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Cordera and Wolf Ranch, master-planned communities in northern Colorado Springs, are in the growth-spurt zone of Academy School District 20.
"It's the area growing the most quickly, with a lot of young families moving in and an easy commute to Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson and the Air Force Academy," said D-20 Superintendent Mark Hatchell.
With more homes come more students. In November 2016, 60 percent of D-20 voters approved a $230 million bond authorization for multiple construction projects districtwide.
D-20 has a reputation as one of the top-performing districts in the Pikes Peak region.
A committee is studying D-20 boundary lines to determine whether changes should be made to accommodate the continual influx of students. Enrollment has grown by about 7 percent in past years and is projected to near 26,000 students this school year.
Chinook Trail Elementary School is in Cordera, with Challenger Middle School and Pine Creek High School nearby.
The Classical Academy, the largest brick-and-mortar charter school in the state, is in D-20 and operates three campuses.
The Banning-Lewis Ranch Academy, another D-20 charter school, recently expanded to add a high school.
Wolf Ranch is home to Ranch Creek Elementary School. Construction on a new $21 million elementary school broke ground May 30,2017 on an 82-acre site where Research Parkway will extend to Black Forest Road. The school will accommodate 600 kindergarten through fifth grade students and open in the fall of 2018. Also debuting on the site next school year will be a $12 million Innovation Learning Center that will house the district's home school program, online education and the Challenger Learning Center, which provides space-oriented education for the community. Construction will start in October, along with a new middle school and a permanent building for School in the Woods in Black Forest.