What makes our curriculum unique?
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 their physical and mental health. Students learn about personal finance and hygiene. 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.
Our school enjoys the natural beauty of Colorado. At a minimum, 2-3 days of every week are spent on learning expeditions outside of a traditional classroom. The itinerary for travel is shaped by student interest, the seasons, and events and celebrations in and around Colorado. Students 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 their 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.
We provide students with rigorous academic and real-world learning opportunities.
In the morning, students work on classes that go all year long including:
Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian
Art: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Collage, Clay, and digital Art
Leadership: Growth Mindset, 7 Habits for highly effective teens, Everyday Leadership, Peacemaking, planning leadership trips
PE: Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Swimming, Sport, Dance, and climbing
Service Learning: Volunteering in our community, on our campus, and for specific causes
In the afternoon, students take block-schedule courses in Core Academic Content.
Below are each of the subjects we cover each year with examples of courses within that subject.
English: Write your own Book, Comparative Literature, Poetry, Biographies, Composition, World Literature, Shakespeare, American Classic Literature, Children's Literature
Science: Chemistry, Where Energy Comes From, Physics, Weather, Biology, Earth Science, Astronomy
Math: Algebra, Economics, Geometry, Accounting, Statistics, Entrepreneurship
Social Studies: US History, Civics, World History, Geography, World Religions, World Travel, Logic
Health: Systems of the Body, Psychology, Herbal Self- Care, Anatomy, Cooking, Home Economics
Performance: Dance, Theater, Speech & Debate, Music, Film, Radio