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Why choose Accelerated Schools of Denver?

At Accelerated Schools, the reasons for enrollments are as diverse as the students themselves. We have a long history as one of the oldest, most enduring and best private schools in Denver. We have been able to accomplish this distinction by having a dedicated staff, and the flexibility and agility to adjust to fit the current needs of our students. The majority of our enrollment comes through referrals from professionals in the education field, the parents of our past and present students, as well as the students themselves. This longevity would not be possible, if we were not effective at what we do. Our diversity allows us to address issues or needs such as:

Gifted & Talented Issues

Some students are very bright and highly motivated to succeed at school. They need to be sufficiently stimulated with a challenging curriculum.

Average Student Issues

What’s wrong with being “average”? Strictly speaking, nothing. The danger is that the “average” students may settle for lower expectations and poorer performance, doing enough to “get by” without ever reaching their potential.

Learning Issues

Some students have problems learning at the traditional school pace, missing critical fundamentals. Students who are performing below average or have a learning disability want to succeed. If allowed to fail, they will become defeated, stop trying and never catch up unless the pattern of failure is reversed.

Motivational Issues

Some students are capable academically, but lack motivation. They fail to turn in homework assignments or to engage in the classroom learning process. Their grades suffer, and their motivation continues to spiral downward.

Study Skills

Some students have not developed the necessary study skills to function effectively in the classroom. They lack organizational and time management skills. They have not developed the study skills that enable them to competently and confidently handle their assignments.

Emotional, Social or Mental Health Issues

Some students face issues such as anxiety, stress, attachment disorder or low self-esteem. They may be diagnosed with conditions such as ADD, ADHD, bipolar, Asperger’s Syndrome or OCD. Students with these challenges are capable of success if the school is knowledgeable, understanding and willing to provide a program that addresses their needs in a positive way.

Behavioral Issues

Some of the students with any of the above mentioned issues have developed or are at risk for developing behavioral problems. Many behavioral issues become nonexistent or very manageable once students begin to experience success and no longer need to protect their self-images by acting out.

How do we do it?

Diagnostic Testing

  • to determine students’ strengths and weakness
  • to prescribe appropriate materials for advancement
  • to eliminate unnecessary hours of instruction

Intensive Individualized Instruction

  • to allow students to advance academically at their own pace
  • to allow students to master each step in the sequence of learning before proceeding
  • to consistently challenge students to achieve with success

Structured classroom

  • to minimize distractions for relaxed, efficient learning
  • to create a safe and predictable environment

Low student – teacher ratios (average 7:1 ratio)

  • to foster positive interactions
  • to provide close teacher supervision
  • to keep students actively engaged throughout the class period

Strict accountability for work completion

  • to help students manage their time
  • to eliminate procrastination
  • to require students to be active participants in classs

Immediate feedback on performance

  • to correct mistakes before forgotten
  • to receive positive comments on a job well done

Daily report card

  • to let students know how they are doing every day
  • to provide essential communication between the school and the parents

Realistic homework expectations

  • to review and reinforce skills and concepts taught in class
  • to develop personal responsibility outside of direct supervision
  • to work independently with less parent involvement

Effective reward management system

  • to provide tangible, meaningful rewards to the students
  • to motivate students to realize their maximum learning potential

Computers as a classroom tool

  • to complement teacher-led instruction
  • to increase focus, concentration and work production

Parent support

  • to work as a team to help students be successful in school and in life
  • to teach parents how to create a home environment that reinforces positive performance

Interesting Facts about attending a Private School

High Achievement*

According to NCES data, 88 percent of private high school students apply to college, compared to 57 percent of public high school students. And reports from the College Board indicate that SAT scores for private school students are well above the national average. When it comes to challenging students to stretch their capacity, private schools do an exceptional job. Statistics from the College Board and NCES show that for high school seniors, 24.2 percent of private school students took AP exams in 1998, while 9.4 percent of public school students did so. Private schools, which account for only 7.5 percent of all high school students, produced 20 percent of 12th graders who took AP exams in 1998 and 22 percent of those who scored high enough to have the advanced courses count for college credit.

NAEP Results*

The National Center for Education Statistics periodically administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to test the knowledge and skills of the nation’s students in grades 4, 8, and 12. Students in private schools consistently score well above the national average. At all three grades a significantly higher percentage of private school students score at or above the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced levels than public school students.

School Safety*

Private schools are orderly and safe–the kind of setting necessary for students to learn. The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), periodically published by the National Center for Education Statistics, provides data on school safety and discipline. This data consistently shows that by attending a private school, your child has a definitive advantage and in general, private schools are consistently more controlled and safer environments, when compared to public learning Institutions.

These are only a few of the reasons why you should consider Accelerated Schools of Denver. We are available at 303.758.2003 or request more information