A group of Colorado parents opened their own school with emphasis on studies and traditional values after the community expressed a desire for more school choices.
Merit Academy in Woodland Park, Colorado, open August 23 with around 186 students enrolled and 65 more on their waiting list. The K-8 school, which plans to run through grade 12, emphasizes the principles of civic responsibility, intellectual growth, and the desire for good, according to their mission statement.
Two founding members of the board of directors have joined " Fox & Friends "on Wednesday to discuss the importance of having a " policy-free "learning environmentfor their community.
"We interviewed parents to see what kind of things they wanted to have in their school " said John Dill, a local father and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Space Command. "If you focus on what is best for the kids, your decisions become pretty clear on what to do.
The Merit curriculum emphasizes a "exceptional emphasis on science, math, history, literature, the arts and our beautiful rocky mountain environment, " with five cor Values: worth, kindness, perseverance, responsibility and friendship.
"Not only do we want a traditional classical education, but we want the emphasis to be on character development, " Jason Ledlie, a licensed professional therapist in the Common Laalley of Woodland Park, said. "Through character development discussions, we have managed to emphasize these five values.
The public school took only one year to open, running temporarily at a local church until it has finished remodeling a larger empty storefront. Recess will take place in a nearby church.
After their charter school application was rejected, the academy secured funding for public schools through a Colorado law allowing education service boards cooperative [BOCES] to outsource education services.
"We follow all public school requirements and rules " said Dill.
L 'school accepts donations on theirs website to cover additional start-up funds that will not be reimbursed by the state.
"We are a rural community of modest means, so we appreciate any expressions of support we receive "said Dill.