Vision—Create, Cultivate & Serve
Every student, parent, and staff member will know that to create, cultivate, and serve is the AcademyACL vision, and students will be encouraged to develop their own ability to implement this vision both inside and outside the classroom walls.
Mission—Investigate, Reflect, Explore & Lead
To accomplish our mission and establish our vision, we will meet and exceed Colorado’s content standards and gifted education guidelines, provide supportive and challenging personal learning plans, implement best practices using the Integrated Curriculum Model, encourage the whole child with AcademyACL LifeSkills™ curriculum and family partnerships, support a highly trained professional staff, and serve the Pikes Peak community as a resource center for unique learning needs.
AACL's Philosophy and Core Values
- Are unique learners.
- Need to dig deeply and explore with their senses.
- Need both support and challenge to reach full potential
- Deserve the opportunity to learn something new every day.
- Love to learn new things that have meaning and connection to their lives.
- Are the focus.
- Love children.
- Love learning with children.
- Are guides to the world of knowledge.
- Model excellence, creative thinking, and lifelong learning.
- Know their students well.
- Welcome frequent communication with families.
- Are trained to identify and meet the unique needs of advanced and gifted learners.
- Have time to plan differentiated curriculum.
- Are essential partners in their children's education.
- Have ideas and interests that strengthen the entire school.
- Are invited to work as a team with teachers in a variety of ways.
- Have many opportunities to communicate with teachers.
- Are affected by a child's well-being in school, and vice versa.
- Capitalizes on student interest and builds upon standards.
- Focuses on critical, logical, and creative thinking skills.
- Uses thematic learning and integrated subjects.
- Joins the arts, language, and technology to core subjects.
- Supports daily physical activity and good nutrition for critical brain development.
- Supplies emotional and physical safety.
- Is organized flexibly for the needs of students.
- Is a warm, positive, and challenging environment.
- Revolves around kindness, safety, responsibility and mutual respect.
- Supports asynchronous learners.
- Leadership skills are developed for all students.
- School is a center of exploration.
- Local experts are actively welcomed.
- After-school programs provide enrichment and friendship opportunities.
- Local teachers and preservice teachers are invited to visit and join workshops.
A Name With Roots…
According to the “Brainy Quote” definition, academy, from the Greek academeia means “a garden or grove near Athens (so named from the hero Academus), where Plato and his followers held their philosophical conferences; hence, the school of philosophy of which Plato was head.”
It is also used to refer to a “school or place of training in which some special art is taught.”
At the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning, we appreciate the way that the Greeks set high standards of excellence as their goals. We recognize the importance of history in connection to future problems that today’s students will have to solve, and our curriculum will reflect this awareness. It will also serve as a place of training where students are taught the art of discovery. Students will have the opportunity to dig their hands into challenging projects, discover the excitement that excitement that new learning brings, and set personal goals for their own pursuit of excellence.