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. VBE was founded by Logan Gogarty in 2019 who currently serves as the Executive Director.

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 is VBE 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 is VBE located?
The elementary building is located at 2390 Rawlings Boulevard. The middle school building is located at 2320 Rawlings Boulevard. We are located just east of the CSU Pueblo campus and across the street from the CSU Pueblo Thunderbowl.
What grades are offered at VBE?
In our fifth year of operation for the 2023-2024 school year, VBE serves students in grades Kindergarten through 7th grades. We will be fully enrolled with the addition of 8th grade in the 2024-2025.
How do I get on the waitlist for VBE?

To add your student to the VBE waitlist for a future academic year, please stop by the school office Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM and complete the waitlist form.

What annual school calendar do you follow?

VBE follows a slightly modified version of the Pueblo County School District 70 academic calendar. The VBE academic calendar can be found on the Calendar tab of this website.

What is the weekly and daily school schedule?
Similar to Pueblo County School District 70 and Pueblo City School District 60, VBE follows a four day school week, Monday through Thursday. Student drop-off is from 7:15 AM – 7:30 AM Students in Grades K-5 dismiss at 3:00 PM. Students in Grades 6-8 dismiss at 3:30 PM.
What does the average school day look like at VBE?
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.
What are your class sizes and student/teacher ratios?

We allow up to 50 students per grade level. With two teachers per grade, our student to teacher ratio is no more than 25:1. Through our partnership with CSUP, field experience students and student teachers are in the classroom daily. Along with parent volunteers, there is always plenty of support in the classroom.

What are the special classes offered at VBE?

VBE students, grades K-5, participate in Adventure Bound/Physical Education twice a week as well as Creative Arts twice a week. WIthin Creative Arts, students participate in a quarter of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. In grades 6-8, students will have two electives per day per semester. VBE will offer a variety of electives that may include but will not be limited to physical activities, creative arts, technology, media, robotics, programming, additional science topics such as STEM and additional social studies topics such as geography.

How often do students have recess at VBE?

Students in grades K-5 have two recesses and an extended lunch time each day.

Are hot meals provided at VBE?
VBE has a full service kitchen on site where hot lunches are cooked and served to our students. VBE also serves a Grab and Go breakfast that is available to students from 7:15-7:30 AM each morning. Families can use the My School Bucks platform, found as a link on our website, to pay for student lunches. VBE will participate in the free and reduced lunch program for families that meet the income requirements.
Is bus transportation provided?

Because VBE is not a boundary school and our students come from all areas of the Pueblo city and county limits, we do not offer bus transportation at VBE.

Are there any expectations for volunteering at VBE?

VBE believes that family support and involvement is vital to the success of our school. Therefore, we expect each family to complete 10 hours of volunteer activities each year. Parents will be notified of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

What are the after-school and Friday care options for my child?

VBE partners with the Pueblo YMCA to offer fee-based, extended care programming to VBE families in need of after-school and/or Friday care. After-school programming is offered Monday through Thursday from 3:00 – 5:30 PM on site at VBE. Friday care programming is available 7:00 AM through 6:30 PM on site at the Pueblo YMCA.

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