Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is a Charter School?

In Colorado a charter school is a free public school that operates under the authorization of a  Public School District. Charter schools have an independent Board of Education separate from the District Board of Education. Charter schools have more autonomy than traditional public schools.

When is the first day of school for 2019?

August 12th, 2019

What about 4th & 5th grade?

VBE will open it’s doors to students entering grades K-3 in the Fall of 2019. This year’s 3rd grade class will become next years 4th graders. Over the course of the next few years, our slow growth model will expand the school to ultimately serve grades K-5.

2019-2020: K-3rd
2020-2021: K-4th
2021-2022: K-5th

What is the Bell Schedule?

Arrival: 7:15 to 7:30 am
School Starts: 7:30 am 
Dismissal: 3:00 to 3:15 pm
After School Care: Available from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Friday Care 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

What does the current construction schedule look like?
Construction is scheduled to begin early January 2019 and be completed by August 1st, 2019. Stay tuned to our Facebook page to keep up to speed on every exciting milestone!
How will VBE be funded?

VBE will receive per pupil revenue from the state as do public school districts. In addition to these monies VBE will be a 501(c)(3) organization pursuing grant and donation funding to increase the resources available to students and teachers.

What is Expeditionary Learning or EL Education? (will my kids just play outside all day?)

Sometimes expeditionary learning is confused with nature schools. Although nature schools are a neat concept, EL schools emphasize engaged teaching and learning, project-based curriculum, and a demanding and supportive school culture. Literacy is central and reading and writing are integrated throughout the curriculum. Character development and teamwork are not just emphasized, but embedded in school structures, practices and rituals and integrated into the academic program. In Expeditionary Learning schools, much of the academic work is done in learning expeditions — long-term investigations of important questions and subjects that include individual and group projects, field studies, and performances and presentations of student work.

What will the average day at VBE look like?

The schedule for a typical day at VBE does not look vastly different than another school. There is time for Science, Math, History, Reading, Writing, and other more specialized classes like P.E. or Music. The difference is in the delivery model (i.e. method of instruction). Students tend to be more active in the learning process in Expeditionary Learning classrooms. Rather than teachers lecturing often or students doing worksheet after worksheet, students at VBE find themselves immersed in the content of the Expedition and actively engaged in their own learning. Students get to really dive into what they are learning by exploring, discovering, and asking questions.

Where will VBE be located?

Our new campus will open fall of 2019 and is located at the corner of Rawlings Blvd. and  Troy Ave, across from the Thunder Bowl. 

Will VBE be a 4 or 5 day school week?
VBE will follow the District 70 Academic Calendar which is a 4-day school week. However VBE staff will be required to have additional professional development and these sessions will most typically be held on Fridays.
Is there a backup plan in place if construction is not on time?
Yes- there is a verbal agreement in place with Colorado State University- Pueblo to assist in providing space as needed in the event of any construction delays. Official plans and arrangements will be solidified and communicated to everyone by June 1st, 2019 if necessary.
Is bus transportation provided?
In order to reduce costs and invest more in the best academic resources VBE will not offer transportation to and from school. VBE encourages interested families to car pool.
How will lunch work every day?

VBE will be a District 70 serving site similar to other D70 Elementary Schools. Food will be delivered and served fresh daily to the school. Families will be able to use the same my school bucks platform to pay for student lunches. VBE will participate in the free and reduced lunch program for families that meet the income requirements.

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