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Middle School Dance Class
PPA was created to serve students and families with a passion for the performing arts. There are no audition or talent requirements to attend PPA.  
Parents of young children often wonder if a performing arts school might be a good fit, since they are not yet sure of their child's interests. Along with an outstanding academic team trained to support early literacy, math, science and social studies development, students will benefit from the creative, engaging, active, and cooperative lessons found in our performing arts classes. These classes include theater, dance, movement, music, and art. Students are able to explore a variety of arts opportunities during multiple daily encore classes.
Along with core academic classes, middle school students will enjoy choosing four electives from a long list of performing arts focused classes. Our core performing arts pathways include dance, theater, musical theater, instrumental music and vocal music... but there are many more to choose from.  
Founded 2016
School District
Douglas County School District (Colorado)
Next Charter Renewal
Student-Teacher Ratio
Kindergarten 15:1
1st – 4th Grade 15:1
5th – 8th Grade 25:1

2022-23 Academic Year: 620
Elementary School: 267
Middle School: 353

Student Demographics
White: 56%
Black/African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 26%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3%
Other racial/ethnic: 10%
English Language Learners (ELL/ESL): 5%
Special Education: 12%
Gifted and Talented: 5%
Students eligible for free or reduced lunch: <12%

School Day
Kindergarten: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Elementary School (K-4): 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Middle School (5-8): 8:00 a.m. – 3:32 p.m.
Douglas County School District Apple Award Nominees
  • Courtland Peterson
  • Pauline Villalba
Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival
  • Bard's Prize 2017
  • Shakespeare Festival Award 2019
  • Bard's Award 2023
National Junior Thespian Convention
  • Main Stage Performances 2021
  • 3rd Place in Junior Tech Olympics 2022
All State Choir Nominations
  • 2017-2023
Battle of the Books
  • 3rd Place 2019
  • 2nd Place 2020
Middle School Honor Societies
National Junior Honor Society
National Honor Society of Dance Arts
Junior Thespian Society
National Junior Arts Honor Society
Tri-M Music Honor Society
High School Acceptances
Chaparral High School
Colorado Early Colleges
Denver School of the Arts
Douglas County High School – International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
Highlands Ranch High School
Legend High School
Lutheran High School
Mountain Vista High School
Ponderosa High School
Regis High School
Rock Canyon High School
Thunder Ridge High School – International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
VALE - Venture Academy of Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Valor Christian High School