AMERICAN ACADEMY

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6971 MIRA VISTA LN
CASTLE ROCK, CO 80108
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Phone: 720-292-5200
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Douglas County School District No. Re 1
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 102.2
  • Number Students: 920
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4202
  • Poverty Level: 0 - 5.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Jeff Renfrow
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (92 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (84 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-10
    "We enthusiastically joined the school 2yrs ago. Strongly support ability-grouped teaching/learning. However, discovered many incompatibilities. Aside from [limited] STEM exposure, instruction is...1)Antiquated (knowledge-based, repetitive, rote learning, with no problem-based, authentic-learning, or 'creative thinking' for students). "Teaches to the test"-good for standardized test scores. 2)HIGHLY scripted teaching. Great for new teachers who can benefit from predefined lesson plans. 3)Voluminous minutia for homework. Many dozens of nightly rote HW problems constraining 'whole child' development (little time for family, the arts, athletics, social development). 4)No parent/teacher collaboration; access is discouraged; conferences are not insightful; teachers provide political responses to questions. 5)No 'individual' differentiation WITHIN the classroom. Student's pace of learning WILL remain same as the class unless s/he qualifies (at predetermined times) for a different ability group classroom. 6)No discipline discretion applied to the many 'rules'; discouraging to responsible well-behaved students. Look past the professional communications. Do your research. -Teacher/Parent"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-29
    "This school does NOT take bullying seriously. They hide from it and do everything they can to avoid calling multiple incidents of assault by the same child to the same child bullying My child has been the victim of bullying and the school refuses to call it bullying. They have now asked her to (the victim) to sign a No Contact Policy in which if she has perceivably broken the policy she will face disciplinary action. The school has turned into the bully! Additionally the communication protocol is non-existent. We can report incidents and the school will wait 48 hours to NEVER to get back to us. The principal won't get involved in anything. The reward "for getting to go here" does exist compared to the risk of your child being treated poorly and the school taking a "kids with be kids" approach."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-26
    "Don't think since you won the "lottery" and there are many people on the waiting list - that this school is perfect. 1. PTO is great - you will not find a harder working/more committed/creative group of parents. The amount they raise is astounding. Teacher appreciation happens on a monthly basis. Money is well spent 2. Teacher turnover - very high. High expectations + low salaries =many leave for other schools. Lots of inexperienced teachers 3. Money - many affluent families attend AA. If this makes YOU uncomfortable - it will bother you. Our family is middle class, but we've never felt pressure. Our 2 kids both received leadership awards. Many families are very generous with their $. However, field trips are $$. Starting in 4th grade - plan on paying $300-900 a year for overnight trips. School fees high 4. Anxiety/LD - if your child has LDs or anxiety, this school is a horrible choice, avoid! Ability groups do not help & you will struggle/resent homework 5. Homework - plan on HW every night, holiday & weekends. That is the norm 6. culture - not warm/nurturing. More military style discipline 7. Curriculum - good"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-22
    "I'm a student at American Academy. I have been there for six years. I couldn't believe all the negative comments. My family does not have money, but I am treated equally to other students. Yes, it is a rigorous school, but you kind of go into it expecting that. This school has guided me is almost every aspect of my life, and I feel as comfortable there as I do at home. I am so sad to be leaving next year. I love this school, but if your aren't prepared to work hard, then you are going to be overwhelmed. Sorry that's just the way the school operates. You need to be built for hard work and rigorous activity to excel here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-08
    "I'm surprised by some of the reviews on here. Yes, AA is academically rigorous; yes, there are uniforms; yes, there are expectations on each family to donate time and/or money to the school, BUT the school with work with you on any of these areas. For example, we found we were buried in math homework and yet still not doing well in the subject, we talked to the teachers and we had our math class changed and immediately saw an improvement in our issues. This is not a school you can send little Johnny to and then have your hands off, you must be involved. Overall we are extremely happy with the school, are thrilled with the STEM program, love the teachers, can't say enough about the PTO and would recommend AA to anyone."
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