Develop a team approach to education: a team composed of teachers, parents, and members of the community working together in support of a program of excellence for all of the young scholars entrusted to our care. In this fashion the school will become the center of the community and the hub of activity: a place which, through involvement and commitment, will develop in the scholars a sense of belonging, a spirit of community, and a desire of excellence.
- Implement an academically rigorous and content-rich educational program for grades K-5.
- Work in solid partnership with families, teachers, and community members to develop extraordinary students who demonstrate high quality leadership, character and academic success.
- Create a safe and nurturing environment where each student is known and respected and creativity is cherished.
The underlying philosophy of the Northeast Academy Charter School is inspired by the following three books: Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and The Making of Americans by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Self-esteem derives from true achievement
A coherent and unified philosophy is one of the key areas of a stable school, and will drive everything from assessment to hiring to discipline to textbook selection
Northeast Academy Charter School (NACS) is a public charter school, authorized by the Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) Board of Education. The first charter approved December 5, 2002 for 5 years. The first day of welcome to the Northeast Academy scholars was in August 2004. The charter contract was renewed in June 2010 for a three-year term, through June 2013.
On March 12, 2012 the Northeast Academy Board submitted a proposal to the Superintendent and DPS Board to voluntarily eliminate grades 6-8 and operate as a K-5 for the 2012-2013 school year.
In 1993, the state Legislature adopted the Charter Schools Act, which allows a group of parents, educators and/or community members to operate an autonomous public school (via a charter contract). NACS is a grassroots school with a governing board of community members, parents and grandparents. The charter school governing board has ultimate responsibility for a charter school by ensuring the contract is compiled with and the board implements the vision and mission of the school. Like most charter schools, NACS’s board has organized as a nonprofit corporation with the Secretary of State as an additional means of autonomy.
Public charter schools, such as NACS, are held accountable in a variety of ways in exchange for the opportunity to operate with autonomy. Public charter schools must adhere to the state’s Model Content Standards, take all required state assessments such as TCAP and Colorado Basic Literacy Act assessments, and undergo an annual financial audit. Public charter schools operate on the per student funding allocated by the state Legislature each year through the School Finance Act.
In addition, NACS is classified as a federal Title I school.
A key characteristic of public charter schools is a high degree of parental involvement. Schools must pay for their facilities with the state’s per student funding (unlike district schools), charter schools operate on leaner budgets. This means it is critical for parents to be involved by volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, or other volunteer opportunities. NACS could not function without highly involved parents. Further, NACS, like many charter schools, believes it is vital for parents to have a meaningful role in their child’s education.
The NACS governing board welcomes questions from parents. The board can be contacted via email at: email@example.com or you may leave a message at the school office and a board member will return your call. The board typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at the school. Meeting agendas are posted on the school’s front door and on the school web site. There is a time for public comment at each of the monthly business meetings.
NACS envisions a partnership with parents to ensure students are achieving their highest academic potential. The school’s culture is based on high expectations for character in addition to academics. This means a partnership with parents is essential. Parents are feel welcome to ask questions of their student’s teacher or the school’s administration.
We hope you enjoy your family’s experience at NACS. We are honored that you have chosen Northeast Academy for your child(ren).