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Classrooms

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Grand Peak Academy Classrooms

 

This District 49 public charter school uses the Core Knowledge scope and sequence, incorporating the Colorado State Standards within a Classical education model. We provide a strong character education program via Core Virtues and stress character development and responsibility. Grand Peak Academy values the partnership of parents and the community. Parent partnership and involvement is expected at the school from both staff and parents.

 

Click on the classrooms below to learn about the curriculum and program for each grade.

Pre-School and Elementary School

Preschool

 

Enroll in Preschool at Grand Peak Academy

 

Grand Peak Academy Preschool is a full-time program where students attend Monday through Friday from 8:05am – 3:05pm.  We offer two preschool classes with 20 students each, and a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Tuition is at a cost of $600 per month with a $75 registration fee. Upon enrollment, children should be three years old and fully potty trained.  We currently enroll off a priority wait list. Older children are considered first for enrollment. Older children are those who will attend Kindergarten after one year in Preschool.  All preschool students wear uniforms to school and bring a sack lunch from home.

We encourage each student in our preschool program to explore and embrace their imagination and creativity. We provide  opportunities for children to build self confidence, become problem solvers and develop an excitement for learning.

Our curriculum meets the Colorado State Standards with objectives and standards posted in the classrooms.  Please see our Preschool Curriculum to see what your child will learn – Preschool Curriculum

Seats fill quickly so please complete our online enrollment to get on the wait list.

If you would like more information regarding our preschool program, please contact our Preschool Director, Michele Lucero, at michele.lucero@imagineschools.org or 719-424-8519.

Teachers

 

Nakiesha Coleman-Colby

HELLO! My name is Nakiesha Coleman-Colby and I’m the pre-school teacher here at Grand Peak.  I was born in Dayton, Ohio but I have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 25 years.  I graduated from High School in 1995.  I have been in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years.  I started in the child care field as a teachers’ aide working with three to four year olds then worked my way up to a school-age teacher.  After a few years I realized that I missed working with younger children so I became a pre-k teacher (again).  I am currently enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College taking classes in Early Childhood Education for my Director’s Certificate.  I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with children and be a part of the Grand Peak Academy family.

I’m married and we have a son who graduated from High School in 2017.  I’m a big sports fan for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and the Colorado Avalanche.  In the spare time I enjoy going to the movies, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Michele Lucero

Hello! I am Michele Lucero the Director and Teacher in the Preschool program here at Grand Peak. I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for 29 years. I started as a licensed in-home provider then moved on to child care centers as a teacher working with all ages groups of children. After 17 years of teaching and more education I became a Director of large child care centers. I held this position for over 8 years then realized I missed being with the children. That led me to my position here at Grand Peak. I am extremely happy to be back with the children and part of the GPA team.

I am originally from California but I have been living on Colorado Springs since 1996. I have two grown children, a son and daughter in law and four grandchildren who all live in Colorado. Family time is my favorite time!

Working with children is a new adventure each day and I wouldn’t wan it any other way!

Lucia Granucci

Tonya Wimberley

Kindergarten

 

Grand Peak Academy offers tuition-free full-day programs.

 

Children enrolling in either the full-day or half-day kindergarten program must be five (5) years old by September 15th.

 

If you would like to get on our waiting list, please go to Enrollment and fill out the requested information.

 

Kindergarten Teachers

 

Joy Kuhn

This is my first year teaching Kindergarten at Grand Peak Academy and also at a public school. I am so excited for this new adventure. I have previously taught in an early childhood setting for ten years and am looking forward to this next journey. I currently have my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education but am working on my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

With three kids of my own at home I feel like teaching is truly my full time job and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Amanda Ralston

I was born and raised right here in Colorado Springs. After high school I moved away to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO (GO RAMS!) following which I moved to Denver where I taught preschool for 3 years. After leaving Denver, I took two years off to open a family business and start my family. Being out of the classroom was hard and I have felt my heart pulling my back over the past two years. So here I am! I am so glad that I have found my way to Grand Peak and I am excited for the year ahead of us. I truly believe that we are a team on this journey so I welcome any input you have for me.

