I am the mom of a student with special needs, with learning disabilities, with sensory issues. I am the mom of a student, a child, who struggles every day.

My child is one that three other schools could not fully understand; three schools who were unable to consistently follow an IEP and support his needs.  Homeschooling became our only option. After four years we began to look for other options for high school. At first, we found none.

Today our son is thriving at Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County, a charter school who understands him.  A charter school that accepts him and his needs. A school family who, on a daily basis, meets him where he is. A school where the entire IEP process was vastly different from what we had ever experienced.  Through years of countless IEP meetings, we had never felt all team members were on OUR side, on our SON’s side. Until now.

Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County has been a breath of fresh air.  To say the school has drastically changed him – and our life overall – is an understatement.  The care, compassion, insight, knowledge, and assistance he receives on a daily basis cannot even compare to any experience in the past.

The school is simply amazing and perfect for him.  The IEP process, as I mentioned, has been the least stressful of any we have ever been part of, actually stress-free!  In addition, until a full evaluation could be completed and the IEP put in place, the school provided amazing support to him each and every day.

Choice in education is critical for our children.  For the squares that do not fit in the round hole the neighborhood schools provide, a school like Ascent Classical Academy provide an option many children need.

I am so very disappointed the Boulder Valley School District denied the application of Ascent Classical Academy Flatirons.  They listened to the loud voices of a small population. I shared our story with them, but it was drowned out by vocal opponents with no first-hand knowledge of this amazing school.  

I know hundreds of families are hoping they Colorado State Board of Education will do the right thing at the appeal on February 14th and vote to allow Ascent Classical Academy Flatirons to provide a desperately needed and desired education to the Boulder community.