Principal’s Message

Mr. Drew Cleveland - Principal

Risley International Academy of Innovation

Dear Families, Students, and Community of Risley International Academy of Innovation,

                On behalf of all the staff at Risley, it is my pleasure to welcome you to a new and exciting school year.  For those of you whose children have attended our school in the past, we are so glad to have you returning.  And for those of you whose children are just entering Risley, we are pleased to have you as a part of our school community.

                Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Drew Cleveland and I am honored to be serving as your new principal.  I have been an educator for 17 years serving as both a teacher and administrator. I am originally from Oklahoma, but have lived in Colorado for 20 years.  My wife is a middle school teacher as well.   I look forward to meeting you and getting to know the Risley community. 

                The entire staff at Risley is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for your child.  Since 2013, Risley has continued its journey as an Innovation School.  Innovation status allows us to pursue educational programming that better fits the needs of our students and community. As an Innovation School, Risley offers an extended school day and year.  Students have many opportunities for success through after school programs and daily academic interventions.  Risley offers a wide range of athletics, clubs, and activities.

This past spring Risley achieved full certification as an International Baccalaureate-Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) School!  The IB-Middle Years Program (MYP) provides students with the opportunity to explore content at a deeper level by seeing the connections between subject matter and their own lives.  The IB-MYP helps students develop their creativity and critical thinking skills to develop a love of learning. 

                Risley has also adopted AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination.  AVID teaches students the necessary skills to succeed at higher levels of learning.  The goal of AVID is to prepare students for the rigors of a college education.  Teachers incorporate AVID learning strategies into their lessons to spark student engagement and critical thinking.  Students enrolled in the AVID elective receive daily support to build their skills to become confident learners. 

                Again, I want to welcome all of you to what we hope will be your best school year yet!  The staff at Risley is very dedicated and has high academic expectations for our students.  The social and emotional well being of your child is of utmost importance to us as well.  We are committed to do what it takes to improve the level of achievement of your child and seek an active partnership with our families and community to realize our vision and mission. Please do not hesitate to stop by the office or call if we can assist you in any way.   I look forward to meeting you soon!  Go Bears!!            



Drew Cleveland