Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning

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Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning
District Falcon School District 49
Zone iConnect Zone
Coordinates 38° 59' 58.6788", -104° 36' 17.4672"
Address 11925 Antlers Ridge Road
City Peyton
State Colorado
Phone 719-522-2580
School Information
Type primary school
Charter Yes
Established 2000
Principal Don Knapp
Asst. Principal
Grades preK-8
Enrollment 384 (2013-2014)
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Website http://www.ppsel.org


Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in iConnect Zone, located at 11925 Antler’s Ridge Road in Peyton, was the first school chartered in District 49. The school opened in 2000 with just one class of preschool students and has grown to a capacity of 380 students from preschool to 8th grade.[1]

Curricula[edit]

Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning is part of the Expeditionary Schools Network, based on research from Harvard University. Students participate in expeditions, or in-depth, semester long studies. During the expeditions, students ask powerful questions and become true experts because of the depth of their studies. They work on projects with a real world audience and purpose.

Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning has small class sizes, generally ranging from 18-22 students so that students are able to receive individual attention and small group teaching. Students are challenged at their ability level with hands-on activities and in-depth studies as their curriculum. Students dive into the work of real scientists and historians to become experts in their learning topic. Compassion, respect, integrity, self-discipline and craftsmanship—These are the character traits taught at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning. These character traits are one reason that parents and students love the school. Being in school is a pleasure and everyone is made to feel like they belong. The school hasn’t forgotten why character is important. Educators strive to be examples of good character.

Extracurricular[edit]

Students at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning have the opportunity to join the music program with an enthusiastic, highly qualified instructor. Students can also join one of the most outstanding, friendly karate programs in the region. Students also have access to all of the sports programs offered by District 49.

Community[edit]

The school has a thriving Parent-Teacher Organization with three leadership committees that fall within the PTO. Parents are able to volunteer within their interests, whether it be teacher appreciation, fundraising, student tutoring or many other things. Parents are welcomed in the school every day and play a vital role in helping the school operate.

References[edit]

  1. "Enrollment Guide 2014-2015." D49.org. Falcon School District 49, 7 Mar 2014. Web. 7 Mar 2014. <http://d49.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/2198345/File/Central%20Enrollment/2014Enrollmentguide.pdf>.