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June Celebrations!
Jessie Skipwith

The Aspen Academy community is made up of members of the Human Family from so many backgrounds and walks of life. Each month provides us a chance to see, hear and recognize these members of our family for the contributions to humanity, society and our community that we see around us every day.  As we enter into these upcoming summer months, we can all feel invited to do our part in creating a community that acknowledges and welcomes all people, and to be more aware and intentional in our understanding about the lives experienced and lived by all of those around us; who Make the World Better...

Aspen Academy Update from Head of School
  • The Aspen Difference
Kristina Scala

Whew! We made it! Together, we climbed something akin to Mount Everest together, and folks, I just want to tell you that there's no one I'd rather do big work with than you. You have listened, supported, understood, leaned into the uncomfortable and unknown, loved and helped each other, and demonstrated grit, determination, empathy and levity. You've been amazing partners, coaches, teachers, learners and dear, dear friends. The gratitude and love that I feel for each and every one of you is immeasurable.

Boy reading in a boat over summer
  • Academics
  • Child Development
Dana Kohls & Corey Sampson

2020-21 has been an exceptional and unique year of learning, growth, perseverance, and dedication to our community. It's hard to believe that summer vacation is right around the corner and it is so well deserved. We want to stress the importance of summer fun, play and family time together. We also know that families are looking for ways to maintain skills or practice new learning, so we're sharing some resources to support with the momentum from this year over the summer.

Students present grade level business pitch in Leadership class
  • Academics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Aspen Difference
Jennifer Gravlee

One of the notable things we hear from alumni parents and their teachers is that they are poised and demonstrate incredible confidence for their age. That’s because they practice. As part of our leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum, our students create grade level or class businesses. Learn more in this blog by Leadership Coach, Jennifer Gravlee.

magnifying glass
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jennifer Gravlee

Each Monday, Leadership Coach Jennifer Gravlee shares a inspiring message with our team, called "Monday Motivation." She recently shared this and we thought families might enjoy the read and reminder about our focus!

Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Cindy Hewatt, School Counselor, LMFT

As we come to the last few weeks of a very unique and challenging school year, it is a great time to be aware of our own, and our children’s, mental health.  We have seen here at Aspen Academy what schools are seeing nationwide, an increase in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.  What I like to tell our students is that there are no “bad” feelings, all feelings are there for a reason, it is how we are able to manage those feelings that can be healthy or lead to more challenges. Read on for resources to support you and your students.

financial aid
  • Admissions
Lynda Sailor

At Aspen Academy, in addition to our commitments to next-generation education, leadership and entrepreneurial development, and community strength and service, we are committed to creating a community we love being around. Our families come from over 40 zip codes around the Denver-area, and represent different needs. For some families, we’re pleased to offer financial aid in support of their being at Aspen Academy. Learn eight insights about our financial aid program in this blog by co-founder and Business Officer, Lynda Sailor.

Student shopping at the 8th Grade Business Expo
  • Academics
  • The Aspen Difference
Jennifer Gravlee

Every 8th grader at Aspen Academy starts their own business. Yes, you read that correctly. Every year, eager 14-year-olds take on a task that many adults have not even done. The hard work they put in, their business ideas and pitches are quite remarkable, but are nothing compared to the skills they walk away with. Learn more in this blog from Jennifer Gravlee!

Save the earth tips from 5th grade students
  • Academics
Amber Craig

For Earth Day 2021, fifth grade students cultivated a list of important was for us each to "make the world better" and be good stewards of our environment for their work in Leadership. Check out their tips in this blog!

Sixth grade students standing near the donation box inside school for their Homelessness project.
  • Academics
  • The Aspen Difference
Jack C., Sixth Grade Student

As part of their service learning project, 6th Grade students collected donations to support in the cause of homelessness. Learn more in this remarkable "thank you" letter from Jack C.

Students showcase their animal research book in outdoor expo.
  • Academics
Joanna Weisel & Jennifer Kubik

"One of my favorite things about Aspen is the exemplary curriculums used throughout the school! The language arts curriculum uses project-based units to encourage student ownership of learning." Learn more about the exciting transition 3rd graders are making in their reading skills as part of their recent project from long-term substitute, Ms. Jennifer Kubik with contributions from Ms. Joanna Weisel!