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Colorado 2010 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:

El Paso County School District #11

Project Name:

Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy

Project Director:

Mary Ley


(719) 520-2023


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Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy opened its doors to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students as a restructured school in August 2009. The school was conceptualized with a plan to improve student and teacher proficiency in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) through the use of aerospace concepts to bridge subjects across the curriculum. District 11 and the Space Foundation have united to create a fully integrated, aerospace-focused, STEAM-centered campus.

Supported by a Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant, Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy will continue to evolve as an aerospace Magnet school by creating a rigorous, relevant curriculum that is augmented by strong community partnerships and 21st Century technology. It will “scream the theme” of aerospace and continue to develop its onsite STEM teacher training center, the Space Foundation Discovery Institute. It will invest in professional development to improve the instructional abilities of its staff. Finally, it will engage in a targeted recruitment effort to recapture military families from nearby Peterson Air Force Base, as well as children of employees from the nearby Colorado Springs Aerospace Corridor. Total enrollment at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is expected to exceed 650 students by 2013.

The goals of this project are as follows: (1) Reduce minority group isolation at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy and encourage interaction among students of different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds; (2) Improve academic achievement for all students attending Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy; (3) Encourage greater parental decision-making and involvement.; and (4) Create a school environment that improves the public image of Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy.

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