They can focus on many academic areas, but when charter schools focus on language immersion, they fill a unique need for many districts.
World Compass Academy is a charter school in Douglas County Colorado, which is bringing language immersion to Castle Rock. It is a K-5 school, and one of two language centered charter schools to open this year in the county.
Jim McDevitt was so inspired by the passion of those who started World Compass Academy, that he worked as the school's principal for nine months for free.
More than 500 students will start this week for the first school year, and McDevitt is excited to see the impact of the focus on language in action. Previously he was principal of a Cherry Creek elementary school that he helped open, and is now paid to be World Compass's principal.
"Really, it's just a couple of people who started this, and you can see it in action right now," McDevitt said. "Lots of hours, but it's fun to see that passion playing out in people. I think we're going to excel at the language piece."
Castle Rock mother Anna Lisa Jones is sending three children to the school. "I loved the idea of an international focus," she said.