Frequently Asked Questions about Morgridge Academy
Question: Where is Morgridge Academy located?
Answer: We are located in Denver on the main campus of National Jewish Health, which is on the corner of Colfax and Colorado Blvd.
Our physical address is:
1400 Jackson St.,
Denver, CO 80206.
Question: Who attends Morgridge Academy?
Answer: Morgridge Academy enrolls students in grades K-8 with a wide range of chronic illnesses. We have or have had students with all of the following medical conditions:
Question: What are the goals of Morgridge Academy?
Answer: The Morgridge Academy goals include the following:
- Stabilize and improve the health status of the student/patient
- Improve the academic status of the student/patient
- Enter the student/patient back into more traditional medical and school systems.
Question: What programs are offered at Morgridge Academy?
Answer: Programs offered include the following:
Education and disease-specific case management — applies principals of case management to meet individual education and disease management goals
Problem Based Learning curriculum based on Colorado Academic Standards
Programs for fine arts, physical education, library classes, and math block
Active volunteer programs — grandparent and reading buddies programs
Field trips/special events onsite
Question: What medical services are provided at Morgridge Academy?
Answer: We have three full-time nurses on staff who oversee individual case plans and disease education. Students are given the opportunity to do breathing treatments, nose washes, wet wraps, nutritional supplements and pre-treat before PE and recess times. We also offer speech, physical, and occupational therapy with an IEP as well as psychosocial intervention.
Question: What grades do you offer at Morgridge Academy?
Answer: We currently have students in grades K-8.
Question: My student has severe allergies, so I'm worried about the lunch program. How does your lunch program work?
Answer: All of our school meals are provided through the National Jewish Health Cafeteria. We have a set lunch menu that will go home with your student before the beginning of the month, noting what is offered each day. We are VERY careful about what we serve our students, and we are a nut-free school. We ask that if you send a lunch to school with your student, the drinks they bring should only be 100% juice, water or milk. If your student has any other food allergies, we will ask the cafeteria to make an alternative meal for your child that he or she can enjoy.
Question: What does a typical school day entail?
Answer: Students can arrive at school any time after 7:30 a.m. to eat free breakfast. Our first bell rings at 7:45 a.m.. Our tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m. Students have 40 minutes of fine arts and 40 minutes of PE daily. They also have a 20-minute recess and a 20-minute lunch. School dismissal is at 3:20 p.m. On Fridays, school is dismissed at noon to allow for teacher in-service.
Question: What is the typical class size?
Answer: Our typical class size is 10-15 students.
Question: Do you have special education services?
Answer: We do have special education services available to students with identified educational needs, which can be met by our school staff. All of our teachers currently have their Master's degree, and all have a background working in special education. We offer a wide variety of therapy (physical, occupational, speech) and have a full-time child advocate and school counselor to work with students on social, emotional, and behavioral issues.
Question: What qualifications do school staff have?
Answer: Morgridge Academy has licensed regular and special education teachers, all of which currently have their Master's degree. We also employ a full-time education media specialist, fine arts teacher and physical education teacher. Morgridge Academy has a full-time child advocate and social worker available to assist students throughout the day. The school clinic is staffed with at least two registered nurses daily.
Question: Do you provide transportation?
Answer: We currently do not provide transportation for our students. However, we currently buy an RTD bus pass for any student in the school who needs one, in order to get to and from school. For those students who are in 5th grade or below, we will pay half the amount of a bus pass for their parent/guardian to ride the bus with them to supervise.
Question: Do you provide before/after school care?
Answer: We do not have consistent before/after school care available. We do run 3 sessions of after school clubs throughout the year. We offer different after school clubs each day, catering to the interests of students. These clubs are free to students and run from 3:30-4:30 Monday-Thursday.
Question: Do you have any extracurricular activities?
Answer: We currently do not have any extracurricular activities available for students. We do have a list of things to do in the community, if parents are interested in activities outside of school.
Question: How much does it cost to send my child to Morgridge Academy?
Answer: We are blessed with generous donors who make it possible for students to attend Morgridge Academy for free. We are funded through the Colorado Department of Education as an Approved Facility School. All of our other benefits, such as our Interactive White Boards, student computers, playground, etc., are funded through friends of Morgridge Academy.
Question: Do you have a dress code?
Answer: At Morgridge Academy we wear uniforms Monday-Thursday, allowing the students to wear "street clothes" on Friday. We wear uniforms to help promote school unity. Uniforms help students focus on learning instead of how they look. As visitors come to our school, we show them the pride we have in ourselves by following the uniform code and dressing appropriately.
Question: What is your curriculum?
Answer: We are a Problem Based Learning (PBL) School. Problem Based Learning is a teaching model where students gain knowledge and skills by working collaboratively to investigate and solve an authentic community based problem. Through this model, students create a solution to be put into practice in the community to solve the problem. Our curriculum is based on Colorado Department of Education State Content Standards. Our K-2 students also engage in a reading curriculum called SuperKids.
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