- School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
- Grades: 6-12
- Students: 21 students
- Yearly Tuition: $9,900
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Average class size: 10 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
Academics and Faculty
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
- Students at Aspire are asked to take charge of their education and their school. They are involved in every aspect of running the school, from serving on the Executive Board, to fundraising, to cleaning classrooms. Students meet weekly to discuss curriculum, school rules and strategic planning. Aspire offers traditional classes that are tailored to the needs and abilities of each student. We also participate in the University of Montana's Early to College program, allowing juniors and seniors to take college level classes online or at the University. In addition to our college and career prep program, students are encouraged to participate in one of our three immersive experiential programs, or to create their own independent study. Students have chosen independent studies in music, art and animation, among other things. Our three immersive experiential programs are designed to give students a more holistic and real world education. Students may participate in all three or may choose one to focus on for the entire school year:
- Outdoor & Wilderness Education: Our outdoor education program helps students to connect with nature, connect with themselves, and connect with our shared past. In our fast paced world, our children almost never have an opportunity to slow down and experience the calm that comes from being immersed in nature. Students in our classes are encouraged to put their cell phones away and acquaint themselves with their inner self. We begin and end our year with nature connection because this connection can help carry us through the stresses of the school year and the difficult realities of being a teenager. Along with a better understanding of self, students who participate in this program gain confidence in survival situations. They might learn fire making, flintknapping, bowmaking, weaving, pottery, felting and other skills that are slowly being forgotten by our culture. Students may participate in this program every year they are at Aspire.
- Filmmaking: Our world communicates through film, so why not develop a deep understanding of this medium as part of your high school experience? The school year begins with a screenwriting class that students can use as part of their English requirement. Students also learn cinematography, in preparation for our December/January shoot. After we film our movies, we get to work on editing. Students use professional grade editing software and learn industry standard editing techniques. Finally, at the end of the year, students use applications like Blender and Adobe After Effects to create visual effects for their movies. Students also score the films and learn foley and sound design as they fine tune the sound for their movies. Students in this program will present their finished projects at the Roxy Theater in May, in a school-wide end-of-year celebration of their work. Student films are an amazing example of teamwork, as different students write, direct, act in, edit and produce each movie.
- Robotics & Engineering: Our school competes in two robotics leagues, one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers. Robotics competitions help students to think outside the box, develop solutions without a “right” answer, and understand how projects take shape in real world situations. Along the way, students develop business, literacy and STEM skills. Our middle school students compete in the First Lego League, building and programming Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. In addition to the robot games, our FLL teams complete a research project, developing and presenting an innovative solution to each year’s challenge question. Our FLL teams are made up of 6-8 students in the sixth through eighth grades. Our high school students compete in the First Tech Challenge. These students manage their robotics team like a business, learning important presentation, marketing and planning skills along the way. Each team of 6-8 students builds a robot to compete in two qualifying tournaments and the state championship. FTC students fundraise by volunteering at Learning With Meaning’s “Innovate” summer camps the summer prior to competition.
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