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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

General Questions

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Where is Two Roads located?

Currently we have two campuses—one in Arvada (6980 Pierce Street) and one in Littleton (5890 Alkire Street—meeting at WaterStone Community Church).

How long have we been in existence?

Two Roads Charter School opened its doors as a full time high school in 2010.  In 2011 middle school was added.  Before the opening of our full time Charter we were a homeschool support program that began in 2000. 

What grade levels can be found at Two Roads?

At our Arvada campus we provide education for full time 2th-12th grade students and we provide homeschool support programs for our kindergarten-12th grade students. 

At our Littleton campus we provide homeschool support classes for grades K-12.

How many volunteer hours do parents have to serve?

Parents are required to serve 25 hours of volunteer time.  We rely heavily on our parent support. 

Do we have a buyout program for volunteer hours?

Yes.  Families who are unable to meet the 25 hour requirement may choose to buy out any or all of the 25 hours at the cost of $8 an hour.  This money will be used to pay another parent to work volunteer hours on your behalf.

What kind of school are we?

Two Roads Charter School is a 21st Century School.  We put great emphasis on the 4 Cs, and strive to make sure our students graduate from Two Roads with these life skills.

What are the 4 C’s?

 

The 4 Cs are critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. 

What is the maximum number of students per class?

 

Two Roads Charter School caps our classes at a maximum of 22 students.  We believe small class sizes is an imperative component of a great education.

Do we charge tuition?

 

No, Two Roads is a free Public School and therefore does not charge tuition.  There are some classes that have a fee attached to them however.

How is a Charter School different than a regular public school?

One of the biggest differences between a charter and a public school is parent involvement.  Charters have a governing Board, which consists of parents.  Charters also have more autonomy than a public school and choose their own curriculum, have their own hiring practices, and do not have teacher tenure (employees are at-will).  A charter school is created to provide a quality, free of charge education to families in the community.  However, unlike the local neighborhood school, charters must pay for their own facilities, along with contract services.  Charters also pay 15-17% of Per Pupil Revenues (PPR) to support district services, such as Special Education, English Language acquisition, and other district requirements.  Our school depends heavily on additional support from parents in the way of volunteer hours to maintain the exceptional educational programs we are dedicated to provide.    

What is the advantage of Two Roads over other Charter School programs?

 

Two Roads offers smaller class sizes (we max out at 22 students per class) than any other Charter School in the district.  We are also the only district charter who follows the 21st Century Skills School Model.  Rather than expecting our students to simply regurgitate facts, we require that our students go beyond the facts and critically think about topics (utilizing higher order thinking skills).  Our homeschool program differs from other homeschool programs because we offer rigorous core academic classes in addition to the fun elective classes that other homeschool programs offer.    

Do we have sports? What sports do we have?

Yes, Two Roads Charter School offers middle school girls volleyball and girls and boys basketball.  We offer girls and boys basketball at the high school level as well.

What kind of extracurricular activities do we have?

 

Two Roads offers drama, Ameritowne, International Towne, Robotics, Talent Show, Prom (and other school dances), Student Council, National Honor Society, sports, music, Outdoor Lab, Washington DC trips, and more.

What does CE stand for? What is our CE program?

 

CE stands for Concurrent Enrollment.  Our CE program is a fantastic program for 9th-12th grade full time and homeschool students who wish to attend college classes while in high school.  Two Roads pays for in seat community college tuition (up to 7 credits a semester for part time students and 12 credits per semester for full time students).  Families cover the cost of fees and books.  Our students can gain both college credits and high school credit simultaneously. 

What is our ASCENT program?

 

ASCENT is our 5th year senior program.  Students who have met all graduation requirements AND have at least 12 CE college credits may remain at Two Roads for a 5th year to solely complete college classes (up to 14 credits per semester).  Like our CE program, Two Roads will cover the cost of in seat tuition while families pay for books and fees. 

Do we offer AP Classes?

 

No, however our teachers differentiate in every one of our already rigorous classrooms.  We also encourage our students to take advantage of our CE program at the high school level and take advanced classes at the college level.  Student enrichment is endless when we partner with our local community colleges. 

Do we have a G/T program?

 

Students on ALPs (Advanced Learning Plans) meet with our school counselor to set educational goals.  Teachers work with ALP students in the classroom to assure goals are being met.

Do we, at Two Roads, use the Common Core?

All Colorado Public Schools are required to follow the Common Core Standards.  However, as a Charter we are not bound by district requirements regarding curriculum.

Do we serve students on IEPs or 504s?

Yes, we have a full Special Ed staff and a 504 coordinator for our full time students.  Students enrolling in our school, who are on an IEP, must identify this information with the school before the student enrolls.     

What is our absence/tardy policy?

