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Aspen Ridge is a high quality public charter school that serves students from preschool through the eighth grade. It is a tuition free school with the best, highly qualified, dedicated teachers utilizing an inspired and diverse catalog of courses. Aspen Ridge is a Core Knowledge school with four curricular Trailways; International, Nature, Personal Development, and Technology. Our students, parents, community, and Board of Directors form a supportive environment where high level learning and personal development occur. Aspen Ridge is a special school; some say it is the best school in Colorado because our students are fully prepared for high school and college. The school receives a perfect 5 out of 5 from GreatSchools.org. and CDE’s rating “accredited”. Aspen Ridge parent surveys routinely show 90%+ in all areas; academics, safety, and student development. If you would like to have your students attend or if you are a business that would like to be a sponsor of this truly amazing school just give me a call or email.
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Establishing and reinforcing solid skills that will promote curiosity and excitement about this world and how all these Trailways function together, while instilling a solid academic foundation in students, is the primary focus of Aspen Ridge. To that end, students will be required each year to complete annual projects that will incorporate elements from each of the school’s Trailways. Possessing a broader understanding of the world in which they exist, students will be more than capable of functioning, contributing, and leading for decades to come. Aspen Ridge Preparatory School uses the following Trailways to guide and educate its students on their learning journey.
Children today live in a digital world – they operate digitally and they think globally. Students will learn how to effectively operate and adapt the technology available to them. Society and the world will not only expect full technological understanding and capability but demand it. Students will be in the early stages of the technological learning curve, and one of the school’s goals is to ensure that they possess a strong foundation and confidence in their abilities to maximize technological opportunities. Students will access these opportunities by using technology in school projects as well as through time in a computer lab. In addition, students will see the use of technology modeled daily in the delivery of instruction.
In order to provide students with a solid educational foundation, it is the intent of Aspen Ridge to focus, study, and incorporate elements of the International Trail across the learning experience so that students will be prepared to compete in the global economy. Interconnected relationships will be discovered through explorations, primarily within social studies classes, of various cultures, languages, history, physical geography, and economic concerns. As early as kindergarten, students will be exposed to a second language and will focus on a region of the world to develop an in-depth understanding of other cultures. This will continue throughout the students’ journey within the Charter School.
Equally important in understanding the world, students will develop an appreciation and connection to the natural environment while traveling along the Nature Trail. It is the hope of the Founders that while grounding their learning in technology and in understanding the global nature of society that Aspen Ridge students also remain grounded in the simplicity and beauty of the natural world. Explorations in the environment will take place through adventures to farms, museums, nature walks, and businesses in the community as well as through guest speakers and student projects. These activities will be mostly incorporated into science and physical education classes.
Personal Development Trail
The Founders of Aspen Ridge also believe that the core to any educational program is a strong emphasis on personal exploration through character development and civic awareness. To usher students along the Personal Development Trail, Aspen Ridge proposes the use of the InFocus Program to reinforce appropriate social interactions as well as conflict resolution. All teachers and staff members will be expected to model appropriate behavior on a daily basis. In the school’s effort to further cultivate the idea of building character and one’s role in the world around them, each student will participate annually in activities that support civic, environmental, and charitable organizations or causes within the community. Opportunities to reinforce positive personal qualities will occur primarily in reading and writing classes although reminders and examples will be seen school wide every day.
Statistics, Trends and Demographics of Charter Schools
Charter school growth continues at a steady, nearly linear pace. This continued growth – reaching 6,004 charter entities in 2012- is a positive for the charter movement.
Demand for charter schools remains strong, with the length of the average waiting list increasing from 233 in 2009 to 277 in 2012. The fact that demand continues to outstrip supply suggest that charter schools could grow significantly faster if the policy environment were more supportive.
Charter schools emphasize a strong, challenging academic program. The most popular educational approach is college preparatory (30 percent), and a substantial number (8 percent) focus on the demanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) area. Another popular approach is Core Knowledge (16 percent), which emphasizes a broad and deep understanding of important academic content in literature, history, science, math, and other subjects. Newer, technology-dependent approaches also are noteworthy, including Blended Learning (6 percent) and Virtual/Online learning (2 percent).
Despite charter schools’ limited resources, an increasingly large number of charters provide students with extended instructional time, such as a longer school day or a longer school year. Aspen Ridge offers a dynamic summer program for 100% of its students. The percentage offering an extended school day increased from 23 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2012. (AMERICA’S CHARTER SCHOOLS 2014)
Since 1992, charter schools have empowered parents with new educational choices for their children as they offered educators the freedom to create innovative educational environments in exchange for increased academic and financial accountability. What began as a small experiment had grown to one that served over 2.2 million students in 6,004 charter entities in the 2012-13 school year.1 By early 2013, 42 states and Washington, D.C., had enacted statutes authorizing charter schools.
Since charter schools are public schools, students attending them should be entitled to the same funding as students in traditional public schools. However, only a handful of states fund charters in a manner that approaches equity with other public schools. Even many states with otherwise strong charter laws typically fail in this regard. Based on our survey respondents, charters are funded at approximately 64 percent of their district counterparts, averaging $7,131 per pupil compared to the average per pupil expenditure of $11,184 in the traditional public schools in 2009/10.
Figure 8 shows four ranges of charter school per pupil revenue, ranging from the lowest proportion
of public school funding to the highest. Nine percent of all charters receive less than $4,500 per
student in revenue, a far cry from the average per student expenditure in the public schools of $12,136 (i.e., the entire pie). Fifty percent receive between $4,501 and $7,000. Twenty-five percent receive between $7,001 and $9,500. This is the range Aspen Ridge Preparatory school falls in with just under $7,500 per
student revenue from the state and federal government. Only 16 percent of charter schools receive at least $9,501 per student, in the ballpark of the average per pupil expenditure in the public schools.
Charter schools spend, on average, $7,658 per pupil — $527 more than they receive in revenue! This is accomplished primarily through fundraising; increasing the amount they have available to spend per student from approximately 64 percent of the amount public schools spend to about 68 percent. While the increase is a relatively small amount in percentage terms, charter schools believe several hundred additional dollars per student are worth the substantial time and effort involved in raising the money and realize they have few options available to increase their bottom line.
Charter schools typically do not receive funding to cover the cost of building and maintaining a facility. The cost of building schools for charter schools is typically 10-30% of the general budget; which is pulled from coveted academic programs. Aspen Ridge Preparatory School expends approximately 25% to 30% of its funding for facility expenses. This expenditure reduces the funds available for academic programs. By paying for most of its own facilities, Aspen Ridge Preparatory School will save local taxpayers (residents and businesses) more than $50,000,000 over the life of the school. Traditional public school tax levies are predominately paid through business property taxes because of the Gallagher amendment to the state constitution. Charter school tax savings are not typically known by the public or touted by the press. For the small proportion of charters that receive facilities funding, it averages only 11.7 percent of their total budget.
Benefits to Sponsorship
Partnering with Aspen Ridge Preparatory School as a sponsor provides a number of benefits including the following:
- Access to a captive target audience matching that of your company
- Access to a market willing to spend disposable income on supporting kids’ needs
- Access to segmented media opportunities
- Positioning your organization as a staunch state and community supporter of education
- Infusing your company’s branding across multiple mediums including event signage, web, social media and print
- Supporting the next generation with meaningful education
- A sense of making America better
Sponsorship opportunities are limited, with category exclusivity; therefore contact Todd Cordrey, Executive Director, at 720-242-6225 or TCordrey@AspenRidgePrepSchool.org today.