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Is KCAA a private school? No. KCAA is public school, started by Denver Public Schools, and is one of the only K-12 public arts schools in the country.
Do you teach only the arts? What about reading, writing and math? KCAA teaches foundational curriculum like reading, writing, math, science, and social studies from Denver Public Schools and infuses all classes with the arts. While some subjects may look more traditional from time to time, our classes have many artistic elements and we work with visiting artists frequently. We also enjoy the full time teaching services of our arts specialists to teach sculpture, drawing or painting, dance, music, drama, media, and more.
I live in the neighborhood. Do I get to come to KCAA automatically? No. KCAA is a magnet school and an application is required. See the admissions information link for an application, and check the DPS website for your neighborhood school.
How many grade levels are available at KCAA? We are currently a K-10 beginning this school year (2012/13) and we will add one level of high school each year until we are a K-12 in 2015.
My child enjoys sports. Do you offer any? Currently our middle school offers a variety of sports, such as soccer or basketball. As our high school develops, high school students will participate in major sports like football with their own neighborhood high schools.
What are the materials fees, and what do the fees cover? At this time KCAA is asking that lower school students pay a $25 materials fee, our middle school students (6-8) pay $40, and high school students pay $60. Materials fees can be paid at registration, or broken up and paid at the beginning of each trimester or semester. Materials fees cover the arts supplies and consumable materials that your student uses. Fees also help stipend guest artists and industry professionals who visit and teach at the school. While our materials fees are considerably lower than many other schools in the district, we understand that they may be a hardship for some families. Please contact the main office if you have questions or concerns about the fees, or require assistance with payment.
Does your school offer advanced placement, honors or G/T classes? Yes. KCAA is fortunate to have a Gifted and Talented Resource teacher who works with all teachers to offer advanced differentiation in the classroom. We also offer pull-out opportunities to students who require more advanced levels of study. At the secondary level classes are structured to maximize student learning, and high school students may choose from our honors courses.
My student struggles academically, what support do you offer? KCAA is proud to have some of the finest resource and intervention teachers in the district. Our resource teachers work directly with classroom teachers and, in addition to offering pull-out sessions, also work in the classroom to offer assistance and guidance. Students who struggle are identified early in the year and we have had great success with our interventions. We are also pleased to have the support of a great ESL team for our second language learners, supporting them as they acquire the necessary skills for academic success.
Do you have a dress code? Are elementary and high school students separated? Is KCAA a safe school? What are the school rules? No uniforms… we’re an art school! But, we do have some policies about dress, please see the school’s handbook for more info. Yes, for the most part our little ones and big ones are separated, but we do share a school and we want our big kids to learn as much as they can from our little ones so we offer supervised learning opportunities like reading buddies and artistic mentoring. KCAA strives to be a safe and nurturing environment and the statistics prove it. In 2010/11 our behavior, attendance, parent and student satisfaction grew by leaps and bounds. We hold our students to the highest expectation for behavior, and offer an array of student support services to assist with any issues. For further policies and school rules please review the handbook. We ask all students, and their parents, to review and sign a behavior contract when they register for school.
Please click here to access a link to the KCAA Handbook: 2012/13 Student Handbook Coming Soon!