Opening Fall 2017
Flatirons Academy seeks to educate students in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ (Colossians 1)
Coming alongside parents in the education of students to glorify God in truth, goodness and beauty by providing a Christ-centered and classical education, so that they may bring the awesome life of Christ to a lost and broken world.
Enrollment has begun for the 2017-18 school year. For information regarding enrollment, please click on the Admissions tab.
Academic Calendar 2017-2018
Missed the Flatirons Academy Informational Meeting on September 25? Listen to the recording here.
Introduction to Classical Education
- For a concise but significant introduction to classical education – click here to read A PARENT’S GUIDE TO CLASSICAL EDUCATION by Christopher Perrin, PhD – Published by Classical Academic Press
- What is Classical Christian Education? Download this pdf for all the info.
- For further information about Classical Christian education:
“The Case for Classical Christian Education” by Douglas Wilson
“Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Modern Education” by Douglas Wilson
“Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public Schools?” by Douglas Wilson
- “The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker” by Dorothy Sayers
- The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education
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Dear Families Interested in Flatirons Academy,
My name is Teresa Fraser, the principal of Flatirons Academy, and I am thrilled at the overwhelming response that has been demonstrated by the Flatirons’ community. I have been involved in classical Christian education for over 20 years and am excited to serve as the head administrator at Flatirons Academy.
To provide an outstanding classical Christian education for our students, tuition has been set at $6,000 per year for each student in Kindergarten through third grade. For families that would love to have their child enrolled at Flatirons Academy, but do not have the resources to pay full tuition, scholarships will be available up to 50% of tuition ($3,000). In order to receive tuition assistance, families will be required to give their financial information to a third party organization that will be a factor in determining the amount of scholarship that might be awarded. The admissions committee will determine the amount of scholarship to award to each family based on the information given to Flatirons Academy by the third party organization. Please note, there is a limited amount of scholarship money available.
Enrollment for Flatirons Academy 2017-2018 will open November, 30 2016.
I am greatly looking forward to the potential of a long-lasting relationship with your family and will be honored to have you apply to join the Flatirons Academy community! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss.
Teresa Fraser M.Ed.
Principal of Flatirons Academy – a classical Christian school
Thank you for your interest in attending Flatirons Academy. It is exciting to see the great work God is doing in the Flatiron’s community. Flatirons Academy strives to fulfill its vision to educate students in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ (Colossians 1) by providing a Christ-centered and classical academic approach. The vision of Flatirons Academy guides our mission to come alongside parents in the education of students to glorify God in all truth, goodness, and beauty, so they may bring the awesome life of Christ to a lost and broken world.
Our admission policy opens the school to those who agree and are supportive of our philosophy, objectives, and educational standards as seen in the Flatirons Academy Family Handbook and whose children meet our enrollment standards. The purpose of Flatirons Academy is to serve families who desire not simply a rigorous private education, but a distinctively Christian education for their children.
As you consider a classical Christian education for your family, we strongly encourage you to learn all you can about the classical Christian philosophy and prayerfully consider if this is the right place for your family. If it is, please take the time to read over the application carefully and fill it out completely. The decision to attend Flatirons Academy should be made only after weighing all of the benefits and sacrifices that may be necessary.
Biblical principles permeate every subject taught at our school. Our staff is committed not only to academic excellence, but also to teaching students that God, through the Bible, shows us the best way to live in every aspect of our lives. If you are in agreement with the teaching of God’s Word, this school will complement the beliefs and truths taught at home. We look forward to coming alongside you as you educate your child.
Flatirons Academy admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to our student body. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, athletic, artistic, or other school administered programs except where necessitated by specific religious tenets held by Flatirons Academy or Flatirons Community Church. Families do not have to attend Flatirons Community Church to be admitted to Flatirons Academy.
Application Procedures: (Please note – complete applications will be processed in the order they are received).
Step 1: Understanding Who We Are
We want your family to fully understand and embrace our classical Christian program, so it is required that all families read the Flatirons Academy Parent Handbook and An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents by Dr. Christopher Perrin, which is available as a PDF on our webpage. This reading will give you insights on what we do and why we do it. The reading of the Flatirons Academy Parent Handbook needs to take place before the application is signed and reading the Dr. Perrin’s guide needs to take place prior to the family interview.
