Vail Valley Spotlight: New America School |

Vail Valley Spotlight: New America School
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe New America School worked with fourth graders at Brush Creek Elementary recently to create a school supply drive for children in Rwanda.

Organization name: The New America School

Executive Director/president: Kathy Brendza and team

Location: Gypsum

Phone number: 970-763- 7141

Web address:

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Years in business: The New America School in Gypsum enrolled its first class in August 2007.

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?

The New America School in Gypsum serves Eagle County by providing language learners and students who have specific literacy needs with intensive English language instruction, literacy instruction and high school level classes.

Where does your funding come from?

The New America receives state funding and substantial funding from the Jared Polis Foundation.

How many staff members work for you?

We have five teachers, a school psychologist, principal and an office staff.

Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

The New America School serves the community by providing exceptional content and language education to a previously under-served population in Eagle County. The New America School graduated 12 seniors last year. Every student who applied for a college scholarship received one.

New America School has experienced a more than 200 percent growth rate. In spite of our rapid growth, the school has managed to maintain high quality, individualized and differentiated instruction. The school offers sheltered content classes that provide the students with high quality English and content area instruction that the school sees exceptional rates of English language acquisition.

The school also provided 25 percent of its student population the opportunity to enrich their academic experiences, further their personal growth and enhance their character development through its summer program.

While these numbers celebrate the schools successes, the quality of the New America School’s students and their own personal successes and growths are the true marker of the quality of the organization.

While students come to the New America School in Gypsum from across the spectrum (Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Senegal, Portugal, other U.S. states, juvenile detention programs, etc.), each and every student has risen to meet the challenging and rigorous academic curriculum and the high moral expectations. The school has no disciplinary problems and has an extraordinary attendance rate.

Not only do New America School students invest in their own futures, the service learning program encourages them to reach out to the community and invest in a global future. This fall, the school adopted a sister program in Rwanda, a country struggling to develop its academic programs.

The students at New America School have organized a communitywide school supply drive to help support the Rwandan children. The students partnered with Brush Creek Elementary to help teach them the importance of global peace and service. This is just one of the community projects that New America School students organize. They are also working on a community environmental project to increase recycling, reduce waste and minimize consumption.

Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983 or

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