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What is a Charter School?

A charter school is a tuition-free public school operated by an independent board of directors that may be composed of parents, teachers and community members. A charter school is a school of choice within the school district, operating under a contract or "charter" between the board of the charter school community and the APS Board of Education. The Charter School Management Team at Aurora Public Schools is housed in the Office of Autonomous Schools Department. 

How do I enroll my child in a charter school?

Contact the charter school and fill out an “Intent to Enroll” form for the school(s) you are interested in. This does not obligate you to enroll your child, but does include your child in any future lottery if the charter school uses a lottery system. Some charter schools enroll students on a “first-come, first-served” basis, and the “Intent to Enroll” form will put your child on a wait list. If your child is awarded a seat in the charter school by lottery or by wait list, you will be notified. Parents/guardians generally have a stated amount of time to officially enroll their child in the school or the seat is given to another student.


Contact Us

Contact Us:  Aurora Public Schools Charter School Team Contact Information

Mackenzie Stauffer, Charter School Coordinator. Email:  or call (720) 340-0861 ex. 28320

John Lyons, Charter School Project Manager. Email: or call (720) 340-0861 ex. 28360 

 Helpful Links: 


NEW Charter School Application Process

The Spring 2018 New Charter School Application Cycle is now open! If you are part of an applicant group planning to apply in APS during the Spring 2018 Cycle, please review the timeline below which includes detailed information regarding submissions.

Spring 2018 Application Materials:

Spring 2018 New Charter School Application - Aurora Public Schools

Spring 2018 Application Timeline:


Ref:       Senate Bill 12-061                        Ref:              District policy LBD

NLT* 2/8/18

Charter school applicant submits letter of intent to apply 30 days prior to the application due date. Download the APS Intent to Apply form here


The deadline for application submissions is 4:30p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. APS will determine if the application is complete upon time of submission. The 90-day clock starts when the application has been determined to be complete.

 NLT* 3/26/18

If any area in the application is found to be incomplete, the charter school applicant has 15 days from the date of notification to provide the information required by APS.


Applicants will present to IART/CSAC/DAAC committees followed by applicant interviews. Specific dates and times TBD and will be dependent on the overall number of applications received by APS.


Within 48 hours of the applicant interview, APS will  provide the applicant with any additional and/or clarifying questions that were not asked during the interview.


Applicant has one week to respond to written questions from interview.


Applicant will present to APS Board of Education at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Superintendent’s recommendation will be presented  to the APS Board.


APS Board of Education votes on charter application during a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Board meeting date may change but will occur within the statutorily required 90-day window unless an extension is agreed upon between the applicant and APS.

90 days after BOE approves the charter application (9/17/2018)

All negotiations between the charter school and local board of education on the contract shall be concluded by, and all terms of contract agreed upon, no later than 90 days after local board rules by resolution on the application for a charter school.

NEW IN 2018: All charter school applications (and Letters of Intent) must be submitted through Charter.Tools, an online platform now used by APS for receiving and reviewing charter school applications. Applicants must access the website, create an account, and may begin working on their application up until the due date when it must be submitted. In addition to the submission on Charter.Tools, TWO hard copies of the application must be submitted, along with a PDF copy of the application and all attachments on a jump drive. The two required hard copies of the application should be printed double-sided, be collated in notebooks, and sections should be separated by identifying tabs.


IART – Internal Applicant Review Team

CSAC – Charter School Advisory Committee

DAAC – District Accountability Advisory Committee

*No Later Than



Charter Schools in Aurora Public Schools

School Name  Grades Served School Address School Leader  Contact Information School Data 
Academy of Advanced Learning Kinder - 8th 441 Sable Blvd, 80011 Zach Craddock



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Aurora Academy Kinder - 8th 10251 E. 1st Ave. 80010 Angela Fundaro 

P: (303)367-5983

F: (303)367-5280 

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Aurora Expeditionary 
Learning Academy
PK - 8th 14100 E. Jewell Ave. 80012 Dan Cohen

P: (303)377-0758

F: (720)870-2610

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Global Village Academy - East Campus Kinder - 2nd 403 S. Airport Blvd. 80017 Courtney Black

P: (303)309-6657

F: (303)317-6538

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Global Village Academy - West Campus 3rd - 8th 16401 E. Alameda Dr. 80017 Courtney Black

P: (303)309-6657

F: (303)317-6538

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Lotus School for Excellence Kinder - 12th  11001 E. Alameda Ave. 80012 Eray Idil 

P: (303)360-0052

F: (303)360-0071

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Rocky Mountain Prep - Fletcher Campus PK - 5 10455 E. 25th Ave. 80010 Caitlin Vaughan

P: 720-863-8922


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Vanguard Classical School - East Campus  Kinder - 12th 17101 E. Ohio Dr. 80017 Angela Schendel-Keedy

P: (303)338-4110

F: (303)388-4129

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Vanguard Classical
 - West Campus
 Kinder - 8th 801 Yosemite St. Denver 80230 Terry Glen

P: (303)691-2382

F: (303)226-5529

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Vega Collegiate Academy  K & 5 1345 Macon St. 
Aurora, CO 80010
Kathryn Mullins




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If a you have a concern with any APS charter school, where should that concern be directed?

The parent should begin by contacting the personnel within the charter school. If that does not satisfactorily address the issue, make the governing board of the charter school aware of the issue. If unresolved there, the next step would be to contact APS by using the form below.