American Academy

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 6971 Mira Vista Lane
       Castle Rock, CO  80108-9511


(720) 292-5200

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District: Douglas County School District No. Re 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
137th of 965 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,555 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  16.3
Number of students:  2,535

Racial breakdown:

White:
69.3%
Asian:
16.0%
Hispanic:
6.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  3.6%

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Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Education did not administer assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. SchoolDigger will resume updating its rankings when test scores are released in 2021.


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Compare Details American Academy ranks better than 85.8% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 20th among 58 ranked elementary schools in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 82.75. (See more...)
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Compare Details American Academy ranks better than 92.8% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 89.81. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details American Academy has the largest elementary school student body size in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1. Racial makeup is: White (69.3%), Asian (16%), Hispanic (6.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 3.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at American Academy is 16.3, which is the 14th best among 58 elementary schools in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at American Academy is $8,555. 54 elementary schools in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1 spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

American Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks American Academy 137th of 965 Colorado public elementary schools. (See American Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks American Academy 33rd of 458 Colorado public middle schools. (See American Academy in the ranking list.)

Douglas County School District No. Re 1:

SchoolDigger ranks Douglas County School District No. Re 1 15th of 126 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for American Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 83.69 101st 852 88.1%
2008 84.20 105th 849 87.6%
2009 85.90 83rd 872 90.5%
2010 89.56 59th 925 93.6%
2011 90.47 52nd 935 94.4%
2012 92.60 25th 935 97.3%
2013 91.18 42nd 954 95.6%
2014 85.07 109th 962 88.7%
2015 79.87 165th 938 82.4%
2016 82.48 130th 914 85.8%
2017 86.81 94th 929 89.9%
2018 83.62 136th 917 85.2%
2019 82.75 137th 965 85.8%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for American Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 93.27 13th 360 96.4%
2008 95.37 7th 362 98.1%
2009 93.16 14th 377 96.3%
2010 93.89 14th 409 96.6%
2011 94.49 13th 422 96.9%
2012 95.03 12th 425 97.2%
2013 95.60 9th 454 98.0%
2014 93.04 20th 461 95.7%
2015 92.46 24th 436 94.5%
2016 78.20 58th 400 85.5%
2017 92.60 21st 424 95.0%
2018 90.91 25th 418 94.0%
2019 89.81 33rd 458 92.8%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Open Quote Thank goodness we're no longer at this depressing school! My oldest child was beat down at American Academy and turned into a mere shadow of herself by the time we left a few years ago- it was so hard to witness and devastating for parents who knew who their child really was prior to this awful experience. My youngest only had to experience kindie there before our escape so wasn't as damaged fortunately. We enrolled because we were promised a far better academic experience for our very high achieving student but each year there only got worse. A child who is already very well-disciplined will have a hard time at this school- there is so much ignored bullying and the good kids feel targeted. All the kids are expected to be little trained robots. Some teachers are very good and so are Erin Kane's intentions, but she has trouble hiring the right kind of people and is too much of an engineer to get what is so sorely missing in her schools- the "heart" that is needed to foster a love of learning and the warmth to build little beings of character. Instead the kids feel beat down and so restricted in the cold, militant environment that they end up hating school then rebel and end up little bullies and tyrants, unless they're the traumatized victims of the perpetrators. Much of the lower level staff should never have been employed in a school environment to start with- just simply the wrong temperament for it and pathetic behavior with families (so I can only imagine what goes on with kids when we're not looking). As a parent who volunteered far more than most, I can tell you how unwelcome you feel in their building, regardless of how much you're doing for them. Hundreds of hours was nothing for our family but you'd think we were strangers off the street- the front office staff in particular are rude and ill-mannered, acting as though they own the place and you owe them some sort of deference- baffling that is who a school would hire and then retain year after year. Middle school is a disaster from start to finish and students are treated as less than people- care, support, respect, and kindness are a rarity. The school has such a negative, oppressive atmosphere and culture of fear and degradation that you feel it from the moment you enter and have no choice but to breathe a sigh of relief as soon as you exit! It's one of the most damaging environments in which to leave a child and as conscientious parents, we could not any longer. It is equally as stunning that after years there, not one person reached out to find out why we'd left- they were losing two very well-behaved, straight A students and parents who worked hard for the school year in and year out, but not one word when they found out we were leaving- crazy puts it mildly, no wonder they have no clue what they're doing wrong. Homework: over the top even for a charter school (and we know what an amazing, much higher rated charter school is) and that much unnecessary busy work daily was total nonsense. It made no difference at all in my child's scores- she now has less homework but does just as well or better on all standardized testing. Our present school uses a warm, kind approach to each student and every parent is welcomed with open arms- my children are happy beyond belief and thriving and excelling, not only academically which will never be an issue for my kids, but also emotionally and mentally, which certainly were BIG problems at Amer.Acad. Yes, there is homework but it's a normal amount for a top quality charter school, no where near as much of the excessive amount at AA. Now homework is meaningful and purposeful so children can master the material as well and as quickly as possible- it's no longer burdensome, but enjoyable. Staff is also happy at our school which the students feel and benefit from, and they were not at American. We were even told by staff at Amer.Academy that they'd find another school for their own children if they didn't already work there- that's how sad the situation really is. One of our kids was damaged and on her way to needing therapy after starting out a perky, joyful, school-loving little thing when we arrived there- our final decision to remove them was the only option in order to save them. Our oldest is back to her happy, easy going, enthusiastic self again and loves school like never before- the transformation occurred within a very short time at the new school. We now see the power a school environment has over a child's mind and spirit, and every parent should be very wary of putting their children's well-being at risk at Amer.Acad. One more thing to be aware of: this school that touts what a top notch STEM school it is scores lower than others that are NOT stem schools- do your own research- AA doesn't produce the highest scores in math & science so please don't make your choice based on that hollow promise, jeopardizing so much more of value in the process. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Open Quote Love this school and highly recommend it for any family interested in encouraging and teaching their children to be good students and good citizens. We have been very happy over the last 8 years! Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Open Quote I have seen a number of reviews on AA and other Charter schools.
There tend to be 4 grips here.

