Charter school celebrates two decades

Staff Report
Posted 9/13/17

Teachers, students and alumni of Westminster’s Crown Pointe Academy will celebrate the charter school’s 20th anniversary with 

“It’s probably the first charter school in the area,” said Keith Ouweneel, school director. “We might …

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Charter school celebrates two decades

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Teachers, students and alumni of Westminster’s Crown Pointe Academy will celebrate the charter school’s 20th anniversary with 

“It’s probably the first charter school in the area,” said Keith Ouweneel, school director. “We might have to debate somebody at Excel Academy or Lincoln or whatever else. I don’t know exactly when they got started, but we did in 1997, so it’s 20 years.”

The school started at 72nd Avenue and Irving St. in 1997, moving to its current location in 2009.

Crown Pointe teaches students from kindergarten through grade 8. It’s located  2900 W. 86th Ave.

“We have about 50 kids at each grade level, so we send about 50 kids each year on to high school,” Ouweneel said. “Our kids go all over, to Pomona and Legacy and Jefferson Academy.”

He estimated the school has sent roughly 600 kids on to other schools over it’s time.

“So it’s been through a lot of changes over the years and some of those people may not have seen what we’ve become,” Ouweneel said. “There have been a lot of improvements over the years, and I think there are a lot of people who haven’t been able to see.”

The anniversary celebration has been centered on the current students this week, he said. The school hosted a party to watch the Denver Bronco’s game on Monday night football, hosting local first responders for chili and other food. A student dance is scheduled for Friday night, but the alumni celebration is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the school.

“That’s our combination picnic and open house,” he said. “We’ve invited founding parents and alumni and we have some events for kids. Again, most of the focus is on the current students, but we want to reach out to the community to make sure people who either went to the school or had kids who went to the school are welcome to come back.”

The event includes bouncy houses and games for the kids, food and tours for everyone.

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