Based at Centennial Airport on the campus of Wings Over the Rockies’ Exploration of Flight Colorado SKIES Academy provides a truly hands-on project-based curriculum to all 6-8 grade students from a brand new and fully equipped tuition-free public charter school.

We are committed to fostering an innovative, robust environment in which children can learn and prepare for the future. Highlights of the CSA campus include:

  • Flexible and technologically advanced classroom and study spaces, to maximize a project-based, self-directed learning curriculum.
  • Robust, fully-equipped maker spaces so learners utilize 3D printer capabilities and other manufacturing practices, as well as opportunities to research projects both traditionally and digitally.
  • Given our location on a working airport, our goal is to provide young people vital hands-on experience with glider flight.
  • The campus Exploratorium, expected to be complete by Spring 2020, will be equipped with specialized flight software to enhance advanced learning.

Flexible Learning Spaces

We believe learning isn’t confined to four walls, it demands creativity, collaboration, and freedom of movement. That’s why we employ open-concept floor plans for our classroom spaces that are designed specifically with kids in mind. Alternative seating and round tables allow students to learn in the way that suits them best, and encourage collaboration. We reject institutional white walls in favor of warm, vibrant colors. In short, our unique spaces adapt to our learners, not the other way around.

Our thoughtful approach to classroom design begins with keeping the end in mind. We have reconstructed what classrooms can look like by basing our designs on concepts like those outlined by The Third Teacher, From the Campfire to the Holodeck, and the Maker Movement, and we draw inspiration from books like I Wish I Worked There and Make Space. Our goal is to design spaces that are more akin to the modern 21st century work space than to traditional walled classrooms, and we are committed to creating engaging, safe, and fun environments that facilitate our project-based learning model. Our design philosophy allows kids to experience learning in safe and interactive spaces that foster curiosity, problem solving, creativity, synergy and critical-thinking skills.