Moriah Stroh

Hello my name is Moriah Stroh. I have been at Grand Peak Academy since spring of 2016. I started as a First grade teacher and then switched to Kindergarten. I enjoy teaching students to love school.

I have always enjoyed helping others succeed starting with my years in 4-H teaching others how to show and care for their animals. I strayed from teaching in order to get a BS in Accounting at DeVry but once I started my own family I realized what I was missing. I rejoined 4-H as a leader and absolutely loved helping kids succeed at the Fair. Once my own children were old enough to be in school I volunteered and taught lessons in a virtual school CO-OP where I taught 8 to 15 students once a week. I then decided to take the leap and go back to school to get a Masters in Elementary Education.

I am excited to have this chance to partner with you in order to build your child for our future!

Julie Dalton

I am a happily married Colorado Springs native with two teenage children. I am a graduate of Thomas B. Doherty High School and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

I have worked in the Core Knowledge Classical charter school environment for eleven years. I started as a Teacher’s Aide for Kindergarten and First Grade then transitioned to a Testing Aide focused on data gathering via standardized testing methods. I returned to my love of working in the classroom with Kindergarten students when I started at Imagine Classical Academy Indigo Ranch as an Instructional Aide in 2013. I became the half-day Kindergarten teacher in the fall of 2014. I have taught full day Kindergarten 2015-to present. Outside of school I enjoy reading, gardening, scrap-booking, and baking.

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How do we fit in the world around us?

In 2nd grade students are immersed in studying topics about the world around them, from Geography of where they live to Ancient Asia, Ancient Greece and Back to the Americas. Students will use their background knowledge from 1st grade to expand on the History of the United States- War of 1812, Westward Expansion, The Civil War, Immigration and the great Civil Rights leaders of our time. Each unit has a special project associated with it, but none as great as our Immigration Experience Day! Students begin their day “on the boat” arriving at Ellis Island and end with becoming citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony.

Science in 2nd grade is all about encouraging students to ask questions, make observations and seek answers. Our units include Exploring Magnets, The Digestive and Excretory Systems in the Human Body, Simple Machines, Insects, and Life Cycles. Our Simple Machines unit also gives 2nd graders the opportunity to create their own projects for the Elementary Science Fair.

Come explore the world with us!

 

Major Field Trips

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (at school)

ACT Children’s Theatre

Picnic in the Park

Core Knowledge Experience days

Greek Day

Pioneer Day (with evening music concert)

Science Fair

Immigration Day

What’s great in Third Grade?

 

Nothing is more fun and interesting than history and science!!

Third graders love learning about the conquests of the Ancient Romans and the adventures of the Vikings! Kids are amazed to learn how the Natives actually got to North America and they become passionate about what the Europeans did to the Natives while exploring the New World! The plight and success of the Colonists round out how and why we all got here!

Kids love science and in 3rd grade, we actually dissect cow eyeballs when learning about optics & the eye, as well as other parts of the human body! Kids enjoy when the zoo comes to us during Animal Classification, and Astronomy Day is the something they look forward to all year!

What ISN’T great about 3rd grade?!

Fourth Grade “ROCKS” for so many reasons!

 

Along with learning more in Language Arts, Mathematics, Poetry, and Reading, we get the chance to travel back in time in History! Fourth graders have so much fun learning about Ancient China, Ancient Africa, Europe in the Middle Ages, The American Revolution, The Constitution, Early Presidents, and Early Reformers! In Science, we get to research great inventors, learn and engage in basic Chemistry, discover Electricity, study the Circulatory and Respiratory systems, and learn all about ROCKS in Geology!

We go on amazing adventures with our class novels that include Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood, Gulliver’s Travels, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, Pollyanna, and Treasure Island! We also get to create some extraordinary projects like Robinson Crusoe’s shelter, Gulliver’s Travels “Travel Poster”, and Pollyanna’s Glad (Board) Game! In addition, we go on some exciting field trips, in particular the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where we get to dissect a sheep’s lung! Last, but not least, there are days that we enjoy, learn, and celebrate, such as our Medieval Feast and our Wax Museum.

Fourth grade definitely ROCKS!

