Vertical Skills Academy

Vertical Skills Academy, is a specialized school serving students in grades 1-8 who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. Our unique program helps bridge literacy gaps, foster academic, social and emotional growth for students and families. Giving to VSA supports a scholarship fund as well as a capital fund allowing us to 'reach and teach' students who otherwise would not be able to afford tuition.

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Vertical Skills Academy​​​​​​​
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32158 Castle Court Suite 201
Evergreen, CO 80439
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32158 Castle Court Suite 201
Evergreen, CO 80439
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Mission Statement

To provide students with dyslexia a specialized educational learning environment where their strengths, needs, and interests are addressed. Individual learning plans guide and foster academic, emotional, and social growth in a non-traditional, private school setting. We strive to use data-driven instruction and scientifically proven methodologies to design educational treatments for our students.

Organization History

Founded in 2014 by two educators- Kara Osberg, a mother of 2 dyslexic children and literacy specialist, and Audra Chapleski, an educator and administrator, Vertical Skills Academy launched with a small group of hopeful parents and six students. As year four begins, our enrollment exceeds 30 students!

Our school name explains our mission:

Vertical - A clearly defined population of bright dyslexic students in 1st-8th grade that make up a talented and supportive community.

Skills - We provide specific skills to improve literacy acquisition and application through data-driven multi-sensory instruction,

Academy - A specialized school with highly trained staff in a small, focused setting maximizes students' performance.

VSA provides a safe haven for students to thrive and a place where families can trust the educational care of their children.


"Literally, after just one day at VSA, he was a different child. He came home full of smiles, telling us that he loved everything at school and that reading and writing were his favorite parts of the day!" - Father of a mid-year enrolled 5th grade student

"This very special place has turned our lives around by helping our 2nd grader develop the tools necessary to not just function from day to day, but achieve goals we never thought possible. Our community is extremely fortunate to have access to this extraordinary school"- Mother of 2nd grader

"VSA is the best decision we could have made for our daughter after receiving her Dyslexia diagnosis. She has gained an amazing amount of confidence, not only in her reading, but her math skills as well. The teachers have an extensive Dyslexia knowledge base and expect a high level of achievement from all their students, which I greatly appreciate." - Mother of 1st grader

"Our daughter's language skills improved so much that she returned to 'regular school' this year after only one year at VSA. She regularly volunteers to read in front of the class and consistently scores very high in spelling" - Mother of 3rd grader

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