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Sky Ranch Academy in Colorado Opens for Inaugural School Year

The inaugural school year is underway at Sky Ranch Academy in Watkins, Colorado School leaders and members of the community came together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of the new school.
Many Sky Ranch families and students were in attendance, along with the school’s leadership team and staff. Founding Principal Mary Romke led the event, which was filled with excitement about the coming school year. Other speakers included Jason Pater, interim CEO of National Heritage Academies, and Mark Harding, board president and treasurer.

Families at ribbon cutting.
Pater shared, “At NHA we believe in high-quality educational opportunities for all families. We’re excited about the opening of Sky Ranch Academy. We know that education changes lives, and this is just the beginning of many great things to come for Sky Ranch Academy.”
After the ribbon cutting, everyone was invited for a tour of the school and ice cream. Then, students decorated the sidewalks with chalk, sharing words of encouragement for the first day of school.
This year, Sky Ranch Academy will offer grades K-7, with plans to add one grade per year through grade 12. Congratulations on your brand-new school, Sky Ranch!
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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 more than 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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