 

Two Roads follows the official Jefferson County Public School attendance and tardy policy.  A full description of this policy (and a list of what constitutes as an excused absence) can be found in the current Code of Conduct posted on our school website and the district school website.  Keep in mind that three tardies equals a detention.  Three detention equals an in school suspension.  

What is Schoology?

Schoology is the tool we use at Two Roads Charter School to communicate with parents and students.  Teachers post homework assignments, grades, and missing work through Schoology.  Students, teachers, and students may also email each other through this online tool. 

Can I change my schedule?

 

We ask that schedule changes be completed at back to school night (prior to school beginning).  Excessive schedule changes are disruptive to teachers and classrooms, so we ask that after school has begun, schedule changes be requested for academic reasons only.  We have a schedule change request form that can be utilized for this purpose.

Who are our Board members?

 

Our current Board members include Jeff Fischer (Chair), Marcy Welsh (Vice Chair), Lisa Wick (Secretary), and Sara Yancy (Treasurer).

When does the Board meet?

 

The Board meets the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Meetings alternate between the Arvada and Littleton campus.  Check our school calendar for specific dates and times.  All meetings and the work session are open to the public.

What are our three Board subcommittees?

Finance Committee, SAC (School Accountability Committee), and the Foundation/Marketing Committee

 


Homeschool Questions

Homeschool Questions

Answers

Does my homeschooling child earn a diploma from Two Roads?

 

No, homeschool students ARE able to participate in our graduation ceremony.  However, the homeschool parent provides the actual diploma.  Two Roads will provide an official transcript for your homeschool student indicating the classes he or she has taken with our school. 

Why does my homeschooler’s final transcript not show a graduation date?

A Two Roads homeschool student will not have an official Two Roads graduation date because it is the parent who actually graduates the homeschool student.  The graduation date, for a homeschool student, should appear on the homeschool transcript provided by the parent.

Do homeschool parents have to file a letter of intent?

 

No, our school will notify the state that you are homeschooling on your behalf. 

Do we offer testing for homeschool kids?

 

Yes, we are happy to offer a nationally accepted test called MAP (Measures of Academic Performance).  This test is offered at the beginning of the school year and again toward the end of the school year.  The test is computerized, and results are provided for parents within 1-2 weeks. 

Does our testing meet the homeschool CDE requirements?

 

Yes, MAP testing (as provided free of charge for our homeschool families) meets the CDE test requirement.

Do homeschool students have to do homework?

 

Yes, if the class requires it.  Some of our homeschool classes (especially at the lower elementary level) are experiential only while others require homework assignments be completed.

Does Two Roads have a curriculum lending library for families?

Yes, we have an amazing curriculum lending library free of charge for our homeschool families to utilize.  We have several different options in every subject area as well as enrichment books and activities. 

What is the book deposit fee amount we charge per family? What is the money used for?

 

 

A $70 book deposit fee is charged per family.  This money is refunded when a family withdraws or graduates from the program as long as all books have been turned back in to the school.  This deposit is used to cover some of the cost of books that are damaged or not returned to Two Roads.

If I check out curriculum from your library, does it tell me what to do? (Are lesson plans already created?)

 

Some of our textbooks come with unit outlines while others do not.  Parents can request teacher guides if available.  Our librarian will be able to assist families with any specific question in this area.

Are homeschool students entitled to FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education)?

Homeschool students are not entitled to FAPE (unless they give up their homeschool status and participate in a regular full time public school).  However, we at Two Roads, feel it is important to support our homeschool students on IEPs.   Therefore we will utilize our Special Ed team to offer support and consultative minutes to homeschool students and their families.

What kinds of classes are offered for homeschool students?

At Two Roads we offer both core academic classes as well as fun, elective classes.  We have mix of both options for parents to select the best option for their child.  Some of our families are looking for enrichment classes only while others want only academic classes or a mix of both.

How are students grouped since we offer K-12th grade.

Our kindergarteners and first graders are in a contained classroom, with a specials rotation, our 2nd and 3rd graders as well 4th and 5th graders are in common classes.  Our middle schoolers travel together in middle school classes, with the exception of a few art and music classes.  The same is true for our 9th-12th graders

What days of the week do homeschool students attend classes?

Our school day runs from 8:00-3:00.

In Arvada homeschool classes are available on Monday for elementary students and on Mondays and Wednesdays for middle and high school students.

In Littleton homeschool classes are available on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday for elementary students and Tuesdays and Thursdays for middle and high school students.

What is the minimum and maximum number of classes a homeschooler can take at our school?

The minimum is 6.25 hours a week for all ages.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students attend one full day (8:00-3:00).

2nd-5th grade students take 5 classes (minimum and maximum).

6th-12th grade students may take a minimum of 3 classes (6 class periods) and a maximum of 5 classes (10 class periods).

Can elementary students be TAs or have a study hall?

No, only middle and high school students are able to have study halls or be teacher assistants.