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New school to open in Castle Pines North

American Academy charter school plans to open its 83,000 square foot facility in Castle Pines North for families to tour on September 18. The first day of school for students in grades K-8 will be September 21. (photo by Jeremy Gamble)

by Terri Wiebold

The Castle Pines community welcomes the completion of its first middle school, and the newest Douglas County public school, American Academy (AA).

AA is a Core Knowledge, K-8 charter school, located on Mira Vista Lane at Lagae Ranch in Castle Pines North (CPN).

The school was founded by several CPN families nearly five years ago, and has been operating in a temporary facility in Lone Tree. The completion of the new 83,000 square-foot facility in CPN brings home its more than 800 students.

According to the owner’s representative for the construction project, Kurt Connolly – principal of Inline Management, the development [as with all school facilities this size] was a long and challenging project. “We were fortunate enough to be able to work through the challenges and open the school on schedule,” said Connolly.

AA and is the largest charter school in Douglas County, with four science labs (Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science, and Elementary Science), two fully-supported computer classrooms, a large media center, a library, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a playground.

“These are all welcome additions,” said Erin Kane, President and Chairperson of AA. “Our kiddos have never played on a real playground before, so we are really excited about that.”

AA will host an open house for new families on September 19, with the first official day of school on September 21.

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