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What is a Charter School?

A charter school is a tuition-free, non-selective, public school operated by an independent board of directors. Unlike neighborhood schools, charter schools are given flexibility to articulate a distinct mission, design a curriculum around that mission, and hire faculty who can best deliver it. The result is a unique and innovative educational model that responds to the needs of different students and their families. All students are welcome to apply to a charter school, and if the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spots, students are chosen by lottery.

The core principle of all charter schools is that parents have the primary right, authority, and responsibility to direct the education of their children. The state has a concurrent obligation to assist families in making this decision, not by dictating answers but by providing options.

Charter Schools: A Partnership Between the School and Families

Ascent Classical Academy is one such option. We consider our work to rest upon a partnership between the family and the school. That partnership is guided by our mission, that is clear and direct: to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a classical, content-rich education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue in an orderly and disciplined environment.

Our mission provides parents with something to contemplate and discuss with their students. Some families will find this appealing, and others will not. The beauty of the charter school movement is that even while taking a stand in favor of the classical school model, we can still recognize that reasonable people will disagree.

This moderate approach to education protects the primacy of the family and is therefore something that we at Ascent Classical Academy wholeheartedly support.

Tapping into Charter School Expertise

Ascent Classical Academy is a replication school, with a sister school Golden View Classical Academy in Golden, Colorado.  The founders of Golden View Classical Academy have been instrumental in establishing our school and remain involved through our non-profit management partner, that supports our successful operations.  Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County is also affiliated with the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College.

These important partnerships benefit your family and child by ensuring our team has the expertise to back the success of our school.

Learn More from Headmaster Trent Kramer

Our parent information meetings are a great opportunity for parents to learn more about our curriculum and culture. Headmaster Trent Kramer leads the Northern Colorado campus, which is completing its second year. 

Next Steps

We encourage you to explore this site and learn more about our program. If you would like to see this campus opened in Fall 2023, please submit a non-binding and confidential expression of interest.  

  • Friday, May 27 – Deadline to sign up for public comment at the public forum 
  • Tuesday, May 31, 4 p.m. – Public Forum at Durango High School auditorium
  • Friday, June 3, 8 a.m. – District interview with Ascent Classical’s leadership team; the public is encouraged to attend, but there will be no public comment
  • Monday, June 13 – District board will vote on the Ascent Classical Academy of Durango charter application

If you are unable to attend the public forum but would like to show your support, please submit a written comment here

 

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