Untitled (2)James Madison Charter Academy (JMCA) is a tuition free K – 6 public charter school in Widefield School District 3.  The school is located outside Fort Carson’s Gate 20 and off Mesa Ridge Parkway.

JMCA prides itself on its small class size and 20 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio.  Our smaller class size mans we can provide individualized instruction for each student.  We are recognized by the Colorado Department of Education for the academic growth attained by our students.  We have achieved the distinction of being accredited as a PERFORMANCE school.

Did you know….?

  • You, as a parent, can choose your child’s school?  Colorado law allows parents to choose what school their child attends.  Students from ANY district may attend JMCA as long as the parent is able to provide transportation and we have an open slot.  JMCA uses a Competency or Skill based grading system.
  • JMCA uses a Project-based instruction.  Project-based Instruction differs from Direct Instruction by actively involving students in the learning process.  JMCA students create projects and participate in group learning rather than passively listening to the instructor “lecture.” All students, K – 6, are given the same Project-based Instruction.
  • JMCA utilizes Core Knowledge Instruction. Curriculum
  • JMCA uses a Competency or Skill based grading system.
    • B – Beginning, D – Developing, S – Secure
    • Competency-based learning refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.  In public schools, competency-based systems use state learning standards to determine academic expectations and define “competency” or “proficiency” in a given course, subject area, or grade level (although other sets of standards may also be used, including standards developed by districts and schools or by subject-area organizations).  The general goal of competency-based learning is to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to success in school, higher education, careers, and adult life.  If students fail to meet expected learning standards, typically receive additional instruction, practice time, and academic support to help them achieve competency or meet the expected standards.
  • JMCA students take the state assessments and are accredited like other public schools.
  • JMCA teachers are “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
  • JMCA encourages high parental involvement essential for the growth of your child.
  • JMCA is a family-oriented community.
  • JMCA is experienced and sensitive to our military families and their particular needs.
  • JMCA offers after-school activities such as violin, art, and tutoring.
  • JMCA offers band during the school day for students in grades 4 – 6.
  • JMCA has a special education program that will provide services for students.
  • JMCA serves Gifted and Talented children.
  • JMCA has a parent-run Board of Directors. Board of Directors