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PK-8
Private
Greenwood Village, CO
Students enrolled: 365
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5859 South University Boulevard
Greenwood Village, CO 80121

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(303) 346-3500
(303) 379-7744
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June 26, 2014
This school is a glorified scam to take your money and offer nothing in return. Best known for your "character and leadership?" Please. If you're not raising your kid to be a selfish pig, they should know all of this. Sit them down and have them read the 7 Habits book for two days and finish it, then send them to an outdoor challenge center for a weekend and they'll get more out of it than this pathetic program. Do not send your children here. A public middle school will do the same thing.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
We are moving across country and have to leave Aspen Academy. Aspen is a very challenging, but the teachers and administration are sooooo supportive. I loved the experience my children got, I loved the fact that they were pushed and expected to perform. I loved that when they struggled, there was always people to help. I love the philosophy the emphasis on leadership, responsibility, 7 habits and personal accountability. I love the vision of the school and the passionate families, teachers and administrator that embrace and follow it

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
I can't say enough good things about Aspen Academy: the great teachers, the thoughtful, well organized structure, the small class sizes and the parent community. My 12-year old daughter was involved in the selection of Aspen Academy after having a terrible experience at our public middle school. She is thriving now at Aspen and we will be sending our son to 5th grade there in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
I have been at Aspen Academy for awhile now, and I have become happier with the school and community each year. Although I admit there were some growing pains (as any new school would have) when I first arrived, I am impressed with the way that Aspen is progressing. The teachers are all driven and care SO strongly about their students. Kristina Scala (the Head of School) is a charismatic leader and her strong visions of character and leadership are evident as you walk through the school. Personally, I like that the head of our school is a skillful business person. I do not worry about school/job security and know that our school is financially stable. Overall, I feel that this school is growing in all the right ways, and it is a nice place for driven individuals and families.

- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2013
We have been at Aspen for three years and appreciate the education our children have received. No school is perfect and you can't always get what you want. Unfortunately, there are many parents who don't get that and place their frustration of what occurred to them/their kids, on others. To the Feb 11the post, my three children learn very differently and all of their teachers have been able to teach them at their personal levels and individual styles. To the July 25th post, my daughter has experienced bullying too (last year), but when it occurred the head of school spoke with the family. The issue was resolved. What I really appreciate is the fact that my children are known by their teachers, the administration, and staff. To the May 9th post, yes, that post may seem rigid to you but to me it demonstrates the school telling an applicant exactly what is expected. And if you REALLY are a parent from Aspen, then you know the employee who held that position is a gem. Because she adhered to these requests she knew EVERY child, parent, and regularly attending grandparent by name. Personally, I wish there were more schools like Aspen in other states.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
This gives you the tone of the school s administration. Text came from an employment ad on Craigslist 5/2013. Very rigid tone. Great if you want hard core, strict, military regime. I'd question how many of the 4 stars are really written by parents. Aspen Academy is committed to providing an intentionally diverse student body Be present at the front desk.... It is prohibited for you to leave the desk at any time, unless you are leaving for your lunch break. Answer all telephone calls by the second ring. Reinforce the school's core values, guiding philosophy, rules, ... hold accountable colleagues in doing the same. Record early dismissals and late arrivals of teachers. Adhere to all rules and regulations which are presently in forced or which may be established later. Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve out of school.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
Our daughter transferred from a classroom of 32 in public school 3rd grade last year to Aspen Academy of class of 13. Her classroom focus has improved along with her rate of academic progress. Her renewed confidence and determination to excel were nurtured by her well engaged teachers. In the 4th grade the small classes rotate among teachers who are specialists in their subject areas (language arts and reading, math, science including environmental studies, and history). The teachers are enthusiastic and always available to discuss individual students needs with parents and have the time and interest in helping each student excel. Head-of-School Kristina Scala runs a professional program with emphasis on academic rigor and leadership development in all grade levels. While the academic demands on all students are high, the confidence that results from their achievements shows in their faces every day. We are very happy with the choice we made for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
