Academy of Arts and Knowledge

4800 Wheaton Drive; Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-226-2800
Business Hours: 7:00am - 5:30pmEmail: info@aakelementary.orgWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

AAK is a free public charter elementary school with students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Our Community Learning Center offers a FREE before and after school program for our K-5 students that is also open on most school breaks including the summer!

Our Mission

Within a supportive school community, AAK offers a robust arts program that complements core academics, fosters critical thinking skills, and creates confident, creative individuals with the freedom to reach their full potential.

We will accomplish our mission by:

Providing a safe and engaged school community that allows students to take risks in their learning and treats each student as unique individuals and gives them opportunities to let their creativity flourish.

Offering a world-class education through a standards-based core curriculum that integrates the fine arts and exposes students to diverse cultures, with a balance of technology, character development and enrichment opportunities.

Our Philosophy

When you ask any of our community members what is so great about AAK, the first thing they say is how welcoming and joyful it is. How much it feels like family.

We accept all students here and encourage them to be unapologetically themselves in a world that tries to place them in a box.

We attract families who are looking for a community where their child can be truly seen and supported for who they are as individuals, not a school that tries to force them into some generic mold. Children who never felt like they fit in before thrive at our school because everyone at our school is just a little quirky, and we love that about each other. Children who have felt like they are falling through the cracks find a home at AAK. Our foundation is one of mutual respect and support for one another.

We believe that for true learning and growth to happen, your child needs to first feel safe, loved, and nurtured. At AAK, the individual comes first. We get to know all of our Dragons on a personal level. We know what makes them tick. We know their hopes and fears and we are their biggest cheerleaders. We invite you to explore our site and discover how we integrate the arts into our academics and community, how we encourage and foster each student's growth, and how we welcome each new student into the AAK family. A family where they feel safe, loved, and seen.

Business Review

"My daughter loves going to AAK. Everyone is very welcoming, kind, respectful, and encouraging. They tailor education to individual needs, focusing on their strengths, enabling them to study advanced material when needed, and always motivating them to reach their full potential. The staff are experts in their fields and bring creativity and joy to each student. We love AAK!" Susan Sasson

"We have found what we were looking for...caring teachers, kindness, art, music, and happiness with school again. My daughter was elsewhere last year and not only wasn't happy at school but lost a part of herself.  In a short while being at AAK, my daughter is happier and loving school again! I am so grateful!" Bridgette Bailey"