Leadership Development & Entrepreneurship

How you lead your life matters.

Through our leadership development curriculum, organizations, and opportunities, students will develop the skills needed to work both independently and collaboratively. They will be immersed into a vast number of leadership opportunities with activities ranging from financial literacy to building confidence when presenting or performing. Our leadership development opportunities are as follows:

Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) - is the first of its kind of that develops personal financial literacy, business financial literacy, and entrepreneurship in students Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The program seeks to create mastery of understanding as well as, to establish financial management habits and skills. The program further seeks to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, vision, and practice in each of its students. Students even have the opportunity to compete in a Shark Tank-style competition.

Aspen Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) - has developed a comprehensive and sequenced leadership curriculum program designed to help re-establish a culture of effective personal and community leadership in America's youth. It offers daily leadership classes that focus on the development of concepts and skills in the following categories:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Awareness
  • Character
  • Leadership

Bear's Student Enterprises (BSE) - is our innovative program in which 8th Grade students operate all ancillary businesses on campus including:

  • Bear's Store: The in-school store stocks a variety of spirit and school related merchandise.
  • Bear's Cafe: The cafe serves food and beverages to the community for events.
  • Bear's Broadcasting Network: This network produces bi-weekly newscasts, infomercials, and news magazine segments.

Student Civic Organization (SCO) - is our student government run by our elected representatives of the 3rd through 8th Grades.

National Junior Honor Society and National Elementary Honor Society (NJHS & NEHS)

Mentor/Mentee Program - All of our Early Childhood Education (ECE) students are an active part of our Student to Student Mentor Program.

Aspen Morning Program (AMP'd) - Every other Friday our students participate in a school-wide performance called AMP'd. Every AMP'd is packed with comedy, talent, and amazing performances showcasing two different grades each show.

From Business Plan to Reality
From Business Plan to Reality

8th grader Emily R. created a business plan for a line of spice blends in her Leadership Class that has now become a reality. Rudspice is now being sold at Savory Spice! Read full article on Westword

Bear's Student Enterprises

Eighth grade students smile while on a field trip learning about Coda Coffee, the company Aspen Academy utilizes in the Bear's Cafe to serve coffee to Aspen parents, students, and staff.

In this capstone course, students have the opportunity to create, manage, and grow multiple businesses. Current businesses include: Bear's Store, Bear's Cafe, Bear's Broadcasting Network, and Bear's Vending Services. In doing so, they also comprise the youngest known board of directors in the United States. Students gain extraordinary real world, 21st century skills.

Middle School Leadership Retreat

Middle school students smile while on their middle school retreat!

During the first week of the school year, our middle school students attend a leadership retreat in the beautiful Rocky Mountains during which they are encouraged to increase their self awareness in a safe and nurturing environment.

Student Civic Organization
Head of School Kristina Scala, Health and Safety Manager Amanda Herrera, and Instructional Coach Scott McFarland smile with student members of the Student Civic Organization after a successful cookie eating contest on Pajama Day.The structure of our Student Government (Student Civic Organization) exists to create an edifying experience that inspires greater aspirations for continued and real civic and community leadership.

We have developed a civic leadership model that uses our federal structure of a three branch model that includes all community stakeholders.

Student Ambassador Program

Students in our Student Ambassador Program smile.

Our student ambassadors host prospective students throughout the school year. In addition, they represent our school during admissions events.

Mentor Mentee Program

A mentee student smiles with his older mentor.

Our Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd grade students are paired with older students (4th - 8th grade students) who act as mentors, leaders, big brother or sister to their mentees.