Essentials Program

Our Essentials Program offers performance-based courses that continue to build leadership, confidence and pride for each student. We realize world language, performing arts, visual arts, technology and fitness, along with the academic content classes, create a space for students to grow and learn in all areas of their school life as well as discover their individual passions and gifts.

Middle School students in Grades 5-8 have the opportunity to build their schedule and create a customized learning experience by selecting their own essentials course offerings. Students are encouraged to dive into their passions as well as select classes that expose them to new adventures in learning.


Students engage with music teacher
Yuzo Nieto

From the time I first visited Aspen Academy in 2018 (during the first stage my Moonshot EdVentures Fellowship), I was completely blown away by Mr. Holtzem’s music class as it already embodied much of the most recent findings that were just beginning to be published regarding the necessary pedagogical shifts in best practices needed to propel music education into the 21st century.

  • Essentials
  • Music Education