After receiving a unanimous, bipartisan vote from the Douglas County School Board last October to approve their charter application, Apex Community School will open its doors in August of 2018! Apex is in the final design phase of the building and set to break ground in July for a new school in the Meadows, just west of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.
Apex Community School's mission is to provide an innovative and inclusive learning community and will welcome the breadth of student population, regardless of ability, socio-economic background, and/or language proficiency.
"The growth in the Meadows has led to larger class sizes in most neighborhood schools and long wait lists in existing charter schools," said Mark Welle, Chair of the Board of Apex. "Apex will provide over 450 more openings for students, initially opening for students in Kindergarten through 6th grades and eventually serving PK-8th." At capacity, Apex Community School will accommodate over 750.
"We have high regard for the quality of education offered in neighborhood schools," said Todd Slechta, Treasurer of the Board, "we believe our curriculum along with a classical education framework and philosophy set us apart, offering families another option for their children."
Apex's model will provide students with rigorous, research-based curricula selected for their proven effectiveness. Apex's curriculum includes:
- Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence
- Core Knowledge Language Arts
- A phonemic based approach to literacy
- Jump Mathematics, and
- An integrated liberal arts program (Music, Art and Physical Education)
Additionally, Apex will utilize a literature-based and integrated character education program and deliver these curricula systematically using Direct Instruction.
"Despite federal law mandating a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students, students with individual support plans often experience difficulty receiving the services necessary to be included and supported." said Lori Parker, Secretary of the Board. "Apex will meet its obligations to serve students with special needs, just as is expected of every public school, neighborhood or charter, and welcomes the opportunity to address the learning needs of students who represent the breadth of the broader Castle Rock community."
All Apex Board Members are Douglas County families with children either attending or having graduated from Douglas County schools and two members of the Board are long time Castle Rock community members. Many of the board members were previously part of the successful start-up and operation of a K-8 charter school in the Denver Metro area, moving the school from the lowest tier of standardized student growth and academic achievement to one of the highest in the district.
Apex is receiving Letters of Interest through their website and working with those who desire Founding Family status through volunteer hours. Founding Family status can guarantee enrollment for the children of a family. For more information, visit their website at www.ApexSchool.co or like them on Facebook. The Apex Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday each month and prior to those meetings, board members are available to informally meet with anyone interested in learning more details about the school