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 and more autonomy than traditional public schools but are still expected to meet Colorado state testing standards.
What is Expeditionary Learning or EL Education?
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.
How will VBE be funded?
VBE receives per pupil revenue from the state just 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.
Is there tuition for VBE?
No, VBE is a free, public school chartered by Pueblo County School District 70.
Where will VBE be located?
VBE is located at 2390 Rawlings Boulevard just east of the CSU-Pueblo campus and across the street from the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
What grades are offered at VBE?
VBE will open its doors to students entering grades kindergarten through 3rdgrade in the Fall of 2019. This year’s 3rd grade class will become next year’s 4th graders. Over the course of the next few years, our slow growth model will expand the school to ultimately serve grades K-5.
How do I get on the waitlist for VBE?
Click here and look for the Future Enrollment tab to add your student’s name to the waitlist for future years.
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