our experience at Aspen was mixed. we had some good teachers and several that had never taught before. I expected more from a private school . we had one new teacher that was excellent and two others that couldn't make it happen with the kids. The academic rigor that they promised was not personalized. they simply taught 3rd grade curriculum to 1st and 2nd graders. overall, one thumb down.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2012
Aspen Academy is an amazing school that has changed our 5th grade son (he has been at Aspen for 2 years) into a confident learner who is unafraid to ask questions, share ideas and know that he is supported by everyone at the school. To the post on October 31st I would say that a school is ALWAYS what you make of it. The teacher turnover is no higher than any school and all the teachers here are excited about learning and teaching! The teachers are full of energy and excitment and are thrilled to be a part of Aspen! Gossip is a dangerous thing and "tales" are just that, "tales"!! It sounds like you wanted special treatment and suffer from being a "helicopter parent". There is no special treatment at Aspen, it is a community and you get out what you put in. The only rule at school is BE KIND and all the kids know that. Of course children experience exclusion by other kids some times, but the gift is learning to advocate for yourself because you have the self confidence to do so. Good luck to you.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
A great place for your kids if you want an academically challenging environment that prepares your child for life! The teachers are excellent and care about each child. The parents are terrific - it's a very warm parent community. Each child has his/her own academic plan with differentiated learning for all subjects. Visit for yourself, talk to current parents and kids and see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
I am a very picky person, especially when it comes to my kids eduction. My son started K last year at Aspen Academy, and it took us some time to adjust. Now he totally loves it! He constantly asks me to drop him off earlier, so he will have more time to spend at school. Their academic rigor, the only rule "be kind" and striving for excellence make such a huge difference! I can't wait to get my younger daughter enrolled.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
Aspen Academy is our second home! This is our 8th year with the school (daughter is now in 5th grade) and each year has been a revelation in possibilities. The students are exposed to amazing leadership concepts, academic challenges, community strength and service and so much more by a fantastic and dedicated faculty and staff! Every year the school gets better and better.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
I am a parent who was ready to rid my kids of a mediocre education and a day filled with boredom and watching the clock. Aspen academy is challenging and does a great job of making reading writing and arithmetic interesting by integrating science into most of the curriculumn. I am afraid that the complaints and bad reviews are coming from people who will never be happy anywhere and have passed that gene down to their kids as well. I would like to see their reviews after their child has been trying to learn in a classroom with 26 other struggling students. I have an education background and did a thorough analysis of all the private schools in the denver area. There was not one that was as progressive and open to changing the curriculumn each year after extensively seeing if there was value. When you see bad reviews it is fine time to question the individual writing them not the school and its great leaders!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
I am really saddened to read the negative reviews. We have had great experiences at Aspen and truly love the school. It is academically very rigorous, but the service emphasis and holistic approach to the child and education truly balance that out. My children did struggle early with their transition to Singapore math, but the teachers were incredibly supportive and helpful. I have seen such an awesome and positive change in my childrens confidence, demeanour and attitude. I find the comments regarding the Principals background interesting, since she has been in teaching and education for years and was principal at an excellent Charter School before starting Aspen

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
I just returned from dinner with a friend and was horrified to here what her son endured during his 2 years at Aspen Academy. They have strong documentation so I know what she speaks is the truth. I worn every parent, look at this school closely. And if your child complains about the way they are being treated, take it to heart. The adminstration does nothing to keep bullys from running this school. Just terrible.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2012
It's a shame...such good intentions. If you want any kind of communication with your teacher regarding your child, this is not the place for you. Our teacher refused to make time to speak to me until late October and was allowed to do whatever she wanted in the classroom. Quite simply, she is a bully and the HOS ignored our request to do anything about it. You'll have no one to turn to when you are unhappy here as some of these teachers are old friends of the HOS and have ridiculously inadequate qualifications to be teaching anywhere. We did have some teachers who were great but you'll never get to request them and you never know if they're coming back from year to year. If you have any problems in class, they'll blame your child. And the new teachers are all right out of college with the military mentality of the HOS. There's a reason they do not publish their test scores.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2012
