Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, and we have answers! We’ve compiled answers to the questions we hear most often. If you can’t find the information you need, please give us a call during our regular office hours, or refer to the Elementary Parent/Student Handbook or Secondary Parent/Student Handbook, as applicable.

How do I report an absence or check my child out of school early for a doctor’s appointment?

Please call our office by 9:00 a.m. to report an absence.

If you must take your child out of school during scheduled class time, please sign your child out of school in the office and provide the reason for the absence (illness, doctor appointment, or family matter).

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What time does school begin and end?

Elementary (K–5):  8:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Half-day morning kindergarten: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (pick up no later than 11:15 a.m.)
Half-day afternoon kindergarten: 12:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

To ensure proper supervision, please do not drop off your child earlier than 7:45 a.m. We will send students who remain on campus at 3:40 p.m. to our Before and After School Care and charge accordingly.

Secondary (6–12): 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Download our bell schedule

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Does Addenbrooke Classical Academy offer lunch?

Yes. Although we do not prepare hot lunches, we offer lunches as planned and provided by the district at a cost of $2.50. The district requires every student to pre-order lunches prior to the beginning of each month. We send students home with a menu and lunch order form between the 15th and 20th of each month. In order for your child to receive a hot lunch, we must receive the order form back to us by the due date posted on the menu. Jeffco requires one order form per student; however families may send one payment for multiple order forms. Please include the name of your child/children on the memo section of your check. If you are paying by cash, place it in an envelope with the family’s name on the outside. Since ACA must order lunches in advance, Jeffco Public Schools must charge us regardless of whether or not we actually serve the lunch; consequently, we cannot give credit for missed lunches. We will make every effort to notify parents of field trips in advance of the lunch menu coming home.

ACA participates in the federal government’s Free and Reduced Lunch Program for qualifying families. If you think your family may qualify for free or reduced priced meals, please visit the Jeffco Lunch Menus & Food Services page for an application and qualifying information. Students who participate in this program must still turn in a lunch order each month.

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Are ACA students required to wear uniforms?

Yes. Visit our Dress Code page for specific details about our dress code. Families may purchase uniforms from Educational Outfitters.

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How do I register my child at Addenbrooke?

We’re so glad you asked! Plan on joining us for an informational meeting where we will share all the great things ACA has to offer and acquaint you with our campus. Then follow us on over to our Enrollment page for information regarding registration and immunization requirements.

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Does ACA offer transportation to and from school?

No, we do not. We encourage the use of carpools among our ACA families; however, we do not make carpool arrangements. We invite you to utilize Schoolpool to make arranging carpools easier.

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Since ACA is a charter school, is there a tuition fee?

No, we are a free, public charter school operating under Jeffco Public Schools. However, like other public schools, we may charge fees to cover specific costs. We offer payment plans as well as income-based reductions.

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How can I find out if school is cancelled due to bad weather conditions?

We will close the school if Jeffco Public Schools determines the weather poses a safety risk to our students and staff. You will receive alerts via School Messenger or you can tune in to the major radio or television stations for snow closure announcements. Please be aware that ACA reserves the right to close or delay a start time, even when the district chooses to stay open. For district-wide closure information, you can also call (303) 982-6600 or check the Jeffco Alerts page. Please do not call our school office. 

In the event of emergency dismissals for tornadoes, snowstorms, or other weather-related dismissals, we request that all parents stay in the foyer unless otherwise directed. We will not allow parents to pick up children other than their own without written permission.

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My child needs to take medication during the school day. How do I set this up?

Please complete medication form #924, and send all prescription medication and over-the-counter medication to the clinic in its original, labeled container with a date, the name of the child, the name of the medication, dispensing directions, and the name and telephone number of the doctor prescribing the medication. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that there is an ample supply of medication for the student. Students may not self-medicate at the school.

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May I volunteer in the classroom or visit my child on campus?

Yes. We welcome visitors and volunteers in the classroom as long as they do not cause any disruption. However, we are a closed campus and require all visitors and volunteers to check in and out at the school office. We require every visitor or volunteer in the building to wear a name tag while on our campus. For classroom observations, please schedule with the school registrar at least one day in advance.

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What is a charter school?

A charter school, as a publicly funded elementary or secondary school, enjoys freedom from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools. This is usually in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each school’s charter. Charter school founders are often teachers, parents, or activists who want to bring an innovative approach to the local public school community.

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Is Addenbrooke a Jeffco school, and how is Addenbrooke governed?

Yes it is. Addenbrooke Classical is located within the boundaries and charter through Jeffco Public School District. We are self-governed by our own board of directors. As a public institution, ACA conducts open board meetings.

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3940 S Teller Street, Lakewood, CO 80235

Phone: (303) 989.1336
Fax: (303) 237.1786