A new high school that puts a worldly spin on traditional education is preparing to welcome its first class of ninth-graders. SkyView Academy high …
This item is available in full to subscribers.
If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.
Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.
If you made a voluntary contribution in 2022-2023 of $50 or more, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.
A new high school that puts a worldly spin on traditional
education is preparing to welcome its first class of
SkyView Academy high school continues to enroll students ahead
of the 2011-2012 school year and is collecting an impressive and
diverse group of teachers to lead them into the future. Slightly
less than half of the slots remain for SkyView’s 100-student
ninth-grade class, which will eventually become the first
The charter school, on Business Center Drive near C-470 and
Quebec Street, will expand its educational program by adding a
grade to the middle and high school every year until capacity is
reached and the school is Pre-12. SkyView’s incoming sixth-grade
class has the distinction of being the first middle school
students. The Douglas County School District-sanctioned charter
opened last year with 535 students in grades Pre-5.
Lorrie Grove, a founding board member, said the school has added
more than 20 teachers for the high school, many with interesting
educational and cultural backgrounds. One taught extensively in New
Zealand and Spain, while another educator has been teaching in
Kuwait. A third has taught and coached soccer in São Paulo, Brazil.
More than 700 resumes were submitted for only 20 positions.
Officials are “fortunate to be able to pick teachers that we think
fit with the school and our programs,” Grove said, adding a
mentoring initiative helps acclimate new faculty members.
SkyView attempts to open up the world to its pupils, teaching
Spanish to elementary students and making “service learning” an
integral part of the curriculum. “Service learning” is a piece
that’s especially important to administrators. It takes a
philanthropic educational approach to build a well-rounded
individual, Grove said.
“We want them to be able to look beyond themselves and give back
to the community,” she said. “We’re delivering on what we told our
parents we are all about.”
Renee Anderson, a Highlands Ranch resident since 1991, enrolled
her two daughters in SkyView because of the response her children
had to the curriculum at Northstar Academy in Parker. Parents and
leaders from that school helped create SkyView Academy because of
the demand for charter education in Highlands Ranch. Roughly 1,000
children are on the wait list for the elementary school
Anderson says her kids were interested in the subjects and
challenged by the CORE Knowledge curriculum used by both Northstar
and SkyView. One of her daughters came home from school and spoke
about the historical significance of Mesopotamia. Anderson was
struck by not only the types of topics, but how much they had
learned at such a young age. Teachers use age-appropriate concepts
to help students soak up the material and think critically about
“They teach the general concepts of being socially and
culturally aware in this day and age,” Anderson said “They learn
things you wouldn’t think they would be learning about.”
SkyView uses “flexible skills grouping,” which means those on
the same reading or math level are put into groups. It ensures that
no one is left behind in their class, or left unchallenged, in some
cases. One second-grader has excelled into higher math groups.
Smaller class sizes for the high school students also make it
easier for teachers to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each
child, enabling the former to craft an approach to help the latter
better understand the material.
“Even at build-out, we will be smaller than the normal high
school,” Grove said.
The first class of high school students has a rare opportunity
to create programs and formulate ideas that could impact students
several years down the road. One goal for 2011-2012 is to perform a
school-wide service project instead of having each grade level
focus on a different effort.
As the board members look back, they know they have accomplished
a lot during first year, including nabbing third in the district
for third-grade CSAP reading scores. Their sights are now set on
fine-tuning what they have started and building a stronger
reputation as a top-notch charter school.
“The board is looking forward to making sure our vision and
mission plays out,” Grove said.
For more information on enrollment, visit
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.