Doral Academy of Colorado
Building an Innovative Arts Integration School
In October of 2014 a small group of parents in Arvada, Colorado sat together and discussed how amazing it would be to open an arts integration school in Jefferson County, Colorado. Many of those parents being passionate educators, devoted community members, and parents of future Doral students were looking in all of Colorado in search of the perfect school option for their own children and grandchildren.
Doral Academy's charter school application was written as a replication of the national Doral Inc. network school systems that exists in Florida, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Doral Academy's K-12 application was approved by the Jefferson County School Board in October of 2015. Doral then opened grades K-7 in a temporary shared space facility for the 2016/2017 School Year. Doral will house students in grades K-8 in 2017/2018 at Zerger Elementary School in Westminster, Colorado.
The Doral Academy Inc. curriculum model has been highly successful in the opening of six schools in Florida and two schools in Nevada. Two of the Doral Academy High Schools have been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top schools. Doral Academy Charter High School, Florida continues to be ranked as one of the nation’s top high schools according to US News & World Reports.
Doral Academy of Colorado's educational philosophy is built upon innovative learning methods. Through the arts, (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and media production) students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in a way that meets their own unique cultural, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. Students' minds will be opened and their understanding deepened through project-based learning. Doral’s program is modeled after specific arts-integration learning methods and strategies from Doral Inc.’s replicated system as well as The Kennedy Center for the Arts. These methods have proven successful in raising both student engagement and achievement.
Doral Academy of Colorado is committed to engaging all learners by educating the whole person: mind, body, and heart. Doral believes in high standards of achievement, in a culturally responsive school environment, can be realized through active learning by using an arts integrated approach, nurturing a strong sense of belonging to the school.
The Arts also create a learning place that is inclusive for all students. The benefits of this model extend beyond students. The nature of integration fosters collaboration amongst all stakeholders as learners; students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community. Such collaborative relationships contribute to increased learner satisfaction, interest, and success, and lead to the development of a sense of community of practice in the school.
Doral will provide a new excellent education choice for the children living near Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield, and Golden as well as all children in and near Jefferson County School District (JCSD). Doral will have an anti-discriminatory open admissions policy serving any student in grades K-12 (K-7 in 2016/2017 with additional grades added each year after), who would qualify to attend a traditional public school in Colorado.
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