As one of the commentators here has remarked, look closely. The principal s LinkedIn site notes 331 connections with but one recommendation. Her educational experience includes a degree in Business Administration from Cal State Chico. The Head of Admissions LinkedIn page notes 162 connections. One recommendation. Her background? Marketing. Most private schools in the Denver area offer background information on their website regarding length of service and / or educational experience their faculty and staff. Not Aspen. The turnover there is so severe that even rudimentary information is not offered. Our concern is in the absolute inability of the Head of School and Director of Admissions and Marketing to be considered even remotely qualified to lead a venture of this sort. Finally, as the parents of a middle school aged child, we would not be inclined to send our child to a middle school based in a windowless basement. View this school with skepticism. A solid group of faculty labors in an environment of fear from above. We could not feel remotely comfortable entrusting the wellbeing and education of our child in such an environment. Advise you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
Aspen Academy is not perfect, but it is as close as I've seen. I do see problems at the admin level, but I do not believe that diminishes all the wonderful things that our family experiences as an aspen family. The teachers go above and beyond for our kids. After 3 years here; I am willing to take the bad with the good because my kids are happy and loving every minute at Aspen Academy. I wouldn't dream of allowing my complaints to mess up what is a true gift to their future.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
our experience at Aspen Academy was mixed. We experienced excellence in a couple of classes and incompetence in others. Overall, the Head of School and administration proved to be the weakest link. We were surprised by the lack of accountability of the administration and the Board of Directors. The HOS has created an environment of fear and intimidation among the parents. I would not recommend Aspen Academy to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
5 families have withdrawn their kids from 2nd grade. At least 7 more are not returning next year. That is about one third of the 2nd Grade student population. I agree, worth asking about. The love or hate atmosphere surrounding this school is very telling. Either the Head of School likes you or she doesn't and makes life for you kids and family misserable until you leave. She answers to no one. The Board of Trustees are all long time friends. I wonder what happens to the stability of the school when their kids are gone from Aspen. Academically there is no superiority over public middle school. Please do a little research and you'll see.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
No one asked me to write this :-) But....I am baffled by some of the comments - they seem kind of nit picky. Does it matter if the slogan is used by another school? I use it at work because I like it so much! 11% of kids left? That's 4 kids... Administrators don't have decades of experience in school bureaucracy? We find that to be a GOOD thing. Having dealt with academics for years, they tend to be stuck in stifling "group think". The Head of School is a VERY strong personality - she admits that right up front. The innovations she's bringing the school, especially to the middle school, are amazing - writing 10 year life plans, mentoring,running their own business.... Academics? We know a family that transferred their child from a well rated school to the Middle School, and the mom said the Aspen academics are well beyond anything in the public schools. We had 2 kids go through some of the best schools in our district, and the academics simply don't compare to Aspen. The parents are amazing and friendly - much more so than the public school parents I interacted with. Either you love it here or you don't - and if you don't, then just don't go here!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
Ask questions. Why has over 11% of the second grade population left and enrolled in other schools since December? What is the turnover rate for other grades? Why is the suspension rate so high? Why is an immediate goal, as highlighted in the State of the School Address, to formalize an expulsion policy? What are the credentials of the individuals addressing the diciplinary policies? Use the tools here to come up with other important quesitons. ASK!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
Interesting that the school's new slogan "we are crew not passengers" has been used by another Douglas County elementary school for years...

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2012
All the negative comments about Aspen are spot on, especially the comments regarding the adminstration. All I can say is save your money and send you children to public school. Academically they are behind most public schools in Denver. My child received excellent grades at Aspen, but moved on to a public middle school and had to play catch-up as the Aspen curriculm was substandard.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
We have been at Aspen Academy for 3 years. It started as a great school for my children and keeps getting better. The fabulous teachers and administration give their all towards raising kind, intelligent, and socially conscious kids. My kids learn something everyday about how they fit in the world and how to better communicate with others. They are challenged and happy. The parent community is strong. In my mind, people who are unhappy at this school are parents who want a school that will overlook (rather than address) the problems their children have.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
This is our first year at Aspen Academy and our son couldn't be happier. Small class sizes, incredible teachers and outstanding administrators. I see the negative comments posted here and I am simply baffled. As with most parents, our child's education is paramount. We did our due-diligence, are actively involved, and have had nothing but a positive experience. I would strongly suggest to anyone considering Aspen Academy to not read too much into the anonymous sour grapes posted on this site...

