SkyView Academy expansion about done

Prospective students, parents invited to open house

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SkyView Academy may be a school of the future, but for the first generation of students to attend the school, that future is now.

So, what better time to expand and put in a foundation for years to come?

Displaced since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, SVA middle and high school students will be returning to their Business Center Drive campus in Highlands Ranch in a matter of a few short weeks. When they get there, though, things will look completely different.

“We’re turning a 110,000-square-foot warehouse into a facility that will house 1,400 kids when we are all done,” said SVA board member Lorrie Grove.

When the project began this summer, half of those 110,000 square feet were being used as a field house. According to Grove, that space is being transformed into the academy’s middle school wing, two gyms and a second cafeteria. Above the middle school, a 30,000-square-foot high school, complete with a secondary library, is just about finished as well. In addition, there will be dedicated labs and music rooms.

The other half of the ground level, the wing housing pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, was built out to specs prior to the academy’s first school year in 2010.

The academy, which currently has 928 students in grades 9-10 and from pre-kindergarten to seventh grade, will add eighth- and 11th-grade instruction next year and graduate its first class in 2015.

Prospective students and their families who are interested in learning more about the school will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the remodel on Nov. 27.

“The evening will be filled with information on our college prep program, and those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet our high school,” Grove said. “This group will actually get to see more of the expansion than our current families have.”

Grove said that included in the expansion is an outdoor turf and various gathering places for students throughout the school.

“We look forward to growing and expanding our high school program with students who desire to be a part of a culture of learning and leading,” said Jenn Burgess, SVA secondary principal. “SkyView high school students are blazing a trail.”

For more information, visit www.skyviewacademy.k12.co.us. The information night is at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 27 at 6161 Business Center Drive in Highlands Ranch.

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