AXL Academy

FAQs

What grades does AXL serve?

AXL Academy serves students in grades PreK (4 yrs. old) – 8.

Where is the school located?

The school is located at 14100 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO 80012. We are right off route I- 25 @ Iliff, in the Arapahoe County area.

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that have the flexibility to be more innovative and are held accountable for student achievement. Below are more facts about Colorado’s charter schools.

- Charter schools are public schools.
- Charter schools do not charge tuition.
- Charter schools use non-discriminatory enrollment practices.
- There are no “test-in” requirements to attend charter schools.
- In 2013-14, it is estimated that there will be over 97,000 students attending more than 200 charter school campuses in Colorado. This represents 13% of total K-12 public school enrollment in the state.
- Charter school students must take the TCAP.
- Charter schools are subject to the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
- Charter school teachers must be “highly qualified” under NCLB.
- Charter schools serve a broad range of diverse students, including low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities or other special needs.
- Colorado charter schools continue to attract a variety of students and are located in diverse geographical areas across the state.

Charter school programs and academic designs are as diverse as the students they enroll. Some charters implement longer school days, while others implement curricula specifically designed for at-risk students, gifted children, pregnant/parenting teens, juvenile offenders, and more.

What are AXL’s admission procedures?

Applications for the upcoming school year must be received by February 22 to be eligible for the lottery. AXL selects its students by random lottery, held in public during the first week of March. Only those students whose applications are completed in full and received before the application deadline are included in the lottery. Students whose applications are received after the lottery are added to the existing waiting list.

Students not selected in the lottery are kept on the waiting list and will be invited to enroll in order in the event that openings become available. It is the family’s responsibility to keep AXL updated if contact information changes throughout the year.

AXL’s PreK program includes Expeditionary Learning Curriculum, co-ed bilingual instruction, fully licensed ECE teachers, and a class size of 16 students. The program is open to students who turn 4 by October 1st of the school year in which they plan to enroll. The program is half-day. The am session is from 8:00am-11am and the pm session is from 12pm-3pm. There is no PreK on Wednesdays (either session).

Is there a charge for the school?

There is no charge to attend AXL Academy in grades K-8.

PreK tuition is determined using a sliding scale based on family income. Maximum tuition for 4 days/week is $165/week ($660/month).

What are the school hours?

8:00AM- 3:00PM – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00AM-2:00PM- Wednesday

What is Expeditionary Learning?

AXL’s staff build curriculum directly from Common Core Standards, and the primary units of curriculum that organize instruction in all subject areas are called Learning Expeditions. Learning Expeditions are challenging, interdisciplinary, real-world investigations. Expeditions take advantage of area resources and salient issues in the community.

Expeditions are not “projects” or “themes”. They are meticulously planned in advance to reach specific learning targets. Every grade level conducts three expeditions per school year, each lasting 10-12 weeks. Expeditions are further broken down into 3-5 case studies that cross content areas.

Do you offer foreign languages?

Our PreK curriculum is conducted in an organic, bilingual setting. Formal Spanish starts in Kindergarten and continues through to 8th grade.

All students receive Spanish instruction.

Does your school offer PE and/or have an Athletic Program?

AXL Academy partners with Playworks, an organization that works with urban schools that do not have a Physical Education program. Playworks provides a full time “Coach” who teaches conflict resolution, good sportsmanship, basic gross motor skills and sports skills.

AXl Academy does have an Athletic Program and offers three seasons of sports for 6th - 8th grade students.

Do you offer transportation?

AXL Academy does not provide transportation to and from school. We do have a bus that is used for sports games, fieldwork, etc.

Will my student get breakfast and lunch?

AXL Academy partners with Aurora Public Schools for both the breakfast and lunch program. Free and reduced lunch options are available to students.

Does your school have a uniform?

AXL Academy has a simple dress code. The uniform consists of a green polo shirt with beige pants or skirt and sneakers. The uniform is informal to enable student to participate freely in physical activities, fieldwork and outdoor adventures.


[1] Colorado League of Charter Schools, www.coloradoleague.org

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