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Uniforms are required everyday unless otherwise specified by administration.

Uniforms include:

  • Black PODER Pants 
  • Black PODER Skorts
  • Black PODER Shorts
  • Short sleeved green PODER Polo
  • Long sleeved green PODER Polo
  • Short sleeved red PODER Polo
  • Green PODER Sweatshirt
  • Black PODER Zip Sweatshirt
  • Grey PASS short sleeved Polo

All idealistas should wear tennis shoes daily, even if tennis is not their specials for the day.

Idealistas may NOT wear long sleeve shirts under their PODER polo’s. This is due to our availability of hoodies and zip up hoodies. 

Boys and girls wearing shorts or skorts should only wear regular length socks in white or black, or PODER socks.  Black leggings are acceptable for skorts. 

Absolutley no beanies, non Poder hoodies. If a student is wearing a Poder hoodie, the hood must be off. 

The uniforms serve to:

  • Unite PODER as a community
  • Reduce distractions and clothing competition
  • Promote equality
  • Cost effective for parents

Research has shown that tennis and chess have a strong correlation to academic success and promote healthy lifestyles well into adulthood. The skills acquired through these activities will serve students as they pursue college scholarships and move into professional careers.

Common Core is commonly misperceived. In June 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and Math. Therefore, all schools in Wyoming are mandated to meet these standards. It is then left to each individual school to decide how to meet the standards, and what curriculum and model is best for their students.

In order to facilitate students with special needs, the school's very own Special Education Director (SPED) will structure individualized behavior plans around the student’s needs. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will take the lead on disciplinary measures concerning students under their supervision. The IEP team is composed of a member of the Administrative team, the student’s teacher, and the Special Education Director, and will develop behavior intervention plans when necessary in accordance with the student’s IEP. The school also has a full-time ELL specialist on staff to provide services and support for ELL students.

There is no enrollment fee at PODER Academy.

Each employee holds the required certifications and/or licensure as stipulated by the Wyoming Professional Teaching and Standards Board. These are the same requirements applied to all Wyoming public schools.

PODER Academy is a charter school with independent operating authority. PODER employees are not considered employees of the Laramie 1 School District. Therefore, the school has adopted a Grievance Policy designed to facilitate parent and community concerns in an efficient and judicious manner. 

Parent and community members are encouraged to resolve their concerns directly with teachers and staff whenever possible, but will also have the opportunity to appeal to the Administrative team if necessary. If the issue is still not resolved, parent or community members can submit their concern to the PODER Board of Trustees at least one week prior to the next Board meeting. All Board meetings are public, and dates are posted on this website.