Our Mission

Our mission is to promote meaningful choice and diverse opportunity within public education by supporting the development of the optimal learning environment for each learner and the optimal teaching environment for each teacher.

 

The Heart of Our Program:

At the heart of Vision Charter Academy is the Learner

Learners in the program develop an individualized learning plan in consensus with their parents and their Family Advisor and Highly Qualified Consultant, who are trained and paid by the program to support the development of the learner's and family's unique interests. By building a trusting and cooperative relationship, the consensus group can clarify personal intellectual, physical, and emotional goals and coordinate resources to support reaching these goals. The learner has access to multiple schools, home study, mentors, tutors, diverse curricula, public funds, networking resources and support programs.  

Learning happens at people's homes, in the library, on field trips, in art studios ... in essence, the whole community may be involved in the young person's education.

Tuition Free Public Charter School Serving Grades K-12

Vision Charter Academy (VCA) is a unique and personalized alternative educational program that serves families in Delta and the adjacent counties of Montrose, Mesa, and Gunnison. We began as Vision Home & Community Program in 2000 as three contract schools in Delta County. We became the first charter school in Delta County in 2013 and offer services at three Campuses: Delta, North Fork, and Surface Creek.

Our mission remains the same, to provide every K-12 learner at VCA with an optimal learning environment that is tailored to his/her interests and needs. We are the regional experts in individualized education offering our families 15 years of operating experience and support. The school is designed to meet the needs of the whole child by utilizing a variety of materials that address the Colorado Academic Standards while maintaining a focus on the individual child’s needs. VCA offers a parent guided and class based path for learners.

Parent Guided Learner Path

  • Learner takes majority of classes with Primary Mentor (usually parent) as teacher and 0-3 classes with others outside of the home.
  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for your child with up to 7 classes per year.
  • Partner with you to pursue your child’s academics, passions, and interests.
  • Help you create your child’s educational path.
  • Support, resources, and oversight to teach your child’s classes.
  • Menu of Opportunities and Resources for Education (MORE) available to support the ILP.
  • Access classes with highly qualified VCA teachers and approved community business vendors.
  • Join enrichment activities, field trips, and groups or clubs.

Class Based Learner Path

  • Learner takes majority of classes with VCA Teachers on Campus.
  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for your child with up to 7 classes per year.
  • Partner with you to pursue your child’s academics, passions, and interests.
  • Classes with highly qualified VCA teachers Mon-Thur at Delta and Surface Creek Campuses.
  • Menu of Opportunities and Resources for Education (MORE) available to support the ILP.
  • Join enrichment activities, field trips, and groups or clubs.

Vision Charter Academy Highlights

  • Gives learners have a voice and a choice to pursue their individualized achievement.
    Voice. Choice. Achieve.
  • Serves over 400 learners and their families from Delta, Montrose, Mesa, and Gunnison Counties.
  • Promotes small class size and individual attention.
  • Develops unique learning plan and schedule for each learner.
  • Integrates opportunities for home-schoolers and learners that want an alternative educational choice.
  • Offers access to classes at home, on campus, online, within the community, at traditional public schools, and at colleges and universities.
  • Empowers learners to take ownership of their own learning.
  • Works to integrate the entire community into the educational process and promotes learner integration into the community.
  • Emphasizes integrity, relationships, communication, and mutual agreements.
  • Promotes good habits of a scholar to help learners build their achievement and success.

Our Philosophy

We believe that children naturally learn...

We believe that children naturally learn, and that given a safe and nurturing environment laden with opportunity and positive role models, all people naturally grow to their highest potential.

Each person is unique and must be encouraged in his or her individual search for fulfillment.

Each person is also part of a community and must be encouraged in their search for common purpose and ways to serve. These two searches are mutually strengthening and inseparable.

We also believe that we will be served well by taking to heart the following principles:

  • Support and trust each young person.
  • Support and trust each parent.
  • Approach and honor all others with love and respect.
  • Never sacrifice the well being of a child for the future of the program.
  • Program accountability is built on the integrity of individuals and relationships.
  • Leadership that facilitates; membership that participates.
  • Promote open and inclusive conversation. Strive for consensus.
  • Do not hurry; the quality of the process is the goal.
  • Maintain humor, humility and flexibility.
  • Never give up on anybody; keep the door open.
  • Do not do for others what they can do for themselves.
  • The deepest learning often comes within the context of relationship.
  • Facilitate informed, careful, and un-pressured choice. True commitment and a sense of responsibility usually follow.
  • Examine carefully what we model, for that is what we teach.
  • When mistakes are realized, be open and accept responsibility immediately.
  • Worthwhile policies permeate every level of an organization.
  • Meaningful future lives flow from meaningful present lives.
  • Inspired teachers are learning, inspired learners are teaching.
  • Listen well and do not respond until you find compassion and respect.
  • Question everything, especially when the children's eyes cease to shine
 

 

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