The Colorado Department of Education announced schools receiving the John Irwin Schools of Excellence and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards. Both Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and its high school, The Vanguard School, received the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award, which recognizes the top eight percent of public schools that demonstrate the highest achievement on statewide assessments. (The Vanguard School earned the highest composite average on the ACT for its third consecutive year. Additionally, students scored an 100% “Proficient” or “Advanced” in 9th grade Reading, 10th grade Reading, and 10th grade Writing and earned the highest percentage “Proficient” or “Advanced” in 9th grade Math, 10th grade Math, and 10th grade Science.)
In addition to being recognized for its high student achievement, The Vanguard School earned the Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award, which recognizes the top eight percent of public schools that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth.
Colin Mullaney, Executive Director of the Colorado Springs charter school, commented on these honors, “I am proud of our students’ achievement and growth and attribute these successes to our dedicated teachers, rigorous curriculum, and involved parents.”