Our academics, partnered with a focused leadership development sequence, prepare students for the most demanding secondary schools. Students thrive as they build lasting relationships with peers and teachers through small class sizes and a community focus. Aspen Academy intentionally and consistently cultivates:
I’m so excited to welcome our community members to the Middle School! Join us in the work of continuing to build on the amazing culture our students, families,
faculty, and staff have been cultivating. We’ve all chosen Aspen as our academic “home” and the rewards of our program and community are accessible
to any who are ready and willing to participate.
This year is particularly meaningful for me as I take on my new role of Interim Director of the Middle School. I’m anticipating an incredible year, with all the joys and challenges of any human endeavor. My optimism is buoyed by the incredible teaching team I now have the honor of supporting. Our middle school educators are professionals that combine subject matter and pedagogical expertise with experience gained from
instructing and guiding well over 10,000 students. While this alone is worth celebrating, more important is the deep and genuine care they have for students, each other, and for our extended community.
Though not alone in exhibiting and exemplifying the Aspen values, teachers are the primary models through which your student(s) and yourselves will experience the power of these precepts. Additionally, for new students, we expect that the classmates with
previous Aspen experience will bring you in from day one and help you recognize that Aspen is where you belong. But there is no need to wait to be invited. You are here and we’re eager for you to be involved. Aspen’s mission of edifying and inspiring our students,
parents, and educators to grow, learn, and lead is not
built for spectators.
Growth and learning are active processes and leadership starts inside each of us. I hope that you’ll help me continue to enhance the innovative and transformative educational experience Aspen is
envisioning. We are in this together! all as part of this journey.
Aspen Academy fifth through eighth graders grow to love the beauty of mathematics that comes from an inherent sense of how easily they can develop mathematical intuition. Students are taught to look for mathematics everywhere. For example, in athletics classes, items like force, motion and angles are discussed. Singapore Mathematics has produced the highest-performing math students globally. In seventh and eighth grade, students are transitioned to high school level mathematics in algebra and geometry to allow for honors or advanced placement opportunity once the student enters high school.
In addition to our foundational curriculum, Aspen Academy is preparing each and every child to be competent in the realm of financial literacy, self-management and self-sufficiency as well as to be able to understand and manage personal and business finances.
Student choice and ownership are at the forefront of our language arts curriculum. At Aspen Academy, all of our language arts teacher prides themselves on tapping into the personal interests and learning styles of each and every one of their students. The workshop model, which consists of a short, whole-group lesson and extended time for differentiated-partner, small group and individual learning time, allows for each student to reach his or her full potential. Providing choice for both reading and writing creates an authentic learning environment full of passion and excitement in each language arts classroom. These choices provide an opportunity for critical thinking, self-reflection and decision-making unmatched among other programs in the nation.
The world is changing faster than we realize, and preparing our students for a world that is global, dynamic and complex will not look the way it used to. Our Social Studies program doesn’t just teach history; we pride ourselves on an approach of learning about the world through history, geography, economics and civics. We focus on studying our world not just in a textbook and the classroom, but in context so that our students can go out into the world to apply the lessons, critical thinking and passion to the greater society.
After an extensive teacher-led research process, Aspen Academy has adopted the latest, most innovative and relevant standards in the nation. The Next Generation Science Standards are used from grades K-8, making Aspen Academy one of the only schools in the area to use these cutting-edge standards school-wide.
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.
Can you imagine a space where kids are coding as young as four years old? A place where they take an ordinary picture they’ve drawn and use technology to make their picture come alive and talk? A space where they have to work as an engineering team to design a new invention? A place where students are taking their 2-D drawings and making them come to life through a 3-D model? You don’t have to imagine any of it as this type of space is a reality for all Aspen Academy students from Pre-K through 8th grade.
In alignment with our purpose of developing extraordinary leaders, our focus on leadership development, character education and service learning are integral parts of life at Aspen Academy. Our students learn that at the very least, they are accountable for leading themselves through our Aspen Leadership Institute (ALI) program.
Expeditionary Learning opportunities are intentionally designed to support a variety of curriculum content and provide students an opportunity to apply, extend, and enrich their learning within the world.
We travel with purpose and encourage our students to live their lives with intentionality. Our experiential learning opportunities are provided for students to see their classroom learning in a real world setting, for them to have the opportunity to apply their skills in a real and authentic way. We create a culture of setting and achieving goals and choose opportunities for our students to define, experience and expand their own personal mission, vision and values.
LEADERSHIP RETREAT (5th-8th Grades Only): Students begin their school year with an unforgettable retreat in the landscape of our beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. Whether they are collaborating in a kayaking challenge (can they hold their boats steady so one classmate can run across the front?) or completing leadership games with friends, we encourage risk taking, community building, and outdoor education.
ASPEN ADVENTURE WEEK (5th-8th Grades Only): Trips to Moab, UT, Washington D.C., San Francisco, CA, Costa Rica, or local options of Outdoor Education, Film and Video Production, or Cooking.
Expeditionary learning includes a myriad of place based learning.
The vision for any great athletics program should include character development in tandem with skill development. Aspen Academy offers multiple opportunities for young athletes to grow in their athletic skills and more importantly, their leadership skills as they become exposed to different levels of competition.
As one of the best independent schools in Denver, we evaluate our Communication and Literacy curriculum every five years, which allows us to find the most hands-on, interactive, and applicable materials possible for the continued success of our students. Part of that evaluation is also creating engaging opportunities for our families related to academic subjects. Our Communication and Literacy team created a Family Literacy Night supporting the continued learning of students -- and parents -- while making reading and literature even more fun and interactive for our learners.
As part of a recent project with our middle school students enrolled in Photoshop 2, the class used their technical skills to change a painting, historical photograph or action shot into a "photo op" in which the main subject takes a selfie.
Our private school math curriculum is based on the Singapore math standards and enables us to create a top rated math curriculum for our students in Lower School and Middle School. After being on hiatus for a number of years, last month, our mathematics team created a Family Math Night supporting the continued learning of students -- and parents-- while making math even more fun and interactive for our learners.