American Academy

  • American Academy serves 1,782 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 54% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 33%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 59% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 40%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • American Academy placed in the top 20% of all schools in Colorado for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is equal to the Colorado state level of 17:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Asian), which is lower than the Colorado state average of 46%.

Top Placements

American Academy places among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

  • American Academy's student population of 1,782 students has grown by 15% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 106 teachers has grown by 20% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students1,782 students
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Total Classroom Teachers106 teachers
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School Comparison

  • American Academy is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,704 schools in Colorado (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 18:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of American Academy is 0.41, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CO)
Overall School Rank#192 out of 1,704 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
54%
33%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
59%
40%
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:117:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
11%
3%
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Hispanic
8%
33%
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Black
n/a
5%
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White
76%
54%
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Two or more races
5%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in American Academy.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CO.
Diversity Score0.410.60
This chart display the diversity score of American Academy and the public school average diversity score of Colorado by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
4%
34%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
1%
7%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in American Academy and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Colorado by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDouglas County No. Re 1 School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, CO Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • MISSION
  • American Academy will achieve academic excellence through a challenging, sequenced curriculum emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math to provide our students with the tools to become the leaders of tomorrow. Together, students, faculty, parents, and community will cultivate character, civic responsibility, and intellectual development.
  • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
  • Students' thirst for knowledge are satisfied every day in every grade as they learn a body of knowledge that we all share, without gaps and repetitions. They learn reading and critical thinking by having something exciting to read and think about. And most importantly, students are taught and encouraged to take responsibility for their work and to self-advocate for the help and information they need as they are challenged and grow.
  • A STEM EMPHASIS
  • Science is a daily subject in most grades and STEM Discovery takes place throughout the year so that students are exposed regularly to exciting new worlds and innovations like biotechnology, space, engineering, nanotechnology, and many more. Parents will have a portal into their child’s education from a home computer or smartphone. Technology will be available throughout the school every day to enable excellence in education and streamlined communication for staff, students and parents.  
  • CONSISTENT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
  • Character values are woven into the curriculum throughout the school day so that students learn the meaning of integrity, respect, and responsibility, and are regularly recognized for demonstrating these traits in their daily activities and interactions.
  • A SCHOOL CULTURE OF RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY
  • Staff, parents, and administration set an example of respect and responsibility for the students to follow each day. Students are taught how to interact kindly and respectfully with their peers and adults. Board, administration, staff, students and parents work together towards the common goal of academic excellence.
  • A CHALLENGE FOR EVERY STUDENT
  • Students are challenged at every level of ability, and taught to always raise the bar for themselves. High expectations are the norm and boredom is not an option.
  • At American Academy, we're teaching innovation, innovating education, and exploring every new day.

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  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
We love this school! I have two kids who have attended American Academy since the beginning and both have been extremely well-prepared for high school. I can't compare this school to any other, since we never attended any other, but we did not have more than an hour or two of homework each night except on very rare occasions and though the expectations were high, I mostly felt that showed in the strict late policies and the expectation that students in 5th grade and above learn to advocate for themselves when they needed help in a subject. Both kids learned how to approach teachers respectfully and communicate in person and in writing to accomplish this self-advocacy, and my high school sophomore constantly refers to AA as the place where she learned this most important of life skills. The school doesn't work for everyone - if your student needs to be a straight-A student above all else, this may be too much for you. A's are earned, not handed out. But if you can allow your student to grow and learn without hovering and worrying too much, this school will open doors! I highly recommend American Academy!
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We couldn't be happier with American Academy. The education is top notch, our kids love it, and we haven't had a teacher with disagreed with in 6 years/3 kids. Being a charter, 40 hrs of parent involvement is well worth the advantage over our local elementary.
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