What is Blueprint APS?
Aurora Public Schools is a district of momentum, opportunity and impact. As we build on our momentum, we have an exciting opportunity to look to the future together. All of us want to ensure that our students have the educational opportunities and school facilities necessary to shape successful futures. We also recognize that Aurora is changing and growing in a way that will impact our schools and community.
Over the past year, stakeholders have helped imagine and design our new comprehensive, long-term educational and facilities plan: Blueprint APS. It was developed through an extensive community engagement process that included Board presentations, surveys, community forums, focus groups, interviews and more.
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 2020, and future strategic plans.
APS is beginning Phase 3 of Blueprint APS, which is the Implementation Phase. Please review the latest materials on this site that detail the priorities, framework and process for Phase 3.
Help Shape Future Programming for Blueprint APS Regions! Apply now to Join a Regional Design Team!
APS is beginning implementation of its long-term educational and facilities plan called Blueprint APS. We are seeking applications for seven Regional Design Teams (RDTs) throughout the district.
Each RDT will include current parents, community members, secondary students (grades 6-12) or recent alumni, school leaders, teachers and other school staff members. An APS Board of Education member will also be assigned to each RDT. Regional Design Teams will be meeting twice a month starting in late October to February. Please note that if you are serving in Regions 2 and 3, you will also be meeting regularly from April to June to complete work on Charge 2.
- Applications are now closed.
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.
How Were the Seven Regions Determined?
- 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.
- Finally, 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 Design Regions
Regions 2 & 3 Will Begin Charge 2
Why Regions 2 & 3 First? (April through June)
- Looking at enrollment trends for the past three years and the projected trends for the next three years, Regions 2 & 3 were selected because of the significant shifts that have occurred and will be occurring.
- Repurposing and planning will need to happen in phases. Thus, the two most urgent regions were selected to begin their work first.
Seven Regional Design Teams (RDTs) will be made up of current parents, community members, secondary (grades 6-12) students or recent alumni, school leaders, teachers and other school staff members. An APS Board of Education member will also be assigned to each Regional Design Team. The teams will work collaboratively to develop three proposals for regional specialization to present to the Long Range Facilities Committee.
RDTs will meet twice monthly beginning in October 2019 to February 2020. Please note that Regions 2 and 3 will also be meeting regularly from April to June to complete work on Charge 2.
- One regional design team in each of the seven regions.
- Members on each team will include:
- 1 APS Board of Education Director
- 4 Parents with students currently attending schools in the region
- 2 Additional Community Members
- 2 Secondary Students (Grades 6-12) or Recent Alumni
- 3 School Leaders (at least one elementary and one secondary)
- 4 Teachers
- 2 Classified Employees
- Communication seeking applicants will be sent out in the coming weeks.
- Work will start in October.
Regional Design Teams Application
APS is beginning implementation of our long-term educational and facilities plan called Blueprint APS. We are seeking applications for seven Regional Design Teams (RDTs) throughout the district.
Each RDT will include current parents, community members, secondary students (grades 6-12) or recent alumni, school leaders, teachers and other school staff members. Regional Design Teams will be meeting twice a month starting in late October to February. Please note that if you are serving in Regions 2 and 3, you will also be meeting regularly from April to June to complete work on Charge 2.
Please fill out and submit the online application form below no later than Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Applications are now closed.
Regional Design Teams Flowchart
Regional Design Teams Charge 1
October through February
- Review regional data including enrollment numbers, demographic information, neighborhood characteristics, etc.
- Work collaboratively with fellow Regional Design Team members to create three unique proposals for regional specializations that include:
- Rationale (Why the specialization would be a good fit for the region, potential industry anchor/partnership opportunities)
- Detail types of learning opportunities that may be available for students (magnet options, job shadowing, project-based learning, internships, etc.)
- Considerations may include whether opportunities already exist that need to be scaled or if programming will need to be designed from scratch
- Outline potential jobs/career opportunities that align with the regional specialization
Present proposals to Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee for consideration. The LRFAC is made up of a diverse group of community members and will serve as a steering committee over Blueprint APS implementation.
Regional Design Teams Charge 2
April through June
- Outline ideas for specializations and/or repurposing (magnet schools, reconfiguring grade levels, community centers, etc.)
- Each team will utilize ideas generated from the Building Repurpose Committee in order to make recommendations around how potential repurposed buildings might be utilized by the district/community.
- Each team must incorporate feedback from throughout their region.
- Each team must design specialization ideas to increase opportunities for students and families that best serve the community.
- Each team should fairly assess the opportunities and limitations of implementing each specialization idea.
Present proposals to Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee for consideration.
