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October 27, 2016, Community Connection

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October 27, 2016

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Elkhart Teacher Earns Prestigious Milken Educator Award

ch-elkhart-jennie-schmaltz-71-copyElkhart Elementary School third-grade teacher and teacher partner Jennie Schmaltz recently attended what she thought was going to be an ordinary school assembly, but boy was she wrong! She not only left the assembly with a heart full of gratitude, but with a pocket full of money — $25,000, that is!

The Milken Family Foundation organized the surprise event to honor Schmaltz with the prestigious Milken Educator Award for her compassion, dedication and belief that every child can succeed. The awards, granted to only 35 teachers nationally this year, were revered by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Education.” Schmaltz will join a team of more than 2,700 distinguished educators and enjoy powerful professional development opportunities throughout her career.

Schamltz credits her students and colleagues for her success, stating, “You achieve greatness when you surround yourself with greatness.” Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken presented Schmaltz with the check and encouraged her to use it for personal fulfillment as educators live a life of sacrifice.

Aurora Public Schools is extremely proud of Schmaltz’s accomplishments. She epitomizes our APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan core belief that student achievement and growth are driven by highly-effective and respected staff working as a team.

Check out her biography here.

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Arkansas Students Embrace Self-Discovery, Tailor their Plans for the Future

Arkansas Elementary School’s fourth-grade students recently got a glimpse into their futures, sans time machines. Thanks to an online planning tool called Naviance, the students now have an engaging platform that helps align their interests and strengths to their postsecondary and career goals.

The energy and enthusiasm Arkansas students exhibited while familiarizing themselves with the program proves it’s never too early to plan. It is evident that passion for a certain career path can develop at a very young age. In one class, the nine- and ten-year-olds were already browsing University of Denver’s undergraduate degrees.

In Aurora Public Schools’ mission to help every student shape a successful future, our first goal is to ensure every student has a solid plan. By creating personalized plans in Naviance, students are provided equal opportunities to successfully envision, explore and execute their dreams.

APS is excited to introduce Naviance to every fourth- and fifth-grade student during the 2016-17 school year and looks forward to bringing our third-grade students on board the following year.

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Student-Athletes Earn Digital Badges On and Off the Field

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Playing sports isn’t always just about showing off one’s physical abilities. Look closely and you will find many examples of athletes using skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and self-direction to succeed. This year, middle and K-8/P-8 school athletic directors and coaches are using the APS Digital Badge Program to recognize these 21st century skills in our student-athletes.

Through Digital Badging, student-athletes now have the opportunity to earn credentials that demonstrate mastery of 21st century skills outside of the classroom.

“The goal here is really to get our kids recognized and seen,” said Brendan Netherton, South Middle School’s athletic director. “We don’t recognize them enough for their accomplishments and how they have improved as leaders, communicators, etc.”

Digital Badging allows staff members to validate student achievement in classrooms, on sports fields and through clubs and activities.

To learn more about Digital Badges, visit badge.aurorak12.org.

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Internship Gives Gateway Senior her ‘Guardian Angel’ Wings

Edith Malbaes NavaGateway High School senior Edith Malbaes Nava wants to spend her life making a positive impact on children. As the eldest sibling who enjoyed caring for her sisters, she realized she is most fulfilled when tending to the young. Thankfully, through the Pickens Technical College Executive Internship Program, Malbaes Nava can explore her passion at Guardian Angel Health Center.

The center is a pediatric office that serves a diverse population of children, including special needs and premature babies. As part of the Guardian Angel family, Malbaes Nava is acquiring important real-world skills, such as how to check in patients, set up charts, schedule appointments and more. Most recently, she has been able to observe nurses in action.

“This is our first time partnering with Aurora Public Schools’ internship program and we are very blessed to have Edith,” said Guardian Angel Office Manager Gail Bleibtrey. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity for students and the community.”

Participation in internships is just one of the credentials outlined in the district’s strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future. Earning credentials will help students open doors to postsecondary and workforce opportunities.

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May 31, 2016, Community Connection

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May 31, 2016

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APS Celebrates the Class of 2016

Pickens Tech GraduationCongratulations to the nearly 3,000 students who recently graduated from Aurora Public Schools. Students earned diplomas and certificates from the following schools:

  • Aurora Central High School
  • Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
  • APS Online High School
  • Gateway High School
  • Hinkley High School
  • Pickens Technical College
  • Rangeview High School
  • Rebound (North and South)
  • Vista PEAK Preparatory 
  • William Smith High School

Our preschoolers from Kids Tech, the class of 2029, also celebrated their graduation as they prepare to enter kindergarten in the 2016-17 school year.

