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Academy International Elementary School

Recognized as a Colorado School of Excellence, Academy International Elementary School (AIES) follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) which focuses on developing the whole child through inquiry-based instruction, social emotional learning and a challenging and engaging academic program. Teachers are trained in the Science of Reading and provide differentiated instruction and supports to meet students’ individual needs.

All students receive Art, Music, Physical Education and French instruction, and have the option of a partial French Immersion program in which math, science and social studies are taught in French. We believe strong partnerships between families and school leads to high achievement and prepares students to be compassionate, lifelong learners.

School Profile

  • Enrollment - about 400 students

  • 18 classrooms – three at each level K-5

  • Class size average - 22 students

  • Staff - two full time administrators, 32 certified instructors, and about 20 support staff. All of these educators work closely with the classroom teacher to meet students' needs. 

  • Core curriculum - reading, writing, speaking, math, science, and social studies

  • Specials - music, physical education, art, library, technology, and French

  • Before and after school clubs are also offered to enrich the curriculum


Laura Paris
(719) 234 - 4010

By the Numbers

Year Founded

Feeder Schools

Mountain Ridge Middle School
Rampart High School

Awards & Honors

2021 Academy District 20 Teacher of the Year Award – Wanda Lepillez-Krug
Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award (2016, 2023)
John Irwin School of Excellence (each year since 2008)

Unique Offerings

A partial French Immersion option is available beninning in first grade
All students receive French language instruction.
Dyslexia Satellite School
ESL Magnet School

Preschool Offered

Academics Offerings

Before and After School Child Care
Before and After School Child Care is provided at each elementary school through an outside vendor. The child care program utilizes space within the school and provides a variety of programs for K-5 students.
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence teaches young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy to help them succeed both academically and socially.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program that promotes a safe and encouraging learning environment for all English language learners.
International Baccalaureate (IB): Primary Years Programme
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), for children aged 3 to 12, prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.
Language Immersion
Language Immersion is a technique used in bilingual language education in which two languages are used for instruction in a variety of topics, including math, science or social studies.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
​Multi-Tiered System of Supports provides academic and social/emotional/behavior support for students based on their needs.
Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating (RULER)
Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating (RULER) is a school-wide approach to social and emotional learning developed at Yale University and is used in kindergarten through eighth grade to promote emotional intelligence.
Talented and Gifted (TAG)
The Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program develops and nurtures students with exceptional abilities and talents in academics, creative thinking, leadership, or visual and performing arts.

Arts Offerings