Adams County School District 14
     5291 East 60th Avenue
     Commerce City, CO 80022
  303.853.3333    303.853.3329
communications@adams14.org

Charter Application Process

Overview

On July 12, 2018, KIPP Commerce City Academy submitted a charter school application to Adams 14 for consideration, initiating a 90-day timeline for response.

Since becoming a charter school authorizer in 2010, Adams 14 has been granted exclusive chartering authority in determining whether or not to approve charter school applications.

To ensure the entire community is engaged in this important decision-making process, the Adams 14 Board of Education approved a 34-day extension to the process. The Board is schedule to take final action on Nov. 13. 

To get engaged in the process, check the community input section of this page.

 

Charter applicant overview

Name of Proposed School

KIPP Commerce City Academy

Grade configuration (Year 1)

ECE-3, ECE-4, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade

Number of students (Year 1)

379

Grade configuration (full build)

ECE-12th grade

Model/ Focus

College Prep/Biliteracy/Personalized Learning

Services offered

Full-day ECE, free kindergarten, bilingual education, differentiated instruction, special education

Potential locations

7200 E. 88th Avenue, Henderson

10600 Havana Street, Commerce City

 

Vision: In building lifelong learners, confident leaders, and innovative problem solvers, the vision of KIPP Commerce City Academy (KCCA) is to teach a culturally relevant curriculum focused on valuing students’ culture and facilitating activism through service learning work. Our focus on critical thinking will give students opportunities to analyze situations and problems that matter to their lives and their community and ultimately will create solutions for those challenges. As rising ninth graders, KCCA students will enter high school on or above grade level with a deep understanding of who they are, their community history and context, and with a sense of equity that will challenge them to change the world every day.

Mission: KIPP Commerce City Academy’s mission is to provide ECE-12th grade students with a challenging standards-based, culturally responsive curriculum that equally values academic achievement and personal, character, and cultural growth through civic engagement in order to be successful in college and the world beyond. Our students will graduate KCCA lifelong learners with the passion, skills, and desire to change the world and be leaders in their community.

Check the resources section for copies of the application. 

Timeline

Below is the general timeline for the KIPP Commerce City Academy application. To learn about ways to get engaged, click on Community Input. 

Date

Activity

Location and time

7/12/2018

KIPP application received

 

8/8/2018

DAAC meeting #1

Adams City High School, 5:30-7:30pm

8/14/2018

Public comment #1

Board of Education Room,[1] 6:30pm

8/14/2018

Board study session #1

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

8/22/2018

DAAC meeting #2

Adams City High School, 5:30-7:30pm

8/28/2018

Board study session #2

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

8/28/2018

Regular board meeting

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

8/28/2018

Public comment #2

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

8/29/2018

DAAC meeting #3

Adams City High School, 5:30-7:30pm

9/5/2018

DAAC meeting #4

Adams City High School, 5:30-7:30pm

9/11/2018

Board study session #3

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

9/11/2018

Public comment #3

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

9/18/2018

Community meeting #1 -AM

Our Lady Mother of the Church, 9:00am-11:30am

9/18/2018

Community meeting #2 -PM

Our Lady Mother of the Church, 6:00pm-7:30pm

9/19/2018

DAAC Meeting #5

Adams City High School, 5:30-7:30pm

9/25/2018

Public comment #4

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

9/25/2018

Board study session #4

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

9/26/2018

Community/staff/board tour of KIPP school

KIPP Northeast Elementary, KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School[2]

10/3/2018

DAAC Meeting #6

Adams City High School, 5:30-7:30pm

10/9/2018

Regular board meeting

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

10/9/2018

Public comment #5

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

10/9/2018

Board study session #5

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

10/11/2018

Community meeting #3 - AM

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 9:00am-11:30am

10/11/2018

Community meeting #4 - PM

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 6:00pm-7:30pm

10/23/2018

Board study session #6

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

10/23/2018

Public comment #6

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

10/23/2018

Public hearing #1

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

11/13/2018

Public comment #7

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

11/13/2018

Board study session #7

Board of Education Room, 4:30pm

11/13/2018

Public comment #7

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

11/13/2018

Regular board meeting

Board of Education Room, 6:30pm

[1] Timeline informed by Board policy LBD and CRS 22-30.5-107

[2] The Board of Education Room is in the Adams 14 Educational Support Services building, 5291 East 60th Avenue, Commerce City, CO

[3] If you are interested in attending this school tour, please contact Alex Sanchez, alexsanchez@adams14.org.


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Community Input

The district is convening four (4) community meetings dedicated to engaging a broad base of Adams 14 stakeholders.

The goal of these meetings is to:

  • Inform community members of the process
  • Give opportunities for the community to interact with the charter applicant, and
  • Collect feedback from community members on behalf of the Board.
     

The process and timeline also includes a total of seven (7) public comment sessions and one (1) public hearing.