View a slideshow for a look at some of this year's graduates.

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Bright Future Ahead for Class of 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Grad-clip-artThe Aurora Public Schools' class of 2016 was not shy when it came to applying for scholarships and grants for college. This year’s graduating seniors took full advantage of the opportunity to earn dollars -- totaling more than $13 million -- for their higher education. Read highlights of some of the students who have earned scholarships so far this year!

  • The Aurora Public Schools Foundation has chosen the following award recipients for their robust scholarship program:
    • Advantage Security Scholarship
      Kiefer Quinn – Gateway
    • Richard Anderson and Anderson Family Autism Scholarship
      Kendall Knighten – Rangeview
    • James Burns Memorial Scholarship
      Adrianna Linnebur  – Gateway
    • Bob Caviness Scholarship
      Alan Rios – Hinkley
    • Denise Davis Teen Parent Scholarship
      Mayra Avila  /  Aurora Central
    • Gerkin Family Expository Writing Scholarship
      Layla Abdulla – Gateway
      Jesus Gandara – Aurora Central
    • Matt Hirschfeld Scholarship
      Darrien Hammond – Gateway*
    • Kristin D Hiza Memorial Scholarship
      Alexander Hawkins – Vista Peak
    • Linn Hogue Memorial Scholarship
      Augustina Uwandu –  Hinkley
    • Jack Knapp Memorial Scholarship
      Sydney Hunt – Rangeview    
    • Vista Peak Business Pathway Scholarship
      Vicky Ramirez / Vista Peak*
    • Lore H. Wiggins Scholarship
      Esmeralda Campos / Gateway*
    • Myrtle Replogle Travis and Russell Romayne Travis Memorial Scholarship
      Jesus Gandara /  Aurora Central*
    • Nora Jane Crocker Redding Scholarship
      Madaleen Newhouse  /  Rangeview

      *The specific school is a requirement of the scholarship

  • Seven talented and highly-skilled students were recently named 2016 Daniels Scholars. The Daniels Fund Scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and other miscellaneous college expenses. Students earned the investment by persevering through an extremely competitive process that involved more than 2,200 applicants.
  • Gateway High School senior Kellie Lam is a 2016 Greenhouse Scholar. Greenhouse Scholars, an education non-profit organization, serves low-income college students who are exceptionally high performing. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, service to community, demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need. 
  • Rangeview High School's Alexis Wall earned a 2016 Boettcher Scholarship! She was one of only 42 students selected from more than 1,400 applicants. The Boettcher is one of Colorado’s most prestigious, merit-based scholarships, providing students a full ride to any in-state, four-year institution.
  • A host of APS seniors from various high schools participated in internships this year through the Pickens Technical College Executive Internship Program. The program committee presented $500 scholarships to students Joseph Graff, Sydney Hunt and Raymond Simanjuntak
  • Aurora Central's Andy Guerrero is a 2016 Horatio Alger Association National Scholarship recipient. The prestigious award will grant Guerrero $22,000 – an average of $5,500 per year – to apply toward the tuition at his selected college or university. 

Visit aurorak12.org/students/scholarships/ to read more and celebrate our class of 2016 graduates and scholarship recipients!

APS 2020: Shaping the Future Strategic Plan - Core Belief:
Students take an active and ongoing responsibility for their learning.

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APS Board Considers Facility and Technology Needs

Mrachek Middle SchoolThe APS Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee recently presented recommendations to the Board of Education for a five-year facilities and technology improvement program. The APS Board of Education is considering this program as the basis for a potential bond measure to fund new schools as well as building and technology improvements at every school in the district.

The Board will continue to review the recommendation and make a decision on whether to authorize a November 2016 bond election later this summer. To view the Board presentation, including the LRFAC recommendations, visit suppsvcs.aurorak12.org/facilities-process/.

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First Annual Digital Badge Summit Takes Place on June 24

digital-badge-summit-thumb2Aurora Public Schools invites global badge leaders, educational and industry pioneers, and curious learners to the 2016 Digital Badge Summit in Aurora, Colorado!

Friday, June 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning & Conference Center
Aurora, CO 80011

This one-day event will bring together some of the brightest and most inspiring Digital Badge thought leaders on the planet for highly interactive learning and sharing. Attendance is limited to 300 attendees. In addition to providing breakfast and lunch, the Badge Summit will offer attendees a facilitated Dream Makers' Lounge for expert help in Badge system design, electronic poster sessions, two keynotes and concurrent sessions and panels along four curated strands:

  • K-12 Implementation
  • Higher Ed and Teacher Professional Development Badging
  • Hot Topics in Badges and Micro-credentials
  • Industry Badging and Micro-credentials

Read more about the First Annual Digital Badge Summit and learn how to register.

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January 27, 2016, Community Connection

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Students Create Plans to Shape Successful Futures

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Hinkley's Teaggan Ilela displays her MyCap Commitment Form that accompanies her plan.

In 2015, Aurora Public Schools launched a new strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future. Its three goals set forth what every student will walk away with upon graduation. Over the past few months, staff and administrators have worked closely with all students on the first goal: [Every Student Will Have:] A plan for his or her future.

Hinkley High School junior and International Baccalaureate student Teaggan Ilela understands the importance of a plan. She knows her personalized academic and career plan can be her roadmap to success.

“I want people to know that I do have a plan,” Ilela said. “I want to be a doctor. My doctor even encourages that career choice, which is really cool.”

Like most students, Ilela’s plan has changed at least once since her freshman year. That’s the idea – students develop their plans throughout their academic careers. To ensure success, every student also has a team of caring adults who share the responsibility of pushing them toward the finish line.

For more information about student plans, visit aps2020.aurorak12.org/goal-1-plans/.

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Board of Education Approves 2016-17 Calendar

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The Board of Education approved the 2016-17 school year calendar at its meeting on Jan. 19 based on recommendations by the Calendar Committee. The committee was comprised of school staff, parents and APS administrative staff. 

Some of the 2016-17 calendar highlights include:

  • The school year begins for grades 1 through 12 during the week of Aug. 8. Preschool and kindergarten students begin school on Monday, Aug. 15. Please check with your school for specific dates.
  • The school year ends for most students on Thursday, May 25. Please check with your school for specific dates.
  • Fall Break occurs at the end of the first quarter from Monday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 14. This will ensure uninterrupted learning during the first quarter.

The new calendar is similar to the one in place for the current school year. The committee recommended this approach because the calendar has worked well for APS staff and families this year. We are confident that a similar calendar will provide a smooth transition into the 2016-17 school year.

View the Approved 2016-17 Conventional School Calendar

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Aurora Frontier Wins National Science Lab Makeover Contest

AuroraFrontierFalconStudents and staff at Aurora Frontier P-8 have plenty to celebrate these days, thanks in part to a national science lab makeover contest they recently won.

The Falcons participated in the Northrop Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs Makeover Contest, where middle schools across the country submitted photos and videos of their current science classroom(s) and shared their visions for a dream STEM lab makeover. After advancing to the semifinal round of 20, Aurora Frontier enlisted the help of students, staff, parents and community members in a one-day-only voting campaign to help them win.

Aurora Frontier — Colorado's lone representative in the contest — is one of only five winning schools and will receive $100,000 to assist school leaders in creating a state-of-the-art STEM lab. Throughout the process, Frontier will partner with science education resource company Flinn Scientific on science supplies and innovative ideas to help teachers and students succeed. The new STEM lab will provide unlimited potential for students to expand, enhance and advance their learning, ensuring their STEM-related coursework is exciting and engaging.

Congratulations, Aurora Frontier! 

View their winning video submission!

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Parents! Register your Child for Preschool

Preschool Screenings for the 2016-17 school year are now available. All children ages 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2016, are eligible for the APS Preschool Program. For your child to be considered, a parent or legal guardian must attend the preschool screening process. Your child must be present for the screening and your child’s birth certificate is required. If your name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate, you MUST bring legal documentation of guardianship.

Appointments are not necessary. Due to a limited number of preschool slots, attendance at a screening does not guarantee placement. A greeter will be available at the screenings to help you. For more information, visit ece.aurorak12.org or call 303-364-9371.

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December 16, 2015, Community Connection

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Learn More about Your Tax Dollars at Work

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The 2015-16 Bond and Mill Levy Community Report is now available at aurorak12.org/bond-mill-report. Bond and mill levy programs approved by voters in 2008 and 2012 benefit every student in the district.

The $215 million bond program has funded improvements at every APS school. Due to careful financial management, APS has added more than $41 million in savings and interest to the bond program to fund more projects.

APS mill levy overrides provide nearly $30 million annually to fund educational programs that accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

To learn more about the APS bond program, visit bond.aurorak12.org.

To learn more about Mill Levy information, visit aurorak12.org/about-aps/mill-levy.

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Win Broncos Tickets via the APS Mobile App!

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Who wants to go the Broncos game?!? 

Don’t miss your chance to win a pair of tickets – compliments of our partners at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at The Medical Center of Aurora – to see the Denver Broncos in an upcoming home game.

Download and register the APS app to your mobile device and you will be entered into a drawing for TWO tickets to watch the Broncos play Cincinnati on Dec. 28. After downloading, send us a screenshot of your device to show that you have completed the registration. You can send us the screenshot via our Facebook and Twitter pages.  

We will pick a winner by 6 p.m. on Dec. 22. Unfortunately, APS staff members are not eligible.

Download and register today at http://aurorak12.org/app. iPad users, please download the iPhone app on the App Store. Android tablet users, please download the Android app on Google Play.

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Enrollment and Capacity Update

Due to enrollment growth over the last seven years, APS has experienced overcrowding at many of its schools. Nearly one-third of APS schools are at or above 90 percent of total capacity, even with mobile classrooms on site. APS has engaged stakeholders on a variety of options and solutions to address this challenge for more than two years.

On Nov. 10, the APS Board of Education provided direction to address projected school enrollment and capacity challenges. Prior to determining next steps, the Board considered feedback from nearly 1,600 stakeholders as part of a community engagement process on school capacity options that started in spring 2015.

The district has strategies in place, including utilizing remaining funds from the 2008 Bond Program, to meet capacity and academic program needs through the 2016-17 school year.

To learn more about the Board direction on projected enrollment capacity and academic program needs, visit the APS website at aurorak12.org/2015/11/20/enrollment-and-capacity-update/.

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Proposed 2016-17 APS Calendar

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In October, APS convened a calendar committee to develop options for the 2016-17 Conventional School Calendar. The committee is recommending a draft calendar that is very similar to the one we are currently using, with the following school start and end dates and breaks:

  • July 29 – New teachers report to buildings
  • Aug. 3 – All teachers report to buildings
  • Aug. 8 – First day of school, Grades 6-12
  • Aug. 10 – First day of school, Grades 1-5
  • Aug. 15 – First day of school, Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Oct. 10-14 – Fall recess
  • Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 – Winter recess
  • Jan. 3 – No classes for Grades P-5
  • March 27 - 31 – Spring recess
  • May 25 – Last day of school

The committee is recommending this approach because the calendar worked well for APS staff and families this year and a similar calendar would provide a smooth transition into the next school year. Furthermore, due to enrollment and capacity challenges at several of our schools, the recommendation would allow APS to focus on developing calendar options for 2017-18. This will include a four-track, year-round calendar possibility for overcrowded schools.

The APS Board of Education will consider the calendar recommendations at its Jan. 5 meeting and will likely make a decision on Jan. 19. 

2017-18 Calendar

As a reminder, we will convene a 2017-18 Calendar Committee in January 2016 to develop both conventional and four-track, year-round calendar options and evaluate the logistical aspects of implementing a year-round calendar. The Board has directed staff to develop the year-round calendar option as a possible solution to enrollment and capacity challenges at P-8/K-8 schools east of Buckley Road. The year-round calendar would potentially begin in July 2017 at the following schools: Aurora Frontier P-8, Aurora Quest K-8, Clyde Miller P-8, Mosley P-8, Murphy Creek P-8 and Vista PEAK P-8.

The 2017-18 Calendar Committee will be comprised of staff and parents from schools that have been identified as potential candidates for the year-round calendar (listed above), key department and division staff members, and community members. We will be recruiting committee members in the coming weeks.

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December 1, 2015, Community Connection

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CoTESOL’s Virginia French Allen Award winner Jodi Venzara with her students

December 1, 2015
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You're Invited! ACTION Zone Community Meeting on Dec. 7

Please join us for a special Community Meeting to learn about the development of the APS ACTION Zone, including the theme and school design plans.  The proposed ACTION Zone schools are Aurora Central High School, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, Boston K-8, Crawford Elementary School and Paris Elementary School.  APS staff will be present to hear your feedback, share information and answer questions.