Step 2: Application Forms
The application must be filled out completely, documents received and application fee ($100/student) paid before the application will be processed. Required documents consist of a copy of the student’s most recent report card, achievement test scores, teacher recommendations, copy of student’s birth certificate, and a family photo. Students applying for kindergarten only need the birth certificate and family photo. Applications can be brought to the Flatirons Offices or scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
Step 3: Testing
Testing for all incoming students is required before admission. At the administration’s discretion, students may be exempt from this testing
Step 4: Interview
An administrator will meet with the family to discuss the completed application. This meeting provides an opportunity for both the family and Flatirons Academy to ask questions.
Step 5: Notification of Acceptance
After the above steps, have been completed, the Admissions Committee will review and make the final admission determination. Families will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee’s decision.
Step 6: Records and Tuition Arrangements
Before the student will be allowed to attend class, all required records and method of tuition payment form must be submitted to the school office. Required documents are permanent records from your child’s previous school, health form completed by a physician, immunization records or waiver, and emergency contact form. Parents will enroll with FACTS, our online tuition management service. Tuition may either be paid in full in July with a 10% discount, in two payments (July and January), or monthly.
Admission is offered in the following priority order after applications have been approved:
- Children of Flatirons Academy/FCC faculty and staff
- Early registration families (Year One Only)
- Siblings of current students
- Those on the previous year’s wait list
If there are more applicants than spaces available, names of approved applicants will be placed on a wait list in the order the applications were processed. The priority order listed above applies to the waitlist.
Flatirons Academy is seeking high-quality individuals to fulfill the mission and vision of the school. If you desire to join our team that educates students in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ by coming alongside parents in the teaching of their children to glorify God in truth, goodness and beauty by providing a Christ-centered and classical education, so that they may bring the awesome life of Christ to a lost and broken world, then this could be the place for you.
Currently, Flatirons Academy is recruiting talented Grammar School teachers, who attend Flatirons Community Church, for grades Kindergarten through third grade as well as a part-time music teacher, part-time PE teacher, and part-time art teacher. Teachers are responsible for managing a peaceful, safe, joy-filled environment that invites students to engage enthusiastically in the learning process and fulfill the mission and vision of the school.
The hiring process at Flatirons Academy consists of five steps. At any point, candidates for employment or Flatirons Academy may choose not to continue with the hiring process for any reason.
- Submit resume and philosophy of education
- Interview with the Principal of Flatirons Academy
- Submit application and letters of reference (applications will be sent to candidates that satisfactorily complete the first two steps)
- Teach a model lesson
- Interview with the Flatirons Academy Lead Team
If you are interested in any of the positions listed, please submit your resume and your philosophy of education (in two pages or less) to Teresa Fraser by January 12, 2017.
The hiring of support staff will occur at a later time.
See the “Volunteer” tab for ways you may volunteer at Flatirons Academy. Please email Ali Webster if you would like to volunteer.
Flatirons Academy does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color or national or ethnic origin regarding
any of its policies, programs and procedures.
What curriculum will Flatirons Academy use?
While the curricular decisions will not be made until later this calendar year, there are some known specifics that will guide the decisions.
Our curriculum will follow the philosophy and purpose of classical Christian education. To equip students to be life-long learners there will be an emphasis on the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and the curriculum will reflect the truth, goodness, and beauty of God. Flatirons Academy will be academically rigorous in an endeavor to equip students to reach their God-given potential. Since all things come from God, all learning is interrelated and all subjects will be taught as part of an integrated whole.
For more information on classical Christian education, download this pdf.
Phonics will be the primary means of reading instruction, quality literature will be used, history will be taught rather than social studies, and Latin instruction will begin in third grade and continue throughout all grades thereafter. Flatirons Academy will also provide instruction in the fine arts which will include music and art. The teaching will involve the study of the masters in each field and skill development in each discipline. Physical education will also be required for each grade since God desires us to take care of our bodies and we need to be ready for whatever task He sets before us.