Community Meetings

Tuesday, September 18
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Our Lady Mother of the Church
6690 East 72nd Avenue

Tuesday, September 18
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady Mother of the Church
6690 East 72nd Avenue

Thursday, October 11
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Our Savior Lutheran Church
6770 Monaco Street

Thursday, October 11
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Our Savior Lutheran Church
6770 Monaco Street

* Interpretation and child care services will be available at these community meetings.  

Public Comment Sessions

See timeline for board meeting dates. 
 

Public Hearing 

A public hearing for this school application is scheduled for October 23, 2019. 

 
 
 
Resources

Adams 14 has received an application from a charter school. We are in the process of updating this web page with up to date information about the process and timeline. 

Application

Resources

  • Colorado Department of Education


Frequently Asked Questions

Question

Answer

Who may apply for a charter?

Any person, or group of persons, may apply for a public charter school. The authorizer (a local school district or Charter School Institute) determines whether or not to approve a charter school application. If approved, a charter contract is executed by the authorizer and the governing board of the charter school. The charter school governing board may contract with an education management organization (EMO) for services; however, an EMO may not be party to a public charter school contract. Charter schools may organize as non-profits and may offer an online educational program. The Charter Schools Act prohibits private school conversion or a home-school charter.

Who will review the charter school application?


 

For charter applications submitted to a local school district, the Charter Schools Act [C.R.S. 22-30.5-107 (1.5)] requires the school district’s accountability committee to review charter school applications. The review team must include 1) a person with a demonstrated knowledge of charter schools and 2) a parent of a charter school student, or a parent of a public school student should there not be a charter school in that school district. The school district may also choose to have their various departments review the application. The school district board of education reviews the application prior to its decision to approve or deny the application.

If a charter school application is denied, can it be appealed?


 

Yes, a denied charter school applicant may appeal to the State Board of Education within 30 days of the vote. The state board then has 60 days to hear the appeal. If the state board remands the application back to the school district for further consideration, the local board has 30 days to reconsider the application. If at that time, the local board again denies the charter school, the applicant can appeal to the state board a second time. The state board’s decision at the second hearing is final.

How is a charter school funded?


 

Charter schools receive 100% of the Per Pupil Revenues (PPR) or money designated by the state Legislature each year for operating expenses, capital reserve and risk insurance. The charter school authorizer may retain up to 5% of documented central administrative costs associated with oversight of the charter school. A charter school may choose to purchase services from their authorizer or a third party.

Do charter schools serve students with special needs?

Yes. The Charter Schools Act [C.R.S. 22-30.5-104 (3)] prohibits discrimination on the basis of need for special education services. As a public school, a charter school must comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and any state special education laws.

May charter school students be required to take an entrance exam or be subject to other admission criteria?

No. The Charter Schools Act [C.R.S. 22-30.5-104 (3)] and State Board Rule, 1 CCR 301-88, Sections 2.02(D)&(E) prohibits discrimination based on academic ability. Diagnostic or placement exams may be given to students after they have been officially enrolled. As with all public schools, a charter school may create eligibility thresholds for enrollment that are consistent with their area of focus or grade levels, but the school’s methods for determining eligibility cannot be designed, intended, or used to discriminate on the basis of a child’s knowledge, skills, or disability. For instance, a charter high school may deny admission to a student not completing the 8th grade, but it cannot deny admission to a student who has an “unsatisfactory” score on state assessments.

Do charter school teachers need to have a license in order to teach?

No. Charter schools in Colorado may apply for a waiver from licensure laws so that they are able to employ teachers without a current Colorado license. For more information, please see CDE’s guidance here: [https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdechart/boardrule-autowaivers]. Check with each individual charter school for more information on that individual school’s requirements.

Are charter schools required to adopt state content standards and use state assessments?

Yes. The charter school application must include a description of the school’s educational program “that has been proven to be effective, pupil performance standards, measurable annual achievement goals that are based on the state accreditation indicators…” [C.R.S. 22-30.5-106 (e)]. Additionally, the State Board of Education will not grant waivers to the state-mandated assessment program (CSAP) or School Accountability Reports [C.R.S. 22-30.5-104 (6)] or any other accreditation requirements.

What questions should a parent ask a charter school representative before choosing to send their child to that school?

All charter schools are different, even if they use the same curriculum. Ask questions about the school’s educational program, leadership (governing board and administration), faculty, and policies. Most schools will provide a Parent/Student Handbook, which includes general information. As you learn more about specific charter schools, keep in mind your particular child. What type of educational approach best suits your child’s needs? Think about what you are looking for in a school (geographical proximity, a specific curriculum, or a particular focus). An additional resource for information on specific charter schools is available on SchoolView.

Do all charter schools file for non-profit status?

Charter schools are public schools by law and, therefore, are tax exempt. Charter schools also are allowed to form as non?profit organizations, which most do. Filing Articles of Incorporation as a non?profit organization is all that is required to obtain a separate tax identification number and establish the school as a non?profit organization. In addition, most charter schools take the additional step of filing Form 1023 with the Internal Revenue Service to apply for a specific designation as a 501(c)(3) organization.

All answers provided by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Full list of CDE Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdechart/faq