 The meeting will be held:

Monday, December 7
5:30 p.m.
Fields Foundation Opportunity Center
1445 Dayton Street. Aurora, CO 80010

We hope you can attend!

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Lansing Teacher Earns Colorado Teacher of the Year Award

Teacher Jodi Venzara with her students

Congratulations to Jodi Venzara, Lansing Elementary School third grade teacher and English language acquisition teacher leader, for being named Colorado Teacher of the Year by Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Venzara earned CoTESOL’s Virginia French Allen Award, which recognizes her as top in the state for demonstrating excellence in ELA classroom instruction and creativity in the development of materials and programs.

“Jodi has a keen awareness of her audience—both the teachers she collaborates with as well as the students she loves and teaches every day,” said APS ELA Consultant Erika Lee who nominated Venzara for the honor. “She takes the time to know her students not only as learners, but as complex individuals with unique and exciting cultures, as well.”

APS applauds Venzara, who has served the district for nearly 10 years, for her hard work and dedication. We are honored to have such a phenomenal leader on our team and wish her continued success.

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APS Educators Help Colo. PE Teachers Reach New Heights
Left to right: Chris Strater, Amy Farmer and Jennifer Ebby-Handy

Left to right: Chris Strater, Amy Farmer and Jennifer Ebby-Handy

Congratulations to Aurora Frontier P-8 Physical Education Specialist Jennifer Ebbe-Handy, Hinkley High School PE Teacher Amy Farmer and Lyn Knoll Elementary School PE Teacher Chris Strater for earning the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Colorado Distinguished Service Award. The honor recognizes the ladies’ phenomenal work within the Colorado Department of Education Physical Education Cadre.

A group of eight PE teachers from across the state comprise the cadre, which strives to improve educator effectiveness. They provide high-quality professional development opportunities regarding assessment strategies, use of technology in PE, brain-based learning and more. Over 3,000 PE teachers trained under the cadre last year.

Ebbe-Handy, Farmer and Strater have collectively served Aurora Public Schools for more than 60 years. We are proud to have such caring educators go the extra mile to ensure Colorado’s students receive top-notch physical education.

To learn more about the CDE PE Cadre, click here.

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APS Bus Driver’s Artistic Display Honors The Mosleys

Meet Paul Ortiz, Aurora Public Schools bus driver by day and talented pencil portrait artist by night. He has drawn the faces of many iconic figures, but his latest masterpiece of the late Edna and John W. Mosley has steered his artistic career in a more meaningful direction.

Lieutenant Colonel John W. Mosley was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. His wife, Edna, was the first African American to serve on the Aurora City Council.

The portrait is displayed in the Edna and John W. Mosley P-8 school alongside a bio of the dynamic duo. Ortiz hopes that when students look upon it, they are inspired by The Mosley’s story of hard work, perseverance and dedication to their community.

Ortiz, who retired after 26 years in the U.S. Navy, had the honor of personally presenting the original artwork to Lt. Col. Mosley before he passed away.

The Denver Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. contracted Ortiz to draw all 19 of the documented Tuskegee Airmen of Colorado. The artwork will be displayed at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and two military history museums in Colorado Springs.

Learn more about Ortiz and view a gallery of his incredible pencil portraits here!

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Vista PEAK Preparatory’s AP Program Hailed for Student Diversity

Vista PEAK Preparatory’ s Advanced Placement courses are experiencing dramatic gains in student enrollment and achievement thanks to The Colorado Education Initiative’s Colorado Legacy Schools (CLS) program.

CLS strives to increase the number of Colorado’s high school female students, low-income students and students of color enrolled and exceling in rigorous AP coursework. Students who pass AP exams often receive college credit for the courses, allowing many to graduate early and save money on tuition.

Out of the 11 Colorado schools to commit to CLS in the 2014-15 school year, Vista PEAK’s results shine as one of the most noteworthy. Vista PEAK saw a major spike in AP enrollment from the female, low-income and students of color population. Additionally, there was a more than 200% increase in the number of students from that population who earned qualifying scores on the AP exam.

Aurora Public Schools commends Vista PEAK Preparatory staff for their zealous devotion toward narrowing the achievement gap and ensuring every student’s wish to be a successful AP student is within reach.

To learn more about The Colorado Education Initiative and its remarkable programs, click here!

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