New Charter School Signs Land Lease for Location
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Earlier this year NewsChannel 5 brought you the story of a local man who was hoping to open an art and nature based charter school in the Grand Valley.
A lot of progress has been made since then and this week a land lease was signed for the location of the new Juniper Ridge charter school.
Patrick Ebel, a certified teacher and the administrative director behind Juniper Ridge says now that they have secured a location, the school should be up and running by the 2013-2014 school year.
"A lot of people are looking for alternatives and there aren't enough alternatives here in the valley for kids," said Ebel.
Juniper Ridge is a multicultural charter school that would give students a more blended education experience through the Waldorf Education Method.
"The education is really geared not just toward their head, not just towards memorizing facts and learning about information, but it's geared towards their hands, the practical application of that knowledge and it's geared towards their heart," said Leah Pabst, a mother of three who is planning on enrolling her sons in Juniper Ridge.
"Waldorf education is based on child development and what we do is we use art, music, movement and story to teach the academics," said Ebel.
Although students would be taught in a non-traditional way, parents will still be able to track their student's success.
"We are held accountable to the state standards, so we will align our curriculum with the state standards and all of the children will still need to take the state assessments," Ebel said.
Currently the enrollment for Juniper Ridge is more than halfway full.
The program still needs to finalize their contract with School District 51 before officially opening. Ebel says he anticipates that to happen during an upcoming Board of Education meeting.
If you would like to learn more information about Juniper Ridge, informational meetings are held every Wednesday in May at Barnes and Noble at 6:30 p.m.