Yesterday charter school leaders from Western Slope schools met to discuss how to improve instruction in the classroom, network with each other and discuss hot topics in charter schools. The meeting was a joint effort by CDE and Charter School Institute staff and hosted by Caprock Academy in Grand Junction.
Caprock Academy is authorized by CSI, uses the Core Knowledge curriculum and is in its first year of operation. The school doesn't have theme-based, holiday parties. Instead, classes have parties related to the curriculum the students are studying. Just before the winter break, students had a "knighting ceremony" where the principal knighted each student and called them by their new name (e.g. Sir Robert). Parents and students alike love the emphasis on academic achievement at Caprock Academy. Caprock is the only educational choice alternative in Grand Junction for parents of elementary school-aged children.