Parker parents and students will have another option for early education next year, as public charter school American Academy has broken ground on its new facility at Lincoln Meadows Parkway and Twenty Mile Road in Parker. The school is slated to open for the 2017-18 school year.
The school has two other campuses, American Academy-Castle Pines and American Academy-Motsenbocker, also in Parker. Trish Cummings, communications manager, said the location for the Lincoln Meadows campus was chosen to satisfy parent demand.
“We polled our waitlist and asked people `where do you want to be?' ” Cummings said. “Overwhelmingly, people chose Parker.”
The Lincoln Meadows campus, which broke ground Nov. 30, will initially serve preschool, kindergarten and elementary students up to sixth grade, but will expand over the next two years to include seventh and eighth grades as students move up through the program.
“We are looking forward to responding to strong parent demand and serving more Parker and Douglas County students on our waitlist with the new Lincoln Meadows campus,” said Alison Rausch, president of the American Academy board of directors.
The school offers a STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — focus. Middle school students also participate in Engineering Academy, a program that uses real-world projects to teach students specific engineering techniques.
The school's art program includes visual and performing arts classes as well as extracurricular programs such as instrumental music, theater, vocal and dance classes. The school also has a character-development program woven into its daily curriculum, focusing on manners, courage, humility and conflict resolution for students.
The new school will initially serve close to 600 students. The two existing campuses have a student body of approximately 900 students each. The Lincoln Meadows center has a waiting list that families may add themselves to at any time.