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
We couldn't be happier with our experience at Aspen. Our daughter has the most caring and loving teacher, and she understands what motivates each child & makes them tick. She gets our child's strengths and weaknesses, and knows how to motivate her. Every teacher she has (music, art, gym, spanish, etc) is outstanding, and each one cares about the kids he/she is teaching. Parents are encouraged to help out in the classroom, so you can see first hand what's going on. I've been impressed with what I've seen. There are a lot of comments about the HoS. She's very direct and clear about her vision and her style. Listen carefully to her & if you don't buy into, then don't go there - you will not like it. She lives her words every day. Her vision for developing leadership in the kids is inspirational, especially when it comes to middle school. No one works harder at the school - she is not a bystander, but puts her sweat equity into the school. This isn't a public school - parents are expected to work to help the school and to set an expectation of service for their kids. Kristina's statement of "here there are no passengers, only crew" pretty much sums it up. We love it

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
The atmosphere of the school is better than any program I have sent my child to. People wave at her in the halls from all grades. She enters a class with state of the art learning materials, and a teacher with a masters degree in education. Who cares if we aren't on a poster in the hall? She is learning skills that are astounding to me. The teachers have high turn over, but I have also observed they are for the most part young and many decide to start families. We support the school for several of the following reasons: 1. Non-profit education means the $ goes to the education (17% is administrative) 2. Service work is encouraged - support your children by showing them that people who work hard get results. 3. The leadership program teaches children how to utilize and grow self esteem. It's a school with fallible people. If you cannot handle the New York personality then you may struggle with the HOS. I find her to listen and care about the growth of all students. The curriculum is challenging... It's the only school for my child!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
Aspen Academy, Greenwood Village, CO - is suing us for not attending Kindergarten in because we moved 130 miles away. They are suing us for $15,000 - more than the cost of tuition; after we had forgone the $1,100 deposit and also made a $1,000 donation to the gym floors in April. They verbally agreed they would let us go when we called them in June 2010. We never attended the school in 2010-11 and they attempted to cash post dated checks 13 months later! They see this as a business - they are NOT looking out for your child, they are only looking for your money!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2011
Seriously? I am laughing as I read the "end of my career comment" posted by a teacher. I hope you never see the other side of things at Aspen, because as many strong teachers discovered, deciding to leave Aspen really CAN be the end of your career. Ask around.

- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2011
While there are some great things about Aspen Academy, we quickly developed concerns serious enough that we chose to leave. The Head of School isn t accountable to anyone, there is a climate of fear and intimidation that permeates the school (once you begin to look beneath the surface), and the arbitrary, uneven treatment of teachers, parents and students makes this school a volatile and sometimes threatening place for students, families and staff. Aspen Academy has potential, but until critical changes are made in leadership, this is not a school our family can recommend.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
There are so many who have posted their valid concerns so others do not have to endure the emotional and financial losses of being at Aspen Academy. Yet others have posted glowing reports. The wise and discerning reader will see through the smoke and screens and look elsewhere. And, guaranteed, no one is trying to do a smear campaign against Aspen. The tumultuous history and hard facts are stacked against Aspen. Aspen is a school that allows for bullying to occur without consequences. Aspen is a school that allows for the Head of School to rule with absolute authority and no accountability. Aspen is a school that overworks and intimidates teachers. Aspen is a school that boasts great academic challenges, but serves a lukewarm curriculum and standards of achievement. Those who choose to stay at Aspen will continue to accept the artificial and deceptive front and promises, but they have to take that position, or they too would find themselves leaving and writing the same report.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2011
This is our fourth year at Aspen. We feel so blessed to have found this school. The teachers have all been outstanding and inspiring. I cannot say enough good things about Aspen - and we are not even financial contributors of the school. If you are a positive person, then this school is for you. Most everyone family is someone I would want to be friends with our whole life. Every year there are few families that are admitted that seem to me shouldn't have been. They seem to have an agenda to bring down the school because apparently they like drama and attention. It is good for the school and the parents when they leave. For us, we ar able to appreciate the gem of a school that it is!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
I'm not surprised my last review was taken down. Aspen does not tolerate a difference of opinion. As I said before, this is our first and last year at Aspen academy. Parents, ask your teachers who has final edit of report cards. Ask the administration what acheivement warrants a big poster of your kid in the main hallway. They'll tell you they have the best teachers, then when the staff turnover is huge, they'll say it's an opportunity to get better ones. People are disposable, which in my book, is not kind. Not at all. You'll discover that the negative reviews are all true, and those are the ones that Aspen hasn't had removed. I don't know how they got my previous review moved, but that's probably my fault. For a school with such great promise, it's mostly empty promises that it delivers.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
As usual, the community is split in regards to Aspen and it really has to do with money. Those who contribute more get sanitized reports and are kept happy. Also, those with younger children are kept happy as "they represents thousands in income to this school." But once your kids are older, you will be treated differently and your kids -who can now think more abstractly- will understand more of the daily drama caused by the head of school. My kid is doing so much better since we decided to leave Aspen. Bullying is not allowed at his present school, no matter how much money is contributed. Teachers are empowered to challenge his developing thinking, which shows more sophistication. The one rule of "be kind" is not only overly simplistic, it's a sugar coated facade that hides some of the most cruel behavior I have ever witnessed. Take your preschooler here if you dare, but once he can think for himself, it's time to move on to a better school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
Aspen is an Amazing school. I have been a parent and active participant in the school for more than 3 years and I strongly believe there is no finer education available in Denver Metro area. My children are excelling at their studies and are excited to go to school everyday in this challenging but nurturing environment. The leadership at Aspen are visionaries in creating a educational system that holds students, teachers and parents accountable. I suspect the negative comments below stem from those who are not used being accountable for their actions. An issue that runs rampant in our society today. It is my understand that re-enrollment at the school is in excess of 90% for next year. Sounds like a lot of really happy people to me.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
A teacher at Aspen Academy is many things. We are allowed to state our mind and ideas, agree to disagree, be creative and use the best practices available for the children we teach. I am not afraid to speak up for fear of retaliation as it states below. I truly admire and respect the head of school for starting Aspen Academy. It is a home I have found that will finish out my career.

- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2011
The Head of School rules by fear and intimidation. Teachers and staff are scared to speak in fear of retaliation, so you'll never get the whole truth. Parents either "buy-in" or discover the truth; they were sold a bill of goods. Heed the warnings of people brave enough to submit a response.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2011
We have been at the school for three years and are very happy. It's not perfect, but no school is. We have been very pleased with the teachers, what our children are learning and the overall school experience. We have not found the school to be overly focused on any one group, not even the founding families. We have seen parents behaving badly, but that also is something that you will find at any school. Aspen Academy is a great school that we highly recommend. As with any school, it's all about how well the school fits the needs of the child and the family. For us, this is the best!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Like many other reviews here we did not give our true reasons for leaving for fear of retaliation. Actually, once people found out we were leaving and going to public school we were ostracized to a large extent. My youngest child went backwards academically in her last year at Aspen, and I found out that bullying was rampant in her classroom. My older child was in a class that was cliquey - the same kids were picked over and over for school plays, etc. Always the kids who's parents were founding members or contributed significantly to the school with time or money. We tried to speak to the head of school regarding our concerns but like others we were told if we didn't trust her we could leave. We're now at a public school and my kids are much happier. I was joking with my daughter the other day and told her I'd reenrolled her at Aspen for the next school year and she burst into tears and pleaded with me not to make her go back. For me that said it all...

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
This is our first year at Aspen Academy and we couldn't be happier. Our two boys went to one of the top rated public schools in the state last year and it was unbelievably bad. This school is the opposite in every way. Both my boys' teachers are extremely accomplished, clearly love what they do and love the kids. At the parent teacher conference we received a 5 page report that had such detail we knew the teachers knew our boys. Our boys are thriving. They want to go to school and enjoy their time there - last year they were throwing fits having to go to school. AA has high expectations and accountability for teachers and students. The school is growing by 20% a year, so they must be doing something right. Parents are expected to volunteer, which demonstrates for the kids a core value of the school, service learning. Our experience with the Head of School has been positive. She is quite strong and that may turn some people off who are used to public school principals that are more political. We feel like the school presented to us at the parent's information night and subsequent meetings is exactly what we are getting at Aspen Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
Please read the negative comments below, as they are an accurate representation as to why we left. The teachers were great, but the administration misrepresented what really transpires. Our child was miserable at AA, but is now thriving in a different environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
I can't say enough wonderful things about Aspen Academy. Our home feels like such a happier place since we began this academic year. Our children are thriving. In just the first month of school, they did more writing than they did the entire previous year in a highly rated public school. They come home excited and full of details of what they learned. I feel like they are rising to the high expectations. The teachers, administration, families truly reflect the only rule at the school--"Be kind; Do good". I also feel like the school meets the needs specific to boys. Sending our children to Aspen is one of the best decisions we've made as parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Our children are growing and thriving at AA. We are thrilled with their enthusiasm for learning. AA has gone through an incredible amount of growth and accomplishment in a short time. Our current Board has done a tremendous job of leading us through this growth. Our children and families have an amazing physical environment in which to learn and commune. Now, I am watching a seamless transition to establish a new Board with new talents to help us reach new goals. Teachers being the first focus! Sadly, we have seen some talent leave our community. Though, been fortunate to welcome new, talent right back in. Our HOS is a driven visionary. A project such as this doesn't come together easily or perfectly. I admire her leadership and passion. Simply, I love the solid sense of community, learning and leadership my kids experience every single day!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
