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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Banning Lewis Academy—Home of the Stallions! Since opening our doors in 2006, Banning Lewis Academy has successfully provided families the choice of a world class education in a safe, secure environment. Our students benefit from the tireless efforts made by our staff to develop a wide range of programming that engages each student. From early dawn to nightfall, our campuses are buzzing with activity such as Archery, Choir, Football, Boy Scouts, and much more.

We blend the tradition of character development and values with modern technology and tools to create an engaging learning environment that accelerates student achievement and readiness without losing sight of student well-being and personal development. Our mission is to create a safe, positive environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and a thirst for discovery where students and staff succeed through exceptional programs.

At Banning Lewis Ranch, we serve students in Grades K-5. Highlights include our BRICKS Character Education Program, Celebration of Learning Nights, 5th Grade Capstone Field Trip to Washington DC, and a well-rounded student schedule that includes Spanish, Art, PE, Music & Technology.

At Banning Lewis Prep, we serve students in Grades 6-12. We carefully transition students into Middle School with purposeful social activities and organization such as our Order System, sports through the Central Colorado Athletic League, and numerous clubs and electives. In High School, we offer traditions such as Homecoming, Prom, and Student Senate. We focus on Concurrent Enrollment opportunities, Service Learning Projects, Senior Capstone Projects, and college and career readiness (such as online courses, career & technical business programs, foreign exchange program opportunities and much more. At the High School level, our athletes compete in the Tri-Peaks League and have many additional extracurricular opportunities such as Mock Trial, Jazz & Concert Band, National Honor Society, and more.

Thank you for choosing Banning Lewis Academy!

Banning Lewis Academy Principals

Ms. Cassandra Prosch, Elementary School Principal

Cassandra joined the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy family in 2021. She began her career as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in Arizona; and moved to Colorado Springs in 2015 where she taught 1st grade, was an Instructional Coach, and an Assistant Principal with Harrison School District 2. She became Nationally Board Certified in Reading-Language Arts for Early and Middle Childhood in 2017 and obtained her master’s in administration From Western Colorado University in 2019.

Her goal is to put the school and our students at the forefront of her decisions, while championing student growth and achievement. She values collaborating with the community, and ensuring our families remain included as a part of the decisions we make for our students.

Cassandra is currently building a home in Banning Lewis Ranch and could not be more excited to become a member of the community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and loved ones, playing with her dogs, and traveling our beautiful state and beyond when she can.

Mr. Rick Dahlman, Middle School Principal

Mr. Rick Dahlman joined Banning Lewis Academy in 2017 with over 11 years of experiences as a K-8 educator and leader. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, Mr. Dahlman worked at two other schools where he worked on refining his expertise in highly effective classroom instruction and whole child development. Mr. Dahlman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a Secondary Teaching Emphasis from The University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Regis University. His two sons attend Banning Lewis Ranch Academy and he is married to a fellow educator. He loves the BLA family, their partnership with District 49, and looks forward to driving great outcomes for students.

Mrs. Athena Rehorst, High School Principal

Mrs. Athena Rehorst is happy to join the BLPA family as the High School Principal. Mrs. Rehorst grew up outside of Seattle in Mill Creek, Washington. She attended school at University of Washington where she received a BS in Marine Zoology. While doing community service work during her junior year, Mrs. Rehorst decided that she wanted to be a teacher instead of a researcher. She moved to Colorado and received her M.Ed. from Regis University. She taught 5th grade for one year at Remington Elementary and then spent the next 18 years teaching middle school math, science, and technology, first at Divine Redeemer and then at Carson Middle School. She then took the leap to high school and was the Dean and MTSS Coordinator at Rampart High School for the next 3 years. Mrs. Rehorst is married and has two daughters. Her oldest is a sophomore at St. Olaf in Minnesota and her youngest is a freshman at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. In her free time she loves to travel, read, and be outdoors!

Charter School

Banning Lewis Ranch is a public, charter school. We are authorized by District 49 which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

Charter Schools offer families an alternative to the local public school. Charter schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Charter schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.