Transformation Award: For pursuit of innovative education for all students.
Springs Studio School for Academic Excellence in Colorado is taking enormous efforts to ensure their students get the education necessary to be productive in the 21st century. They have utilized both the FuelEd Online Courses (formerly Aventa) and Full-Time School Program (powered by K¹² curriculum) to bring a high quality full-time online experience to over 300 students in the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence (formerly Falcon Virtual Academy). They have also implemented programs serving around 1,000 additional students for blended learning, credit recovery, expelled students, and night school to ensure students of all types can have the ability to receive an excellent education.
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence has also done something truly transformational to ensure all 14,000 of their students are enriched by online education and develop 21st-century skills. Realizing how important exposure to online education is, they have implemented the option to take online courses for every high school student in the district. Kim and her staff back their program with the resources necessary to succeed including administration staffing, an accessible facility, and hosted local events. Their dedication has allowed them to triple in size and now accept student from outside the district, thus allowing them to bring their innovative approach to education to as many students as possible. Their efforts also allowed them to make AYP this past year, which by nature of virtual school student populations, is a tremendous accomplishment. This accomplishment has been directly correlated to the RTI program implemented that services 100 percent of their student population. The culture that the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence has created is something her team is very proud of.