Aspen Academy is one-size-fits-all when it comes to education. They do not have the resources (ie. enough teachers) to acommodate different levels of learning. At the beginning of the year you will be presented with a Personal Instruction Plan (PIP) of your child's learning behavior and how they will be taught. This is the last time that plan will ever be looked at (helps to justify the thousands of dollars you are spending for tuition). Teachers try their best to teach within the specific range of each student but eventually they get burned out - the support system for the teachers is very low - hence many fine teachers have left.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
We have found a home at Aspen Academy & are VERY pleased with the school & its admin. No school is perfect but AA has met virtually all of our needs. As a young school, it has experienced some "growing pains" but we have great confidence in the HOS and her vision for Aspen. She is also not perfect (are you?). We find her to be insightful, professional & caring. She is always willing to listen to us and follows up promptly on any issues. We may not always agree with her but we respect her for the professional that she is. We applaud the structural changes in the MS & consider them to be sound business decisions. If some teachers leave because of the changes, that is their decision. We (& our children) will adjust & go forward & continue to put our trust in the HOS.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
Aspen Academy is one of the best schoools I've been to. The cirriculum challenges us to our limits to help expand our learning ability. I am a current student and am LOVING it! The teachers support and care about everything you do. I am going into the years where i will need to prepare for high school, and with the help of Aspen Academy, i believe i will get into any high school i choose with confidence. I love everything about the school and think it's amazing. Would i reccomend it? Of course! You build a relationship with not only the students, but with the teachers. It's a positive learning enviorment, and i personally love it.

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2010
Aspen unveiled their plans for middle school restructuring this week. New director will be the current music teacher and will still report to the HOS. Three of four excellent core middle school teachers are leaving. Fourth teacher has only been at Aspen for 1/2 year. Aspen is promoting a vision for the future, but nothing has really changed except for added layers of administration. Parents should demand better contracts and more accountability from the HOS. The teacher turnover problem is more than just growing pains. My family is locked into our contract for next year because we awoke to the realities too late, so we will stay at Aspen. We will promote real change and accountability for the HOS to change her tactics that have driven off excellent teachers. Our kids suffer the loss of great teachers, but she distracts them with empty promises of cool stuff for next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
The comments regarding retaliation certainly fit my experience. Every day for me was anxiety-filled, with middle school teachers so preoccupied with keeping the HOS happy that there was little energy for anything else. There was definitely a hierarchy of treatment that I witnessed toward families, with great measures taken to cater to donors and board members. Sadly, families were often led to believe that teachers were returning until after parents had already signed/paid for next year; I certainly wasn t able to share that I was forced out (or asked why by the board). I adored the Aspen Academy families I worked with and can t think of a single teacher who didn t give 100% every day, but the retribution and intimidation I experienced and perceived (and perception is reality) created a distressful environment with the lowest morale of any place I've ever taught. This school has potential, but the administration must change.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 10, 2010
The last 3 reviews are right on - would also like to add that educating children has been replaced with school renovations as top priority. Plans are in place to add frivolous space like a work out room while teacher bonuses are expected to come from fundraising opportunities. For the most part the teachers are quite good but don't get the respect they deserve from the admin. Aspen Academy has high hopes but falls short of them.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
I was a teacher at Aspen, and left last year. I left for many of the reasons mentioned here, and appreciate that some parents have realized that honesty isn't the policy because retribution IS rampant and mostly from admin. I was not able to be completely honest about why I left, though no board member ever asked me. I am sad to hear that only 4 classroom teachers that I worked with LAST YEAR will still be at Aspen next year, but I am hoping for the sake of Aspen's amazing students and families that the board will take real, honest action and put a leader in place who lead this school in a positive, academically oriented direction.

