is very happy there and enjoys learning very much. Teachers are nice and caring and the staff are great.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2010
I have submitted 3 reviews of this school and none were shining. Each time my reviews have been removed -- most likely by school administrators themselves. Here's the scoop for prospective parents in a nutshell: the homework is excessive, the families are largely ultra-conservative, there's a religious group that prays for the soccer field's grass to turn green, and there's very little in the curriculum that encourages free-thinking and creativity. Parents drive Lexus SUVs and Maseratis. Parental feedback is unwelcome. If you don't mind relinquishing quality time with your children at home, sign them up to attend Littleton Academy. Childhood is short...3 hours of homework each night is outrageous.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2010
My children attend LA and they have become increasingly unhappy at this school. The homework workload seems to be overly excessive, they seem more concerned about getting great evaluation test scores out of the students than actually nurturing them, and the behavioral and dress policies are what you would expect from a military school. Many of the teachers are good people and they really care about the students, but like the students themselves, many appear to be unhappy. This may be due to the the fact that the administration is close-minded, strict, and unwilling to compromise.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2010
There is a significant difference between Littleton Academy's Middle School and Elementary School. Elementary staff and curriculum is fantastic (5 stars) but the kids are still young enough that compliance with the strict envirionment is easy to enforce. We've had 3 kids at the school, one is still there and will stay through 5th grade. Unless they get their hands around dealing with Middle School better, we will likely pull him for 6th grade like his siblings.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2010
We have two kids at LA and are extremely happy with the school. Great curriculum and staff. This school is very challenging and certainly not for everyone. I agree with the statement in one of the reviews "that the standards are not unreasonable. Many parents choose LA because of it's high academic, behavioral and test standards and then complain when they are upheld." The school has a strong math and science program. In 2009, science and math CSAP results for LA were extremely high (top 5 in the state and #1 in the district). This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2010
Littleton Academy is losing 8 more middle school kids to Powell next year. (mostly boys) The admin. comes down hard on boys who step over the line a few times. The lines drawn give little room. Their philosophy is to give as many infractions as possible to force change. Humiliation in front of their peers is also a part of the discipline system. Read the handbook. If you have a middle school boy who is outgoing and not passive think carefully about sending him to L.A.They forget the pre-frontal cortex of these boys is under developed. Instead of meeting the situation with some discipline and some humor, they are militant. There is no grace. This also happens in the elementary.

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no rating
May 13, 2010
Littleton Acadamy has the most amazing teachers around. Through structured curriculum, the children build a wonderful base of knowledge that will help them throughout their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 16, 2010
Littleton Academy is a top rated school in the state due to the curriculum and the staff that works together to teach the students. The parent community play a huge part in keeping the staff and students motivated.

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April 16, 2010
I love that the kids will be well prepared for college and life after attending this school. The teachers really care for the students and are top notch in their teaching. We love the uniforms which helps alleviate peer pressure for clothing.

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September 18, 2009
If all you care about is academics this is the school for you. If you care about your child being treated with respect and consideration don't go to this school. There is very little teacher acountability and even less administration acountability, so anything goes! I think it is a shame that such a great idea for a school is being destroyed.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
As a parent the parent of 2 children that graduated from Littleton Academy, I could not be happier with their transition to highschool. both of my kids were able to start on the honors track in all subjects. the attention to grammar and writing technique have been especially useful and put my children ahead of their peers in highschool. the Saxon Math program produed a solid foundation with it's attention to mastering concepts and nightly homework. Both Social Studies and Science were challenging. The Spanish program took both of my students to AP Spanish in high School as a Junior. Our experience at Littleton Academy was only positive.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2009
Great academics but the principal and vice principal are inexperienced and treat kids unfairly. They want to control everything and do not listen to parents or students at all.

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May 19, 2009
I ve been an active parent of LASA for 7 years, some teachers are a great asset to the School and discipline is very positive to some kids. Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school and the teaching some children receive is uneven. Personal experience with some administrative staff has been extremely unprofessional. Principal is doing very little to weed out those teachers who are not treating children as individual case bringing them down, instead, they waste the precious time of the students they are trained professionally to serve and inspire. Principal is unable to make decisions on a case by case basis, instead she hides behind policies, using the cookie-cutter approach.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2009
We currently have 2 children attending Littleton Academy. Although its education and behavioral standards are above other Schools, the guidance of an inexperienced and unqualified Principal plus and unpleasant Administration undermines the above.

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September 30, 2008
A great fundamentally sound education. Ideal school for average and slightly above average kids, who need repetitive work to hone their skills. Weak at challenging independent thought, and creativity development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 22, 2008
We have two children at Littleton Academy. We are extremely impressed with the core knowledge content and the delivery the staff employs. Littleton Academy expects students to adhere to behavior standards that will suit the children well in society. The standards are not unreasonable, unless discipline is somewhat of a new concept to a child. Many parents choose LA because of it's high academic, behavioral and test standards and then complain when they are upheld.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2008
Littleton Military Academy?? The school is going downhill. Student moral is down. THe administration enforces extreme punitive measures for discipline. All they care about is the test scores and resting on their laurels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 17, 2008
We have had 3 students at LA and must admit that the school is on a downward trend. The school is riding simply on its CSAP accolades, and it shows. The school principal is inexperienced, and unfortunately, her inabilities to adminstrate reflect unfavorably on the academic staff.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2007
I had one child at LA for 8th grade and all I can say is 'Thank God', now a 9th grader in High School he was ready! All advanced classes, and the ability to perform under pressure, and be organized! The regular public school system has failed and this proved it to me. I now have two other children going 7th & 4th graders , at first was a little bit of a shock and it takes a little time for them to make the adjusment but with parental backing and the help from the great teachers and staff they have adjusted to the change! Thank You LA!

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2007
We have had all four of our children at Littleton Academy and could not be more satisfied with a school. The school enforces the reasonable rules and the kids all know the standards, both behavioral and academic, that they are being held accountable to. The academic bar is set high, but there is ample help for the kids who are struggling, and they leave the school well ahead of their peers in other schools and very prepared for high school and beyond. Parental involvement and input are encouraged and, more importantly, listened to by the staff and school board. Teachers with whom there are legitimate issues are not retained, and the kids have a safe and warm learning environment. Littleton Academy is a model of what elementary and middle school education can be, and should strive to become.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2005
so far so good a lot of parent involvement, even as a k parent. Really seems like a great place for parents who want to supplement the low colorado school education standards. very organized curriculum and after school opportunities.

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April 08, 2004
This school is a 'school of choice', a choice our family is very happy with. Billed as 'academically rigorous, this school is not for everyone. Students leave this school prepared, and in most cases, above grade level. Look at the test scores! This school has been recognized as a 'school of excellence). Staff and administration are very professional and fair. We have found the administration very responsive to all issues presented. Bullying is not tolerated. Parent involvement (volunteering)is better than any school I have seen and allows the school many 'perks' not obtained due to lack of district funding. New principal is just 'getting her feet wet'. She has big shoes to fill! There are always parents who feel their child is the best and brightest and should be treated as such. They will always find a problem no matter what school their child attends.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
Strong discipline supports a rigorous academic program. Core Knowledge, Saxon, Open Court; a great mix.

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January 19, 2004
New Principal is not responsive to parent concerns and seems unwilling to consider 'outside the box' suggestions. She seems to take a combatitive stance rather than explore the concerns and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

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Littleton Academy
1200 West Mineral Ave, Littleton, CO  80120
(303) 798-5252
Last modified Littleton Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Littleton Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top