Aspen Valley Campus - Highlights and Frequently Asked Questions

1. What makes Aspen Valley Campus different and how do students find success?

  • 15:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Strong relationship driven approach to school
  • 8:55am - 4:05pm school day
  • Daily class schedule allows for possible neighborhood school programs/extra-curricular activities.
  • 50 min classes every day (HS has only two block days, Tues-Wed)
  • Planner communication used in every class every day - both at school and at home
  • Predictable and manageable homework
  • Student incentives built in on a regular basis
  • 7-12th grade campus – 180 students when full!
  • Hexter versus quarter-based calendar year creates more manageable units of learning and accountability
  • Variety of art options, movement, club, field trip, and community building and service opportunities (At MS, art and PE everyday) (HS offers Student Council, Yearbook, etc.)
  • Only A, B, C grades assigned at HS – high expectations with the support to make it happen
  • Additional graduation requirements – high expectations with the support to make it happen

2. What are students like at Aspen Valley?

A wide range of students find success at Aspen; a sampling includes:
  • Students who felt lost in a large classroom and want a small class size where they are more comfortable seeking extra help from teachers and/or from peers
  • Kids who feel more secure in a smaller school setting with a relaxed environment, calm passing periods, and a close knit and personal peer community
  • Students who want to make improvements in their academic performance and a fresh start.
  • Students who benefit with specific instruction in executive function skills and need teachers and a holistic system that will support their developing cognitive and physical organizational skills. These skills lead to an increased amount of work completion.
  • Students who would benefit from having a predictable homework load that is the same every night, contributing to more positive parent/child interactions.
  • Students who want a more individualized relationship with every teacher, counselor and school administrator.
  • Students who perform better with a later start time for school.

3. Are Buses available?

  • Yes, buses pick up students at satellite stops throughout the district school zones.

4. How do students attending Aspen participate in after school sports?

  • The last daily class at the MS is an exploratory and students may miss that last class in order to do sports.
  • HS students can have last block off to attend neighborhood school activities
  • The family provides transportation from Aspen to the other school events.

5. What music programs are available?

  • At MS, there is an after-school strings club available one night a week.
  • At the HS, we have an electronic keyboard, guitar and drum set for all students’ use.

6. Does Aspen accept students with 504s?

  • Yes!

7. Does Aspen accept students with IEPs?

  • Yes, if indirect and consultancy services are sufficient to meet the needs identified in the IEP.

8. How does a student get into AVC?

  1. From the school website, complete the online application
  2. Call and/or visit the campus and explore the website
  3. Once an application is submitted, Aspen will contact the student’s family to let them know they will start reviewing the request
  4. Aspen will contact the currently attended school to inquire more information
  5. Aspen will set up an interview with the student and family
  6. Aspen will contact the family to set up a start date or to inform the family that the student has been waitlisted

9. What is the level of academic rigor at Aspen Valley?

  • Aspen Valley is an academic growth school. It is possible for Aspen students to achieve more than one year of growth in literacy and math.
  • Aspen follows the same state standards as all Colorado schools.
  • Aspen uses the same texts available to all D20 schools.
  • The HS has added graduation requirements but provides the support to help students find success
  • A, B, C or No Credit Earned are the grades used to report out levels of mastery
  • “Grade Days” are scheduled every six weeks to provide students the opportunity to earn an A, B or C before the next grading period

10. Are Aspen Valley students equally prepared to move onto higher education?

  • Aspen Valley is an accredited high school where students receive the same diploma for completing the same minimum standards as all other traditional high schools in Academy 20. Our graduates our further prepared for higher education given our additional requirements: completing one college course, 180 hours of work experience and 72 hours of community service.

11. If we go to Aspen and it is not a good fit, can we return to our neighborhood school?

  • Part of the application process includes a commitment (1 year at MS and one semester at HS). The purpose of this commitment is to provide time for students to experience the mutual home/school partnership focused on accountability which leads to academic and social success. The year commitment reduces the escape mindset some student experience when held accountable for use of executive function skills, classroom participation, and work completion.
  • For most students, after feeling academic and social success in a small, nurturing environment, they settle in with the intention of remaining at Aspen until graduation.

12. Is Aspen Valley a school for troubled kids such as substance abuse and behavior?

  • Aspen is a microcosm of the district and society as a whole. Aspen has about the same percent of these issues as any school.
  • Due to Aspen’s small size and close peer community, when these struggles do occur, the staff are soon informed and are able to quickly build interventions and supports to help the student and family.