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Yes!  For a number of reasons:

  1. We are not recreating the wheel.  John Adams is being designed after other successful charter high schools.  These schools include Peak to Peak Chart School in Lafayette, Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, and The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs.  
  2. Charter schools are successful when parents are involved.  So get involved!
  3. We also are working with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Douglas County School District, Colorado Department of Education, and a number of other educators.

At this point, we don't know. At the very least there will be a dress code. We are debating between a strict uniform policy and dress code. We are also considering whether to have students get involved in designing some uniform options.

No. Charter schools are public schools. They are funded by the state with your tax dollars and cannot charge tuition. Like neighborhood schools we will charge some fees for various supplies or extracurricular activities.

No.  In order to qaulify for upwards of $600,000 in federal startup grant funds, we can only provide preferential enrollment for founding families.  Even though the grant program ends after two years, charter middle school students still may not be automatically enrolled if there are too many.  But a weighted lottery system may be available after the grant period ends. 

Easy, volunteer 50 hours toward the establishment of John Adams High School and your family can become a founding family, which provides prioritized enrollment.  This is limited to the first 20% of families in order to qualify for federal grant money.  More information will be provided.  Sign up here to help out.  

You can become a founding family by volunteering 50 approved hours toward the establishment of John Adams High School. Students of founding families will be enrolled prior to any lottery.  Founding family status from other charter schools will not transfer. Enrollment is not guaranteed for students at other charter schools. You do not need to have a student entering the school during the inaugural year to earn founding family status.
 

More information will be coming out soon about how to get invovled to earn founding family status.  The best way is to refer a freshman or sophmore that is incoming in the 2014 school year. 

Yes, but we are still figuring out how many and such.  Stay tuned.

There are a number of reasons why you should enroll your child in John Adams High School:

  1. You child will be educated in a charter school environment that encourages academics and character.
  2. Academic success and achievement will be a focus for all students.
  3. You child will have frequent sessions with college counselors that will help develop a plan for college.
  4. The school will be attracted students that are interested in being challenged academically.  If this appeals to your child, then they will be with like-minded friends.
  5. Not only will John Adams help your child get into a college or university of their choice, the AP classes taught at John Adams will help prepare your child for collegiate success.
  6. It’ll be challenging in a good way.  Your child will grow and become more successful as they learn work through challenges. 

Probably.  And if we don't, then we'll have a strict dress code.  Stay tuned. 

Yes.  Enrollment is open to all Colorado students.  

The board of directors will be formed sometime this summer and will  will govern (but not run) the school as it moves forward.  We are actively forming a board of directors that includes individuals with diverse and practical backgrounds (lawyers, accountants, bankers, business owners, and soccer moms).  The most important criteria is whether you are actively involved in a committee, you work as team on the committee, and show that you are self motivated and work hard.  If interested, please send an email to info@johnadamshs.org describing why you want to be on the board and what you bring to the table; please include your resume.

The board of directors will be formed sometime this summer and will  will govern (but not run) the school as it moves forward.  We are actively forming a board of directors that includes individuals with diverse and practical backgrounds (lawyers, accountants, bankers, business owners, and soccer moms).  The most important criteria is whether you are actively involved in a committee, you work as team on the committee, and show that you are self motivated and work hard.  If interested, please send an email to info@johnadamshs.org describing why you want to be on the board and what you bring to the table; please include your resume.

The federal definition of a highly qualified teacher (HQT) is one who meets all of the following criteria: Holds at least a bachelor degree from a four-year institution. Fully certificated or licensed by the state. Demonstrates competence in each core academic subject area in which the teacher teaches.

No.  John Adams High School is non-profit charter school.  The school will not be ran by a charter management company or an education management organization.  Instead, the school will be ran by a parent ran board of board of directors.  The school has engaged a number of organizations to help with writing the charter application, reviewing the charter application, and the purchase of a facility.  But, to be clear, John Adams High School has no long term engagement with these groups and has only engaged these organizations for limited and specific projects.  The school is and always will be a non-profit organization and will always be ran by parents.  



 
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