Falcon School District 49 covers the northeastern neighborhoods of El Paso county, including Stetson Hills, Banning Lewis Ranch, Springs Ranch, Falcon Hills, Woodmen Hills, and Meridian Ranch.
General Opinion of the Community: One of the fastest growing districts in Colorado Springs, Falcon District 49 is generally regarded positively, with some community members being concerned about funding and overcrowding issues
Choice / Open Enrollment: Choice enrollment allows families to apply for their students to attend a other than their neighborhood school, inside or outside of District 49. Dates for choice enrollment this year are January 5, 2009 – March 6, 2009. Open enrollment allows families moving into the district during the school year the same choices as choice enrollment. The district has an information page here.
Elementary Schools: Evans, Falcon, Meridian Ranch, Odyssey, Remington, Ridgeview, Springs Ranch, Stetson, Woodmen Hills
Middle Schools: Falcon, Horizon, Skyview
High Schools: Falcon, Sand Creek, Vista Ridge
***Vista Ridge is a new school currently open to grades 9-10 only. They will open for 11th grade in the fall of 2009 and expect all grades to attend by fall of 2010***
Charter Schools:Banning Lewis Ranch Academy (K-8), Imagine Classical Academy (K-8), Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (K-9), Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning (K-8)
Number of Full-Time Teachers: 705 Part-time Teachers: 32
Average Years of Teaching Experience: 8
Average Teacher Salary: $40,571 (state average is $47,494)
Average Administrator Salary: $79,901 (state average is $80,444)
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Instruction and Instructional Support: $52,917,238 (37%)
Administration: $5,233,392 (3.6%)
Building and Facilities: $6,757,113 (4.7%)
Operational Expenses: $7,255,802 (5%)
Other Expenditures: $2,440,118 (2%)
Debt Service: $27,424,795 (19%)
Total District Operating Costs: $43,489,587
Capital Expenditures: $42,107,141 (29%)
Total District Use of Funds: $144,135,599
View the entire Colorado District and School Diagnostic Growth Summary (PDF) for District 49 and its schools.
Also, from the Colorado School Accountability Report:
For District 49’s elementary schools, sixty-six percent of schools scored High on their overall academic performic on the CSAP; thirty-three percent scored Average. When rated on academic growth of students, ninety-two percent of elementary schools scored Typical, eight percent scored High.
Of the district’s middle schools, eighty-three percent scored High on overall academic performance; seventeen percent scored Average. In academic growth of students, one-third scored High, one-third scored Typical, and one-third scored Low.
District 49’s high schools both scored Average on academic performance and Typical on academic growth of students. (Vista Ridge, a third high school, is new and testing data is not available for this school year.)
***A separate post will contain individual schools’ scores.