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Old 06-05-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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I'm a charter school teacher in my own state and am moving to Denver soon. My children attend the same school, and we love the philosophy behind charter school education. In your opinion, which ones are the best? I've heard of Lotus School of Excellence and Highline Academy. I appreciate any feedback!
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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Two highly regarded ones are the Challenge School (K-8, in the Cherry Creek School district in Aurora) and the Denver School for the Arts (6-12, DPS district).
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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You have to define "best." Because each charter operates with its own set of values, it is kind of hard to compare. Many charters are "failing" in the traditional sense (read poor test scores), but are loved by those who attend. There are also a few magnet programs that are excellent as well. Also don't discount the fact that there are few regular public schools that are comparable (and in some cases better) than the magnets and the charters.

Which charter is best at turning things around in a failing urban school system? That would probably be West Denver Prep (middle school only). Which k-8 charter is the "best" according to CSAP scores? Maybe Littleton Academy (rated 97/100 on City-Data). The schools you mentioned fall into that category of poor CSAP scores as Highline has a city-data rating of 34/110 and Lotus is a 20/100. Public schools like Campus Middle School (92/100) are excellent. Dennison Elementary is an option school (magnet) rated 98/100 by city-data.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Two highly regarded ones are the Challenge School (K-8, in the Cherry Creek School district in Aurora) and the Denver School for the Arts (6-12, DPS district).
These are both magnet schools, not charters (you posted while I was still writing my earlier comment). And, yes, they are both excellent.

IMHO I don't think that charters have lived up to their billing in Colorado. There are few really excellent charters (Peak to Peak and Littleton Academy being two of the best). Most of the best non-traditional schools are magnets like DSA, Challenge, Dennison and D'Evelyn, and Denver School of Science and Technology.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I'm a charter school teacher in my own state and am moving to Denver soon. My children attend the same school, and we love the philosophy behind charter school education. In your opinion, which ones are the best? I've heard of Lotus School of Excellence and Highline Academy. I appreciate any feedback!
What cs philosophy are you referring to? High academics? Arts? Science and Technology? In CO, the charter school law was supposed to be used to promote new ideas and help disadvantaged kids.
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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Depends on how you define best. If you mean national ranking, then Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette ranks the best. It's curently stands at 69th in the country among ALL types of schools in the nation. There are many good options though.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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Depends on how you define best. If you mean national ranking, then Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette ranks the best. It's curently stands at 69th in the country among ALL types of schools in the nation. There are many good options though.
All public schools, by one set of criteria, AFIK.
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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love Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (RMSEL). one of the best. not technically a charter, but something in between.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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I'm a charter school teacher and my husband works in charter schools as well. We have a TON of charters here, and many of them are excellent. The great thing about charters, as I'm sure you are aware, is that they can truly tailor a curriculum to your child's needs. That said, I don't know if you can pick a "best". Do you want outdoor lab type learning? Core Knowledge? College Prep? Montessori? etc, etc.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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Wow! Thanks for all the replies! I honestly didn't think anyone would write back. From all your feedback, the Denver area certainly has a huge choice of charter schools. In my hometown we've only got two to choose from, and the public schools are all "D" or "F" schools (that's how the schools are rated according to the FCAT in Florida). So, by "best" I'm referring to a school where the children actually get a decent education. Our charter school is the "best" in the area.

I really appreciate all the responses because now we have a better understanding.
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