Join Us in Designing our New Magnet School!

APS Community,

We are excited to continue our work with Blueprint APS, the district’s long-term educational and facilities plan. The plan focuses on providing strong college and career choice options through seven regional specializations across the district. One way we are doing this is by repurposing some of our buildings to offer students more opportunities through magnet schools that have a specific academic focus or program. Each of the seven regions will have at least one magnet school that will serve students districtwide. At this time, we are focusing on the magnet school that will be located in Region 6, the southwest part of the district. As we plan for these opportunities for students, it is critical for us to hear from our students, parents and staff.

The Region 6 specialization is Entrepreneurship and Invention. A magnet school in this region will open starting in the 2022-23 school year at the Wheeling Elementary site. Currently, there are three different focus possibilities being discussed for this magnet school:

  • International Baccalaureate (Primary Years Programme / Middle Years Programme) International Baccalaureate (IB):  A worldwide, nonprofit education program that gives students the opportunity to receive an education fit for a globalizing world. There are four IB education programs, all of which are intended to develop students' intellectual, emotional, personal and social skills.  
  • Invention (Project-Based Learning): An  instructional method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem or challenge.  Through Project-Based Learning, students would have opportunities to go through a process of invention where they tackle significant problems and design ideas for innovative solutions.  
  • Entrepreneurship: Hands-on and applied learning in business and industry opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship provides students with the unique abilities to anticipate and determine the needs of a given market and develop business plans that will address those needs.  

As we move forward through the Blueprint APS process, we would like your feedback to help shape the planning and design of the magnet school in this region. Please remember that all magnet schools will serve students districtwide, so we are asking ALL APS students, parents, guardians, staff and community members to provide feedback. 

We will be holding several virtual town hall meetings to hear your views on the most desired features of the future magnet school in Region 6. As future magnet schools will be accessible for students throughout APS, we encourage all students, parents, guardians, staff and community members to attend and provide feedback. The Town Hall will be facilitated by the Keystone Policy Center, a Colorado-based non-profit. Keystone has vast experience working in education, agriculture, environment, energy and public health issues.

We invite you to join us on one of the following dates:




Thursday, April 8

3:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 9

10 a.m.

Saturday, April 10  

10 a.m.

Spanish interpretation will be provided. If you require assistance in another language, please call the APS Central Languages Services Office at 303-365-7805 to make the request or email We ask that you request interpretation at least 48 hours prior to the town hall that you plan to attend.

We are also collecting community feedback through an online survey. Below is a link to complete the survey:

The survey will be open from Monday, April 5 to Saturday, April 10.

We look forward to working with you to design schools that will increase the college and career choices for every APS student.

Thank you for your support.