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

POWER Zone Overview

  • The POWER Zone is one of only two zones of innovation in the state of Colorado. We have been working hard with the stakeholders in our community to implement innovative strategies to support our staff and students.

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    About the Zone

    Our Core Values

    • The POWERZone climbs with confidence. Here, everyone has permission to fail and try new ideas.

    • The zone creates a loyalty effect, where working together to solve problems helps everyone succeed.

    • POWER Zone administrators and teachers strive to treat everyone as the most important person, ensuring a positive culture.

    • We focus on community service to ensure community support in critical times. A family-first focus for a well-rounded life helps each student’s family enjoy each other and increase academic productivity.

    • School faculty are dedicated to nurturing respectful relationships.

    • Teachers are given autonomy to teach.  Through the proposal process, anyone can bring ideas to the entire zone community for approval and implementation. All suggestions are considered with respect.


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.