Word is getting out about the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus.
Judging from the number of students who've already put their names in since CCIC applications formally opened in January, the news is spreading about the one-of-a-kind facility set to open its doors in the fall. According to CCIC Principal Mark Morgan, more than 500 students from across the Cherry Creek School District have already applied to the school, which will offer applicable, immersive instruction in seven professional pathways.
"We're hoping for 800 to 1,000 kids for year one, and we already have 500-plus students who've gone online, filled out all of their information and applied electronically," Morgan said, adding that so far the applicants are relatively evenly distributed among all of CCSD's seven high schools. "These students are champing at the bit, and they haven't even opened up registration at the high schools yet. That is outstanding.
"We feel like there's a buzz," he added.
The milestones have been racking up recently for the CCIC, the state-of-the-art, 117,000-square-foot facility located east of Dove Valley Regional Park that will serve as a unique resource for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders from across the district. With construction progressing rapidly and administrators working closely with CCSD students to finalize the look, feel and layout of the new building, conceptual plans are quickly becoming realities. What's more, Morgan noted exciting updates in the school's curriculum that stresses state-of-the-art training in seven professional pathways – Advanced Manufacturing, Hospitality and Tourism, Business Services, IT and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Infrastructure and Engineering, Health and Wellness and Transportation.
"In every single one of our pathways, we've already got a teacher/leader who's been designing curriculum and course content," Morgan said. "We are hiring at least one other person in each pathway, and in some cases, we're hiring three. We've got 18 people working full-time on the CCIC currently, and when we open the doors in August, we'll have about 50 professionals who'll be calling the facility their home."
Morgan stopped in at Overland High School on Jan. 30 to spread this exciting news and to field questions directly from a group of juniors, who asked about GPA requirements, transportation, scheduling details and other specifics about the daily operation of the new campus. Morgan explained that GPA will not be the determining factor in accepting students, adding that administrators are looking for those who are passionate about learning and following a specific course. He explained that buses will run regular routes from all of the district's high schools to transport the students enrolled in the CCIC's two-hour-and-45-minute instruction blocks, and stressed that the schedule will be designed to accommodate extra-curricular activities at the students' home schools.
Most of all, Morgan stressed the fact that the CCIC's exciting professional and career-based instruction is a resource designed for all students in the district. The application process, he added, will be conducted in a fair and transparent way, and administrators are working hard to find those students who are eager to fully take advantage of the school's resources.
"We want to find students who have a passion about learning," he said. "We want to find students who truly want to learn and explore all the possibilities that the CCIC has to offer."
CCIC applications are NOW OPEN! Log on to ccic.cherrycreekschools.org to fill out the online form, and to find more information about classes, instructors and background about the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus.