Dozens of peer-reviewed research articles tout the benefits of learning another language, which span nearly all categories: socio-cultural “language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language; academic achievement “language learning correlates with higher academic achievement of standardized test measure;” cognitive “evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities;”and financial/economic “bilingualism directly benefits individuals by increasing their earnings relative to their peers, their job opportunities and labor mobility, and their chances at promotion to higher levels.”
Language immersion is a technique in which two languages are used for instruction in a variety of topics, including math, science and social studies. School-based immersion programs are intensive language programs that aim for academic achievement, bilingual/biliterate development, and increased cultural proficiency in both English and the students chosen partner language. Students at AXIS International Academy will receive 50% of instructional time in English and 50% in a partner language (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or French).
A typical day at AXIS includes 50% instructional time in the students partner language (Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese), and 50% instructional time in English. All students will also receive 45 minutes of specials daily as well as recess breaks and a 30 minute lunch.
A partner language is the second language in addition to English, in which the student will learn (either Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese). We call these languages “partner languages” as both languages are equal, and one is not considered less important or “foreign."
Our neighboring district Thompson School District (TSD) is roughly half the size of Poudre School District (PSD) and has two language immersion schools. Given the size of PSD, surrounding population, and projected growth, it is predicted Fort Collins could easily sustain four language immersion schools. Fort Collins currently has two schools offering only Spanish language immersion. AXIS is excited to offer language immersion in Spanish AND French AND Mandarin Chinese. As evidenced by the extensive community support of AXIS, and our quickly filling enrollment, we strongly believe there is widespread demand for another language immersion school in Fort Collins, especially one dedicated to community partnerships and academic, financial, and operational excellence.
AXIS International Academy and Preschool and Home School Enrichment is set to be located at 2130 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526, near Horsetooth Road and Taft Hill Road (pending our final due diligence process). AXIS will be co-locating with the new Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) middle school. AXIS will occupy the ground floor and CEC the top floor.
The word AXIS is an acronym, representing our four key principles:
Charter schools are public schools that operate under a “charter” contract between the board of the charter school and the charter school’s authorizing entity (either the school district or Charter School Institute). Charter schools commit to meeting the specific academic, financial, and operational performance goals outlined in their charter contract and state and federal law but have flexibility in determining how to achieve those goals. Charter public schools, just like traditional public schools, are tuition-free and open to all students. They receive state funding based on a formula that considers the number of children enrolled in the school.