Since we will begin with grades K-3, which is in the grammar stage of development, much memorization will be required and accomplished through recitation, singing, and chants. This will include Scripture, math facts, vocabulary for various subjects, timelines, lists, etc… All of this memorization will instill the tools of learning in the students’ minds. This will form a strong foundation for the learning yet to come in the next grades and stages.
What grades will be available starting in 2017 and what is the plan for adding additional grades?
Flatirons Academy will begin with grades K-3, adding an additional grade each subsequent year. While the possibility of having additional grades in the first year was stated, the plan is to begin with these primary grades. There is no immediate plan to begin a preschool.
May I register my students not old enough for Kindergarten for 2017-18?
I am so pleased that there are families that want to register their babies, but alas it is too early. Please wait until the year before your child will enter kindergarten to register. Our kindergarten students should be 5 years old before June 1st of 2017. Enjoy these precious young years while you can, because kindergarten will be here before you know it!
Where will the school be located?
The location of Flatirons Academy will be the Lafayette campus. This campus will house the elementary school Kindergarten through fifth grade. The permanent location for grades six through twelve is yet to be determined.
How do I get more information about Flatirons Online Academy?
We are currently working on developing the online academy, but this program will not be available in the initial year as there are numerous factors to take into consideration. The online program will happen, but not until Flatirons Academy is in full operation.
Will there be a multiple student discount?
There will be a 5% multiple student discount available to families that are enrolling more than one student at Flatirons Academy.
Will athletics be available at Flatirons Academy?
There will be high school athletics at FA. However, in the earlier grades students will be encouraged to form teams with their local recreational leagues. In many cases there are enough interested students from a private school to form a team made up of fellow classmates. Still, we will not want to be exclusive with our teams for elementary students. We want to reach as many as possible with the love of Christ. Hopefully, others will see the hope that is within us as our students participate in the community.
How do I find out about employment opportunities?
The hiring process will begin in January of 2017 with jobs being posted and applications available before that time. Flatirons Academy will hire teachers, support staff, and will need many volunteers.
Will Kindergarten be full day?
Kindergarten will be full day. The mornings will include all of the academics needed to prepare for first grade, while the afternoons will include art, music, PE, and more practice on the skills learned in the morning. The afternoon will also be the time to explore more science and history along with many other learning opportunities. The morning academics combined with all of the additional activities of the afternoon will give our kindergarten students a robust well-rounded educational experience.
What is the plan for adding grades?
Flatirons intends to add a grade per year. Adding more than one grade per year is within the realm of possibility, depending on how the interest and the school progresses. The possibility of beginning the middle school with all three middle school grades at once (6-8), and doing the same with the launch of the high school has been discussed. Again, the plan is one additional grade each year, but you never know. What is certain is we will grow each year. The speed at which we grow is in God’s hands.
Will you have a gifted program?
It is wonderful to have academically gifted students! The curriculum at FA will be rigorous and many will view it as an accelerated program, but we will not have a separate gifted program. I have previously had students in classes that have been gifted with genius level IQs and they did beautifully with a classical Christian curriculum. In some cases, parents did choose to give their children additional opportunities outside the classroom to expand their learning and skills. I encourage all parents to do this since you are the primary teacher in your child’s life. With our emphasis on excellence in all we do to the glory of God, the students will accomplish great things.
Will there be a before and after school childcare program?
As of now, there are no plans to have before and after school childcare.
Will students be required to wear uniforms?
Yes, all students of Flatirons Academy will wear uniforms. The desire of FA is to create and promote an learning environment where dress is not a distraction to the educational process. The motivation for the policy has grown out of the following principles:
- Since our vision is to educated students in Christ, through Christ and for Christ we need to acknowledge him in all of our choices.
- All human actions, including outward manifestations such as clothing, reveal and communicate the disposition of the heart at some level. It is our desire to address these heart issues in one uniform policy rather than seeking to anticipate and curb the numerous manifestations of it that surface throughout a year with a less consistent dress code.
- Clothing represents the vocational calling of a person, and inherent in the uniform policy is a desire to create an environment where undue attention is not drawn to specific students. The neat appearance created by a uniform enhances a ready-to-learn atmosphere.
