Celebrating Culture, Diversity & Inclusion

At Aspen Academy, we proudly uphold the values of being kind; doing good, working hard, and making the world better. These principles are at the heart of our commitment to fostering cultural competency, diversity and inclusion. 

Cultural competency is defined as the ability to effectively interact with people from cultures different from one’s own, especially through a knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences.

Cultural dimensions can include, but are not limited to:

  • Race/ ethnicity
  • National origin/ nationality
  • Age/ generation
  • Religion- practicing, background, affiliations, etc.
  • Ability/Disability
  • Geographic Origin
  • Occupation
  • Education
  • Sexuality
  • Language spoken
  • Gender
  • Neurodiversity
  • Socio-economic
  • Family culture
  • Political affiliation

Our Mission and Vision
Mission: We edify and inspire students, parents, and educators to grow, learn, and lead.
Vision: We are a national leader in innovative and transformative education.

Our mission and vision are a testament to our dedication to nurturing leaders who not only excel academically but also embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential components of their journey to be an effective and culturally competent citizen and leader.

We are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community among our students, families, professional team members and stakeholders. Our commitment to being kind and doing good create a welcoming environment where every individual feels valued and included.

Diversity Fosters Excellence
We firmly believe that a broadly diverse community fosters empathy, enriches teaching and learning, and promotes intellectual excellence and strong character. Our excellence is intrinsically linked to the diversity within our community.

Mutual Regard and Respect
We hold everyone within our school community in mutual regard and respect. Our multitude of histories, perspectives and identities are an essential part of the Aspen experience. Conduct that is disrespectful, disparaging, or unprofessional is strictly prohibited, as is harassment based on any protected basis, including but not limited to race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Leadership Through Inclusivity
We recognize that the leadership skills of our students are shaped by their ability to collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds. We actively engage our students with the broader community, encouraging them to become responsible, thoughtful contributors to society.

A Foundation for Tomorrow's Leaders
A learning environment enriched with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds is essential to a complete educational experience. Our commitment to making the world better is deeply rooted in our belief that cultural competency, diversity and inclusion serve as anchors for the leaders of tomorrow.

Aspen Academy stands as a beacon of values-driven education, where Be Kind, Do Good, Work Hard, and Make the World Better intersect with our mission, vision, and unique leadership development program to create an exceptional educational experience for all.

Join us on this journey of embracing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion, where our values guide us toward a brighter, more inclusive future. Together, we learn, grow, and strive for a more inclusive world, where every individual's voice is heard, valued, and respected.

At Aspen Academy, we are dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion, diversity, and cultural competency. Our commitment extends to students, families, and faculty, ensuring that everyone feels seen, heard, valued and deeply cared for within our school community.

Religion & Spiritual Life

At Aspen Academy, we celebrate the many faith traditions and spiritual diversity within our community, and along the way, nurture discovery, understanding, and dialogue. We recognize that varying perspectives exist within different faith traditions. We are clear that in our role as school, it is our role to teach students how to think critically, but not what to think. Respect and deference for our families’ beliefs and norms is a cornerstone in culturally competent educational leadership.

We encourage open dialogue on all aspects of cultural diversity, including religion. In partnership with our families, we host programs and events that deepen our cultural awareness and understanding of others' histories, norms, and beliefs, fostering appreciation for our community's spiritual tapestry.

We deeply cherish this beautiful tapestry of beliefs that our families bring, and we embrace the opportunity to learn from one another. This commitment reflects our dedication to fostering an inclusive and soulful community where all are valued and respected for their individual journeys and beliefs.

Learning, Growing, Leading: Relevant Blogs

Celebrating Spring: Cultural Celebrations and Renewal
Jessie Skipwith

At Aspen Academy, where values of kindness, diligence, and global citizenship are cherished, the richness of diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated. We are fortunate to see how these various springtime cultural celebrations, from Ramadan to Easter, Holi, and beyond, resonate with Aspen Academy's commitment to growth in cultural competency.

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Women's History Month - Honoring the Past: Inspiring Futures
Jessie Skipwith

Women's History Month is a time to reflect on the remarkable achievements, struggles, and progress made by women throughout history and across different cultures. Here at Aspen Academy, this is a time to honor the trailblazers who have shattered glass ceilings, the activists who have worked - and continue to work tirelessly for equality, and the unsung heroes whose stories have often been forgotten or overlooked.

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Celebrating Cultural Richness: Aspen Academy's Lunar New Year Traditions
Jess Cho and Jessie Skipwith

Aspen Academy thrives on the spirit of partnership and collaboration, where families, students, and faculty come together to create unforgettable experiences. One shining example of this collaborative effort is the remarkable Lunar New Year programming brought to our school by a dedicated parent, Mrs. Jennifer McPhie.

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Welcome to Aspen Academy, a diverse and inclusive community committed to kindness, doing good, working hard, and making the world better. We celebrate our unique differences, knowing that together, we create something truly extraordinary.

As Director of Elevate, I'm excited to share that our dedication to cultural competency, diversity and inclusion is an intrinsic part of our program. Here, your child will thrive in a supportive and enriching environment, learning from a tapestry of backgrounds and experiences.

Join us in shaping future leaders who understand and appreciate the world's incredible diversity. At Aspen Academy, every child's story matters, and together, we're creating a brighter future.

Warmest regards,

Jessie Skipwith
Director of Elevate