BRIGHTON — Eagle Ridge Academy will start the 2014-15 academic year at capacity. Principal Ben Ploeger said approximately 500 students will be filling the halls of the school this year, compared to last year’s 410 students, and it will be the largest group of students and teachers the academy has had since it opened in 2010.
Because the school is at capacity, Ploeger said they cannot enroll any additional students, unless some of its current students withdraw, and that the academy currently has a waitlist of about 20 students. He said while the freshman class is approximately the same size, with 165 incoming students, the number of students in the senior class has grown by about 75 students to 100 students this year.
Despite being at capacity, administration continues to focus on providing students with a strong academic program. The school is expanding the technology classes it is able to offer to students to include digital photography and video game design.
Ploeger said the school has hired part-time Performing Arts Teacher Kali Palmer to develop and diversify course offerings to meet the needs and interests of more students. Art Teacher Alexander Lisman, whose work has been featured in several galleries throughout the Metro Denver area, will also be joining teaching staff at the academy. Ploeger said they will also be adding an additional science teacher this year so the academy can maintain its science program
Also joining ERA this year are science teachers Joe Hammond and Stephanie Wilcox, Technology Teacher Aron Jones, English Teacher Brian Anthony, Counselors Barbara Scarsi and Beth Allen and Special Education Paraprofessional Elishia Meyers.
The first day of school for freshman will be Aug 14 and sophomores, juniors and seniors will return to school the following day. Upcoming events at the academy include Back to School Night on Aug. 28 and the schools Back to School Dance on Sept. 5. Ploeger said ERA’s Warrior Alliance parent group will soon be selling school calendars to keep families in the loop.