- Uniforms help engender a cohesive presentation of the students in our school. When our students are in uniform it communicates, aesthetically, that they are part of the same team, working toward the same goals. The student is part of a group identity that strives for excellence and the code establishes a tradition toward that end.
- The uniform code should save parents money. The uniform code de-emphasizes the social impact of dress and helps focus the student on character and academic issues.
- The uniform code addresses security. On field trips, students in uniform aid the teachers in keeping track of everyone. On the playground or in the school, teachers and staff can clearly identify students from outsiders.
Do you have any suggestions for parents that can’t afford tuition even if they are awarded the $3000 scholarship?
This is a tough dilemma to be faced with. On one hand you want the best education for your child, but on the other hand you may not have the resources to make it happen. There are other ways to give your child an excellent education, but first make sure that it is accurate that you “cannot afford it”. It is a sacrifice for many to send their children to private school and to many of those families believe that the sacrifice is worth it.
Will students change classrooms for art, music, and PE?
Yes, students will change classrooms for art, music, and PE. The Lafayette campus is a wonderful facility and affords Flatirons Academy a lot of space and options for optimizing the students’ learning and need for movement and change of atmosphere.
Will you have special education classes?
All people are made in the image of God and all have their strengths and weakness. By God’s grace it is the desire of Flatirons Academy to educate all students well to the best of our ability. We pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we employ methods and techniques that enable each student to persevere and reach their potential.
At this time, due to the absence of resources required to provide for their educational needs, students with severe learning disabilities will not be admitted. Admitting students with learning disabilities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on the extent of the disability, the student’s willingness to learn, parental support, and the school’s ability to meet their specific needs.
Flatirons Academy has a heart for those that struggle with learning differences and understand that many families desire to have their children learn within a school that teaches with a biblical worldview. It is our hope that as we grow and develop as a school, we will be able to provide the services needed for these incredibly special individuals.
Where will the students have recess?
Our students will have recess in what was formerly the Garden Center on the north side of the building. In this space we will be able to put playground structures and equipment for our students. When more space is desired for kickball, basketball, four square, etc., we will utilize the north parking lot that has a tremendous amount of space for students to run and play.
Flatirons Academy Volunteers (FAV)
Participating in FAV, is open to of all parents of students at Flatirons Academy, and anyone else that chooses to devote their time to the ministry of Flatirons Academy. The purpose of FAV is to enhance the educational experience at school for students, teachers, and parents by assisting in communication efforts, recruiting and providing volunteers, and creating opportunities to celebrate all that is going on in the FA community. Volunteers are our FAV!
FAV Positions Available
*Please note that all volunteers will be subject to a background check
Prior to school opening spring/summer 2017:
Help with curriculum organization, labeling
Help with school set-up- may include moving furniture, boxes, and books; general organization and cleaning
Establish committee coordinators:
PCA (Parent Community Association) coordinator
Recess supervision volunteer coordinator
Playground committee coordinator
Lunch room volunteer coordinator
Parking lot- drop off/pick up coordinator
Box Tops for Education coordinator
Reading group facilitators
Class celebrations Field trip coordinator
Guest speaker in class or chapel
School Historians (photographers to take pictures at school events)
ACSI Competitions Coordinator Math-by-Mail/Math Olympics
Creative Writing Competition
Field Day Coordinator (with PE teacher) Front Desk Attendants
After School Programming Coordinator
Description of Committee Coordinators’ Responsibilities:
PCA (Parent Community Association) Coordinator
Parent/Teacher Conference Lunch Hospitality Events
Flatirons Academy Launch Event Back to School Night
Night event receptions
End-of-year Celebration of Learning Staff Appreciation
Recess Supervision Volunteer Coordinator
Schedule and maintain calendar of parent volunteers for playground supervision
Playground Committee Coordinator
Help with ideas and set-up of the playground layout, organize volunteers
Lunchroom Volunteer Coordinator
Schedule and maintain calendar of parent volunteers for lunchroom supervision
Parking Lot Drop-off/Pick-up Coordinator
Help plan drop-off/pick-up procedures
Schedule and maintain calendar of parent volunteers for parking lot supervision