What is Blueprint APS?

APS as well as districts across the Denver metro area are experiencing sharp enrollment declines. Enrollment declines negatively impact school district budgets. In order to address its significant enrollment shift, APS proactively began planning for the future with Blueprint APS

Blueprint APS is about providing our children with the necessary resources, schools and learning opportunities to meet the challenges of the future. This long-term plan focuses on strengthening Aurora’s educational programs and ensuring the community has the right buildings and resources to serve students into the future. Blueprint APS has been shaped with community voice and input starting in 2018. The APS Board of Education directed implementation of the plan starting in 2019. (You can view this information in the Blueprint APS archives)

Community Voice, Community Need, Community Choice
Aurora community members voiced strong support for more choice when it comes to their children’s education. In addition, it is critically important for students to have more real world experiences at school that make learning exciting and engaging. Blueprint APS provides new choice options through a regional system, offering both magnet schools and boundary schools. In addition, APS will focus on creating more P-8 schools that serve students from preschool through 8th grade. Thanks to Blueprint APS, students will be able to choose to attend a specialized magnet school or a boundary school. A magnet school has a specific academic focus or program that engages students to learn in new ways and develop unique skill sets. A boundary school offers more traditional education programs, sports and activities, serving all students within their boundaries. 

Blueprint APS also focuses on improving the district’s educational facilities through building, remodeling, and repurposing schools and buildings to meet the needs of our students and community. Addressing the future needs of our facilities will allow APS to direct more funding to choice options and strengthen educational programs for students. 

Blueprint APS is not a new strategic plan. Rather, it is a plan focused on our facilities and educational systems that will support the ongoing and existing implementation of our current strategic plan, APS 2026, and future strategic plans.

APS is currently in Phase 3 of Blueprint APS, which is the Implementation Phase. Phase 3 includes the development of our Regions and Specializations, the creation of Magnet Schools and the Repurposing of schools and sites. Please review the latest materials on this site that detail the priorities, framework and process for Phase 3 (You can view information on the previous two phases in the Blueprint APS archives).

Latest News

Blueprint APS Repurposing Request for Proposals Now Open and Please RSVP for Open Houses (12/5/2022)

We would first like to thank those who attended one of our Blueprint APS Repurposing Process information or input sessions and those who took our Repurposing Survey. Combined feedback from the input sessions as well as survey results will be used as a critical component in evaluating proposals. As we enter the next phase in our Region 1 Repurposing Process, we are inviting those who are interested in proposing another use for either Paris or Sable elementary schools to submit repurposing proposals for either or both buildings.

Upcoming Community Engagement on Repurposing Buildings (10/27/2022)

We are beginning a new phase of community engagement as we continue implementation of Blueprint APS, our long-term facilities and educational plan that began in 2019. We are currently repurposing schools and sites as we develop our Blueprint APS regions, and we would like your input. Specifically, we are seeking community input on repurposing options for Blueprint Region 1 schools: Paris and Sable elementary schools.

Blueprint APS Update and Next Steps (8/26/2022)

As we continue implementation of our long-term facilities and educational plan, Blueprint APS, I want to provide you with updates on our progress.

Most recently, we opened two new magnet programs this year (Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts Campus and Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy). Yesterday, we celebrated the grand opening of the Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy with our community. It was a joy to talk with students, staff and families about our new school and the exciting learning that is happening there this year.

Blueprint APS Next Steps after Board Approval (5/18/2022)

The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve the Blueprint APS recommendations for Region 1 during their meeting on May 17.

Read more news about Blueprint APS.

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How Were the Seven Regions and Specializations Determined?

  • Aurora community members voiced strong support for more college and career choice options through seven regional specializations.
  • It is critically important for students to have more real world experiences at school that make learning exciting and engaging and that foster unique skill sets. Blueprint APS provides these new choice options through a regional system that offers specializations and a magnet school within each region.
  • Regions were developed to incorporate current elementary school attendance areas and align with established geographic features such as major roads and neighborhoods.
  • A high priority was made to keep elementary schools within reasonable proximity in order to provide more viable options for school choice.
  • We wanted the regions to have similar school-age populations. Again, this was not adhered to perfectly, but planning areas have similar numbers as much as possible. Thus, one region is not serving a much higher number of students than another region.

Blueprint APS Regional Specializations

  1. One Health: Examines the interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment to achieve optimal health outcomes by studying multiple disciplines and promoting collaboration across sectors (e.g. human healthcare, animal healthcare, environmental science, policymakers, etc.)
  2. Business Management and Hospitality: Focus on the hospitality industry and businesses such as restaurants, lodging, travel and events
  3. Visual and Performing Arts: Art and art-related disciplines, from dance to theater, music to visual arts
  4. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM): Students will use these disciplines to engage their studies through inquiry, critical thinking and investigation
  5. Technology, Engineering, and Design: Gain 21st Century communication and design skills studying languages, technologies, sciences and engineering
  6. Entrepreneurship and Invention: Focus is on learning through investigation and response to engaging and complex questions or challenges
  7. Project-based Learning: An engaging curriculum to gain understanding and skills through investigation and experiences with hands-on, case-based studies

Blueprint APS Regions

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Repurposing Request for Proposals Now Open

Please RSVP for Upcoming RFP Open Houses

We would first like to thank those who attended one of our Blueprint APS Repurposing Process information or input sessions and those who took our Repurposing Survey. Combined feedback from the input sessions as well as survey results will be used as a critical component in evaluating proposals. As we enter the next phase in our Region 1 Repurposing Process, we are inviting those who are interested in proposing another use for either Paris or Sable elementary schools to submit repurposing proposals for either or both buildings.

