Frequently Asked Questions

Will John Adams High School be successful?

Yes!  For a number of reasons:

  1. We are not recreating the wheel.  John Adams is being designed after other successful charter high schools.  These schools include Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, and The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs.
  2. Charter schools are successful when parents are involved.  So get involved!
  3. We also are working with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Douglas County School District, Colorado Department of Education, and a number of other educators.
Will John Adams High School charge tuition?

No. Charter schools are public schools. They are funded by the state with your tax dollars and cannot charge tuition. Like neighborhood schools we will charge some fees for various supplies or extracurricular activities.

My child attends a charter middle school, will he be automatically enrolled?

No.  In order to qualify for upwards of $600,000 in federal start-up grant funds, we can only provide preferential enrollment for founding families.  Even though the grant program ends after two years, charter middle school students still may not be automatically enrolled if there are too many.  But a weighted lottery system may be available after the grant period ends.

How do I ensure enrollment for my kids?

Easy, volunteer 50 hours toward the establishment of John Adams High School and your family can become a founding family, which provides prioritized enrollment.  This is limited to the first 20% of families in order to qualify for federal grant money.  More information will be provided.  Sign up here to help out.

How does my family earn founding family status?

You can become a founding family by volunteering 50 approved hours toward the establishment of John Adams High School. Students of founding families will be enrolled prior to any lottery.  Founding family status from other charter schools will not transfer. Enrollment is not guaranteed for students at other charter schools. You do not need to have a student entering the school during the inaugural year to earn founding family status.

How do we request to be a founding family?

You may earn founding family status by submitting 50 hours as a family before the school start date.  A great way to earn hours is to refer a freshman or sophomore that is incoming in the 2016 school year. The parents of the referred student needs to add your name to the “referred by” question in the Intent to Enroll.  We will add five volunteer hours to your volunteer hours total for each referral.

Visit our volunteer web page for more ideas to earn your founding family status.

Will volunteer hours be required?

Yes, but we are still figuring out how many and such.  Stay tuned.

Why should I risk sending my incoming Freshman or Sophomore to a new unproven school?

There are a number of reasons why you should enroll your child in John Adams High School:

  1. You child will be educated in a charter school environment that encourages academics and character.
  2. Academic success and achievement will be a focus for all students.
  3. You child will have frequent sessions with college counselors that will help develop a plan for college.
  4. The school will be attracted students that are interested in being challenged academically.  If this appeals to your child, then they will be with like-minded friends.
  5. Not only will John Adams help your child get into a college or university of their choice, the AP classes taught at John Adams will help prepare your child for collegiate success.
  6. It’ll be challenging in a good way.  Your child will grow and become more successful as they learn work through challenges.
Will John Adams High School require uniforms?

At this point, we don’t know. At the very least there will be a dress code. We are debating between a strict uniform policy and dress code. We are also considering whether to have students get involved in designing some uniform options.  Stay tuned for more information.

I live outside of Douglas County, can my child enroll?

Yes.  Enrollment is open to all Colorado students.

How do I join the board of directors?

The board of directors will govern (but not run) the school as it moves forward.  We are actively forming a board of directors that includes individuals with diverse and practical backgrounds (lawyers, accountants, bankers, business owners, and soccer moms).  The most important criteria is whether you are actively involved in a committee, you work as team on the committee, and show that you are self motivated and work hard.  If interested, please send an email to describing why you want to be on the board and what you bring to the table; please include your resume.

What does it mean to be a highly qualified teacher?

The federal definition of a highly qualified teacher (HQT) is one who meets all of the following criteria: Holds at least a bachelor degree from a four-year institution. Fully certificated or licensed by the state. Demonstrates competence in each core academic subject area in which the teacher teaches.

Is JAHS a for profit charter school?

No.  John Adams High School is non-profit charter school.  The school will not be managed by a charter management company or an education management organization.  Instead, the school will be built by parents and governed by a board of directors.  The school has engaged a number of organizations to help with writing the charter application, reviewing the charter application, and the purchase of a facility.  But, to be clear, John Adams High School has no long term engagement with these groups and has only engaged these organizations for limited and specific projects.  The school is and always will be a non-profit organization and will always be managed by parents and school staff.

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