Academy School District 20, Colorado

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Academy School District 20
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Mark Hatchell
Enrollment:23,973 students
Graduation rate:89.0%
Number of schools:37
Budget: $187.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Linda Van Matre
Board members:5
Term length:4
Academy School District 20 is a school district in Colorado that served 23,973 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 11th-largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves the northern portion of Colorado Springs. The county seat of El Paso County is Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, El Paso County is home to 644,964 residents.[2]


El Paso County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.3 88.3
Black or African American 6.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 2.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.4 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.4 20.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 171,858 41.57
Unaffiliated 145,540 35.21
Democratic 90,772 21.96
Libertarian 3,255 0.79
American Constitution 1,040 0.25
Green 928 0.22

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The current Superintendent of Academy School District 20 during the 2013-2014 school year was Dr. Mark Hatchell. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2007. Hatchell previously served as the Superintendent of Widefield School District in Colorado from 2001 to 2007.[6]

School board

The Academy School District 20 Board of Education consists of five at-large voting members and one non-voting liaison to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Board members receive no compensation for their service.[7]

Academy School District 20 Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Linda Van Matre 2009 2017
Larry Norman Borland 2013 2017
Catherine Bullock 2009 2017
Tracey Johnson 2011 2015
Glenn Strebe 2011 2015
Col. Neal Barlow N/A N/A

School board elections

See also: Academy School District 20 elections (2013)

Members of the Academy School District 20 Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. The general election was held on November 5, 2013 for three seats. Two seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education does not offer published guidelines for public participation in board meetings.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Academy School District 20:[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $134,196,203 73% $0 0% $39,569,810 21.5% $0 0% $10,037,654 5.5% $183,803,667
2013-2014 $137,081,484 73% $0 0% $40,238,602 21.4% $0 0% $10,461,515 5.6% $187,781,601
2014-2015 $143,623,112 72.6% $0 0% $42,203,270 21.3% $0 0% $12,100,910 6.1% $197,927,292
Averages: $138,300,266.33 73% $0 0% $40,670,560.67 21% $0 0% $10,866,693 6% $189,837,520

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Academy School District 20 are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2012-2013:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,131 47,846
B.A. 16 35,316 55,048
B.A. 32 36,500 59,886
B.A. 48 37,684 64,716
MA 38,869 65,993
MA 16 40,054 68,454
MA 32 41,238 70,914
MA 48 42,423 73,374
MA 64 43,608 75,835
Ph.D. 44,791 77,110

Schools in Academy School District 20


The district served 23,973 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 9.3% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 21,917 -
2009 22,620 3.2
2010 23,119 2.2
2011 23,657 2.3
2012 23,973 1.3

District schools

Academy School District 20 operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Academy School District 20
Academy Endeavour Elementary School
Academy International Elementary School
Academy Online
Air Academy High School
Antelope Trails Elementary School
Aspen Valley High School
Challenger Middle School
Chinook Trail Elementary School
Discovery Canyon Campus School
Douglass Valley Elementary School
Eagleview Middle School
Edith Wolford Elementary School
Explorer Elementary School
Foothills Elementary School
Frontier Elementary School
High Plains Elementary School
Liberty High School
Mountain Ridge Middle School
Mountain View Elementary School
Pine Creek High School
Pioneer Elementary School
Prairie Hills Elementary School
Rampart High School
Ranch Creek Elementary
Rockrimmon Elementary School
Tca College Pathways
The Classical Academy Charter
The Classical Academy High School
The Classical Academy Middle School
The Da Vinci Academy School
Timberview Middle School
Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School

Academic performance

Colorado Student Assessment Program

The Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The CSAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill. The data is used to keep abreast of individual student, school and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels. The fact that CSAP is based on the Colorado Model Content Standards ensures that all districts are held to the same standards expected for students regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas.[12]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Academy 20 School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[13]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Exceeds 93.8
Academic Growth Meets 71.4
Academic Growth Gaps Meets 64.4
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Exceeds 96.9
Total 82.7

What do the performance indicators measure?

  • Academic Achievement: The Achievement Indicator reflects how a district's students are doing at meeting the state's proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado's standardized assessments. This indicator includes results from CSAP, CSAPA (Reading, Writing, Math and Science), Lectura and Escritura.
  • Academic Growth: The Growth Indicator measures academic progress using the Colorado Growth Model. This indicator reflects:
  • Normative growth: How the academic progress of the students in this district compared to that of other students statewide with a similar CSAP score.
  • Adequate growth: Whether this level of growth was sufficient for the typical (median) student in this district to reach an achievement level of proficient or advanced on the CSAP within three years or by 10th grade, whichever comes first.
  • Academic Growth Gaps: The Gaps Indicator measures the academic progress of historically disadvantaged student subgroups. It disaggregates the Growth Indicator into student subgroups, and reflects their normative and adequate growth. The subgroups include students eligible for free or reduced lunch, minority students, students with disabilities (IEP status), English Language Learners and students needing to catch up.
  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Indicator measures the preparedness of students for college or jobs upon completing high school. This indicator reflects student graduation rates, dropout rates and average Colorado ACT composite scores.

Contact information

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Academy School District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 234-1200

Website evaluation

Last rated on July 24, 2012.

Elected Officials
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budgets, monthly financial reports, and annual audits are posted.[14]
  • Tax information is listed in budget document.[15]
  • Board of Education members are listed with contact information.[16]
  • Board of Education meetings, agendas, and minutes are posted.[16]
  • District administrators are posted with contact information.[17]
  • Academic performance records are posted.[18]
  • Information on district choice offerings is posted.[19]

The bad

  • Teacher and vendor contracts are not posted.
  • There is no information on how citizens can obtain access to public records.
  • There is no information on employee criminal background checks.

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "El Paso County, Colorado," accessed August 7, 2013
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. Academy School District 20, "Superintendent," accessed January 24, 2014
  7. Academy School District 20, "Board of Education," accessed January 24, 2014
  8. Academy School District 20, "Active Policies," accessed January 24, 2014
  9. Academy School District 20, "Proposed Budget," accessed December 10, 2014
  10. Academy School District 20, "2012-2013 Licensed Salary Schedule," accessed January 24, 2014
  11. Academy School District 20, "Schools," accessed January 24, 2014
  12. Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
  13. Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 24, 2014 (timed out)
  14. Academy School District 20, "Finance," accessed September 30, 2013
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named budget
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named board
  17. Academy School District 20, "Administration," accessed September 30, 2013
  18. Academy School District 20, "Academic Programs," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. Academy School District 20, "Choice Information," accessed September 30, 2013