James Madison Charter Academy

Basic Information

Address: 660 Syracuse St. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80911
County: El Paso
Phone Number: 719-391-3977
Fax Number: 719-391-1744

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James Madison Charter Academy
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Additional Information

Accreditation: District and State
Principal: Dr. A. R. Shearer-Shineman
School Type: Public Charter School
School Focus: Project-based instruction in Core Knowledge, Core Virtues, the Arts
Founded: 2005
Ages/Grades: K-8
Student Demographics: Diverse student body
School Setting:

Suburban area surrounded by residential, business and Ft. Carson. Near major interstate and arterial

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8:00 - 3:30, 8:00 - 1:00 Wed
School Days in Calendar Year: 188
School Holidays: Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Winter break, Spring break
Community:

Family-oriented school learning community

School Size: 150
Classroom Size: 18
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12.5
Departments:

Music (general, vocal, band, violin), Physical Education, Art (classroom)

Curriculum:

Core Knowledge Sequence

Percentage of Graduating Class: n/a
Support Services:

Special education, Speech/Language, Nurse

After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Computer lab, class set of iPads, class set of Chromebooks, wireless network, in each classroom - projector, document camera, laptop.

School Championships:

Winners and placements in Robotics, Coding, Spelling Bee, Speech Contest

School Clubs:

After-school clubs vary with interest and sponsors but have included: violin, chess, soccer, running, sewing, games, Robotics, karate

Library Resources: Library
Parking Spaces/Availability:

Small parking lot

Admissions Deadline: Accept applications at any time.
Mission Statement:

James Madison Charter Academy inspires children to explore a diverse world through hands-on learning.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe that our project-based instruction allows students to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and bring their creativity alive.
We believe that the arts (performing and fine) are integral to an effective school program.
We believe that Core Virtues are important for students to internalize and to demonstrate daily.
We believe that the needs of ALL students must be met, whether through remediation or challenge.
We believe that parents are vital to the success of students.

School Accountability: Since the state began rating schools, JMCA has consistently been rated as a "PERFORMANCE" school. In 2017, the school was awarded the Governors Distinguished Improvement Award.
Notes/School Information:

JMCA utilizes Core Knowledge curriculum through project-based instruction (hands on, participatory) in a school serving children in grades K-8. It is the only charter school within Districts 3 and 8. The school, located in the Widefield #3 School District, is only minutes from Ft. Carson's Gate 20 and I-25.
Our small size means we can provide individualized instruction. We are recognized for the academic growth attained by our students.
We put the student first and are very family-oriented. We believe that all children can learn successfully but they learn in different ways. We try to provide them with multiple methods. Small class size ensures individual interventions. We are flexible in scheduling children so they may take a subject in a higher or lower grade level. They may also be "grade-skipped."
Before- and after-school day care for JMCA students is available on site and is run by the school. The JMCA Educational Activity Center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
JMCA offers a FREE, full-day kindergarten program for all children. Our kindergarten program includes:

    • Age-appropriate activities
    • Full curriculum, including science, social studies, physical education, music,

    and art

    • Opportunities for multiage activities
    • Time for academics and time for imaginative play
    • Opportunities for more challenging curriculum
    • Two playground areas
    • Musical performance activities

    James Madison Charter Academy is a community of dedicated teachers committed to excellence in all aspects of your child's education. We do not expect your children to enter kindergarten having already mastered their ABC's, knowing how to read, and do math. Our job is to assess each child and develop them based on their specific needs and talents.
    JMCA teachers utilize the three learning styles in their classroom: visual (learning through seeing), auditory (learning through listening), and tactile/kinesthetic (learning through moving, doing, and touching).