John E. Flynn a Marzano Academy


    The John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy is a public school of innovation created around the vision of Dr. Robert Marzano where highly-trained teachers and staff deliver a quality education focused on academics and the development of social and emotional skills to prepare students to live productive, fulfilling lives. Flynn Elementary is just the second Marzano Academy in the United States.

    Dr. Marzano is a leading supporter of competency based education and was looking for a school that was equipped to implement his vision of a personalized education that meets the needs of all children. Westminster Public Schools (WPS) is the largest school district in the nation to adopt a Competency Based System learning model, and after ten years of work,  Dr. Marzano approached WPS about a new partnership 

    The school opened as a pre-kindergarten though level 5 school and will expand to include levels 6, 7 and 8.  


  • John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy

  • What is a Marzano High Reliability School?

    A Marzano High-Reliability School helps students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers and beyond. The framework consists of five levels:

    • Safe and Collaborative Culture
    • Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
    • Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
    • Standards-Referenced Reporting
    • Competency-Based Education

    In addition to a solid core curriculum, students will focus on a yearlong project in which they find creative, meaningful ways to give back to their community. For more information about High-Reliability Schools, visit

  • What is Different?

    Students at John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy will wear uniforms and have a longer school day beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m. The extended hours equal two weeks of additional instruction. In addition, extended day opportunities will continue until 5 p.m.

    Among the programs under consideration are lacrosse and martial arts. The Academy partners with outside groups including Rachel’s Challenge to develop a climate and culture that ensures a safe nurturing environment in which students learn tolerance for others and build their own self-esteem.

  • Who are the Teachers?

    Since the Marzano Academy will be an innovation school, the handpicked staff will fully embrace the Marzano approach and the creation of a Marzano High-Reliability School.

    For educators interested in teaching at the new Marzano Academy, visit