AXIS International Academy is a tuition free public school committed to offering language learning opportunities to students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade throughout our Northern Colorado community. We value parents’ choice to choose an educational program that best fits the needs of their child(ren), which may include home schooling for some families. AXIS is committed to respecting different languages and cultures. We encourage parents to read our AXIS mission and educational philosophy before enrolling. Join us for a parent information session!
Beginning the week of August 19, 2019, AXIS will be offering a language immersion home school enrichment program for students aged 5 years on or before October 1, 2019 through students aged 11 years old through June 2020. We cannot accept students who will turn 12 or older during the school year.
The program will be held at AXIS International Academy which 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 is a CSI-authorized school and accepts students from across Colorado residing in any Colorado school district. Students are unable to be enrolled in more than one public school home school program, which includes PSD Options.
If you are interested, please complete our Intent to Enroll form. If a spot is available, you will be sent our Accepted Student Enrollment Form via email. Should you need a paper or Spanish language copy, please email Jenny@AXIScolorado.org. Once the Accepted Student Enrollment Form has been sent, that spot will be held for 48 hours, please complete and return the form in this time frame. Often, a time extension can be granted if you communicate with us and request it.
Forms can be downloaded and submitted electronically to Jenny@AXIScolorado.org. Paper forms can be sent via US Mail to our mailing address. Please email or call Jenny and confirm the enrollment was sent via US Mail. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. After 12 students are enrolled additional students will be placed on the Home School Enrichment Program waitlist for that partner language.
AXIS offers a full day of language immersion each week in the student’s choice of partner language: Mandarin, French, or Spanish. Language-learning research supports immersion as the best model for learning a second language. In an immersion classroom, the use of English is only used in cases of safety. Immersion teachers speak the partner language only and use visuals, physical response, movement, songs, games, and many other strategies to engage students in language learning.
We are currently gathering interest in Latin level I and II (non-immersion). If we do not offer Latin and Latin was your first language choice, you will be placed in your second language choice.
If the full-day home school enrichment program cannot work for your child, AXIS MAY be able to offer two additional options where possible (pending partner language full-time class enrollment numbers and scheduling):
(1) AXIS may offer Home School parents of students aged 5-6 the option to have their child join our AXIS non-home school Kinder partner language class for the morning, and then join the homeschool enrichment program in the afternoon.
(2) If there are spots available AXIS may offer interested families the opportunity to have their student integrated into a full-time partner language class two times a week (either in the morning or afternoon), where available and with evidence that the student will be successful in this setting. Please email Jenny@AXIScolorado.org if you would like to inquire about these two other options. Final full-time enrollment numbers will be made in April or May, and if spots are available you will be notified at that time.
The goal of the AXIS Home School Language Enrichment Program is to develop and grow language proficiency in the partner language across listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as developmentally-appropriate. Art, music, stories, and cultural artifacts from cultures that speak the partner language will be integrated into the curriculum. To give your child(ren) the best opportunity for partner language development, we ask families to commit to attending as many weeks as possible, except in the occasional case of illness, travel, or other family emergency. The teachers will also offer parents the opportunity to extend the language learning at home through a language-learning application (app) or other materials.
The classroom will be multi-age and mixed-language-ability students. Maximum enrollment will be capped at 12 students based on the age and ability range of the students. Students may spend non-instructional minutes with same-age peers outside of the home school program. This may be done to support the teacher with opportunities for small group differentiation to meet the different needs of students, Non-instructional time will be less than 60 minutes and may include age-appropriate recess (or two) and/or specials class (art, music, or PE). AXIS teachers will be intentional with welcoming home school students, so they have opportunities to make friends with other same-age peers that are also learning the same partner language. AXIS teachers or staff will also pick up/drop off students at the home school room, so students will not be unattended or unsupervised at any time. Homeschoolers will eat lunch together in the cafeteria. Home school enrichment teachers will discuss this schedule with parents, so parents are clear. English will likely be used outside of the classroom during recess, lunch, and specials.
The home school enrichment will be taught by a teacher who possesses native-like proficiency in the language and has prior teaching experience in teaching a variety of ages. The teacher will also be able to effectively communicate with parents in English. These teachers will have passed a background check and meet state requirements.
Monday – Latin**
Tuesday – Mandarin
Wednesday – French
Thursday – Spanish
*School day start and end times may fluctuate slightly as we analyze new projected traffic patterns at the PSD schools around AXIS International Academy that have just changed their start and end times.
**AXIS is considering offering Latin on Mondays. During the few weeks with Monday holidays, class would be held on Fridays. Please complete the enrollment form and mark “Latin” if you are interested.
Teachers will use a variety of differentiation strategies including small groups, centers, and differentiation of assignments or activities. One central piece of differentiation during whole group lessons will be scaffolding or supporting student responses. The teacher will differentiate her expectations of each student’s response based on their partner language level. Teachers support students to respond in the partner language beginning with the simplest option of nodding yes or no, then saying yes or no in the partner language. This scaffolding continues: two-word choice in the partner language (do you want red or blue?), teacher-modeled response, student self-generated one word response, phrase response, and building to student self-generated sentence or multi-sentence response. As you can tell, these are similar to the supports many parents used as their child(ren) progressed in learning English. Students will be encouraged to work on only responding in the partner language during this time. English will be used during non-instructional recess, lunch, and enrichment.
AXIS teachers will conduct informal assessment and checks for understanding during the home school enrichment partner language learning. The purpose of this is to ensure students are growing in the partner language. Our long-term vision is to support students committed to long-term language study the opportunity to participate in internationally-recognized language development tests: DELF for French, DELE for Spanish, and YCT or Youth Chinese Test for Chinese. Additionally, some students may seek to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy (for students who will eventually work towards a state or district high school diploma). These assessments may require a fee and are optional for the child based on parent desire and language proficiency level.