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What is a Dean? Learn More About How They Help Transform Lives at Sky Ranch Academy

For parents not familiar with National Heritage Academies (NHA) schools, you might be wondering about our deans.

Our deans function as administrators who also help in classrooms throughout the day. Deans often work with parents and teachers to find ways to work together for the best outcome for the student. These aren’t vice principals – they’re extra teachers, emotional supporters, professional development instructors, an extra ear for students who need a moment, and they support the education of all scholars.

Deans at NHA oversee a certain segment of each building. At a school like Sky Ranch Academy that is starting with kindergarten to seventh graders, there might be a dean of lower elementary (K-2), a dean of upper elementary (3-5), and a dean of middle school (6-8). We use this layered approach because it helps our teachers and deans work together with our scholars to resolve issues in the classroom. It also builds better relationships with parents.

Teachers and deans share a special bond. The deans at our schools work to support both teachers and students, and everyone excels when they’re in the classroom. They transform the lives of their peers and students but still are teachers at heart.

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About Sky Ranch Academy
Sky Ranch Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Watkins, Colorado, serving students in kindergarten through seventh grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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