Selecting a school for your child is an important decision. Have a question about enrollment, curriculum, student services or another topic? Ask us! Email: info@FASDenver.org.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer, in our case, Denver Public Schools, that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.” As a charter school, FASDenver does not charge any admission fees.
My child does not speak French, is he/she still eligible to enroll?
Yes. We will accept K-5 students living in Denver and neighboring school districts through the DPS SchoolChoice process. If your child does not have prior knowledge of French, we will provide supplemental French education during the school day as appropriate. Immersion education is suitable for all students regardless of language(s) spoken in the home.
What does it cost to attend FASDenver?
FASDenver is a public school and does not charge any tuition. Full-day kindergarten is also tuition-free.
What is immersion education?
Immersion is a well-established and acclaimed technique used in bilingual education in which two languages are used to teach academic content including math, science and social studies. In an immersion classroom, students acquire a second language in a way similar to how native speakers learn their first language.
What age does my child need to be to start kindergarten?
Per Denver Public School policy, children must be 5 years old by October 1, 2020 to start Kindergarten.
Will transportation be available?
FASDenver is pleased to offer DPS or private bus service to students living within the boundaries of Denver Public Schools. We will likely have one single bus route, which will be established once we see the geographic pattern of our enrollment. Bus service for charter schools is often different than district bus service in terms of the number of stops. Carpooling and RTD resources will also be made available to FASDenver families. Our central location offers convenient access via RTD bus routes along Colfax Avenue, 17th/18th Avenunes and York Street.
How do I apply to FASDenver?
FASDenver participates in the SchoolChoice enrollment process managed by DPS. The SchoolChoice enrollment period is January 15th – February 18, 2020. By completing an application, your child is entered into the lottery for the upcoming school year. The application is not a guarantee of admission and does not commit your child to attending FASDenver. APPLY NOW!
Do I have to live in Denver in order to attend FASDenver?
No. Students residing in other school districts may also apply through the SchoolChoice process.
What is the anticipated student to teacher ratio?
Our projected class size is 28 students with one full-time teacher and one para-professional in each kindergarten class. Our first grade classes will each have a full-time teacher and share a para-professional. Our classes for grades two through five will each have a full-time teacher. The overall student to teacher ratio is roughly 20:1 when specials and supports are included.
Who will the teachers be?
When we begin hiring staff in early 2020, FASDenver will seek highly qualified and experienced elementary school educators with native proficiency in French. We envision a diverse teaching staff that reflects the diversity of the French-speaking world (la Francophonie). Our English program educators will have native proficiency in English and experience working with English Language Learners (ELLs).
Will my child fall behind in English?
No. In fact, studies indicate that students in immersion programs outperform their counterparts in English reading and vocabulary. Learn more: https://www.opb.org/news/article/study-portland-immersion-students-become-better-readers-english-speakers/
What time will school start and end?
We have asked DPS for an 8a start time and a 3:15p end time. These times may change slightly (15 minutes earlier/later) as we work with the DPS transportation department to arrange bus service.
What programs and clubs will FASDenver offer?
Full-Day Kindergarten • PE • Music • Technology • Visual Arts • Library • Language Immersion • STEM • International Focus • French • Integrated Content and Language Development (ICLD) • Inquiry-Based Learning • Differentiated Instruction • Project-Based Learning
Clubs and Activities: Community Service Club or Organization • School Yearbook or Newspaper • Student Leadership • Club Based on Ethnicity or Culture
Which subjects will be taught in English and which will be taught in French?
Will there be before and after school programming?
Yes! We will offer care before school in addition to free breakfast service. After school, students will be able to choose from a variety of enrichment program and after-school care options. Our team is currently working with the nearby Carla Madison Rec. Center, Neighborhood Music and other organizations regarding specific details, which will be announced in late spring.
Will there we international trips offered?
Yes! We are planning for a 6th grade trip to France and will offer additional optional summer travel opportunities for students.
How can I stay in touch with FASDenver?
Where can I learn more about SchoolChoice?
Have questions about the DPS SchoolChoice enrollment process? Check out the SchoolChoice FAQ HERE.