A new Douglas County charter school, World Compass Academy, broke ground on the site of its soon-to-be school building Dec. 5 in Castle Rock. The school will be located on East Frontage road next to Plum Creek Community Church.
“Today is really …
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“Today is really the culmination of three years of blood, sweat, tears and countless volunteer hours from some very dedicated people,” said Casey Kannenberg, a member of the academy board and parent of five children who will be attending the school.
World Compass Academy will be opening for the 2014-15 school year with 420 students in grades K-4 and 48 preschool students. One grade, which equals 84 students, will be added per year until the school operates Pre-K through eighth grade.
Charter schools are public schools, and like district public schools, they are funded based on enrollment, also called per-pupil operating revenue, or PPR, and receive funding from the district according to the number of students attending.
“Douglas County School District is committed to partnering with parents so that every parent finds that just-right school for their child,” said Elizabeth Fagen, superintendent of the Douglas County School District. “No matter if it's a charter school, a magnet school, a neighborhood school or even another school. We really believe that is an important part of success for a student.
“That said, we want quality choices for our students in Douglas County and we have a very rigorous process through which any charter applicant must go through to be a Douglas County charter.”
Jim McDevitt will be the World Compass Academy principal.
McDevitt began his career as a teacher and worked as an assistant principal, before beginning as a principal in 2002 at Dakota Valley Elementary.
He was later selected from a national competitive search to open Coyote Hills Elementary School in the Cherry Creek School District. Both these schools were awarded John Irwin School of Excellence awards under his leadership. Most recently, he has worked as principal for Immokalee Community School in Florida.
When McDevitt began, the school rated “F” with potential for closure. Under his leadership, the school improved dramatically, and in 2012-2013, ICS achieved the highest performance in Immokalee, and was the only school in the county to increase a letter grade.
During the groundbreaking ceremony McDevitt painted his picture of what he hopes WCA will be.
“Imagine a school where teachers, parents and students join together to envision an academic compass and create the stepping stones to ensure a child's progress toward exploration and discovery,” McDevitt said. “Imagine a school where children understand and trust they are never alone on their journey toward a future filled with uncertainty, hard work, dedication, celebration, laughter and joy.”
For more information, visit worldcompassacademy.com
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