So, we are in the application stage of starting a charter school. Basically, we have gathered ALL the information and have made ALL the plans for starting a school. We have read research, visited other charter schools, reviewed other charter applications, and talked with LOTS of people (including charter staff, parents in our area, and education experts). We know we have a GREAT plan for a quality place for teachers to teach and students to learn.
We submitted our application to Jeffco on August 14, 24 hours and 8 minutes before the deadline! It was 220 pages in all, and we are exhausted thinking about all that went into this process! Jeffco departments will now dissect it and check all our facts, figures, and plans. In October, our team will make a ten minute presentation to the Jeffco School Board. The Board, then, will have one month to review our plans, read the reviews from the department managers, and make their decision. We will hear their decision in November.
Currently, we turn to the work of turning the interest of many parents into true excitement of what an opportunity Cornerstone Academy of Colorado is for their family. We also need to reach out to more families who will fill out Intent to Enroll forms. Remember, NO NAMES or personal student/family information will be given to Jeffco. The Intent to Enroll form is not a binding agreement, but a form to let us (and Jefferson County Public Schools) know that there is a strong interest in our school. In February, our plan is to contact all parents who have filled out forms to see if there are other questions or concerns, and if they want proceed with enrolling their child(ren) in CAC. Also in February, we will ask for a bit more of a verbal commitment to enroll in the school, so we know how to proceed with the Lottery for the open positions, which will occur at the beginning of March.
After the application is approved in November, we will then have a set schedule of getting a contract for a building (and we are still aiming for the south Lakewood area, like near Wadsworth and Hampden), hiring teachers (and we already have LOTS of quality teachers who are interested or are already on board), and applying for grants through the state and other foundations.
We will update this page and our calendar when we receive the timeline for our application from Jeffco.