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New Summit Charter Academy Wins Approval From Academy School District D20

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  
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For Immediate Release

Contact: Rick Van Wieren, New Summit Charter Academy 719-331-7675

Date: 10/23/17

 

New Summit Charter Academy Wins Approval From Academy School District D20

 

At their regular meeting of 10/19/17, the Academy District 20 school board unanimously approved the application of New Summit Charter Academy to open in Fall of 2018 as a K-6, expanding 1 year at a time to K-8. New Summit intends to re-apply for a full K-12 charter in the future. The approval was conditioned on the school having 356 K-6 students enroll by 3/22/18, and a few more technical requirements. New Summit currently has over 400 students K-6 on their signup list.

 

Colorado Springs latest public charter school is the first approved by D20 in 20 years, when The Classical Academy (TCA) opened. Now, with over 7,000 students on TCA’s waiting list, the district has opened the door to help more families choose a charter alternative. Public charter schools are tuition-free schools that are operated by their own board of directors, that offer alternatives to the curriculum and operating styles of their neighborhood counterparts.

 

New Summit will be a tuition-free public charter school, open to students of all districts. It will be a classical, Core Knowledge based school, emphasizing Literacy First, instilling a lifelong love of learning, and building strong character among its students.

 

 Core Knowledge, a curriculum developed by Dr. E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia and author of, The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them, is used by the most successful charter schools in the state.

   

The school plans to open with 438 K-6 students, and will be located at 7899 Lexington Dr, in the southern part of Briargate, especially convenient for parents who commute along the Woodmen or Union corridors or live in the southern part of the district. Parents who wish to learn more or want to enroll can click here for more information.


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