Extended Learning (PEAK)
Since 2001, Adams 12 Five Star Schools has utilized federal 21st Century Community Learning Center funds awarded through a highly competitive process to build valuable programs that have served thousands of students from ten highly impacted schools. PEAK participants spend their after school time engaged in academic and enriching experiences that have a track record of allowing students to thrive, excel, and be joyful.
PEAK aligns with district improvement strategies including, creating multiple pathways for student learning and building strong community partnerships.
The PEAK Learning Center offers invited students in grades 2-5 a comprehensive out-of-school time experience for approximately 15 hours each week.
Days and Times:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- Wednesday: 1:45 pm - 5:30 pm
- Transportation home by district buses is available each program day.
- PEAK typically operates from 8:00 am-12:00 pm for 6-8 weeks during the summer months.
Each elementary site offers dynamic programming incorporating a mix of STEM activities, enrichment, recreation, and homework help. Vantage Point and Crossroads students are challenged to identify relevant opportunities for service and are immersed in career exploration and preparation. All nine elementary sites utilize Engineering is Elementary kits to promote inquiry and hands-on learning.
Staff strive to identify giftedness in traditionally under-represented populations using U-Stars units and TOPS Observations. Additional academic program components include; homework support, myON, Imagine Learning, and Learning Together. Finally, all PEAK Learning Center staff receive professional development in “The PEAK Way”, a paradigm shift that regards all students at-potential rather than at-risk. This strengths-based training also provides a roadmap for staff-to-student interactions that are culturally responsive and personalized to meet individual student need. Clear expectations are set for how we respond to misbehavior and develop the social-emotional skills of the students we serve.
To provide a safe place for students to experience success
Our Guiding Principles
If you have questions regarding PEAK, please contact Stephanie Hansen, Extended Learning Manager 720-972-5565.
Notice of Intent to submit an application for 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program (21st CCLC Afterschool Programs)
In accordance with the request for application (RFA) instructions released by the Colorado Department of Education, Adams 12 Five Star Schools submits a public notice to the community intent to submit an application for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The grant will allow for PEAK to continue operations at the following schools: Federal Heights Elementary School, McElwain Elementary School, and Rocky Mountain Elementary School.
The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to:
Allow eligible applicants to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities, along with activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program. CDE will award approximately $5.75 million to centers across the state.
The term "community learning center" refers to an entity that:
- Assists students to meet the challenging State academic standards by providing the students with academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (before, after school, and or during summer recess) that:
- reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of the schools attended by the students served; and
- are targeted schools the students' academic needs and aligned with the instruction students receive during the school day; and
- Offers families of students served by such centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
Priority will be given to those programs serving students that attend high-poverty, low-performing schools.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding Five Star School's intent to apply for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program, please contact, Stephanie Hansen at 720-972-5565.