Empowering Innovative Risk Takers
The Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy is Aurora Public Schools’ preeminent district-wide destination school for students in grades K-8 who thrive in an educational environment with interdisciplinary learning opportunities that promote curiosity, innovation, and entrepreneurial risk taking.
Our academics are infused with an entrepreneurial approach to learning that empowers students to identify opportunities, anticipate needs, and seek innovative solutions ensuring that they are college & career ready. Our project-based learning model uses immersive hands-on, real-world scenarios to help students develop a solutions-based mindset so that they gain real-life skills to address complex challenges. Our dynamic teachers work with students individually and encourage intellectual risk-taking so that students become confident in their abilities. Our collaborative culture promotes the benefits of working together toward common goals so that students learn to work effectively in teams.
Students graduate from middle school prepared to be innovators and leaders.
65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t even exist yet
- World Economic Forum
A Message From Principal Burke
My greatest hope is that students at the Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy are excited to learn, stay curious, recognize that they are seen, known, and accepted for who they are, and supported in achieving beyond what they even thought was possible!
Laura Burke, Principal
A Transition for Wheeling Elementary
In January 2021, the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education directed district staff to implement the next phase of the Blueprint APS plan. This includes closing Wheeling Elementary School at the end of the 2021-22 school year and repurposing/transitioning the existing building into the Clara Brown Entrepreneurship Academy that will serve students throughout the district.
Frequently Asked Questions
- K-3 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Preschool - 9:00 - 11:45(AM) and 1:15-4:00 (PM) (Pre-K is M-Th only)
We have partnered with Rocky Mountain Kids to provide quality before and after care to our students at reasonable cost to families. Operating hours will be from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. More information on their programming can be found at https://www.rockymtnkids.com/
472 S. Wheeling St (currently Wheeling Elementary) near I-225 & Mississippi Ave in Aurora.
Construction will begin over the summer of 2022 and will be phased over several years to repurpose the building to meet our unique theme and needs.
In this first year, you can expect to start seeing new updates to some of the main common areas where students will be able to spread out, get curious, work together on projects and even present their learning throughout the year.
We are working on some extra special new technologies too, so stay tuned!
Since construction will be occurring throughout the summer, school tours will begin once school is in session in the Fall. However, you can check out some of the renderings for what is to come on our website
At this time, we are planning for each student to be issued their own device. This allows for increased ownership, a sense of responsibility and the assurance that they always have access to the technology they need. A technology use agreement will need to be signed prior to a device being signed out to students.
No uniforms will be required, but a dress code policy will be developed to ensure that students are wearing school appropriate clothing. School spirit wear will also be available and we will always encourage students and staff to show their CBEA pride!
The grade level schedules are still being finalized with these goals:
- Longer blocks of time in Humanities (Reading, Writing, Social Studies) and STEM (Math & Science)
- Specials (“Lab classes”) in Art, PE, Music, Technology
- Lunch and Recess daily
- Additional planning time for teachers to support the implementation of project based learning and integration of entrepreneurial-specific themes into lessons.
Aurora is a beautifully diverse community and it is our privilege and priority to ensure that we have a school that represents the richness of that diversity. We are committed to hiring a diverse staff and continue to examine our hiring policies frequently to ensure we are hiring the best and most diverse staff possible. We also strategically market our school to attract diverse student applicants. Current demographic information for our students is not yet available, but that information will be made available in the Fall. We do know that students from every region of APS, as well as other parts of the Denver Metro area have applied and been accepted into CBEA via our lottery process.
We are an inclusive community and welcome all students whether they have disabilities, gifted and talented, or twice-exceptional identifications. Our staff will be partnering closely with both parents and district personnel to ensure that all students' needs are met.
Emergent bilingual and multilingual students will have dedicated time each day to develop their English language skills and staff will work with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Teacher Leader to ensure that all students have access to learning throughout their day.
- A major priority for CBEA is the mental health and well-being of our community. We will be incorporating social emotional wellness time into our schedule, as well as time for students to practice newly learned skills.
- We will be utilizing the Social Emotional Learning Framework (SEL) and 7 Mindsets SEL Curriculum to support our social emotional priorities.
- Additionally a full-time mental health staff member is on hand to support students each day and is available to help connect families to mental health strategies, supports, and resources in the community.
Student interest, as well as availability of adult sponsors will drive what clubs, activities and sports we have at Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy. Upon registration, students and parents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on their interests and once we have enough interest in a particular extracurricular activity, we will work to provide whatever opportunities we are able to. Like all APS schools, sports would not start until middle school, so when we begin to have a 6th grade class, we will determine what sports we will be able to offer. If kids are interested in playing sports prior to middle school, we’d be happy to provide information about local opportunities for kids to participate outside of school at their own expense.
Students residing within APS boundaries will receive transportation to the new school via a hub/satellite system as long as they live outside of the walking distance determined by the district. More information will come directly from the APS transportation department once they have their routes completed, which will likely be sometime this summer. Any students residing outside of APS will need to be transported to and from school by parents/guardians.
At CBEA, we believe that all behavior is communication. In alignment with APS student discipline policies as well as the latest research on effective school discipline, we will use a restorative practices approach to discipline and all staff will be trained in these practices. Our goal is to maximize the time students spend in school and provide learning opportunities and support for behaviors that disrupt students’ learning. Therefore, suspension is a very last resort. Administration will determine whether or not a student will be suspended on a case by case basis. There is no qualifying event for an automatic suspension except for when a student brings a weapon to school or in the event of a serious threat or physical attack.
We believe that the best learning doesn’t always happen in the classroom and therefore are working to partner with several different organizations to provide field trip opportunities for our students throughout the year. These organizations include, but are not limited to, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Young Americans Center for Financial Literacy. All field trips will have alignment to classroom learning units and serve the purpose of enhancing student learning. More information will be provided to families when those opportunities come closer to occurring.
Class sizes will be capped at 25 kids per class with one licensed teacher. Paraprofessionals and other adult personnel and/or volunteers will be utilized as often as possible to support student learning in the classroom.
While our students’ academic achievement is always a priority, we also believe that having fun and celebrating both events and each other is part of the recipe for success! We believe learning and having fun are not necessarily exclusive of each other. We will proudly celebrate our students, staff and community, have fun and laugh often! In alignment with APS policy, we will have cultural celebrations, spirit days, and students’ accomplishments, birthdays, etc. will be celebrated.
Students graduate from middle school prepared to be innovators and leaders.
Clara Brown embodied the principles of entrepreneurship, leadership, and risk-taking.