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Aurora Central High School to become district's first visual and performing arts magnet school

New APS Magnet Schools Named after Notable Coloradans of Color

We are excited to announce that the APS Board of Education unanimously approved the name recommendations for our two new magnet schools opening August 2022! The Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy and The Charles Burrell Visual and Performing Arts Campus are the first magnet schools as part of our Blueprint APS facilities plan. These magnet schools are located in regions 3 and 6 and will serve students in APS and across the metropolitan area. Visit to learn more!

Aurora Central: Spotlight on Concurrent Enrollment

The number of Aurora Public Schools students earning college credit while still enrolled in high school is at an all-time high. Aurora Central is one of our high schools leading the charge with over 300 high school students participating in the APS Concurrent Enrollment Program.

Concurrent enrollment includes an exciting partnership between the Community College of Aurora and APS, which is designed to increase the number of high school students earning college credit for free.

Aurora Central High School senior Achol Redgebol is taking full-advantage of this opportunity to earn college credits without paying a dime. “The price of college can make it inaccessible, but with the concurrent enrollment program, it provides an opportunity to get your general credits out of the way while saving a lot of money,” said Redgebol. “I am very grateful that APS encourages students to participate in this program.”

Upon graduating high school in May 2022, Redgebol will have 41 college credits already completed. She has been taking concurrent enrollment courses since sophomore year.

This year, Aurora Central is proud to offer 35 different sections of college-level courses to students, ranging from English Composition and College Algebra, to Music Appreciation and Introduction to Sociology, to ceramics and photography. Across the district, there are 131 sections of concurrent enrollment courses available to high school students, and more are expected to be added.

One of the goals of the APS 2026: Faces of the Future strategic plan is that students will have credentials that open doors, which can include college credits, digital badges and a range of college and career certificates.

To learn more about the APS Concurrent Enrollment Program, visit

Denver Broncos high school football coach of the week: Aurora Central's Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly, our head football coach, has officially been announced the Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Week!

Here is the link to an article the Colorado High School Activities Association published on this story.

Alumni Success Story

ACHS Alumni Dominique Gordon from the class of 2006 has published his first poetry book.

“I was class clown back in high school. Since then I’ve done theatre and music. My two bands Stonewall BLVD and Avery Jacob did pretty well. This book is kind of like a 3 act play. Relationships, Mental Health and Black Empowerment. I hope you enjoy it fellow alumni. Stay blessed”

Dominique Gordon's debut poetry collection, Melanin Muse, explores what it is to be Black in this day and age. By diving deep into mental health, relationships, and black empowerment, Dominique writes poetry to spark the mind and influence change. His book is now available for purchase on Amazon: Melanin Muse: A Poetry Collection

Alumni Success Story

ACHS Alumni Naquetta Ricks from the class of 1984 was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives on November 3rd.

“As a young girl, I fled a Civil War in my native country, Liberia, and resettled in Aurora. Since then, I have had the opportunity to live what now seems like an impossible American Dream. After graduating from Aurora Central, I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Metro and CU respectively...

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