Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence

  • The Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence is a tuition-free, public school of choice in Colorado Springs serving students in 2nd- 5th grade, with a dedication to helping struggling readers weighed down by their learning differences to finally take flight.

    Using the Take Flight Intervention delivered by Certified Academic Language Therapists, in combination with core classes taught by teachers who understand and accommodate for characteristics of Dyslexia, students can finally spread their wings and soar to new heights alongside their peers. 

     

    Our Mission

    ALLIES inspires students with language based learning difficulties and characteristics of Dyslexia to celebrate their strengths and overcome their struggles while preparing for a successful educational experience in middle school, high school and beyond. 

     

    Our Vision

    In its quest to be the finest school in District 49 to serve students with language based learning difficulties and characteristics of Dyslexia, ALLIES aims to make a difference in the lives of the students it serves and the families who support these children.  Students succeed in a caring and supportive environment that accommodates for their needs and draws on their strengths. ALLIES families experience the difference and watch their bright children flourish as they overcome their academic struggles and discover their gifts.

     

    Take Flight

    This is a comprehensive intervention program for students with Dyslexia, created by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite Hospital located in Dallas, Texas. 

    This is an Orton-Gillingham based program that addresses many components of reading, including: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and basic comprehension.

    Students participate in a 3 year intervention: sessions are taught 50 minutes a day / 5 days a week. 

     

    Please contact Rebecca Thompson, Director of Academic Services at  719-494-8620

  • We are POWER Zone

    POWER Zone's educators and support staff are dedicated to facilitating a mission focused on:

    ♦ Purposeful risk 
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    Ownership of learning 
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    Whole child-student concept
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    Engaging inquiry and
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    Respectful relationships


     

    POWER Zone Focus

    Mission Statement:

    POWER Zone takes purposeful risks and a deep ownership over learning to support a whole child concept through presenting engaging opportunities to our students and families while maintaining a core focus on respectful relationships.

    Vision:

    Prepare, Engage, EmPOWER...The POWER Zone Difference.

    Values Statement:

    POWER Zone believes in creating a loyalty effect with our stakeholders through serving our community by ensuring we climb with care and confidence within a family first environment while treating each stakeholder like the most important person in the world.

     



    POWER Zone Indicators

    What are Indicators?

    Our zone is committed to creating school priorities that are very real and meaningful to the stakeholders we serve. POWER Zone students, staff, and parents informed the POWER Zone of what measures mattered most to them. The measures initially formed 6 key performance indicators which then evolved into three zone focuses.

    In POWER Zone, each family's input is helping to drive zone-level educational decisions that will directly supports your child’s ability to successfully work, learn, and lead in the POWER Zone and be career or college ready in the future.

    Indicators:

    Academic Performance: The demonstration of Knowledge and skills integrated across multiple content areas and driven through personalized learning pathways.

    Personalized Learning: Personalized learning is a student centered learning model where students gain more ownership over their learning and more voice with their teacher about how they learn best. This process allows students to have more choice over how they demonstrate their learning. Through developing strong problem solving and critical thinking skills students can create a clear path to competency based learning and skill development.

    ♦ School Safety & Climate:
    When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions. With a Capturing Kids Hearts philosophy reinforced annually, and permeating across the zone, every educator is equipped with specific strategies to help increase our effectiveness with the young people we serve. Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment is universally seen as one the most important indicators to our community.

    Our Marzano High Reliability School certification process allows POWER Zone to continually measure and improve the quality of the cultures, learning structures, and collaborative environments within each school, all with the aim of increased student learning.


     

POWER Zone STEM System

  • Odyssey Elementary School, Skyview Middle School and Vista Ridge High School are designated by District 49 as a "STEM schools." STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

    The STEM designation's purpose is to get students interested in STEM-related careers, but not at the expense of other content areas. The root of a STEM education is inquiry based learning, which is teaching students how to think and problem solve.

    Schools are implementing this type of learning through project-based units, which requires the integration of other content areas. Students begin to see the relationships between various subject areas and use major skills learned in each area in multiple classrooms. Our goal is to help our students become well rounded thinkers and problem solvers in this digital age.
  • Academic Performance

    Academic Performance

    The demonstration of Knowledge and skills integrated across multiple content areas and driven through personalized learning pathways. 

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    Personalized Learning

    Personalized learning is a student centered learning model where students gain more ownership over their learning and more voice with their teacher about how they learn best. This process allows students to have more choice over how they demonstrate their learning. Through developing strong problem solving and critical thinking skills students can create a clear path to competency based learning and skill development.

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  •  School Climate

    School Safety & Climate

    When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions. With a Capturing Kids Hearts philosophy reinforced annually, and permeating across the zone, every educator is equipped with specific strategies to help increase our effectiveness with the young people we serve.

    Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment is universally seen as one the most important indicators to our community.

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Portfolio of Schools

  • Portfolio of Schools District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools.  It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools.  District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.
     
    District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before.  Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor.  If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together.  District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks.  These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community.  These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.