A Place for All Learners
Prospect Academy was founded by local community members, parents, and educators who have a passion for providing public options for students in all front range districts, especially students who come from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Our focus is serving students with level 1 and 2 autism, dyslexia, ADHD, and similar learning profiles, as well as struggling learners without diagnoses.
Prospect also has many design elements that naturally support Gifted and/or Twice Exceptional Students. Our focus on Social-Emotional Learning and Executive Function Skills, including instruction, application, and building of these skills, is important for gifted learners. At Prospect, students are not necessarily grouped by grade level, but rather by their skills progress. This allows us to meet students where they are at in different subjects, especially if students have heterogeneous progress or asynchronous development.
We empower our students with ownership over their learning through the use of Precision Teaching for specialized, individualized practice.
Our school culture is grounded in respect for the learner. Through our use of different programs for Social-Emotional Learning (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Conscious Discipline, and Collaborative Problem Solving) we focus on building student skills in these areas, and working with students to create solutions.
Skills-based grouping for academic subjects
Social-Emotional and Executive Function Skills instruction and embedded application throughout the day
Specialized, personalized practice for different skills
Universal Design for Learning provides integrated accommodations for all students within the classroom
Welcoming community focused on belonging
Will you follow IEPs or 504 plans already in existence?
Yes, Prospect is a free, public charter school and therefore is legally bound to a student’s IEP or 504 plan as written. However, given that Prospect’s model is unique and everything we do is tailored to meet the needs of neurodiverse students, we will likely modify IEPs and 504 plans so that they are more consistent with our programming. In most cases, students will be getting more specialized services, not fewer, and family (including the student) is always part of the IEP team.
Will you group kids by diagnosis?
No, students will not be grouped by diagnosis. This is because a diagnosis is a label used to describe a set of behaviors or actions, including academic skills (at Prospect, we define the word “behavior” a little differently than you are used to - behavior means any action on the environment - so to us, the term “reading” refers to a set of behaviors). Not all students with the same diagnosis will exhibit the same set of behaviors. Therefore, for the most effective instruction, we will group students by the skills they show in the different subject areas - math, reading, and writing. Other classes will be grouped in different ways, but the main content areas will have flexible, skills-based groupings. We anticipate groups will change based on the pace of learning for some students.