5th Grade

 

Fifth grade at Grand Peak Academy is an exciting place to be. The students make the transition from elementary school to middle school during this year and we work hard to prepare them for the skills that they will need moving forward, such as organization, goal setting, and personal responsibility. 

The Core Knowledge curriculum is so much fun in fifth grade, we travel back in time to the Renaissance period in history and literature then move forward to the American Civil War which ends in our annual Civil War battle with water balloons or flour bombs.

In the fall we go up to Denver to Ameritowne where the students spend the day running a town using the skills that have been taught in the classroom.  They manage the shops, learn to budget and spend their money wisely all while having fun. In late winter we go to Peterson AFB to attend Starbase, which is 25 hours of STEM related lessons and activities. Throughout the five days that we attend the students are actively engaged with hands-on activities.

Each year the fifth grade teachers work to bring the real world into the lessons and help your student become an engaged learner.

Middle School

6th Grade

Humanities

Sixth graders study a variety of world history and geography as well as American history and geography. The study of history is tied to the readings in literature—for example, while studying ancient Greece, students read The Iliad and The Odyssey. Students write persuasive pieces, learn proper research writing format and process, and produce a formal business letter.

Science and Math

Sixth graders study matter, energy, and heat, explore the heights and depths of the universe through the study of astronomy and the oceans, examine geology and plate tectonics, and develop an understanding of the atmosphere and ecology.

Sixth graders strengthen their skills in mathematics through the mastering of basic mathematical operations, and students build a foundation for later middle school and high school mathematics with pre-algebra and pre-geometry.

 

Field Trips

Ponderosa Camp

International Towne

Planetarium/Space Foundation

 

Special Events

Literature Dress-Up Day in October

Spirit Week before winter break in December

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair

Character Council

Jeans for Dreams

Reading, Writing, and Math buddies with younger grades

Pi Day on March 14th

 

Programs

ALEKS

ThinkCERCA

Saxon Math

Commonlit

iScience Texts

Desmos

7th Grade

Humanities

Seventh graders study a variety of topics in history, including both World War I: “The Great War,” and World War II. The study of history is tied to the readings in literature—for example, while studying World War II, students read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Students write a variety of expository pieces including descriptive, persuasive, and compare/contrast, as well as continue learning proper research writing format and process.

Science and Math

Seventh graders continue learning about matter, energy, and ecology, begin exploring chemistry and cellular biology, and examine genetics and evolution.

Seventh graders strengthen their skills in mathematics through the mastering of basic mathematical operations, and students build a foundation for eighth grade and high school mathematics with pre-algebra and pre-geometry.

 

Field Trips

Ponderosa Camp

WWII Museum

Florissant Fossil Beds

 

Special Events

Literature Dress-Up Day in October

Spirit Week before winter break in December

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair

Character Council

Jeans for Dreams

Reading, Writing, and Math buddies with younger grades

Pi Day on March 14th

 

Programs

ALEKS

ThinkCERCA

Saxon Math

Commonlit

iScience Texts

Desmos

8th Grade

Humanities

Eighth graders study a variety of topics in history, including The Cold War and The Vietnam War. Students also study civics and develop a basic understanding of the principles and structure of American democracy. The study of history is tied to the readings in literature—for example, while studying The Cold War, students read Animal Farm. Students write a variety of expository pieces including descriptive, persuasive, and compare/contrast, as well as continue practicing proper research writing format and process.

Science and Math

Eighth graders continue learning about matter and energy, explore classical and fluid physics, study sound waves, and examine electricity, magnetism, light, and electromagnetic radiation .

Eighth graders finish the year very well prepared for high school math. During eighth grade, student study algebra I: foundations; functions, relations, & equations; rational expressions; linear equations & functions & inequalities; systems of equations & inequalities; and quadratic equations & functions.

 

Field Trips

Ponderosa Camp

WWII Museum

Washington D.C. Trip (optional)

Elitch’s

 

Special Events

Cumulative Engineering Projects

Literature Dress-Up Day in October

Spirit Week before winter break in December

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair

Character Council

Jeans for Dreams

Reading, Writing, and Math buddies with younger grades

Pi Day on March 14th

 

Programs

ALEKS

ThinkCERCA

Saxon Math

Commonlit

iScience Texts

Desmos