- submitted by a teacher
April 06, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 06, 2010
We are very disappointed and frustrated - things seem to be going from bad to worse. We are now being bombarded with suggestion cards, surveys, but it is all too little, too late. Parents that are leaving because of issues have 'checked out' so they aren't going to get honest feedback. Yes they are trying but it seems a weak way instead of facing parents and tackling the issues head on. It should have been done in December before families choose to go elsewhere. We are seeing too many teachers leave and sadly as parents we get to know the real deal of what is happening. A lot of families in Middle School have not re-enrolled and we feel very sorry for new families coming in who probably aren't been told just how many will be in that class next year. A public forum with the Board would be nice

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2010
As others have said, not a positive place for students or families, but mostly for those who teach. Our child would never get to see teachers because good ones all leave. The turnover is the result of a Head of School who listens to no one, misleads the Board and will not meet with an entire group of parents/staff at once to discuss problems because telling us all something different while separate is preferred. When we compare notes, we've all been told something different and nothing truthful. Our child wilted and our family suffered. Like others, we were not honest about why we left because we saw retaliation all around us. AA is not a healthy place for families that really know what education is about and what it should look like. Telling us to write positive comments to counter bad, but truthful ones, was the final straw.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
After 2 mediocre years at a Public School with large class sizes, I needed to move my kids. After much research, we chose Aspen Academy and it was the best decision we could have made for our kids. They have become completely different kids at Aspen Academy. They have flourished with the individualized attention, caring atmosphere and challenging curriculm. We have been so pleased with our decision to send our kids to Aspen. They are truly happy and actually enjoy school and have grown in confidence and self awareness. We have found the teachers to be fantastic and the families wonderful! I realize not every school is perfect or right for everyone, but we couldn't be happier with Aspen Academy for our kids as well as our entire family.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
Whether you love or hate Aspen is not a matter of personal preference. People are treated differently. If you buy the sales pitch and never question the administration, you will like the school. I did for almost two years. But if you question the management and don't accept falsehoods or charming anecdotes as real solutions, you will see the darker side of the school's administration that has been reported here. Don t expect the board to take action. The board includes three staff members, no teachers, and a few parent members who do not question what they are told by the HOS. In practice, the HOS is not accountable to anyone, and complaints never get beyond her. Parents who leave the school, like us, lie about their reasons for leaving for fear of retaliation. We love the teachers, but can t continue watching them burn out and be replaced year after year.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
This school has not delivered as promised and has ben an exhaustin experience. We are glad to be moving on next year. My middle school age child has had multiple new 'teams' of teachers in the past few years, and it seems like the better the teacher the shorter the amount of time the head of school can hold on to them. Each year we are told they are all reurning, then each August we find diferent teachers. Sadly,our younger child has come home crying because she feels that certain kids get better treatment than others, and interestingly enough it seems that parents are ranked too. The head of school promises much, delivers little, then lies to cover her tracks. Why the board hasn't replaced her is beyond comprehension.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
Aspen Academy provides an incredible education for its students, with better curriculum and teaching than any other school that I have experienced. The community is very engaged, the teachers are very engaged, and the administration has done a great job of setting the mission and vision for the organization. If parents do not want to be involved in their child's education, this is not the right choice. Family involvement is very important, and one of the key differentiators. While the education is quite rigorous, this school focuses on the whole student. Highly recommended!!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Aspen Academy is unequivocally not for every family looking for a private educational path. As a Founding Family, I have come to understand and cherish that fact. The families that embrace what Aspen Academy provides and what it stands for will be the families that have provided their child with a strong academic and social background. The parents will engage with other parents of similar vision and morals. These will evolve into lifelong, entire family friendships. I am 100% positive that Aspen Academy will provide the strong base needed for my child to succeed in the very challenging years of high school and college. Difficult decisions by the Administration are made by determining the best solution for the majority of the child population. This may not always go along with what some parents and/ or teachers may want.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
I am writing to the parents of prospective students who are seeking an excellent educational experience for their child. My daughter, a recent graduate, was a student at Aspen Academy from the 6th-8th grade. Having been associated with other schools before Aspen Academy (charter and private) has given me some insight into why parents search out private schools and what qualities superior schools have. Aspen strives to provide for high academic standards. Curricula are well researched and carefully chosen. An example of this would be the Singapore math program which enables students to excel in deductive reasoning. The school also has the flexibility to individualize to best meet student's needs. Small student/teacher ratio allows each student to be known and approached as a unique individual. An appraisal of the student's learning style and character traits is conducted annually and fosters personal knowledge and understanding of each child.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
