Starting out the day right
Quentin arrives at Atlas at 7:50 a.m., dressed in uniform (which makes it easy to get ready for school each day!). He sees his teacher smiling to say good morning, and practices looking her in the eye and shaking her hand—something he never did at his last school. He’s hungry, so he grabs his free breakfast while he gets time to finish the next chapter in the book he’s reading before class starts.
Atlas partners with Revolution Foods to provide healthier breakfast, lunch, and dinner to our scholars, and free-or-reduced lunch options for families. All students at Atlas can eat a free breakfast each morning.
We pair our academics with a focused character program designed to strengthen the grit and resolve our scholars need to move forward and chart their course. // Learn More
Our scholars wear sharp uniforms—it makes it easy for students to prepare for school, focus on their work, and come together as a unified team. Our Family Scholarship provides several free uniform items to students for throughout the year and families can always purchase more to keep our scholars feeling and looking their best. // Read Our Uniform Policy
Hitting The Books
Quentin wants to go to college after high school, so he settles into his longer school day (which he thought he’d hate, but it moves at a quick pace, so he doesn’t ever get bored). All of his classrooms are named after colleges, so he heads to Language Arts in ‘UCCS’, a local university he visited during a field trip with Atlas. His teacher checks his homework daily, so Quentin has time to get answers to questions he had when he was working on it last night.
Our first-rate faculty are hand-picked from a national talent pool and they use a variety of techniques to engage our students in 4 hours of high-quality language arts and math instruction daily. // Meet Our Teachers
Longer School Day
A longer school day and year allows our scholars more time to learn, catch-up if they are behind, and excel at their work—including getting a head start on their homework. Atlas is open 6:30-4:30 most days and has a year-round school year that starts in July and ends in June.
Every child has the right to be successful. So we refuse to have anything less than a rigorous academic program, that sharpens their ability to think, understand, and communicate. // Learn About Our Approach to Academics
Food + Unwind
Quentin has 30 minutes to eat,and he doesn’t care that his food is nutritious and affordable—he just knows that it tastes good and he gets to go outside when he’s done! He’s working on making the football team, so he talks plays with some of his friends and teammates before heading back inside.
Atlas offers a variety of sports for students, and we’re expanding our teams every day. Our most popular programs are soccer, volleyball, track, cross country, football, basketball and cheerleading.
Our commitment to partnering with Revolution Foods provides a much healthier breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections for our scholars, with options for free or reduced-cost meals available.
Reading, Writing, Arts + More
Quentin returns to UCCS for his favorite classes—not just writing and reading, but his after school program. Quentin got a choice of several different programs—this semester he considered an art class first, but decided on AP Psychology. He’s anxious to get back to his project—he had a bad day yesterday, and missed a little class time to cool down in a Character Room while a counselor helped him calm down and return to class. Quentin’s group worked independently on solving a few initial challenges with his teacher guiding them to solutions.
With access to over 30 daily after-school programs that are 90 minutes long, many that are in the performing or visual arts, Atlas scholars are encouraged to be creative.
Our scholars learn outside of Atlas as much as possible—field trips to colleges, museums, plays, sporting events, ropes courses, outdoor pursuits.
Our Character Team (school counselors, guidance counselors, etc.) and Character Rooms provide kids with counseling, cool-downs, In-School Suspensions and resources when they are having a bad day or week and turn it around.
Supper Study Hall
With his classes over, Quentin heads to Supper Study Hall. He’s hungry, so he’s glad that dinner is free for all students participating in after school activities. Tonight, they are serving his favorite Sloppy Joes at Study Hall, although, all of the nightly dinners they serve are pretty good to him. Quentin usually gets all of his homework done before he goes home, which he likes because he has more time to relax or go to a sports practice in the evening without having to cram late at night. He had a few questions with his math, a subject that doesn’t come easy for him, so he gets help from teachers in Study Hall to work through it.
Study hall helps scholars get extra help they need, work on homework, get a daily dinner, and helps families who need to work around the school schedule easily. Scholars can be learning until 5pm or year round in June if desired.
Time to go home and relax, with no homework ahead of him! Quentin tells his mom about his day. Quentin’s mom just had one of her bi-monthly conversations with her Atlas Advisor, so she’s already up on what Quentin is working on and knows he’s struggling in math. Quentin’s mom is grateful for Supper Study Hall so she doesn’t have to answer all of Quentin’s math homework questions!
Our advisor system is set up so every family of a child at Atlas has one teacher they can contact anytime about anything.
Atlas’ Family University has classes on a variety of topics for families to get education on and or connect with Atlas, and get the support they need: free transportation, free school supplies, low-cost uniforms, a lengthy orientation process that explains what Atlas is, door to door recruiting that finds families, etc. // Find out more about the Atlas Community