Middle School

Middle School Science Students Performing an Experiment

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:

  • 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


Welcome to the Middle School! After 13 years in the classroom and the last six years here at Aspen Academy’s Middle School, I am thrilled to be the Middle School Director of this vibrant, kind, and amazing community. I look forward to continuing to support our students’ learning and the work of our talented and caring teachers in this new role. Our Middle School teacher team has a combined experience of teaching well over 10,000 students. I know that we, as a school community, recognize how exciting and important these adolescent years are and how we can support them and make each student feel a deep sense of belonging.

We support them in our intentional approach to leadership development, building their strengths and awareness of those strengths to make the greatest impact in their home and community. Our academic program is challenging, integrated, and engaging. We promote learning not just in the classroom, but with real world experiences and project-based lessons. The
successful Middle School student isn’t just a student who will succeed in High School, but will succeed inside and outside the classroom and be prepared for life. We can’t wait to work with you all as part of this journey.


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Boys playing outside in summer
Dana Kohls and Corey Sampson

It's hard to believe that summer vacation is here 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. Read more in this blog!

  • Lower School
  • middle school
  • Summer
  • Summer Academics
Photo of U.S. Capital Building in Washington, DC, taken by Aspen Academy student, Alex T.
Student Contributors: Maddox G., Penelope H., Riya C., Jamison M. , Alex T. and Connor W.

Last month saw the return of Adventure Week, following a two-year hiatus. Several students were nominated as journalists for the week, and share their highlights from trips to Moab, Utah or Washington, D.C. Learn more in this blog from student contributors.

  • Adventure Week
  • middle school
Exploring the Winter Olympics with STEAM
Kelly Thatcher

For the past few weeks, Olympians from around the world have been showcasing their talent, courage, and grit at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. They’ve captured the attention of so many and given us some wintertime entertainment. At Aspen Academy, the entertainment has turned into a learning opportunity for our STEAM Classes led by our new instructor, Mrs.Thatcher.

  • middle school
  • STEM
Creating an Interactive Classroom with Rube Goldberg Machines
Jessica Cho

For the past couple of weeks, my classroom has looked a little different with no desks or chairs or any looks of a classroom, simply just machines made of various types of materials and items. My 6th graders have been exploring the “Six Simple Machines” and the laws of physics by creating their own Rube Goldberg Machines.

  • middle school
  • Science