 

ABOUT REPURPOSING
Blueprint APS focuses on improving the district’s educational facilities through building, remodeling, and repurposing schools and buildings to meet the needs of our students and community. Addressing the future needs of our facilities will allow Aurora Public Schools to direct more funding to choice options and strengthen educational programs for students. 

Due to declining and shifting enrollment in the school district, Aurora Public Schools has recently had to make tough decisions to close some of its schools. Aurora Public Schools is beginning a new phase of community engagement as we continue implementation of Blueprint APS, specifically with regard to the repurposing of closed school buildings.

APS SCHOOL REPURPOSING: REGION 1
In an effort to address the need to determine the repurpose use for closed school buildings, APS has developed a process for receiving proposals for school building reuse. This process is intended to span Nov. 2022 through May 2023, with the Request for Proposals (RFP), otherwise known as Call for Proposals period, being open between Dec. 5, 2022 through Feb. 10, 2023.

View the Repurposing Process Information Presentation

View the Repurposing Process Information Recording

The APS School Repurposing Process will aim to follow these guiding principles:

  1. Prioritize facility uses that align with the school district’s and community’s values.
  2. Assess facilities in their ability to advance priorities set forth by the District and the Region.
  3. Ensure all steps of the repurposing process are transparent and communicated well.
  4. Review financial viability and support of the proposed reuse.

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CONTACT INFO
If you have questions regarding the APS School Repurposing Process or need additional information, please contact:
Repurposing@aurorak12.org 

APS SCHOOL REPURPOSING PROCESS: REGION 1 (NOV. 2022-MAY 2023)

Paris Elementary School

Sable Elementary School

APS SCHOOL REPURPOSING PROCESS: REGION 3 (TBD 2023)

Sixth Avenue Elementary School

School Repurposing Process Links

School Repurposing Presentation Materials

Calendar of Events

Sable & Paris Repurposing Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.
    Paris Elementary School
    1635 Paris St.
    Aurora, CO 80010
  • Monday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.
    Sable Elementary School
    2601 Sable Blvd.
    Aurora, CO 80011

Sable & Paris Repurposing Input Sessions

  • Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.
    Virtual Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/94576296854
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m.
    Sable Elementary School
    2601 Sable Blvd.
    Aurora, CO 80011
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
    Paris Elementary School
    1635 Paris St.
    Aurora, CO 80010

Provide your Feedback

Since the beginning of Blueprint APS, our long-term educational and facilities planning process, we have been focused on: Community Voice, Community Need, Community Choice. Our community has repeatedly voiced a strong need for students to have more ways to engage in learning that opens doors to college and career success. Below are some of the most recent community engagement activities. To view all of the engagement opportunities that have been provided to the Aurora community in the design and implementation of Blueprint APS, please visit the Blueprint APS Resources section.

Blueprint APS Region 1 Recommendations Info Session

JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION 

We will be holding information sessions to share more information about Blueprint APS and our repurposing recommendations for Region 1. One meeting will be in person and the other will be hosted virtually using Zoom. We invite you to join us on one of the following dates:

Please join us at one of the following meetings:

Wednesday, Jan. 26
5:30 p.m.
View the Jan. 26 virtual information session recording

Tuesday, Feb. 8*
5:30 p.m.
North Middle School Auditorium
12095 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80010
*Please note that this date has changed. This meeting may be moved to virtual pending district health and safety protocols.

Spanish interpretation will be provided. If you require another language, please call the APS Central Languages Services Office at 303-365-7805 to make the request or email interpretation@aurorak12.org. We ask that you request interpretation at least 48 hours prior to the town hall that you plan to attend.


To view all of the engagement opportunities that have been provided to the Aurora community in the design and implementation of Blueprint APS, please visit the Blueprint APS Resources section.

 

Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee Charge

The Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee (LRFAC), which is made up of a diverse group of community members, will be serving as a steering committee over Blueprint APS implementation. The LRFAC will oversee the work of the seven Regional Design Teams (RDTs) and make recommendations to the Board of Education about repurposing and use of buildings. Below is the charge of the LRFAC:

  • To monitor and advise Regional Design Teams as they evaluate regional strengths and areas of focus and as they make recommendations for use or repurposing of facilities;
  • To evaluate and coordinate the recommendations of the Regional Design Teams from a District perspective;
  • To analyze the feasibility of the Regional Design Teams’ recommendations or other options as the Committee sees fit and to provide such analysis to the Board of Education and/or the District Leadership Team for consideration;
  • To hold the Regional Design Teams accountable to their scope of work within the Blueprint APS process; and
  • To make final recommendations to the Board of Education after consultation with the District Leadership Team.
  • Monthly meetings scheduled specifically for the Blueprint APS charge.

Learn more about the LRFAC.