Independence Academy (fka Deep River Charter School) in Grand Junction will open its doors later this month in a new facility. The school is leasing an elementary school from the Grand Junction School District. The charter school opened in 2004 and is the only charter school authorized by the Grand Junction School District. Caprock Academy operates in Grand Junction, but is authorized by the Charter School Institute.
Independence Academy's new principal, Damon Lockhart, has a background in Special Education and hopes to eventually expand the number of students attending the charter school. The school uses the experiential education model.