New charter school prepares to open in Castle Rock


Aspen View Academy, a conditionally approved Douglas County School District K-8 Core Knowledge charter school is receiving a warm welcome from the Castle Rock community. Approximately 35 residents were in attendance at a community awareness meeting Monday, March 19th at the Historic Cantril Building in Castle Rock. The meeting covered topics ranging from, what is a charter school to an overview of the Core Knowledge curriculum and the progression of land and facility plans for the school.

Aspen View Academy will offer a character education program in parallel with the Core Knowledge curriculum with ability groupings to facilitate continuous improvement in classrooms not to exceed 25 students. Ability groupings will enable teachers to place each student in the appropriate ability groups to challenge each student on his/her individual level.

“The (Douglas County School) District needs additional capacity in Castle Rock and it’s our vision to partner and serve the town, community and District” stated Tom Ruekert, vice president and founding board member. Based on comments from parents in attendance, there is demand and a distinct need for another school of choice in Castle Rock. Ruekert was also very excited with “…the number of new faces at this event as well as all the questions they were asking” before, during and after the meeting.

“It makes sense” said Ann Peckham, a potential parent of Aspen View Academy when referring to the Core Knowledge curriculum. With this sequence, children will gradually build off of what they have learned previously; providing them with a coherent, content specific and cumulative education.

The Board of Aspen View Academy will have its next community meeting from 7-9 p.m. April 19 at The Grange in the Meadows, 3692 Meadows

Blvd., Castle Rock, 80109. This meeting will also welcome a guest speaker Karin Piper author of Charter Schools: The Ultimate Handbook for Parents.

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