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In this section in particular, we have made available to you documentation of our charter application process with Aurora Public Schools (APS). In the spirit of transparency and public record, and just as APS practices, we have posted our application, links to APS’s summary and pertinent documents, and our rebuttal. Return to this page as often as necessary for updates. Also, please feel free to reach out to us via the contact information on this website if you have any questions at all.
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May 27, 2019
Superintendent Dr. Rico Munn
Office of Autonomous Schools, Executive Director, Jeff Parks
Aurora Public Schools Board of Education
15771 E. 1stAvenue Aurora, Colorado 80011
Dear Sirs and Madams;
Thank you for providing in a timely manner the Evaluation Summary of our charter school application from Superintendent Rico Munn and Executive Jeff Park, Executive Director, Office of Autonomous Schools on our charter school application. We appreciate the timeliness of your response but are very disappointed with the assessment of it which as you state in the letter was, “based on the plan presented in the application and the final application evaluation” which lead to the Superintendent’s belief that “this school is unlikely to be successful.” We understand our application rating and the rationale for it were based on a combination of the actual reading of our application and on our capacity interview. We are curious if the DAAC meeting was also included in this rationale.
We are very disappointed with this assessment as we have worked diligently with APS staff, the League of Charter Schools and other funders of charters schools. We have been receptive to APS expertise as it applies to laws, policies, procedures, instruction, legal, human resources and financial management and all other elements essential to the successful operation of an APS school. We have participated in mandatory meetings with essential APS staff to make sure our school was in alignment with the management style of APS and in alignment with the State Board of Education educational requirements. We have taken expert advice or expertise from APS and other organizations when planning our school. In addition, we have undergone evaluations on four occasions with the League of Charter Schools who rated every aspect of the application giving us extremely helpful feedback, which we took. We also participated in mock interviews to prepare.
In addition, our organization has been working in this and surrounding communities for over fifteen years. We have provided exemplary programs for underserved children and youth seeking to participate in more formal artistic educational programming, often not provided in regular public schools, and students whose educational motivations are more grounded in the integration of academics with artistic endeavors. These are the students who have been attracted to our programs and evidence shows that they become more successful in both academics and the arts as the two were tied together. We have always had great community involvement and from the numerous kinds of supports and resources (financial and volunteer) garnered from outside these communities, we are recognized as an organization that holds great potential for changing the lives of children and youth who have great potential for success in both the arts and academics.
For these and other reasons we are compelled to rebut the assessment our application received from Superintendent Munn and Executive Director, Jeff Park, Office of Autonomous Schools. The rebuttal is necessary since we diligently followed the APS charter school application rubrics for each section of the application and included the APS 2020 Strategic Plan to align with our school outcomes, expectations and results. We also rebut the assessment noting that the rationale for the lowered rating was not included in the rubric. Some of the items to be addressed in a particular section of the application are listed outside the rubric sections, which is confusing. It was explained that inclusion of everything expected in a particular rubric would be included in that rubric for rating. We received 5 “partially meets” criteria and 8 “does not meet” criteria. We are stunned this happen when we have spent so much time working with APS staff and The League of Charter Schools staff making sure our application met the rubric indicators defined.
We remain extremely hopeful because we were able to affirm that we did in fact meet the rubric in the application.We look forward to presenting to you on June 4thand hearing your authentic vote in June 18th. Please find attached our detailed rebuttal, including page numbers.
Founder & Executive Director
**FOR THE FULL VPAC DETAILED REBUTTAL, PLEASE FIND BELOW. VEIW AND DOWNLOAD**
*APS official publishing of Summary, VPAC Cover letter and Rebuttal can be found at https://aurorak12.org
EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD, THE WIZ
Enjoy reading our charter application that details our approach to executing our unique school model. Full appendix available upon request
Visions Performing Arts Company (VPAC) evolved over 15 years of after-school programming into a 6th thru 12th grade school. Student performers can engage in integrated performing arts learning that preserves African and Latinx heritage. VPAC has been completely financially supported by the community. Through arts educations, VPAC has impacted over 2,000 students and produced over 20 productions. In 2015, Auset finally accepted the demand of transitioning from and after-school program to a full fledge 6th-12th grade school.
STAY CONNECTED AS WE TRANSITION FROM AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM INTO OPENING A FULL FLEDGE APS CHARTER SCHOOL FALL 2020!!!!
Vision Statement: Preserving African and Latinx American Performance through quality education.
Vision:To enlighten students, especially African and Latinx underserved students, with the importance of integrating high levels of artistic and academic skills and knowledge to increase graduation rates, decrease dropout rates, and provide greater opportunities for students upon graduation to enter into competitive performing arts careers, institutions of higher learning, and career fields that offer high potential for growth to compete at high levels with satisfaction and responsibility while affirming and preserving their cultural heritage to plan for financial stability. VPAC will contribute to the transformation of education, future workforce and arts and entertainment industries by cultivating students who will be able to compete at high levels.
Mission Statement: Produce student performers rooted in cultural arts to continue, complete, & compete in the world.
Mission:VPAC is committed to providing 6th-12th grade students with culturally affirming content dedicated to preserving African and Latinx performing arts. VPAC is dedicated to exposing underserved students to a high rigor curriculum that graduates them to be competent and confident in professional artistic careers and college.
IMPACT Dance Company specializing in hip-hop, Latin funk, performance, competition, and funk, XDT is for the dancer passionate about developing experience in popular dance. Co-Ed
Sankofa Theater Group is designed for the student curious or serious about stage performing. This is not limited to theatre and may include musical theater.
Our Student Alliance choir program is for 5th-12th grade students who:
Rock Da' Mic is the poetry group that hosts and performers poetry and spoken word. Original work by student poets that share and/or perform.
DIA Studios is dedicated to developing students into audio engineering, podcasting, video, photography engineers and entrepreneur's in the performing arts industry.
Y.E.B.O. is VPAC's partner organization that provides publishing arts, sonic arts, cinematography, photography, and fashion design.
VPAC is a free public charter school open to all student performers. Acceptance is not a reflection of artistic or academic merit or needs. You acknowledge that all information provided is correct and indicates meaningful interest to enroll at VPAC. This intent to enroll does not guarantee admission to the school. This is a non-binding full intention to be involved in the development and launching of VPAC in 2020. We are excited to be in this family. If you prefer hard copy, download is below.
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