Our school enjoys the natural beauty of Colorado. At a minimum, 2-3 days of every week is spent on learning expeditions outside of a traditional classroom. The itenerary for travel is shaped by the student interest, the seasons, and events and celebrations in and around Colorado. Students will also plan and organize a leadership trip that will take us out of Colorado as well. We believe that travel provides a rich and rewarding experiential education.
In order to provide a rigorous and personalized curriculum for each student, all students have holistic individualized learning plans that address thier goals, learning style, and areas for growth. Students are in charge of documenting their learning, and students participate in self assessment. The needs and dreams of each student are considered in curriculum planning. Every student receives an engaging and personalized curriculum that adequately covers traditional subjects, and then extends student inquiry to personal passions as well.
Brain research has demonstrated the benefits of arts immersion. One aspect of travel will be capturing the experience using art. Mr. Wassell will teach drawing, painting, photography, and comics. Students will travel to art museums and learn about history and geography through art. Students will use art as a tool for understanding, recording, and self expression.
Service and Volunteering
The staff and the students will choose locations and causes for service and volunteering. On average once a week students will volunteer for a charity, cause, or local group or individual. Students are required to volunteer, and the school will also coordinate school wide service trips and events.
Time in Nature
In our modern world, everyone needs more time in nature. Colorado is filled with beaitiful mountains, valleys, rivers, and lakes. Students will have time for quiet reflection, fun, and exploration. Students are able to ski, hike, swim, climb, bike, and explore the beauty and the lessons availabe in the natural world.
Students are all taught critical skills for lifelong wellbeing. Students learn how to cook, and how to grow and prepare food from the garden. Students will learn about thier physical and mental health. Students learn about personal finance and hygeine. Students are given the opportunity to focus on skills and hobbies that make them happy. Students work on developing their talents and abilities. Teachers and guest presenters share critical life lessons with students such as how to establish and maintain healthy relationships, how to travel safely, how to give back to the community, and how to work toward making dreams come true.