Common Questions

What is a Charter school?

A charter school is a public school operated by a group of
parents, teachers and/or community members as a semi-autonomous
school of choice authorized by the school district.  The charter
school operates under a charter (a contract) between the charter
school and the district.

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Is Aurora Academy part of the Aurora Public Schools district?

Aurora Academy is chartered through the Aurora Public School (APS) district and is offered
as a school of choice.

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How is Aurora Academy Funded?  Do you charge tuition fees?

Aurora Academy receives ‘per
pupil’ funding from the state and the district as other public
schools.  However a measurable percentage of operating funds
pays for facility needs as Charter schools do not receive
facility support.  Therefore, Aurora Academy actively seeks
opportunities to raise additional funds in order to meet the
needs of the facilities and programs of the school.  We do not
charge tuition fees.

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To whom is
Aurora Academy accountable?

Aurora Academy is
accountable to the families in the school, the local school
district and the state. The district sponsors Aurora Academy
and, through a contract, has outlined certain provisions the
charter school is responsible to fulfill. Aurora Academy is also
required to participate in the state-mandated Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS and PARCC). It is through these measures that charter schools, along with all other public schools in the state, are
measured. School Accountability Reports (SAR) are issued
annually for public schools in the state including charter

(Information provided by Colorado Department of Education)

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How is Aurora Academy governed?

Aurora Academy is governed by a volunteer board made up of 9 parents from the school community.

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What curriculum does Aurora Academy use?

Aurora Academy has adopted the Core Knowledge Foundation’s curriculum as the basis for instruction , as outlined in their published Scope and Sequence and reflected in the book series “What Your First Grader Needs to Know ,” etc. Teachers strive to integrate curriculum and instruction across disciplines , and develop students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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What is Core Knowledge?

Please see the Core Knowledge website for details:

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Do you provide transportation?

Parents are responsible for their students’ transportation.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

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How do I enroll my child?

Enrollment information can be found

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Is there a dress code or uniform?

Yes. The The learning environment is significantly influenced by students’ attire.
Acceptance on the part of both students and parents of the uniform dress standard of the school is part of the enrollment in
Aurora Academy. Parents are expected to enforce the uniform standard. The purpose of the dress standard is to promote learning, reduce the distraction and cost of fashion,
reduce disruptions and disciplinary problems, and promote school pride.
Enrollment at Aurora Academy constitutes acceptance of this policy, agreement to adhere to and support the policy, and acknowledgment of
discipline for non-compliance as set forth in the Aurora Academy Discipline Code.
Aurora Academy adopts the following student dress standard:
Uniforms are available from Tommy Hilfiger.
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What are Aurora Academy’s hours of operation/school instruction?

School is in session from 7:55 A.M. to 3:20 P.M.

Office Hours are from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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