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All Eyes (Including Mine) on Radical Westminster School Innovation

I’ve told you before about Westminster School District’s program to move from seat time to standards — re-thinking the whole traditional grade system that has dominated American education for decades — and the Doogie Howser-like potential such a system could offer me. Well, earlier this week, Rebecca Jones at Ed News Colorado chronicled the fact that the moment of truth has arrived for Westminster (aka Adams 50): It’s the last day of the 2008-09 school year in the district. The last day of life as most students and teachers there have always known it. The last day that categories like “third grade” or “sixth grade” – or A or B+ or C- — will exist in most of Westminster. The district is scrapping traditional notions of grade level and doing away with letter grades. Students will instead progress through academic levels 1-10 based on their mastery of subjects, not on the length of time they’ve been in school. This concept, known as standards-based education, has been tried in individual schools and in some small districts in Alaska, but never before in a large, urban district such as Westminster. The bold step is bringing national attention to the district.


A Glimpse at New Schools: Swallows Charter Adds Early College Program

Sometimes my parents take me on field trips. They’ve never taken me to Pueblo, but I know there’s a really good charter school in Pueblo West called Swallows Charter Academy that is expanding its program to include high school students (maybe I’ll check them out when I’m old enough to drive). This fall Swallows is starting its Middle/Early College Program to provide the opportunity for high school students to study advanced curriculum and receive college credit–for free! Junior and senior high students will take classes through Pueblo Community College. Swallows will pay for tuition and Pueblo Community College will pay for the students’ books. I think my mom would like that. To learn more about the Middle/Early College Program at Swallows call 719-547-1627 and request to speak to Chris Beltran. Other new schools featured: Insight School of Colorado eDCSD Online The Studio School in Adams 12 Cesar Chavez Academy-North Central Early College High School Arvada AXL Academy The Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch