Notice Of Closure

Notice of the Closure of
Sims-Fayola International Academy,
Denver, Colorado

Effective February 18, 2015, the Charter Board of Sims-Fayola International Academy–Denver, in consultation with the Denver Board of Education, made the difficult decision of surrender both the high school and middle school charters effective June 30, 2015.
The Board made this difficult decision after analyzing our financial position and the enrollment projections for the 2015-2016 academic years. After the decision was made in November of 2014 to close the high school, our goal was to continue serving students in the middle school. We tried! However, the financial challenges presented by our lower than expected enrollment and the ballooning debt facing our school made continuing operations impossible.
Our school leadership worked with the Denver Public Schools Far Northeast Enrollment Center to ensure that all parents and students enrolled during the spring semester of 2014-2015 were informed of the School of Choice Process. To that end, the young men of Sims-Fayola were enrolled in 22 different Denver Public Schools and 10 non-Denver Public Schools for the 2015-2016 academic years. Denver Public Schools will hire a School Liaison to support the transition of Sims-Fayola students and families. Once the Liaison is hired, families will be contacted. Please utilize the School Liaison for answers to pressing concerns, the goal is to prevent students from becoming lost in the system. With the closure of Sims-Fayola all student records were archived with Denver Public Schools.


Denver Public Schools (DPS) Student Records Office is responsible for the archiving of student permanent records of former DPS students. DPS is now offering a convenient and secure website for former students, corporations and legal facilities to request transcripts and student records online. Please note, if you have withdrawn at any time during the current school year, contact the last school attended for copies of records. NOTE: Due to the closure of Sims-Fayola, please contact Student Records: Kristy O’Bryan, Office: 720-423-3552 or

Per District policy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) student records are only available to those who have authorization from the student or parent, guardian or responsible person if the student is under 18 years of age. If the student is 18 years of age or older, school records will not be released to a parent, guardian, or responsible person without the student’s written consent.

Please note the information below:

  • All requests for student records/information will be submitted and paid for online using a credit or debit card.
  • Phone, mail, or fax requests will no longer be accepted after January 15, 2015.
  • A $4.00 convenience fee will be added to each order.
  • All records will be mailed to the requestor.
  • Please allow 5-7 business days to process student records orders. Most orders are completed by the DPS Student Records Office and received by the requestor or designated recipient within 7-10 business days.

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All requests will be checked for accuracy. Any inaccurate information may result in your record not being processed. All communication with regard to your order, payment, our progress, and the records delivery will be sent via email.

All members of the Sims-Fayola were provided with transition assistance for new positions. All inquiries about employees of Sims-Fayola and school operations should be referred to Deborah Blair-Minter, Executive Director at or the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Attention: Nora Flood, President at
Sincerely yours,
Les Walker                                                                                              Deborah Blair-Minter
Chairman, Sims-Fayola Board of Directors                         Executive Director & Principal

Effective June 30, 2015