Our Mission <ul><li>Our mission is to develop young adults with character like America’s founding Renaissance man, Benjami...
Location BFA
Facility FAQ <ul><li>Is this location affordable? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it the right size? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the tim...
Enrollment <ul><li>Enroll through the DCSD open enrollment webpage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you  accept  enrollment at Ben...
Priority Enrollment and the Lottery <ul><li>If grades are oversubscribed, a lottery will be held on January 18 </li></ul><...
Why Ben Franklin Academy? <ul><li>Ben Franklin was considered one of the last renaissance men </li></ul><ul><li>Started th...
Individual Focus <ul><li>Flexible ability groups – every student will be challenged at their ability level </li></ul><ul><...
Academic Excellence <ul><li>Core Knowledge Sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Daily science exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Rigorous ma...
Balance <ul><li>We will not exchange childhood for academic achievement! </li></ul><ul><li>Time spent on non-academic subj...
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Ben Franklin Academy - An Introduction

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This presentation provides an introduction to Ben Franklin Academy in Douglas County School District (Colorado, USA). Our mission is to develop young adults with character like America’s founding Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin: well-read, scientifically curious, and civically engaged. To do this, we will focus on individual students by implementing flexible ability groups and by teaching the students and letting test scores follow. Our students will excel academically through a challenging, sequenced curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and literacy. We also recognize that an education is incomplete without fostering the arts, sports, nature, and character.

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  • Ben Franklin Academy - An Introduction

    1. 2. Our Mission <ul><li>Our mission is to develop young adults with character like America’s founding Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin: well-read, scientifically curious, and civically engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this, we will focus on individual students by implementing flexible ability groups and by teaching the students and letting test scores follow. Our students will excel academically through a challenging, sequenced curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and literacy. We also recognize that an education is incomplete without fostering the arts, sports, nature, and character.   </li></ul>
    2. 3. Location BFA
    3. 4. Facility FAQ <ul><li>Is this location affordable? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it the right size? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the timeframe? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Next two weeks: Solidify contract on the land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next month: Finalized design process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February: Ground breaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed early August </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What if they don’t finish on time? </li></ul>
    4. 5. Enrollment <ul><li>Enroll through the DCSD open enrollment webpage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you accept enrollment at Ben Franklin Academy, this will be your child’s school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But you do not forfeit enrollment at your neighborhood school until you accept enrollment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applying for open enrollment does not forfeit your spot in your neighborhood school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Reason for Request”: Resident of District seeking placement outside of attendance area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must do this for each child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must open enroll new kindergarteners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open enrollment ends January 18 th at 5:00 PM </li></ul>
    5. 6. Priority Enrollment and the Lottery <ul><li>If grades are oversubscribed, a lottery will be held on January 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Lottery starts with the highest grade and siblings follow </li></ul><ul><li>Currently grades 4-6 have lower demand </li></ul><ul><li>Siblings of enrolled students receive priority </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers with 60+ approved hours receive first priority </li></ul><ul><li>Founding family status can still be earned after enrollment </li></ul>
    6. 7. Why Ben Franklin Academy? <ul><li>Ben Franklin was considered one of the last renaissance men </li></ul><ul><li>Started the library system </li></ul><ul><li>Inventor </li></ul><ul><li>Statesmen </li></ul><ul><li>Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Soldier </li></ul><ul><li>Civic activist </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Musician </li></ul><ul><li>13 virtues </li></ul><ul><li>Signatory of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution </li></ul>
    7. 8. Individual Focus <ul><li>Flexible ability groups – every student will be challenged at their ability level </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the students and let test scores follow </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent individual assessments with follow up </li></ul>
    8. 9. Academic Excellence <ul><li>Core Knowledge Sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Daily science exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Rigorous mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>High expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum integrated with technology </li></ul>
    9. 10. Balance <ul><li>We will not exchange childhood for academic achievement! </li></ul><ul><li>Time spent on non-academic subjects is provided in a balanced fashion </li></ul><ul><li>13 Virtues </li></ul>
    10. 11. Questions ?

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