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Charter approved for Colorado Military Academy set to open in August

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The Colorado Military Academy will take over the Leidos office building near Peterson Air Force Base. (KOAA) The Colorado Military Academy will take over the Leidos office building near Peterson Air Force Base. (KOAA)

A first of its kind, all military charter school will finally happen in Colorado Springs.

With their charter in hand, the Colorado Military Academy now has access to financing which will pay for the building itself, internal renovations and the enrollment system.

This means up to 650 local students will have a brand new K-9 school to call home come August.

"Yes! I finally get to put them in an environment where they'll thrive on subjects that they really enjoy," Sara Lloyd, a future Colorado Military Academy parent said.

For the Lloyd family, order is key.

"Even though I like the public school that they're in now, I still wish there was more opportunity and structure for that so they thrive on that, whether they admit it or not, they need it," she said.

Sara Lloyd is one of hundreds of parents planning to send her two boys to the Colorado Military Academy this fall, not only for the structure, but for the STEM based learning they haven't quite found at other public schools.

"To see a 9 and 10-year-old excited about school and subject matter... you don't see that every day, so I want to run with it as long as possible because they're smart and kids are like sponges, you give them an opportunity and they'll surprise you," she said.

The Colorado Charter School Institute voted unanimously on Tuesday morning to give the military academy their charter.

"I'm so excited that they leaned forward to do an expedited charter for us but really what we're excited for is that we can turn the page, we can pivot towards doing the next things that allow us to open in August of this year," Reggie Ash, Board Chairman and Interim Executive Director for the Colorado Military Academy said.

In just four short months, the inside of the Leidos office building, right next door to Peterson Air Force Base, will be transformed into classrooms, blue and gold, the new school colors, will cover the walls and even more room for growth will be saved for next year.

"K-9 will be on the first floor of our building, and then a year from now, we'll renovate the second floor so that next year we can grow our classrooms into that," Ash said.

Within three years, adding a new class each year, they'll have enough room for more than a thousand students.

As for that military training, the school is bringing the Civil Air Patrol to serve as the foundation.

"That's really exciting because they bring in a lot of science, technology, engineering and math, they bring in project-based learning and they bring in character development to help us grow leaders of integrity," he said.

More than 500 students have already submitted their letters of intent to go here and they can rest easy knowing that they will be able to officially enroll within the next couple of weeks.

At this point in time, the first day of school is scheduled for August 14th.

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