Aurora Public Schools offers a variety of innovative programs to keep students engaged in education and to re-engage those students who have dropped out so they can earn their high school diplomas and be prepared for colleges and careers.
Rebound Ombudsman Program
The Rebound Ombudsman Program, which was created in September 2008 to help at-risk students, represents a partnership involving Aurora Public Schools, the Colorado Coalition of Faith, Community College of Aurora, Colorado Youth for a Change, and Ombudsman Educational Services.
In addition to academics, the program provides support to students through behavior intervention, social skills training and life management skills. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in the Community College of Aurora to earn college credits while they complete their high school courses.
Rebound Ombudsman provides personalized instruction in a technology-rich environment that enables students to progress at their own pace. A condensed school day which is shorter than a traditional day accommodates students’ family and work responsibilities.
Futures Academy is an innovative educational program designed and created by the APS Division of Instruction and Colorado Youth for a Change, a nonprofit serving the state of Colorado whose vision is to solve Colorado’s dropout crisis. The program is managed and operated by CYC staff.
Futures Academy provides an educational program for 100 high school dropouts to re-engage in their high school education and transition smoothly into post-secondary community college or career-technical educational opportunities. The majority of Futures students are significantly over age and behind in credit, and have not earned high school credit to have a reasonable chance of earning their diploma in a traditional manner.