Frequently Asked Questions


 


What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free public school that operates under a performance contract (a.k.a. “charter contract”) with its school district or the Charter School Institute that defines regular performance targets the school must reach.

Through this contractual relationship, public charter schools are not run directly by a district school board or the Charter School Institute, but rather by an independent governing board, which grants the public charter school certain flexibility in the areas of staffing, budget, and curriculum.

While charter schools do have flexibility over certain inputs, it is important to note that they do not have flexibility over outputs. In other words, if a public charter school is not meeting its performance targets and showing positive results for its students, the district can revoke, or non-renew its contract.

In this way, public charter schools are more accountable than other public schools in that they must regularly reach their performance targets or risk having their contract revoked and their doors closed by the district or Charter School Institute.

To learn more about Colorado charter schools, here a few more helpful links!

  1. Colorado Charter School Basics a one page document with key background information on public charter schools in Colorado;
  2. Colorado Charter Schools: Myth vs. Fact that lays out some of the common myths about public charter schools along with the relevant facts from Colorado
  3. synopsis of some of the key findings of the state’s most recent analysis of charter public schools in Colorado, which demonstrates the positive results charter schools continue to garner for Colorado’s children.

Is AAK a private school?

No!  Just like all Colorado charter schools, we are public, nonreligious, open to all, cannot charge tuition and cannot screen students.

What is the tuition to attend AAK charter school?

There is no tuition to attend our school.  We are completely tuition free, including our Community Learning Center which opens at 7:00am and runs until 5:30pm.

Can I tour the school before enrolling?

Absolutely!  Choosing the right school for your child can be a difficult process!  We highly recommend touring our school; tours with the Principal are scheduled between 9:00am and 2:30pm on school days. Call the school to let us know you are coming at 970-226-2800.

Do I have to live in a certain neighborhood to attend AAK?

No!  We are a public school of choice, which means we don’t have any geographic boundaries for enrollment.  Students from all across the Front Range attend our school.  The only requirement is that you live in the state of Colorado.

Is the Community Learning Center really free?

Yes!  Starting in Fall 2021, we are excited to offer FREE before, after, and out-of-school programming for all enrolled AAK students.  Families have to register to utilize the program, so we can staff appropriately. Learn more about the Community Learning Center at AAK.

Are uniforms required?

Yes, students are required to wear uniforms.  You can find the complete list of acceptable clothing and shoes in the parent/student handbook.

Will there be free transportation to the school?

AAK assists with carpooling information but does not provide door-to-door busing.

Will students receive a hot lunch? If so, what is the cost?

Hot lunch is provided by Michael’s of Denver Catering.  All students can access FREE breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack (for kids who attend CLC), but families must order meals at the beginning of each month.

Do you offer breakfast for students?

Hot lunch is provided by Michael’s of Denver Catering.  All students can access FREE breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack (for kids who attend CLC), but families must order meals at the beginning of each month.

What type of volunteer activity is expected of parents?

At this time, due to restrictions associated with Covid-19, we are unable to accommodate parent volunteers.

I understand that a lottery is held if “too many” students apply. How is the lottery handled? How do you ensure that it is fair?

The open enrollment period for 1st-5th grade runs from November 1st – February 28th  and November 1st – January 31st for Kindergarten.  During this time, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces in a given grade, a lottery is held. The lottery time and date are set forth in a public hearing after the open enrollment period. The lottery is open to the public. A member of the AAK administrative team and a member of the Board of Directors both attend the lottery. First preference is given to siblings of students already enrolled. Once the slots are filled, the remaining names are drawn and put on the waiting list in the order drawn. As spaces become available in those grades, students are taken from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list in any grade, students are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis after the open enrollment period.

How do you handle standardized state tests? Are these administered just as they are in the local public schools?

State tests are administered just like any other public school. We participate in the same tests and use this data to help drive our school improvement.