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Charter school enrollment increases as school year begins

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 19:44:40-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Monday marked the first day of school for students at CIVA Charter High School in Colorado Springs.

With a hybrid schedule for students, the days they're learning in person include breaks outside, cleaning desks before and after using them, and masks in the classroom. Their return to learning and the programs it focuses on with the arts and college preparedness- are part of the reasons principal Randy Zimmerman says he's seeing an increase in enrollment this school year.

"We've actually seen a pretty significant interest here in enrollment," Zimmerman said, "I think charter schools all across the state are being able to offer, are being able to be a little more creative."

The flexibility- something Nikki Myers has noticed parents are interested in at the Academy of Advanced and Creative Learning in Colorado Springs.

While Myers' school has started the school year with a virtual program, that's been on the minds of parents too.

"They're curious about those teacher connections and how we're doing this with a virtual option," Myers said.

While Myers says the school typically has a wait list, there's been more of a transition this year as families figure out what works for them. Part of that includes a hybrid model also allowing students to be in home school and attend the charter part-time.