Aspen Academy

Aspen Academy Photo #1 - PreK students learning about science and nature with a classroom worm bin.
Aspen Academy Photo #2 - Students participate in a variety of performing arts at Aspen Academy. Our newly renovated auditorium seats 1000 for theater performances and our bi-weekly student produced variety programs that showcase what students are learning academically and as leaders.
Aspen Academy Photo #3 - What happens when 7th and 8th graders are given a chance to own and operate small businesses on campus? Aspen Academy Middle schoolers learn how to operate, market and finance fully functioning businesses on campus as part of our one-of-a-kind Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute curriculum. Students learn to lifelong skills from financial acumen to collaboration.
Aspen Academy Photo #4 - Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) is the only wholly sequence, year-long program in the nation that incorporates economics, personal financial literacy, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship for K-8 students. Students learn lifelong financial skills that they can take into the world for their personal savings and to contribute to the greater world. Here, students sell wares at the annual Entrepreneurial Expo.
Aspen Academy Photo #5 - Kindergarten literacy in the Aspen Academy designed MODI (Move & Discover) Chairs. Lower school classrooms feature these multi-use chairs that stimulate learning by allowing students to move and discover in numerous ways.
Aspen Academy Photo #6 - Seventh grade students on Bear's Student Enterprises Executive Board holding their monthly meeting.
Aspen Academy Photo #7 - Aspen Academy middle school students elect to take classes including World Peace Games, where they learn skills of collaboration, debate, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
Aspen Academy Photo #8 - Aspen Academy students experience science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as part of their education from PreK through 8th Grade. We are committed to all sixth grade students becoming proficient in coding. Here, students engage with projects in our Lower School STEAM lab.
  • Aspen Academy in Greenwood Village, Colorado, is a national leader in innovative education.
  • Through internationally acclaimed academics and the nation`s first integrated Pre-K through 8th grade leadership and entrepreneurial development program, our students are empowered to lead purposeful and extraordinary lives.
  • Small classes are led by exceptional, award-winning faculty who provide a foundation of rich academics and a personalized approach to instruction.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDifferentiated Learning, Gifted and Talented
Year Founded2005

Student Body

Total Students418 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Aspen Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khakis, Polos, school colors)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorKate Shaw


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Clown College, Cooking Class, DIY Club, EV3 Mindstorm Robotics Session, Girls on the Run, Junior Engineering, Knitting Club, Magic: The Gathering, Minecraft Club, Muralist Club, National Elementary Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Naturalist Club, Spanish Club, Student Civic Organization

Arts and Music Programs:
A Minors/A Majors, Dance Troupe, Improv Theatre Workshop, Kids Ukelele, Theatre Troupe

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Action Athletics, Basketball Basics, Boys Basketball, Cross Country, Girls Basketball, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Young Warriors Yoga

School Notes

  • Aspen Academy was founded in 2005 by three women dedicated to the idea of providing an educational opportunity where what you know is equally as important as who you are. It was important to our founders that Aspen Academy became a place where when children left at the end of the day, they couldn`t wait to come back in the morning. It was through this vision, the generosity of a group of parents, will, and sheer grit, that Aspen Academy began in a 10'x12` office in downtown Littleton, Colorado.
  • School began on August 21, 2005, with 100 students in Pre-Kindergarten through the 4th Grade. Aspen Academy was located in a temporary space, rented for three years. By 2007, enrollment had exceeded the space's capacity, which prompted the purchase of a larger facility. The current site for Aspen Academy was purchased and renovation began.
  • Over the course of the next eight years, our current site was entirely renovated to include a new gymnasium and fitness center, Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade classroom renovations, the addition of a Professional Development Center for faculty, new sports facilities, gardens, fourteen outdoor labs, ten teaching gardens, security fencing, and most recently, Innovation labs.
  • In 2009, Bears' Student Enterprises was founded and is an entirely student-managed entity that houses the 8th Graders` businesses. In 2012, the Aspen Youth Leadership Institute was founded. A comprehensive and sequenced Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum was developed and has resulted in a daily leadership class for all Aspen Academy students where the focus is on the development of concepts and skills in personal effectiveness, intra- and interpersonal awareness, character and leadership, and financial literacy and entrepreneurship. In 2013, we created a Financial Literacy curriculum written in partnership with the National Financial Literacy Council. In addition, two of our eighth graders received national recognition for their documentary on eating disorders. In 2014, our Head of School was featured in an episode of the PBS Series, "Exceptionary Women."
  • Now with 400 students, Aspen Academy is the fastest growing private school in the state of Colorado. The scope and complexity of the academic programs in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, world languages and visual and performing arts, coupled with our demonstrated commitment to character and leadership have continued to evolve and expand over the years while staying true to the school`s mission and vision to edify and inspire students and educators to grow, learn and lead. We strive to be a national leader in innovative and transformative education. The character and accomplishments of Aspen Academy graduates provide powerful testimony to the success of the School`s programs.

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