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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE YOUR TYPICAL CLASS SIZES AT ASPEN ACADEMY?

Class sizes typically range from 12 - 16 students per class.

  • In Pre-Kindergarten, class sizes are targeted at 12.
  • Class size increases to 16 in Kindergarten - 8th grade

ARE THERE ANY FEEDER SCHOOLS TO ASPEN ACADEMY?

Preschools: Iliff Preschool, Children's Garden Montessori, My School and The Willows Preschools.
Elementary: Wilder Elementary, University Park Elementary, Homestead Elementary, Stone Mountain Elementary, Cherry Hills Village Elementary, and Lois Lenski Elementary

WHERE DO ASPEN ACADEMY GRADUATES ATTEND HIGH SCHOOL?

Aspen Academy has a unique program that begins the high school process with our 7th grade students. In October, private and boarding high schools visit Aspen Academy for our annual high school fair.

Private High Schools:
Kent Denver, Valor Christian, Regis Jesuit, Colorado Academy, Mullen, St Mary's Academy


Public High Schools:
Arapahoe High School, Littleton High School, Littleton (IB Program) High School, Cherry Creek High School, and Heritage High School

HOW CAN PARENTS GET INVOLVED AT ASPEN ACADEMY?

Our parents are able to participate in our Parent Civic Organization as well as in a variety of volunteer opportunities.

DO YOU ASK FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION?

We utilize an online teacher recommendation system. As you proceed through the online application, you will be prompted to provide an email address for the teacher you wish to complete the recommendation.

WHAT IS YOUR SIBLING POLICY?

Qualified siblings will be considered first in admissions decisions for the next school year.

HOW DOES ASPEN ACADEMY MAKE ADMISSIONS DECISIONS?

Admission to Aspen Academy is based on merit. We maintain an open admission policy and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, learning styles, or disability. In accordance with the guidelines established by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS), parents are notified of the Admission Committee's decision by the established guidelines.

TYPICALLY, HOW MANY NEW STUDENTS ARE NEW TO EACH GRADE EACH YEAR?

Our main entry points are Pre Kindergarten and 6th grade. Every year, 36 new students enter Pre Kindergarten. Openings for other grades vary year to year.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO ME TO VISIT ASPEN ACADEMY?

There are plenty of opportunities to visit Aspen Academy. We offer informational tours on specific dates and times throughout the year and also host a wide range of community events that are open to the public.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A TYPICAL STUDENT SHADOW DAY?

Our goal for visits is to give students a sense of what distinguishes us - in the classroom as well as outside of it. Our teachers will encourage participation in and outside of the classroom. During the visit day, students will be paired with a student ambassador. Visitors will attend core academic classes as well as essentials classes to get a realistic experience of what it is like to be a student at Aspen Academy.

DO PRE KINDERGARTENERS AND KINDERGARTENERS PARTICIPATE IN A SHADOW DAY?

No. Our Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants attend a 1 1/2 hour group assessment with our Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers.

WHAT ASSESSMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE INTO ASPEN ACADEMY?

Aspen Academy requires the following testing for admission:

Junior Kindergarten Applicants:

Developmental readiness is assessed by our teachers during the applicant group visit, but no other formal testing is required.

Kindergarten-1st Grade Applicants:

The AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners). Please register your child here. Aspen Academy offers the AABL on campus on January 12 and January 21; alternatively, you may register your child to take the AABL at another school and request that the results be sent to Aspen Academy (ERB code 570894). The AABL testing fee is $65; please call the AA Admission Office to request assistance if the fee is a hardship.

2nd-4th Grade Applicants:
During their visit, 2nd-4th Grade applicants will take a reading and vocabulary assessment. 3rd and 4th Grade applicants are also required to take an online math assessment one week prior to their visit (instructions and registration information is provided by the Admissions Office).

5th-8th Grade Applicants:

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a required step of the application process for Grades 6 through 8 (and an option for applicants to Grade 5). Please note that AA will accept results from the SSAT in lieu of the ISEE. For more information on the exam and to register, please use the links below. Please call the Admission Office at 303-346-3500 ext 108 to request a fee waiver form if the $105 testing fee is a hardship.

Register for the ISEE Exam

View Denver ISEE Exam Dates

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