Welcome to Snowy Range Academy
Academic Excellence, Character Education, and Fairness for All
Snowy Range Academy (SRA) is a tuition-free kindergarten through 8th grade public charter school in Albany County School District #1. Our Core Knowledge charter school emphasizes academics, phonics-based Spalding Language Arts Instruction, accelerated Saxon Math, character education, and one of the most important, parental involvement.
A Message from Our Principal
Every year the U.S. Department of Education recognizes a small number of public and private schools demonstrating high achievement levels and academic excellence. Due to the outstanding work of SRA community members, past and present, our time for recognition has come. It is my honor to announce Snowy Range Academy is a 2018 Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance! We are one of only three schools in Wyoming and one of twenty charter schools in the nation to receive this award. This nomination is an incredibly exciting achievement for our school community and truly highlights our accomplishments through the years. While this is certainly an award earned through the efforts of our entire community, our teachers and staff deserve extra special accolades. It is the daily dedication and hard work of SRA teachers and staff that made this nomination possible. I would also like to affirm this award would not be possible without our phenomenal students and the families ensuring they are here ready to learn every day. Thank you, and congratulations to all for this prestigious recognition. We will be hosting a celebration to share this accomplishment with our entire community. Also, we would like to send a small group of teachers to Washington D.C. in November to accept this award in person. Please watch for announcements to learn how you can support these future efforts.
While I would like to speak more on this amazing accomplishment, I must move on. It is hard to believe September has passed, October is here, and we are beginning our sixth week of school. Our school year is off to a very fine start and I hope all parents have become acquainted with their child’s teacher(s). Our first five weeks were full of learning and our students are shining bright. On October 3, our middle school will attend a live performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and tour the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. This is an exciting annual event and we hope all students can participate. A new school year is busy and a big adjustment; it is my hope all students feel comfortable in their classrooms and are experiencing success with their learning.
We have begun our fall DIBELS, WY-TOPP, and MAP testing to identify current student performance as well as our learning needs. We will be sharing this information as well as 2017-2018 WY-TOPP summative results during parent-teacher conferences, October 24 and 25. Teachers and/or our literacy specialist may contact parents prior to conferences to discuss participation in literacy support groups.
Our SRA 5K Run/Walk will be on October 6 at 6:45 p.m. at the Laramie Athletic Complex (Old Deti Stadium). Our goal for this event is to increase awareness of Snowy Range Academy in the Laramie community and raise funds to support our marketing efforts. If you have not registered, it is not too late; unfortunately, shirts are only available for pre-registered participants. We are hoping for a great turnout from the SRA community as well as the Laramie community at large. I hope to see you all there.
John R. Cowper
John R. Cowper