Mission and Philosophy
Vision Charter Academy promotes 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.
We partner with families to create children’s educational paths based on each child’s interests and dreams, offering:
Vision Charter Academy (VCA) is a public school of choice in Western Colorado with three campuses located in Cedaredge,
Delta and Paonia, Colorado, serving four counties, and averaging an enrollment of 450 students in grades K-12. Our rural
community is composed primarily of small businesses and agriculture with a total population of 30,000 in Delta County and a
median income of $42,000.
At Vision Charter Academy, we partner with our learners and families to pursue the best individualized learning opportunities for each child. We are the regional leaders and known resource center for individualized education. We support learners and
parents through coordinated efforts with our Highly Qualified Coordinators (HQCs) and Advisors (for high school). Partnerships and Individualized Learning Plans allow us to provide exciting and unique opportunities that offer more freedom and flexibility for learners to demonstrate their choice, and have a voice in how they learn and achieve their goals. VCA supports individualized education while incorporating the Colorado Academic Standards and participating in all required state testing to assess our learners’ achievements and academic growth.
VCA is governed by an elected Board of Stewards, authorized by the Delta County School District 50J, and a fully accredited
public school. Our 2016 Colorado State School Performance Rating was 51.3-Improvement. As a public school our funding is
provided by the State of Colorado through the Public School Finance Act. Learners may enroll either full time or part-time. Part-time learners are considered home school students and must comply with the Colorado Home School Law.
School Population Data:
61% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
91% Non-Hispanic, 9% Hispanic, 18% Students with Disabilities
66% Highly Qualified Coordinator (HQC) Supported, 34% Teacher Supported
65 Staff Members
Delta Campus Surface Creek Campus North Fork Campus
1080 Pioneer Road 230 NW Cedar Ave. 218 4th Street/PO Box 636
Delta, Co. 81416 Cedaredge, CO. 81413 Paonia, Co. 81428Home
970-874-8226 970-856-6193 970-527-8766
970-874-8336 Fax 970-856-6197 Fax 970-527-8768 Fax
VCA offers a Credit pathway, Honors pathway and Community pathway toward graduation. To
graduate, all learners must work with a Graduation Committee that ensures the learner meets minimum proficiency levels and is ready to take their next step after graduation. All graduates are issued a Delta County School District Diploma.
Learners will meet or exceed the state requirements for graduation and receive a Delta
County School District diploma. All graduates are required to complete a Public Presentation, write a Personal Essay and a Resume and prove academic proficiency. Credit Diplomas require a minimum of 24 credits completed for the class of 2018.
Vision Charter Academy graduates are eligible for highly competitive scholarships and have earned
the esteemed Boettcher Scholarship plus many others. Our graduates have received over $618,000 total in scholarship funds.
GPA and Class Rank:
VCA does not weight their classes. GPA is based on a 4.0 grading scale. VCA does not rank students. Class credits are based upon Carnegie Units; 1 credit = 120 hours.
Individual Career and Academic Plans assist students in exploring and preparing for the world after high school.
VCA offers Student Council opportunities for leadership and community service.
National Honor Society:
The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who demonstrate excellence in Leadership, Service, Character and Scholarship.
VCA currently offers 15 clubs running from sewing to Lego Robotics, Minecraft to Knowledge Bowl, and more. Clubs are
formed by common interests of learners, staff, and families. Clubs are funded with proceeds of the annual VCA Read-a-Thon.
Food For Thought:
Food for Thought is our service learning program providing weekend food to 11 other Delta County public schools each weekend throughout the school year. All VCA learners have the opportunity to serve in this program at some point during the year. This is a kids feeding kids hunger prevention program with a recycling component, food drives, nutrition, budgeting, and delivery modules.
Monthly Field Trips:
VCA offers monthly field trips on Fridays as an opportunity for all learners from all paths. This year’s theme is “Where Does it Come From?”
Mini-classes offered periodically for various age groups on rotating campuses open to learners from all paths.
After hours and Friday time held by Math and English Language Arts specialists for remediation and/or
We are Vanguards! Vanguards lead the way in new developments or ideas. The term Vanguard comes from “avant garde”or advance guard. Avant garde refers to the forefront in any movement, field or activity. Our culture and identity support and motivate us to be the leaders in pursuit of Individualized Education.