It's that time of year when several new charter schools will be opening their doors for the first time. There's no better reward for charter school founders than to watch students enter the building on the first day of school.
Imagine Charter School at Firestone will open with Kindergarten through eighth grade. Principal George Sanker just recently moved to Colorado after starting a charter school in Washington, DC. The school will use the Core Knowledge curriculum and is operated by Imagine Charter Schools, Inc.
21st Century Charter School @ Colorado Springs is adding a middle college high school. Last year the school was K-9, but just recently the authorizer, the Charter School Institute, agreed to the addition of the high school. The school just signed an agreement with Pikes Peak Community College to allow 10th and 11th grade students to take classes at their downtown campus. 21st Century is operated by the GEO Foundation.
Swallows Charter Academy in Pueblo West is adding an early college high school to their K-8 component. The school established a partnership with Pueblo Community College, which will allow juniors and seniors to earn an Associates degree. The school will add ninth grade this year and expand a grade level each year. Presently, they're trying to work out all the details associated with adding facility space.