Leadership & Entrepreneurship

How you lead your life matters.

Aspen Academy students are resilient leaders, curious scholars, strategic thinkers, innovative creators, and avid communicators. 

Future Holders (formerly Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute & Aspen Youth Leadership Institute) equips Aspen Academy students with the skills, habits, attitudes and knowledge to lead themselves, others, ideas, and organizations well. The program fosters confidence, curiosity, and innovation in our lifelong learners: 

Future Holders

Character and Leadership Development

Every single person must, at the very least, learn how to lead themselves. Our aim is to center our instruction around growing self sufficiency, self management, self discipline, and self efficacy. Upon achievement of a higher sense of self mastery, we can then focus outward, contributing our leadership in a way that creates capacity for others. Students begin each day with a 30-minute leadership class devoted entirely to concepts in social emotional learning, leadership, and cultural competency, ensuring they are accountable for all they think, say, and do, and can make the world a better place.

Curriculum Snapshot:

  • 1,296 total lessons
  • 144 lessons per grade (K-8)
  • Aligned to standards of K-12 Standards of Social Emotional Learning, K-12 Service Learning Standards for Quality Practice, and State Standards for Civic Instruction in Schools.

Finance and Entrepreneurship

Our Future Holders curricula in finance and entrepreneurship are divided into units on economics, money management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and business management. Students are given the opportunity to learn basic economic and financial practices that they later use to create an entrepreneurial business with their classmates and individually as an 8th grader.

Curriculum: Snapshot:

  • 648 total lessons
  • 72 lessons per grade (K-8)
  • Aligned to National Standards for K-12 for Personal Financial Literacy

Integrated Leadership Programs

Bear's Student Enterprises (BSE)

What if your child could own the title of CEO at the age of twelve? When students are given the opportunity to have full ownership and full accountability of something, they start to move a different way in the world. They quickly learn that no one is coming; every success and every failure is entirely up to them. The experience is one that teases out passions, exposes challenges, and sharpens strengths - and the results are remarkable. At Aspen Academy, students run a cafe, store, media division, and vending services as part of our entrepreneurial program. The program is real world learning at its finest, as students learn all aspects of running a business, finance, marketing, operations, human resources, product selection, customer service, alongside critical life skills like collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. 

BSE Board Meeting
Aspen Academy Student Civic Organization logo

Student Civic Organization (SCO)

Student Civic Organization: Promotes skills in civic leadership, engaging students to make changes in our community towards the common good. The organization strives to impact and influence communities, both great and small, by thinking critically, solving problems, and identifying solutions under the framework of an effective democratic structure.

Student Mentor Project

An intentional relationship building program for authentic leadership. Students in grades 4th-8th are paired thoughtfully with students in grades PK-3rd to teach, model, and practice leadership skills in a guided mentorship setting.

Students with Mentors preparing backpacks for service learning project
Students arrange supplies for Packs of Hope donations

Service Learning

Through intentional community partnerships and the identification of a community need; service learning is the application of academic standards in the context of community service. Scaffolded lessons in planning, collaboration, decision making, and recognition of diversity in our community, students learn that there is the “common good”, that service matters, and each person can and should make a difference.

Aspen Morning Program (AMP'd)

Celebrating the unique talents and gifts of our students, AMP’d is an entirely student written, produced, and performed variety show showcasing academic and leadership content in a performance based setting. The result is both celebratory and moving, a culmination of the classroom extended on stage.

Future Holders Presents in Final Round of Denver Startup Week Pitch Finals

Future Holders was selected as one of six finalists to present to judges for Denver Startup Week Pitch Finals. Congratulations to Katie Becker and the team at Future Holders for successfully advancing!

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 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.

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.

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.