Cherry Creek School District administrators had a clear message for students and parents reporting to the newly renovated Fremont Building for classes this week.
"Choice is alive and well in Cherry Creek Schools," CCSD Board of Education Member Karen Fisher told the crowd that assembled in front of the 88,000 square-foot building to officially celebrate the new home for the district's Options Program. "This new facility is an example of our commitment to providing a home for all kinds of learning in our district."
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Options Program's new home took place over the course of two days, with different gatherings on Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7. Accommodating the different schedules of students aligns with the mission at the heart of the Options Program, the district's homeschool enrichment initiative designed to support parents who choose to school their children at home.
Just as the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the impressive new facility were designed to fit into the schedules of Option's diverse cadre of the students, the program itself is meant to meet the unique needs of students and parents of different backgrounds and goals. The program's move into a new home at a dedicated, refurbished facility illustrates the district's commitment to that mission, according to Options Program Administrator Neal Patrick.
"We've come full circle. With this new facility, we're able to represent and accommodate a greater portion of our community," Patrick said. He pointed to the wide array of technology and tools in the building's music, arts and science classrooms. "The district is committed to supporting many forms of learning and education. It's who we are."
Students in the Options Program attend classes taught by certified instructors on-site one day a week. Teachers work with parents to supplement home instruction and offer workbooks, activities and other resources to complement curriculum.
CCSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried joined Fisher and her fellow board members Kelly Bates, Janice McDonald and Board President Dave Willman for the opening ceremonies, taking time to tour the new building after joining program administrators to tour the building. Siegfried pointed out that Options is a part of the district's larger commitment to meeting the needs of all learners in their pursuit of excellence.
"It's exciting that we're able to offer a permanent, 21st-century facility to our Options Program. We want to make sure that these students have all the tools they need to connect to their right future," Siegfried said. "It's wonderful to be able to fully welcome them to the Cherry Creek School District family."