We are committed to providing each and every one of our students an education of consequence that equips them with the skills, habits, attitudes and content needed to successfully develop and navigate an extraordinary and purposeful life. Our program intentionally and consistently cultivates:
•Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
•Collaboration Across Networks
•Agility and Adaptability
•Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
•Effective Oral and Written Communication
•Accessing and Analyzing Information
•Curiosity and Imagination
This transformed education model is a paradigm shift in educational delivery. We are committed to developing students who learn for life, not just for school. To do this, the daily commitment to the following is palpable to all who visit:
Personalization: Today’s children are digital natives. They, and a growing number of adults that they are attached to are accustomed to getting information and meeting their personal needs with a click of a button in a user-friendly, personal and customizable way.
Personalized Instruction Profiles: Each student receives a customized 10 page individualized learning and academic profile and plan to ensure they are achieving their highest potential each year of enrollment.
Specialized Domain Teaching Assignments: These assignments promote instructional specialization as early as Kindergarten allowing each teacher to develop expertise in their domain and focus on developing each child.
Technology Integration: Our commitment to personalization continues to strengthen through our commitment to technology integration allowing students a myriad of ways to acquire and demonstrate their learning.
Student Ownership: Developing individuals who know their gifts, strengths, passions and can articulate and execute on those is paramount in an economy that is moving rapidly away from an institutional mindset. Higher levels of thinking and learning require ownership thinking and habit. Education needs to include a strong emphasis on project based learning which, a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. In virtually every core and essentials domain as well as through Aspen Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI), Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) and Bear’s Student Enterprises (BSE), student ownership of learning and discovering is promoted through the engagement of this methodology.
Innovative Learning Spaces and Environments: We are a leading edge thought leader and maverick among world schools in this category. Taking inspiration from innovative, collaborative and flexible working spaces in the adult world, we’ve designed classroom spaces to promote next generation skills in students. We developed the Move and Discover (MODI) furniture line that confirms in practical terms what science has taught us. Humans focus, learn and retain more when they can access their natural cadence for physical movement. Our commitment to shift learning from a sit and get proposition to a move and discover experience has produced a chair that is currently under review for both a functional and design patent as well as a first of its kind flexible standing desk. Our classrooms are a model of innovation and flexibility intended to accommodate and propel each child’s best learning.
Real-World Application: Our students regularly take on roles as mentors, senators, elected officials, managers, comprising the youngest board of directors and c-suite in the U.S. They participate in hundreds of projects designed by our teachers and coaches to provide real-world experience that is applicable to their future lives and careers. Our alumni continually reference the impact of growing up in an environment where teachers and programs encouraged them to ask the hard questions; find the relevance; step out of their comfort zone, to try, to fail, to get back up; keep trying and feeling the profound satisfaction of earned success.