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: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • 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: 4109
  • 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 (82 ratings)
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    School Reviews (74 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-25
    "My kids are both thriving at American Academy's Parker campus. I couldn't ask for a better school for each of them. It is more rigorous than the school we came from but I know this will pay off for them in the long run. I am so thankful that this school opened in our town. We absolutely love it!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-19
    "The reason why there are so many reviews on AA - you either love it or hate it. Some great teachers. PTO is over the top, raises tremendous amounts of $, every kid 5th grade & above has a computer - with a very large amount of quality programs loaded, that they rent. Love History & Foss science is hands on and interesting. There are some really poor, grumpy teachers - turnover is high. The spelling/phonics program (Spaulding) is confusing & not effective. Your whole family will be impacted by the stress associated with the school. You kid will cry about homework & stress. Even good students will break down and cry, at some point, in the upper grades. Kids cry about missing a day of school b/c of the amount of homework. A boot camp for middle school. So many parents love it up to 3rd grade... And then it is a real struggle. Expectations are high - but not always at a healthy positive level. Make sure you think about how this will impact you & your family before signing up - and if you have a child that struggles with school - run! We have been there over 5 years & I don't know if I would recommend it to anyone - unless the child is above average & organized."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-17
    "My children have attended AA since the first year it opened, when my son was in 1st grade, he graduated 8th grade last year. I currently have 1 in middle school & 1 in elementary. It is very hard to rate AA. There are so many positives and a few, very important, negatives. The teachers & staff are very committed & caring. BUT, parents talk and lately most of us are talking about the often 3-4 hour a night homework load, especially 5th grade on. It is almost abusive and the "late work" policy, which marks of 20% off first date late, 50% off 2nd day late and 0 credit on 3rd day, makes for lots of stress, poor self-esteem and the school forced barring of kids form school extra- curricular activities. On the plus side, my children do learn time management, and a no-excuses to getting your work done mindset. I recommend AA- CP campus, but with reservations. If your child struggles or quite frankly is very bright but will challenge the idea of doing lots of homework just for the sake of "rigor", you may want to pass on AA. As the school has become larger, the administration seems to be less concerned about the well being of the students and more concerned with their "ratings"."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-26
    "I'm a little confused by the negative comments below, because it almost sounds like my kids (grades 2 & 4) are going to a different school! We were beyond thrilled when our kids were accepted at the new American Academy - Parker campus last spring and it's been one great day after another there. The front office is amazing - they manage a school of around 600 students every day with a great deal of professionalism and grace and good humor (I laugh almost every time I come in!). The carpool process is still a little creaky, but I know from experience with other schools that this will iron out with time and other parents figuring out the right behavior for carpool (I'm referring to the parents who think that the whole line should wait for them to personally guide their little darlings into the waiting arms of their teachers). The academics are rigorous compared to the other schools we've attended and both my son and daughter are loving their teachers and the school atmosphere. We've even had one experience with bullying that we felt was handled REALLY well, and everyone is doing much better! I recommend American Academy whole-heartedly!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-26
    "I am a parent of a child that attends American Academy PKR. I am nothing but pleased and ecstatic with what my daughter has learned in this short amount time. She is challenged everyday and the teachers are so amazing. I am blessed that we were given the opportunity to move schools. I also have to say the staff at AA-PKR are amazing and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate whatever the need may be. Parent"
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