Vertical Skills Academy
5.00 (6 reviews)
Tel: (303) 562-1900
Vertical Skills Academy is a unique, independent school dedicated to improving academic achievement for children in first through eighth grades with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences, with the primary goal of empowering students with skills to continue their academic growth and self-advocacy beyond their tenure at VSA.
Vertical Skills Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Colorado for:
- Category Attribute
- Acceptance Rate Lowest average acceptance rates
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|Grades Offered||Grades 1-8|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Dyslexia related learning differences|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||8 teachers|
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||5 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$22,000|
|Tuition Notes||Plus additional fees less than 500|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$2,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Audra Chapleski|
- Vertical Skills Academy strives to maintain a well-defined student body in order to provide focused instruction, enhance social-emotional learning, and maximize learning opportunities. As every child has a unique history and learning profile with individual strengths and weaknesses which broadly impact learning, VSA follows strict enrollment guidelines to ensure success for all students and staff.
- The enrollment process includes discussions with parents, students, current teachers, and additional interventionists combined with ample data to ensure our program is suited to meet a child's academic, social, and emotional needs
- We are a community that strives to support families through our educational program and offerings, outreach, and advocacy.
Vertical Skills Academy saved our son's life. The emotional trauma he experienced in k-3 destroyed rendered him depressed, anxious and shut down. I remember telling the VSA Head of School that I didn't even care if he never learned to read if he healed. Not only do we have our happy son back, but the academic skills he gained have put him at the top of his class, and class President. His ability and desire to self-advocate is also very well-honed which is so much more effective than my helicopter parenting! Thank you dear VSA teachers!
- Posted by Parent - Heather Fleming
As a teacher at VSA, I have seen kids grow from shy people that don't feel confident in their own ability to succeed into fantastic presenters, readers, and writers that are excited to learn. It is a wonderful community where students and teachers alike are really invested in success.
- Posted by Teacher - Teacher
Vertical Skills Academy has saved my sons life, literally. Their expert team of teachers work with each child individually, find what they need and incorporate it into their every day learning environment. I cannot say enough about VSA. Thank you for all you do for each and every child in your school!
- Posted by Parent - Corinne
My 3rd grade daughter was formally diagnosed with dyslexia last Spring, although we had been giving her a ton of extra support from Kindergarten on because we were suspicious she had learning disabilities. At the time we were living in a great school district and her public school faculty did literally everything they could to support her. She squeaked by 2nd grade at the reading level she should be, but it was so hard on her. It was obvious to her and us that she was struggling much more than her peers with reading, writing, and spelling. She was spending 2 afternoons a week in tutoring, so had little time for sports, playdates, etc. Our reading specialist tutor told us about Vertical Skills Academy, and I came up for a tour. I am SO IMPRESSED with the quality of education this school provides. The personal attention is incredible, the teachers are amazing, and they truly educate the whole child. They teach these kids what it means to be dyslexic (it's not bad!), how to advocate for themselves, how to get and stay organized, and how to look at the world so it makes sense for the way their different brains work. Each kid gets a 1:1 tutoring session every day, and the kids really don't have homework. I am amazed every day at how well this school connects with my daughter and her way of learning. They have a huge focus on literacy of course, but they have amazing curriculum for science, social studies, history, math....all taught using the same learning tricks and tips they teach them for literacy, so it unlocks their abilities in other subject areas.We've got our afternoons back and now she can do sports, pottery classes, theater, whatever she wants. She can be a kid, and now for the first time, she understands how smart she is. She's making straight As, because the VSA teachers are able to connect with her and teach her in a way she can process the information, which basically unmasks her intelligence that was hiding behind her information processing issues. In public school, she frequently just couldn't connect with the information and was overwhelmed by being in a class of 27 kids. Twenty minutes of reading support in a small group wasn't cutting it. She's now confident in ways I never thought possible.VSA's goal is to set these kids up to go mainstream, which I love. I want my daughter to learn to live in the real world, and that's exactly what this school teaches them to do. They can advocate for themselves, learn to process information in the way that makes sense for them, and they have the confidence to know that dyslexia DOES NOT MEAN YOU'RE NOT INTELLIGENT! It's so awesome, y'all. Worth every penny.
- Posted by Parent - Julie French Runda
If you have a dyslexic child you need to make an appointment with VSA. We live 45 miles away from the school and this is the best decision we could have made for our child. The instruction is specific to the child. The teachers, administration and tutors are amazing! Focusing on the skills that kids with learning differences need to succeed in traditional middle and high school. When our child was first diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia we jumped through all the hoops of public school yet we were told "We just don't have the resources for these kids." We are truly blessed to have found VSA with educators who are passionate about "these kids." The curriculum is challenging, the children learn how to advocate for themselves and they THRIVE in this school.
- Posted by Parent - Vertical Skills Academy
My son has dyslexia and struggled at a private school where his needs were not being met, even though they focused on teaching students with learning disabilities there. His difficulty with reading and writing had a negative impact on his self-esteem and interest in learning, which broke my heart! It became clear that we needed to try something different and I am so very happy that we found VSA! The teachers there are so caring and helpful and provided the support my son needed to regain confidence in himself and in learning. His reading skills have grown and so has his overall happiness. Thank you, VSA!
- Posted by Parent - VSA Parent
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