Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)?
Project-Based Learning (PBL) allows children to learn curriculum through fun, meaningful, hands-on, and collaborative experiences. Projects inspire the children to learn and apply the content standards in a real-world, relevant way. Through research, self-discovery, and teacher facilitation, learners inquire and seek out the information they need to accomplish the goals of the project. In addition to understanding, applying, and retaining the content, PBL helps develop vocational and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

Why are “students” called “learners” and “teachers” called “facilitators” at CSA?
At Colorado SKIES Academy, we call our teachers Facilitators because their role is to facilitate learning each day. We choose to call our students “Learners” because that is exactly what they are there to do, learn.

What do you mean when you say there is no “homework?”
We believe that homework should be meaningful and child-driven. Our facilitators typically do not send out homework packets or “drill” worksheets. Unfinished classwork, research, or other preparation for projects is typically done at home. CSA values your family’s time at home, which is why most learning is done at school. Many children are inspired to do follow-up research and exploration on their own because they are deeply involved in the projects they are doing.

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If you still have questions after visiting our website, please contact Zach Vine, our Director of Staff and Learner Programs.

Colorado SKIES Academy
Colorado SKIES Academy is a free public charter school authorized by the Cherry Creek School District, open to students throughout the Arapahoe County and Douglas County areas. This STEAM middle school serving grades 6-8 is located at Centennial Airport next to Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight.
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