Phase 3 Timeline
Overall Blueprint APS Process and Timeline
Blueprint APS includes a multi-phased process that incorporates extensive community input. View details by hovering over the three phases below:
Engage the community in identifying potential scenarios for how APS can best serve students moving forward by aligning its educational vision and facilities plan
Consideration of all possible scenarios from Phase 1
Determination of the best scenario for APS moving forward to Phase 3
Implement APS’ approach to best serving its students moving forward, including making any adjustments in policies and practices to align with the selected scenario
Phase 1: Paradigm Development (May-Dec. 2018)
In collaboration with APS stakeholders, Phase 1 of Blueprint APS developed a series of possible scenarios for how APS can best serve our community moving forward. These scenarios identified potential paths for aligning our educational vision with our physical environment by taking into account the voices of our community, the district’s recent and projected enrollment data and the changing Aurora landscape. Each scenario was also be accompanied by a high-level plan for implementation of each possible scenario.
Phase 1 did not produce a recommendation for any one scenario. Instead, it created a range of scenarios for consideration in Phase 2. Phase 1 culminated with a report to the Board of Education in December 2018.
APS hired MGT of America Consulting, LLC, a national public-sector consulting firm, that works with districts nationwide on facilities plans, paradigm development and educational systems planning to facilitate Phase 1 of Blueprint APS.
Possible scenarios were based on input and information collected from students, parents, staff, and the community on its values, the current state of Aurora and APS and how APS can best serve students moving forward. These perspectives were collected through many different channels including community forums, an online survey, focus groups, interviews and task forces.
Two task forces, comprised of community stakeholders and staff, served as the work groups for Phase 1: 1) the What IF Task Force, and 2) the What THEN Task Force, were responsible for the development of the possible scenarios and high-level implementation plans based on community input.
The What IF Task Force developed possible scenarios on how to meet our future educational and facility needs. The What IF Task Force examined local community data, national educational trends and input from community stakeholders to develop the scenarios.
The What THEN Task Force was responsible for identifying the steps necessary to bring each possible scenario to reality.
Phase 2: Paradigm Selection (Winter / Spring 2019)
During Phase 2 of Blueprint APS, the APS Board of Education considered the scenarios developed in Phase 1 and work to determine a series of scenarios that best aligns with the community’s dreams, hopes and aspirations for its students. After considering extensive feedback from the APS community on the five proposed scenarios, the Board developed an initial proposed scenario combining elements from the Phase 2 scenarios and has asked district staff members to begin planning what implementation could look like to achieve this long-term community vision.
Phase 2 occurred in Winter/Spring 2019.
Phase 3: Paradigm Implementation (Spring 2019 and Beyond)
In Phase 3, the APS Board of Education and school and district leaders will work together to implement the selected scenario developed from the feedback gathered in Phase 2 and its five proposed scenarios. The timeline for Phase 3 began in Spring 2019, with Regional Design Teams (RDTs) comprised of students, staff and community members proposing specializations for the seven identified regions. The RDTs will work with the Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee (LRFAC) on developing the proposed regional specializations and will present them to the APS Board of Education in Spring 2020.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Blueprint APS Phase 1 Archives:
- Blueprint APS Phase 2 Archives:
- Phase 2 Scenarios
- Phase 2 Open Houses & Online Survey
- Blueprint APS: School Building Underutilization and Cost (March 5, 2019 BOE Presentation)
- Blueprint APS Phase II Community Outreach (March 19, 2019 BOE Presentation)
- Draft Blueprint APS Framework (May 28, 2019 BOE Presentation)
Blueprint APS Update and Upcoming Board of Education Presentation
I would like to keep you updated on our Blueprint APS process. As I shared with you a few weeks ago, the Board of Education directed staff to begin planning what implementation could look like to achieve our community’s vision for future planning. Staff presented the first steps toward an implementation framework and planning process to the Board on June 18.
Blueprint APS Planning Update and Next Steps
I would like to keep you updated on our important and ongoing Blueprint APS process to develop a new, long-term education and facilities plan for APS.
Blueprint APS Phase 2 Open Houses and Online Survey Completed
As part of Phase 2 of Blueprint APS, the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education asked for your feedback on five community-developed scenarios. Each has a unique approach to how APS could serve its community in the future.
Thank you for sharing your views at one of the community open houses below:
- Saturday, Feb. 23 10 a.m. @ Aurora Central H.S.
- Wednesday, Feb. 27 4:30 p.m. @ Rangeview H.S.
- Tuesday, March 12 6 p.m. @ Murphy Creek P-8
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For those unable to participate in a Community Open House, we also offered an online survey in February and March of 2019.
Blueprint APS Phase 1 Final Report
The Blueprint APS: Phase 1-Scenario Development Final Report details the background research, analysis and community engagement that was completed in Phase One. It also outlines the five community-developed scenarios that present unique paths to serving the APS community. You may view and/or download the full report below.
Blueprint APS Scenarios Presented to APS Board of Education
The Blueprint APS scenarios were presented to the APS Board of Education on Dec. 18, wrapping up Phase 1 of the process. The proposed scenarios address many key aspects of how our school and district structures and programming should support student learning, provide choices for families and most effectively make use of the district's limited funding. Each scenario overview presented included some implementation considerations along with pros and cons. You may view the presentation below. An additional detailed report will be released in mid-January.