Banning Lewis Prep School Expansion

 
 
Beginning of Construction

Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy – We’re Expanding to K-12!!!

Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy (BLPA) is our new secondary campus scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 for grades 6-9. We will then add one high school grade level each year so that our first graduating class is the Class of 2021!!!

Watch Live Construction of BLPA!!!  Click Here


During the spring of 2016, in a unanimous vote, the Falcon District 49 School Board approved BLRA’s application for expansion to our charter agreement from K-8 to K-12. The new Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy (BLPA) will offer seats to freshmen in the fall of 2017. We will add a sophomore class in fall 2018, a junior class the following year (fall 2019), and our first senior graduating class in the fall of 2020 graduating in 2021!!

BLPA will offer a rigorous, college prep, high school experience that is consistent with our top-rated, award-winning K-8 program. The high school program will include extensive Advanced Placement course offerings, daily use of technology, athletics, and more.

Our expansion includes a new, state-of-the-art middle and high school campus that will be built in the Banning Lewis Ranch community. Our current Banning Lewis Ranch Academy (BLRA) campus location will continue to house our elementary grades.  With two campuses, we will be able to open seats to more students in kindergarten through 9th grade starting in the fall of 2017.

We would like to thank our families and entire school community for your interest and support in this long sought after expansion project.

BLPA Foundation Pour

BLPA Foundation Pour

FAQs

Q:  What will the new secondary campus be called?

A:  Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy.  The new campus will house 6th through 12th grades while K- 5 will remain at the current Banning Lewis Ranch Academy campus.

Q:  Are we going to build a new building for the new middle/high school?

A:  Yes, the new Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy campus will house 6th through 12th grades and our current Banning Lewis Ranch Academy campus will house grades K through 5. The increased space provided by adding a second campus will give us more enrollment availability for students in the younger grades and help address the many enrollment requests we have on our wait list. View the construction progress on our live webcam!!!

Q:  Where will the new school be located?

A:  About one mile east of our current campus at 9433 Vista Del Pico Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80927

Q:  When will the new campus be opened?

A:  The new Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy campus will open in the fall of 2017 opening to include the 6th through 9th grades.  The open enrollment window for all grade levels runs from November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

Q:  Why would we not include 10th through 12th grades initially?

A:  It is very disruptive for students to be moved after they have started high school, so we will phase in the upper grades. Our first graduating class will be in the spring of 2021.

Q:  How big of a school do we plan to build?

A:  The current plan includes capacity for 450 middle school students and 600 high school students at the new Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy campus.  Plans are complete and construction has begun for an 80,000+ square feet building.

Q:  What type of focus will the school have?

A:   We are planning a mix of Advanced Placement (AP), honors and traditional courses for students to choose from to best meet their individual needs as they strive to complete high school prepared to enter their choice of college and/or career.

Q:  Is AP required for my student?

A:  No, your student will be given numerous choices to best meet their needs and goals. However, every student will be encouraged to take AP courses.

Q:  My child currently attends BLRA, will they have to apply to attend BLPA?

A:  No, our enrollment policy will remain the same for all grade levels.  Every student who has been attending BLRA, will have the opportunity to continue their education at BLPA.

Q:  How do I enroll my student for the fall of 2017?

A:  The open enrollment window for all grade levels runs from November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.  The online process may be accessed at http://www.blracademy.org/enroll-now/ during that window.  For additional questions regarding enrollment, please feel free to email at info@blracademy.org or call 719-575-0075.

Q:  What sports will be offered at Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy?

A: We will be offering ten sports for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Fall: Cross Country (Boys and Girls), Football, Spirit (a.k.a. Cheerleading) and Volleyball (Girls)
  • Winter: Basketball (Boys and Girls) and Spirit (a.k.a. Cheerleading)
  • Spring: Soccer (Girls) and Track & Field (Boys and Girls)

Q:  What if I’m interested in participating in a sport that isn’t offered at BLPA?

A:  Any student in the State of Colorado who seeks participation in a sport that is not offered at the student’s school of attendance may participate in that sport at another school in either the student’s district of attendance or district of residence. If neither district offers that sport, then the student may participate in another nearby district.  Our BLPA team has a great deal of expertise in this area and will be available to assist parents with this process.

Q:  If my current high school student does not attend BLPA, where do they attend?

A:  It all depends on where you live.  If you live in the Banning Lewis Ranch community, then your student would attend Falcon High School.  Of course families have opportunities to choice to a different school.  (Note – there is typically an application process required to do so)

Q:  How is the new Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy campus being funded?

A:  Banning Lewis Ranch Academy is issuing bonds to refinance our current bond and provide us with additional dollars for the new construction.  We are also actively seeking grants and other funding opportunities in order to build the best possible facility for our students.

Q:  Will this raise my taxes?

A:  No – This will not raise taxes.  The funding to pay back the bonds comes from per pupil revenue.  Every school receives this revenue (District and Charter schools) to pay the operating expenses.  In the case of charter schools, these funds are also the source for building costs (whether it is bond payments or leases).  As stated previously, if we can find other revenue sources to support the building costs, then this will allow a greater percentage of the per pupil revenue to be applied directly the classroom.

Q:  I heard the District is looking to build an elementary school in the Banning Lewis Ranch community?

A:  Yes, they have been discussing this for quite some time due to increased growth in the community. As we understand it, they would first need to pass a bond or mill in order to do so.

Q:  How can we get involved?

A:  Check our school website (www.blracademy.org/) for updates on upcoming events and meetings.  The BLRA Foundation also has many opportunities to participate – www.blrafoundation.com/.

Q:  What if I have more questions?

A:   You’re invited to attend one of our information nights (6:00 PM on November 30, January 12, or February 15 at the current Banning Lewis Ranch Academy campus – 7094 Cottonwood Tree Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80927).  Please feel free to contact us for additional questions: