The vision ofSkyView Academy began in 2004 when a group of Highlands Ranch parents cametogether to create a more challenging and meaningful educational program fortheir children and the community at large. The founding team was comprised ofmany qualified and dedicated parents, teachers, and community members withdiverse backgrounds who shared a common educational vision for the school.
After two yearsof planning and developing the school and receiving all the necessary approvalsfrom the Board of Education, the founding team was unable to identify asuitable facility in Highlands Ranch. As a result, a school building was chosenin Parker and the team opened their program in this community in August 2006,branded as North Star Academy.
Our foundingteam’s original intent was to utilize the Parker facility as a short-term,temporary solution because it was not located in the originally desiredHighlands Ranch location. The intent was to relocate the school to theircommunity in three years after a suitable facility could be identified andlong-term financing was secured.
What ourfounding team did not expect was the huge demand for their program from theParker community. Thus, in the spring of 2007, the North Star Academy Board ofDirectors, comprised of many of the original members of the founding team,unanimously and collectively agreed to develop a new multi-campus strategywhich would keep the original school in Parker and create a sister school inHighlands Ranch. The intent was to have the sister school, originally marketedas NSA West, open with the same mission, vision, and educational program ofNorth Star Academy in Parker.
The North StarAcademy Board of Directors spent the next year and a half further developingthis multi-campus strategy, working with experienced consultants from thecharter school industry. In November 2008, the Board received the necessaryapproval from the Douglas County Board of Education and was on track to openthe Highlands Ranch school in fall 2009.
Unfortunately,several things happened in a short period of time that forced the Board topostpone their opening for one year and discontinue the development of themulti-campus strategy. The state of the municipal bond market caused theabandonment of the initial bond financing plan. A new committee had to becreated to identify other possible financing opportunities that would providethe necessary funds to acquire the intended facility and proceed with therenovation. Additionally, the Board was informed by the Colorado Department of Education(CDE) that in order to receive necessary startup grant funding for theirHighlands Ranch school, changes would be required to the intended governanceand administrative structure which challenged the feasibility of a multi-campusstrategy.
As a result ofthese required changes, several members of the original founding team came backtogether to create a new plan to ensure the successful launch of the HighlandsRanch school. This team started down the path they had been down five yearsearlier – securing financing, acquiring a facility, recruiting students andparent volunteers, and ultimately, renaming the school.
As a result ofsome very creative strategies, an amazing group of parent volunteers andlessons learned from their original school in Parker, the founding teamsuccessfully secured the necessary financing to acquire its facility andunveiled its new name to the community at a Ground Breaking ceremony onFebruary 6, 2010.
The newHighlands Ranch school, now known as SkyView Academy, opened for its inauguralyear on September 7, 2010 in its permanent home in Highlands Ranch at 6161Business Center Drive serving Preschool – 5th grade. Over the next four years enrollment continuedto increase and the grades served expanded to include Preschool – 11thgrade by 2013. The addition of 12thgrade will be complete by the 2014-2015 school year.