As with any sound structure, a solid foundation must be poured and pillars constructed to hold up to the test of time. The same is true for the students of SkyView Academy. Our foundation rests in the principles defined by our founding team and our 5 pillars represent what we teach our students so they can stand the test of time and enter the world as honorable leaders and life-long learners.
You will hear the phrase “AS ONE” around SkyView. This means our entire PK-12 program provides building blocks for our youngest students in preschool through our graduating seniors Students will find consistency, support and rigor along their academic journey progresses in our five differentiators, our pillars: Core Knowledge, Classical College Prep, Character Education, Service Learning, and World Languages.
Core Knowledge (grades PK-8)
The basis of Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This seemingly logical insight, well-established by cognitive science, has profound implications for both teaching and learning. Nearly all of our most important goals for education – greater reading comprehension, the ability to think critically and solve problems, even higher test scores – are a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge.
By outlining the precise content that every child should learn in language arts and literature, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts, the Core Knowledge curriculum represents a first-of-its kind effort to identify the foundational knowledge every child needs to reach these goals, and to teach it, grade-by-grade, year-by-year, in a coherent, age-appropriate sequence. Learn more about Core Knowledge.
Classical College Prep (grades 9-12)
SkyView’s high school program aligns classical content and pedagogy with current college preparation standards emphasizing critical thinking and analysis, depth of knowledge, and the development of value-centered human beings. Our high school values the important balance between providing engaging content-expert teachers and empowering students to drive their learning.
At the same time, we are committed to preparing students for the very best colleges in the country. It follows that the rigorous classical course content taught in class will address Common Core, state, college board, and ACT standards as necessary. Technology is used as a tool, needed to prepare students for the modern world and collegiate experience. This integrated approach helps ensure students are exposed to the standards and skills that drive assessment and college entrance.
Character Education is a hallmark of SkyView Academy and one of our primary differentiators. As such, we have implemented the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program reinforced within the content of our curriculum to develop healthy relationships between members of our school’s educational community. The program uses a universal language to teach children to self-manage and handle conflict when it occurs with the belief that “if you reach a child’s heart you will reach their mind.”
Through our character education program, our students learn learn to do and be their best through responsible and intelligent choices. The five character traits we model and teach are: respect, integrity, excellence, responsibility, and citizenship. When children learn to make good choices they are more committed to learning and they develop habits that make them life-long readers and writers, build student’s self-esteem, help them learn to resolve conflicts, appreciate and respect diversity, manage aggressive behaviors, and promote integrity allowing students to become successful and develop into strong, competent, caring, and responsible citizens.
Service learning is another differentiator touching our students at every level, PK-12th grade. Hands-on opportunities for students to contribute to SkyView, our local community, and/or global communities result in long-lasting partnerships while teaching the importance of giving back. Service projects are teacher-led in PK-8, coordinated across grade levels and scheduled thoughtfully to ensure manageability, while students in grades 9-12 are required to complete 40 hours of service per school year to graduate.
Our SkyView community has supported many organizations over the years including Lighthouse Assisted Living, Extreme Community Makeover, The Action Center, Warm Coats Warm Hearts, Junior Achievement and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.
As our society grows more global in nature, foreign language studies becomes an important foundational element in a child’s educational program. SkyView offers PK-8 students daily Spanish language instruction, while high school students have the option of taking Spanish, French or Latin. Our goal is for students to acquire proficiency in interpersonal communication, interpretive communication, and presentational communication through the four integrative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.