APS students and staff members will soon benefit from the construction of a dedicated K-8 school for gifted and talented students. The new school, approved by the APS Board of Education in March, will be located just east of the APS Community Campus near 1st Avenue and Airport Boulevard. The project will cost $14.7 million and be funded with premium and interest earnings from the bond fund approved by district voters in 2002.
“The new gifted and talented school is a much-needed addition to our district that will greatly benefit our students,” said Anthony Sturges, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services. “Thanks to careful management of the bond fund, we are able to move forward with this project and deliver even more than what we promised voters.”
Construction of the new school is scheduled to begin in spring 2007, with an opening date of August 2008. The school will serve up to 675 students.
"Our parents, staff and students are extremely excited to begin the work of designing our new gifted and talented magnet school,” said Nancy Williams, principal of the gifted and talented programs. “Combining programs will allow us to refine our model of continuous progress and expand our program to enrich and accelerate the strengths and talents for gifted learners."
APS currently offers programs for gifted and talented students at Aurora Quest Academy, located at Wheeling Elementary (grades 1-5), and at Summit Academy, located at Aurora Hills Middle School (grades 6-8). Both programs serve more than 300 students and currently have waiting lists.
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