My wife and I entered Cole Arts and Sciences Academy with little idea of what we were getting ourselves into.

We had just moved to the inner city and were looking for a school for our three school-age boys. A friend told us to check out Cole — a brand-new school with a new staff and a great leader. I had no idea of Cole’s troubled history as the only school in Colorado to have been closed down twice. I had no idea that 96 percent of the kids lived in poverty or that over 90 percent were below grade level in their reading.

No website, school report cards, or records of previous years record could be found. Cole was a brand new K-8 school.

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Written by Jason Janz