1) the students have to do a lot of homework. That is a fact. It is also a fact that the kids do a lot of homework at ANY of the top rated schools. This is basically practise for the kids to make sure that they know how to apply the work. Without homework, then it is obvious that they are not learning.

2) In Charter schools, the parents are typically required to put in X hours per kid. At AA, that is 40 hrs/child / year. Keep in mind that the norm was that parents would work with the school, as opposed to just simply picking up their kids. It is work, but is also allows you to meet others.

3) Another is that the parents and kids can be clickish. That is a fact. There is little doubt about it. In fact, I think that the parents appear to be more clickish than are the kids. BUT, that comes from spending time together. It is not much different than what you will see at a work place. You spend time and find that you like some ppl, while others you do not like. Simple as that.

4) This schools admin has a heavy hand. To be honest, it does. The teachers are controlled CLOSELY by the admin/owners. I have never seen a school this tightly controlled. Likewise, the school runs on Windows and has horrible security issues. They are constantly cracked and have loads of virus running around. Rather than allow a group form of information, they insist on email to disseminate information so as to control the flow of what each parent sees (with a group form such as G+, blogging, facebook, etc, then all get to speak about it, which means that you can NOT control what is said/done as easily; basically, democracy vs. totalitarian ). BUT that is more due to the issue of a PE teaching knowing only about windows and pushing a hammer to deal with screws.

More importantly, when other schools were failing all around during this 2007-recent time recession, they have had a decent control of the finances. Basically, they are expanding while other schools are closing.

The real issue should be, are the kids learning academia, social skills, sports, etc? I wish that the school would do a bit more with sports, BUT, when it comes to academia, they are top notch. The teachers that they have are dedicated and LOVE the school/kids. They make sure that the children are moving. With flu running around the nation, they have us volunteer to wipe down tables, chairs, etc. WEEKLY. They push uniforms while allowing some leeway on various days. The kids learn to respect not just teacher, but everyone. Ethics are fairly decent.

If you want a school where you drop off your kids and you count on the teachers to do everything, well, this is NOT your school. In fact, NONE of the charter schools will be right for you. However, if you want to prepare your children for the future and know that academia is very important, then you will be hard pressed to beat this school.

I will say that supposedly this school has a more science/math bent, but I am not really seeing it. Compared to other public schools, it is about the same. However, the school itself was prepared for it. They even have a chemical hood, which is unusual for an elementary school.

Still, I would rate this school a 6 if I could. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Open Quote Excellent for analytical type learning styles. Close Quote



Enrollment information for American Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2006 337 3 31 18 1 n/a n/a 0 390
2007 400 4 39 23 1 n/a n/a 0 467
2008 450 5 42 21 0 n/a n/a 0 518
2009 447 5 56 19 6 n/a n/a 0 533
2010 708 4 74 26 5 n/a n/a 0 817
2011 737 2 60 58 3 4 21 0 885
2012 736 3 51 68 2 0 32 0 892
2013 768 3 52 65 1 2 30 0 921
2014 1225 12 131 117 2 2 60 0 1549
2015 1338 15 173 140 4 2 81 0 1753
2016 1346 9 190 143 3 0 91 0 1782
2017 1319 13 207 128 11 0 92 0 1770
2018 1698 16 335 157 19 1 133 0 2359
2019 1796 19 373 171 19 1 165 0 2544
2020 1757 15 406 173 12 0 172 0 2535

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at American Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 390 10.0 39.0 0.8
2007 467 28.5 16.4 0.4
2008 518 31.6 16.4 n/a
2009 533 32.9 16.2 0
2010 817 46.7 17.4 0
2011 885 43.3 20.4 1.5
2012 892 49.8 17.8 1.7
2013 921 52.7 17.4 2.4
2014 1549 88.3 17.5 2.4
2015 1753 97.0 18.0 3.9
2016 1782 106.0 16.8 5.6
2017 1770 97.6 18.1 4.3
2018 2359 138.6 17.0 5
2019 2544 149.1 17.0 4
2020 2535 154.6 16.3 3.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Student/Teacher Ratio American Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 390 10.0 39.0 0.8
2007 467 28.5 16.4 0.4
2008 518 31.6 16.4 n/a
2009 533 32.9 16.2 0
2010 817 46.7 17.4 0
2011 885 43.3 20.4 1.5
2012 892 49.8 17.8 1.7
2013 921 52.7 17.4 2.4
2014 1549 88.3 17.5 2.4
2015 1753 97.0 18.0 3.9
2016 1782 106.0 16.8 5.6
2017 1770 97.6 18.1 4.3
2018 2359 138.6 17.0 5
2019 2544 149.1 17.0 4
2020 2535 154.6 16.3 3.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for American Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $00 (0.0%) $8,555 (100.0%) $8,555

Data source: Colorado Department of Education




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