Lower School (K-4th Grade)

If not for life, then what are we learning for?

Aspen Academy looks at learning as a way to ignite the personal passions and interests of each and every student - whoever you are, whatever you love, or wherever you want to go.With a highly differentiated, individualized, and data driven approach, we are able to zone in on what each student uniquely needs with regard to their performance levels, personal interests, learning styles, and strengths. Students are held to high expectations and our core academic curriculum reflects a clear commitment to the essential building blocks of child development in language, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, fitness, and character and leadership. From PreKindergarten through 8th Grade, we provide exceptional training in fundamental skills and analytical thinking, while encouraging independence of mind, intellectual curiosity, and creative growth.


Dana Kohls, 2023 Colorado Family Favorite Private School Elementary Principal Runner Up

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I welcome you to our Lower School community! Success begins with an extraordinary foundation in the elementary years encompassing next-generation education, depth of personal character and leadership, and cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit that thoughts are things. Individuals are their most creative at the age of five years old and in the Lower School we harness that creative spirit and guide our students to pursue academic excellence with passion and intent.

The partnership that exists between our extraordinary staff, families, and students ensures that we are collectively rising to our core values to be kind, do good, work hard and make the world better. It is the driving force behind our successful community strength and service program. With an open heart, I welcome you to our family and encourage you to reach out for more information.



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Letter of Gratitude from Dana Kohls
Dana Kohls

I’d like to express my profound gratitude for your trust and confidence in appointing me as the Associate Head of School at Aspen Academy for the 24-25 school year.  This opportunity is a significant milestone in my professional journey and a deep personal honor.

  • Lower School
  • middle school
Top Denver Private Elementary School | Top Denver Private Middle School | 4th Grade Students Excited to Learn
Kristina Scala

In this era of exponential technological growth, the importance of durable skills that withstand the test of time cannot be overstated.

  • Durable Skills
  • Lower School
  • middle school
Student authors sign each others' books
Marianne Roe

For our third grade students, reading and writing about their social studies project has given them the opportunity to become published authors! Marianne Roe shares more in this blog celebrating our student work. 

  • Lower School
  • Social Studies
student artwork of 3D water lily
Jamie Hatch

Second graders are studying artist Claude Monet. They learned that he was fascinated by the way light changed his subject. Learn more in this blog by our art instructor, Jamie Hatch.

  • Essentials
  • Lower School
  • art
  • visual art