Cherry Creek Academy (CCA) is authorized
by the Cherry Creek School district (CCSD) and is their sole charter
school. With 492 students in grades K-8, CCA enjoys a diverse (40%
minority) student body population with over 24 nationalities
represented. The total CCA school population represents less than 1% of
the students in the CCSD. The CCA mission statement is “motivated
children and responsible parents working together with dedicated
teachers for excellent education.” CCA was founded in1995, and has been
in operation for 18 years.
CCA strictly adheres to the Core Knowledge
curriculum and also places a stringent emphasis on student character
development as well as community service. Starting in Kindergarten,
students earn letter grades in all content-area classes. CCA students
are also encouraged to earn character awards in Leadership, Loyalty,
Humility, Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, and Diligence.
CCA students attend school for 182 full
days each year, several days longer than other schools in not only the
CCSD, but also the state of Colorado. CCA students are required to wear
uniforms each day, and CCA parents are strongly encouraged to donate at
least 60 hours per family each year. Total parent volunteer hours in
any given year exceed 15,000.
CCA has been awarded the John Irwin School
of Excellence award every year since its inception. For the 2012-13
school year, CCA was also awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Growth
In 2012, Coloradoschoolgrades.com ranked the CCA middle school
as the #1 school in the state of Colorado based on overall test scores,
growth scores, and growth gap scores. CCA is the only school in the
state of Colorado to have achieved a “Top 10” ranking each of the last
Within each core content area, CCA
teachers emphasize and differentiate lifelong learning and critical
thinking skills. The CCA curriculum is advanced one year starting in
CCA graduates are college-tracked in high school, most
always at least one year ahead of the traditional grade progression.
They also are recognized as both high school and collegiate leaders in
both academics and character. CCA prides itself in preparing
outstanding students for excellence in high school, college, and life.