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.
Where will you be located?
Denver Public Schools was not able to offer us a facility, so we are engaged in a citywide search to secure a space for our school that meets the needs of our students and is in alignment with our budget. Like many other successful charter schools, we plan to initially open in a shared space such as a church, synagogue or community center. We are seeking a centrally located facility with outdoor play space.
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 bus service to students living within the boundaries of Denver Public Schools. Bus fees are assessed on a sliding scale based on demonstrated need. For reference, for the 2019/20 school year, a full year of bus service both AM and PM was $350 at the full rate and as little at $0 for students on free/reduced lunch plans. Carpooling and RTD resources will also be made available to FASDenver families.
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. Learn more: www.FASDenver.org/enroll.
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. The student teacher ratio is closer to 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/near 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/near 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 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?
How can I stay in touch with FASDenver?