Enrollment at AcademyACL

At AcademyACL, we have an open enrollment, open welcome policy. Formal identification is not required for enrollment.

The Enrollment Process

The Enrollment Packet MUST be printed, signed and sent by mail or hand-delivered to the school. Enrollment forms may not be turned in by fax or email, and any forms received via fax or email will not be processed.

The Enrollment Packet includes a series of checklists that gives parents questions to consider as to whether or not their child has the need for a gifted education program like AcademyACL. The checklists are meant to be general observations; if you are unsure, feel free to leave it blank, make your best guess, or ask a teacher who knows your child well.

Enrollment for each school year continues through October 1st and after that, on a grading-period when seats are available. When enrollment changes occur, the next student on the waiting list is notified. We will ask for an enrollment confirmation packet, immunization records, and birth certificate at that time.

Please note that the submission of the Enrollment Packet indicates from a parent: “I am meaningfully interested in (but not obligated to) having my child attend Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning. I understand that submitting this information does not enroll my child in AcademyACL.”  Enrollment occurs when an official Offer of Enrollment is extended and accepted within the given deadline.

Concerning Board Policy and Enrollment After Count Day:

The Board recognizes the importance of stable class rosters and keeping manageable class sizes. To this end, after the official Count Day no more students may be accepted into any class that already has a roster equal to or exceeding the maximum number of students in the grade as directed by the Board. Should a class roster drop below the stated minimum enrollment, any students on the waiting list for that roster shall be offered a space on that class roster in the order they are listed on the wait list. When a class roster is equal to or greater than the stated minimum and less than stated maximum, students on the wait list may be offered a space on the class roster—in the order they are listed on the wait list—at the Academy Director’s sole discretion. (see Policy link for JFBA, above)

School Tours

Update: Tours are being done virtually at this time due to COVID-19. Please contact the school for dates.

AcademyACL schedules tours on Tuesdays, from 8:45am until approximately 10:00am. Please call ahead to schedule. Children are welcome to accompany you, but the tours are geared and directed towards adults. On a typical tour, you can see the following in action:

  • Highly challenging vocabulary and content with students working above-level 
  • Elements of the Integrated Curriculum Model.
    • The ICM model is designed for gifted learners with Above-grade-level Content, Big Ideas, and Differentiated Instruction & Projects.
  • A physical environment that supports creativity 
  • Multi-age divisions rather than “graded” classrooms
    • Division I = Kindergarten
    • Division II = 1st/2nd
    • Division III = 3rd/4th
    • Division IV = 5th/6th
    • Division V = 7th/8th
  • Block Scheduling
    • Lifeskills from 8:00-8:30
    • Art of Language, Reading/Writing Workshop, 8:30-10:00
    • Fitness & Fun, 10:00-10:30
    • World of Math, 10:30-12:00
    • Lunch, 12:00-12:30
    • Inquiry, 12:30-3:10
      • One 50-minute Encore period daily
  • Supportive learning communities with Capturing Kids’ Hearts© techniques
  • Leadership development 
  • Warm wall colors with Lowe’s eco-friendly, low VOC paint from the Olympic© paint line 
  • Traditional and non-traditional learning activities
    • students may participate in traditional ‘lecture’ or direct-instruction style lessons
    • students may be in cooperative learning groups working on a project or problem
    • each lesson format is tailored to the objectives and the needs of the students for that given lesson
  • Natural spectrum lighting throughout the building


While viewing the classrooms, students often greet guests in the hallways to share their own favorite highlights of the AcademyACL program.

Shadow Days of Attendance

Shadow Days are scheduled with the front office staff.


  • Upper Division (5-8) students often complete a shadow day before an offer of enrollment is extended.
  • Primary (K-2) and Middle (3-4) Division students are invited to complete a shadow day of attendance if:
    • An Enrollment Packet has been turned in for the lottery OR
    • The student is high enough on a waiting list to be likely to receive a placement.

Students with Special Needs


Colorado law outlines rules for special needs under the the “Exceptional Children’s Act.” Information about state law can be found at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Rules and Regulations page, here.

Students who have a disability in one or more areas are students with special needs, and their rights are protected under both federal and state law.

  • Students who have a disability that severely impacts his or her education (and a requires specialized teacher) may qualify for an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  • Students who have a disability that requires accommodations in the general classroom setting may qualify for a Section 504 plan to document the accommodations needed.
  • AcademyACL serves children who have IEPs and Section 504 Plans, and strives to provide a free and appropriate education (FAPE) based on each student’s needs and make all good faith efforts to accommodate these students within its resource service model.
  • Prior to the lottery and/or enrollment offers, the special education lead, the Section 504 coordinator, and/or the Academy Director will meet review IEP and Section 504 plans, at D11’s request. They then communicate with families of these students to ensure that each family is aware of AcademyACL’s systems in place for supporting their student in general classroom and special education settings.

Students with giftedness (significantly advanced skill or ability in one or more area) are also students with special needs under Colorado’s Exceptional Children’s Act.

  • These children may qualify for an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), with specially-trained gifted education teachers. Therefore, as a program focused on gifted students, AcademyACL uses more complicated, complex and advanced content because gifted students need this (in math, in writing, in art, in theater) more so than what typical classrooms can provide.

Twice-exceptional, 2e students
qualify with two areas of special needs: both giftedness and one or more disabilities. Educational specialist Dr. George Betts calls this category double-labeled.