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Once again, The Academy earned a Performance rating, the highest rating available for schools, from the Colorado Department of Education.

Each public school in Colorado receives an annual state rating. Student growth, or how much progress students make year over year on state tests compared with peers with previously similar scores, counts more toward the ratings than does how many students scored at grade level. For high schools, data such as graduation and dropout rates also factor into the ratings. 

Colorado issues each public school one of four ratings, ranging from performance plan, the highest, followed by improvement plan, priority improvement plan, and turnaround plan, the lowest. This year, 54% of Colorado schools earned the highest rating, down from 69% in 2019.

College Board Recognition Program
Academy Community Relations

Congratulations to our own Reyliana Griffin for earning academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Program!

Reyliana is one of 62,000 students from across the country to earn this recognition. Reyliana is a senior this year. She is highly involved academically in addition to playing volleyball, helping care for her siblings, working, and commuting nearly an hour every day for school.

Academy High School Student

The College Board's National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service. Students earn this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classrooms. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

Academy High School students visiting the ATLAS Lab at CU Boulder
Academy Community Relations

This year, Academy High School students have the opportunity to Intern at the ATLAS Institute on the CU Boulder campus – a space where students practice creative exploration and radical design with an eye toward social change.

11 Academy students recently toured some amazing labs where they will be user/testers, building crew, design artists, experimenters, assistants, and welcomed problem-solvers to both professors and grad students. Some of the labs they experienced include:

  • Blow Things Up lab, a maker space for designing anything they can imagine
  • Living Matter lab where they’ll learn about bioluminescence, bioplastics, and more
  • ACME lab experimenting with VR, robotics, 3d printing and more
  • Center for Media Arts & Performance, producing podcasts, motion capture video, music production, full theater, dance performance and more
  • Technology Wellness lab teaching about addictive design in social media and how to better teach consumption choices
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Academy Community Relations

The Academy will use this 4-year grant funding to hire additional counseling staff to support student mental health, academic success, and postsecondary workforce readiness.

The Colorado Department of Education's School Counselor Corps Grant Program (SCCGP) was created through legislation in 2008 to increase the availability of effective school-based counseling within secondary schools. Grant funds are used to increase the level of school counseling services provided to improve the graduation rate and postsecondary education opportunities.

Hospital Intern
Academy Community Relations

Assembling Baby Buckets is one of Beverly Araujo's tasks at her Internship on the Labor and Delivery wing of St. Anthony North Hospital.

Inside each Baby Bucket, new moms and dads find a comforting collection of towels, cloths, baby shampoo, a measuring tape and a tiny hat to keep baby warm. Beverly also helps overwhelmed new dads find their way, restocks delivery rooms, and plays the lullaby chime over the hospital’s loudspeaker every time a new baby is born! 

Beverly will continue her internship over the summer and then begin her education in medicine working toward becoming a doctor. After Interning at St. Anthony North, she has decided her focus will include bringing new life into the world.

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