A proposed 6th-12th grade public charter school focused on serving students on the autism spectrum, and those with similar learning profiles, providing access to both strong academics and social-emotional supports
Our school is founded on the belief that all students, including those who learn differently, can reach their potential with the right programming and support. We aim to serve students who have diagnoses of autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD, or those who might have similar profiles or learning styles to the aforementioned diagnoses. We believe that these diagnoses do not preclude students from engaging in rigorous, college-track academics. Social emotional learning and support is a cornerstone of our school and will not just be a buzzword that we incorporate at designated times during the day or week but will be seamlessly integrated into everything we do.
Our academics are based on the philosophy and practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is the science of learning and behavior. Our instruction is positive, fast-paced, and laser-focused, as students will be grouped by ability rather than grade level. Many of our students may need to “catch up” to grade level and ability grouping will help us do this as efficiently as possible. Students will engage in smart practice everyday, using the methodology of Precision Teaching which is a systematic approach used to build skills as efficiently as possible. The first part involves breaking down skills into their smallest components and then working those components to fluency with smart practice. Practice performance is then charted on a standard chart and used to make daily instructional decisions using the learning pictures that develop. Students learn how to set and reach for goals and take ownership over their work. Precision Teaching methodology boasts some of the fastest academic gains, with schools who utilize these methods and small, ability-based groupings typically seeing students gain 2 + grade levels per school year.
We invite you to fill out an intent to enroll form. This confidential form is used to demonstrate interest in having your child attend Prospect Academy, it does not bind you to enroll.
Our teachers and counselors are highly trained and qualified to serve the individual needs of our students. They approach every student and situation with patience, kindness, understanding
and positive reinforcement.
They meet students where they are and unlock their potential by highlighting strengths and helping them overcome their unique challenges. Our mission is to provide a safe, calm and inclusive learning environment that educates our students and prepares the for a successful life from high school to college or career.
Our curricula will be selected based on alignment to Common Core and Colorado State Standards and will be primarily based in Direct Instruction techniques. Students will have the chance to engage in projects and apply their learning to real-life scenarios through community partnerships and internships. Further, our transition program will include both classroom instruction on necessary “adulting” skills, as well as opportunities for students to practice those skills within their communities through employment opportunities.
Our accountability will be strong, with robust use of pre and post assessments (at the macro, meta, and micro levels) to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of student skills and to be able to accurately measure progress over time. We aim to have a thriving professional development lab, both for our staff as well as for educators throughout the state of Colorado who are interested in furthering their practice with the most cutting-edge evidence-based strategies.
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