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Welcome to Student Support Services!

Like all charter schools, SkyView Academy is a public school. SkyView Academy serves students with disabilities and English Learners and provides services to students as required by state and federal law. Charter schools are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, and certain other grounds. Laws applicable to students with disabilities include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In most cases, the services required by a student with disabilities can be provided at SkyView Academy. In some cases, a student's individual needs require that they be places in a different program or location as determined by an IEP or Section 504 team. Under IDEA, students with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The services a student requires under IDEA are described in an Individualized Education plan (IEP). Under Colorado law, the provision of FAPE and specific services required by a student's IEP are a joint responsibility of the charter school and their authorizer, which is the Douglas County School District in SkyView Academy's case.

Students who apply to SkyView Academy are not required to identify whether they have an IEP and SkyView Academy admits students without considering a student's disability. Once a student is admitted/enrolled in our school, an IEP team meeting may be required to determine whether SkyView Academy is an appropriate placement for the student based on their needs. In most cases, the services required by a student's IEP can be provided at SkyView Academy. In some circumstances, a student's individual needs require that they be placed in a different program or location. For more information on our programs and services please contact the Director of Student Support Services.

Our team members are listed below. For a full list of resources in Douglas County (financial, mental health, medical, legal and many more) please check the Youth and Family Resource Guide or check resources available from the DC Sheriff through the Youth Education and Safety in Schools (YESS)program.  The DCSD Health, Wellness, and Prevention page can be found HERE.

Lori Finnegan

Director of Student Support Services: Speech Language Pathologist, K-12 Elementary School
Work Phone: 303-471-8439 x223
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I am so honored to be a member of SkyView Academy’s Leadership Team. It means the world to me to work alongside a team that values student success and well-being as much as I do. I earned my bachelor’s and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University. After working in the Boston area in both the school setting and private practice for 10 years, the birth of our daughter brought us to the Denver area to be near family. SkyView welcomed me in 2011 as the K-12 speech and language pathologist. It has been an amazing experience to be a part of the growth and development of the Student Support Services team over the past 11 years. All students present with a unique combination of gifts and challenges. I am passionate about making learning accessible to all students and am grateful to have the opportunity to facilitate student development and confidence. Building and maintaining relationships with students, staff, and families is super important to me. I will continue to work with students schoolwide as a speech-language pathologist and as the Student Support Services Director.

When I'm not working, I do my best to keep up with my daughter. You can usually find me at a sporting event or driving to and from practices with our dog as my co-pilot. I also enjoy cooking, baking, traveling, hiking and reading.

I am committed to this school, our students, and our incredible staff. I'm so excited for a new school year!

Year Started at SVA: 2010
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College/University: Northern Illinois University


Is sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Students can send anonymous tips about suicide concerns, in-school crime or drug/alcohol use to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office via text message from their mobile device. All tips are anonymous and secure. Be sure to put SVA in the text message so they know what school it’s related to. Text 274-637 or via website

Safe 2 Tell

SAFE2TELL COLORADO is designed to help YOU anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers you, your friends, your family, or your community. The Student Section is meant for you – the students. It is intended to be a place where you can find information that you are interested in and provide ways to get help for a friend who might be struggling.


The National Resource Center on ADHD




Community Service Log (12th grade only)

Community Service Opportunities List

NAVIANCE (9th-11th)


Find a therapist at Psychology Today

All Health Network or call 303-730-8858

WrapAround or call 303-688-4825 ext. 5327


The Crisis Center or call 303-688-8484


Speak Now Colorado



Arapahoe/Douglas Works


Douglas County Human Services Financial Assistance

Facing Foreclosure

Free and Reduced Lunch


Parker Task Force, Food Bank or call (303)841-3460

Fresh Harvest Food Bank or call (720)381-6169

Douglas/Elbert Task Force or call (303)688-1114

Southeast Community Outreach (SECOR) or call (720)842-5621




Teen Health

Tri County Health Department

United Way or dial 211

Medical Assistance

Dental Discount Program

Doctor's Care


Family & Senior Homeless Initiative


Douglas County Housing Partnership


Phone & App Monitoring

Guarding Kids

Social Networking Sites & Apps Kids Use

Parenting Guide for Tech Safety

Internet Safety Tips


Parenting PhD

Parenting Tips for Online Safety

Parent Toolkit Text / Social Media / Phone Monitoring

Edutopia - 5 min Film Festival


I Love You Guys Foundation

Colorado School Safety Resource Center

Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe


For Parents: Information on Cutting

For Students: How do I Stop Cutting


Organizational Skills

Test Taking Tips

Coping Skills

Backpack Organization

Planner Habits


Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

Yellow Ribbon Hope Line Network 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-784-SUICIDE)

Second Wind Fund or call 1-303-988-2645

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology

National Mental Health Association

Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide



SkyView Academy
6161 Business Center Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130



SkyView Academy Nondiscrimination Notice: SkyView Academy does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, or any other grounds prohibited by law. SkyView Academy serves students with disabilities and English Learners and provides services to students as required by state and federal law. For more information, visit the Student Support Services page under Schools.


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