FAQs

What does a liberal arts curriculum include?

We offer an integrated curriculum in which art, music, science and social studies are considered rigorous disciplines. Our curriculum is integrated across disciplines so that students gain in-depth knowledge and perspective.

What is a Charter School?

A Charter school is a free public school of choice with high parent and community involvement offering an alternative to one-size-fits-all public school system. They are funded by state and federal governments and foundations. Trading greater autonomy (site-based control) for higher accountability, Charter schools have flexibility to select a specific philosophy and curriculum, hire their own staff, and manage their own financial resources. Charter schools often outperform non-charter schools on standardized tests such as the PARCC/CMAS.

What is REACH?

We actively prepare students to succeed in the diverse environments that await them—in college, in the work place, and in community life—by teaching them about responsibility, empowerment, aspiration, citizenship, and honesty. These are the five key character traits emphasized through our REACH program. Every month, students who consistently demonstrate the school’s REACH goals are nominated by their classroom teacher and chosen by the school administration to receive a REACH award.

What are the REACH Awards

Three different awards are given during a celebration ceremony:

  • Reach Up: The Booker T. Washington Award for outstanding achievement in academics
  • Reach In: The Alduous Huxley Award for recognition of self-growth
  • Reach Out: The Margaret Mead Award for service to the community.

Who started Highline Academy?

Highline Academy was started in 2003 by a group of parents and community members in Southeast Denver. The founding committee believed that by offering an academically rigorous curriculum that also focused on character development, the school could shape students to be successful in competitive high school programs, and eventually effective leaders in our own community.

Does Highline Academy take the same standardized tests as Denver Public Schools?

Yes. Students take several standardized assessments each year, including the PARCC and CMAS, and literacy assessments mandated by the READ Act. These help Highline Academy strategize for individual student and school-wide improvement.

What are the typical class sizes?

We provide a small, safe, structured environment where all students are known, respected, and valued as individuals of great potential. Our homerooms are capped at 27 students. Performance grouping in math, literacy and language arts allows for smaller class sizes, on average 19 students per class.

What is Performance Grouping?

Performance Grouping allows all students to receive instruction appropriate to their current performance, effectively challenging accelerated learners and providing individual assistance to those who are struggling.

Are there foreign language classes available?

All students receive Spanish instruction beginning in kindergarten, focusing on exposure and vocabulary development. As students emerge into middle school, Spanish becomes an increasingly significant focus of academic study.

How do I enroll? Is there a waiting list?

Highline Academy participates in Denver Public School’s Choice Process. More information on the process can be found on the DPS web site http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/. Highline Academy Charter School’s students are lotteried into the school only once—at the time at which they initially enroll. Thereafter, enrolled students are guaranteed seats providing they claim them during the open period and re-register by the posted deadline each year. Open enrollment takes place in January of each year.  If there are more applications than seats available then a wait list will be created.

What is the tuition?

There is no tuition for 1st – 8th grades. Highline Academy is a free public school of choice. However, we only offer full day ECE (Northeast only) and Kindergarten programs that are tuition based. The tuition structure is the same as any other DPS school full day ECE and Kindergarten programs. There are a limited number of scholarships available to those who qualify. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis with proof of income.

Who are the teachers at Highline?

Highline has a highly qualified faculty with an average retention rate of 90%. Fifty seven percent of our educators possess or are working toward advanced degrees.

Does Highline Academy have a religious affiliation?

No, Charter schools are non-religious educational institutions.

Does Highline Academy have a Middle School?

Yes, Highline Academy has a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade program at the Southeast Campus.
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