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Character and Leadership

How you lead your life matters.

Character education and service learning are integral parts of life at Aspen Academy and have been so since the School began in 2005. Our students learn that they should treat others with the kindness and respect with which they themselves would like to be treated.

Character and leadership at Aspen Academy is not only learning the fundamentals of character and leadership, it is living and acting so that character and leadership becomes a natural expression of who we are. It is living a life that allows us to really know who we are and what we stand for.

Our students begin each day with a 30-minute class devoted entirely to the concept of being accountable for what you think, say, and do as well as working to make the world a better place.

A Letter from our Leadership Director

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Pre Kindergarten

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Manners Matter: Macaroni and Please

Curriculum

  • "7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
  • "Manners Matter Macaroni and Please", MannersMatterUSA.com
  • "AEGIS The Character Education Company" , Produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation

Kindergarten

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Manners Matter Macaroni and Please

Curriculum

  • "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Stephen Covey
  • "Manners Matter Macaroni and Please" MannersMatterUSA.com
  • "AEGIS The Character Education Company" Produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation

1ST GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Manners Matter: Proud to be Polite

Curriculum

"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"Manners Matter Macaroni and Please", MannersMatterUSA.com
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation

2ND GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Manners Matter: Proud to be Polite

Curriculum

"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"Manners Matter Macaroni and Please", MannersMatterUSA.com
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation

3RD GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Smoking information
  • Stress
  • Social skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional intelligence

Curriculum

"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation
"Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development", Gilbert J Botvin PhD, Cornell University Medical College

4TH GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Smoking information
  • Stress
  • Social skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional intelligence

Curriculum

"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation
"Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development", Gilbert J Botvin PhD, Cornell University Medical College

5TH GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Smoking information
  • Stress
  • Social skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional intelligence

Curriculum

"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation
"Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development", Gilbert J Botvin, PhD, Cornell University Medical College

6TH GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Smoking information
  • Stress
  • Social skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional intelligence

Curriculum

"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation
"Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development", Gilbert J Botvin, PhD, Cornell University Medical College

7TH GRADE

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Smoking information
  • Stress
  • Social skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional intelligence

Curriculum

"7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens", Stephen Covey
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation
"Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development", Gilbert J Botvin PhD, Cornell University Medical College

8TH GRADE CAPSTONE

EPIC, is the culmination, integration, and application of the values, mission and vision of Aspen Academy, the Aspen Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) , Bears Student Enterprises (BSE), and the Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI). This 8th grade capstone course launches students into a successful high school career and then onto an extraordinary adult life. Personal, social, civic, philanthropic, business, and entrepreneurial development is the aim of this rigorous, dynamic and exciting program.

Aspen Academy, an independent and nationally acclaimed Pre-K through 8th Grade school of innovation was founded in 2005. BSE was founded in 2008 followed by the AYLI. AEI was launched the fall of 2014.

AYLI has developed a comprehensive and sequenced leadership curriculum and program designed to help re-establish a culture of effective personal and community leadership in America's youth. It offers daily leadership classes that focus on the development of concepts and skills in the following categories:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Intra and Interpersonal Awareness
  • Character
  • Leadership

BSE is our innovative program in which 8th grade students operate all ancillary businesses on campus including:

Bear's Store: The in-school store stocks a variety of spirit and school related merchandise

Bear's Cafe: The cafe serves food and beverages to the community for events.

Bear's Broadcasting Network: This network produces bi-weekly newscasts, infomercials, and news magazine segments.

AEI is the first of its kind curriculum that develops personal financial literacy, business financial literacy, and entrepreneurship in students Pre-Kindergarten - 8th Grade. The program seeks to create mastery of understanding as well as to establish financial management habits and skills. The program further seeks to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, vision, and practice in each of its students.

"I just wanted to take an opportunity to thank all of you for another memorable Mentor Program. What I came to realize in short order was that these young adults wanted to be in the program and were looking to excel. As such it was apparent to me that I allow them to develop their own ideas, thought process and foremost to follow their hearts. My role was to foster that mentality, provide some process input, and provide some guard rails if you will." -Aspen Academy Mentor

Character & Leadership News

Alumni, Grace Yount, Featured on Colorado and Company KUSA-TV


Recent graduate, Grace Yount, made an appearance on Colorado and Co. presenting her business Ballet on the Go. She is also a finalists for the Youthbiz Stars business competition. Visit her website here: https://www.balletonthego.com

Student, Walker Hughes, Featured on Colorado and Company KUSA-TV

Student on national TV

Walker Hughes, Aspen Academy 6th grader, has already published his own books. Now, he wants to publish other young aspiring authors too. Learn about his business Walker Hughes.

From Business Plan to Reality
From Business Plan to Reality

8th grader Emily R. created a business plan for a line of spice blends in her Leadership Class that has now become a reality. Rudspice is now being sold at Savory Spice! Read full article on Westword

SCO Observes High School Student Council Meeting
SCO Observes High School Student Council Meeting

Friday, March 18th
Aspen Academy's SCO Executive Cabinet went on an exploratory field trip to Littleton High School to observe a high school full student council meeting. Click here to read more.

Destination Imagination Instant Challenge
Destination Imagination Instant Challenge

Tuesday, March 15th
The Rising Stars team, the Aspen Bears, created a story, script, scenery,and props, with a song and dance, in their performance of The Changing Directions Adventure. Click here to read more.

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