As a parent of a student who graduated last year I awlays felt I had access to the teachers and that they really knew my daughter. Aspen Academy's Entrepreneurial Leadership program is unique among schools. Although my daughter participated in the program for only one year, I was impressed by her level of didcation and commitment to the development and operation of the school store, the eighth grade project. As part of this program, each student selects a mentor who follows them for the next ten years. What an unbelievable investment in my child's future. Character building, leadership, school community awareness/development and serving mankind are all foci at Aspen Academy. The faculty, staff, parents and students live their motto: Be Kind. Do Good. The culmination of our search for a great school ended with Aspen Academy. I know yours will too.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
My child is starting his second year at Aspen. Like other parents I'm concerned about the faculty turnover. I do understand though, that this is still a very new school and it will take time for the staff to stabilize. I'm excited to see new courses offered this year, and expect continued growth of the school will create additional opportunities. My kid loves Aspen and can't wait to start a new school year, and that really says it all.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
I had my daughter in Aspen after much searching for a 'gifted' school for her. I was led to believe she would fit pefectly that they chose their families and only picked the 'academically motivated' ones. Her teacher was beyond words fabulous, if it weren't for her, it would have been like any other classroom situation. I found that essentially it is a 'public school in a private school setting'. There were kids just like in a public school, from the 'no child left behind to the gifted. Of course the focus is on the most needy, the struggling ones. Once a decision was made to put our daughter into a regular gifted school we were shunned by administration as many others have noted. The teachers are truly passionate but unfortunately are controlled by administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2009
I agree, Aspen has been hugely disappointing given the money (on par with other more established private schools) spent on tuition etc. The teachers, however, were excellent and I feel that my child had a very good year academically. The administration seems unforgiving, unyielding and unfriendly. The constant barrage of asking for money and more volunteering (6 or more e-mails per day to lay tile and shovel snow?!) Come on! In addition, if you aren't the type of parent that is on board and is there every single day doing lunchroom duty etc. you are shunned.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2009
This school has been a big disappointment. Our child is in tears most nights from the rigid demands put on by the teachers during the day and then to go home with a large amount of homework . Teachers are frazzled, stressed out, and it trickles down to the student. My child is not having fun and most of the time dreads going to school. We are searching for a warmer environment for our child, certainly you can educate and have fun at the same time.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
The overall experience has been a good one. My children academically have excelled more than they would have done at public school. It is such a pity that the school is let down by Administration. I won't take away the amazing work that has been accomplished but you are not allowed to challenge anything. The teachers look completely stressed and are not given the motivational support they deserve. The Board should have independent people on it to progress the school to the academic status it deserves. The Administration should have a strong academic background and worked through the ranks of a school to truly appreciate the whole puzzle.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
I have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned the depressed and unkind environment and resulting unfortunate teacher turnover. Great vision, terrible reality.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
Wonderful school. We started our son at Aspen as a Kindergartner, and he has flourished. He is curious, motivated and kind. His teachers understand that boys need to move and learn well when they can work out some of their nervous energy. There are multiple opportunities to get to know the teachers and staff, a wide variety of activities after school, and a very supportive network of teachers, staff and admin. Can't say enough that's good about this school. So happy we found it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2009
Disappointing and oppressive would be the two words to describe the school and the head of school. As a parent you're promised so much and nothing is delivered. Some teachers work their hearts out, but the building is center stage. Emotions run high because the head of school has no business doing what she does but the board is unwilling to take her down. Instead, bright students are held back, there is no 'enterpreneurial leadership' and the school operates to serve the head's own children. The administrators run everyone down to the ground and watch idly as time after time qualified and engaging teachers leave because they just don't need the meanness, drama and depression associated with the school. You can hang signs about kindness all you want but that doesn't make it true.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
Aspen Academy is a great bang for your buck when it comes to private school! It has fantastic, caring teachers, a vision and curriculum to really drive home the importance of math and science all while making learning fun. Be prepared: this is a rigorous academic enviornment and can take some adjustment if coming from another school. Some comments have criticized the administration but I like that they implement changes and expectations that are in the best interest of the students and community. This is a cutting edge school that is not bogged down by the bureaucracy that often exists in other schools. they have a way to go in developing more comprehensive sports and extra curricular activities but the parent community is active and committed to its development

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2009
As a teacher who joined the Aspen Academy community in 2005 I have seen many things happen to help the school sustain and grow. The HOS and administration team have shown great leadership, tremendous support for staff and families in all areas and as a teacher I have been able to make decisions and be a part of leading the school in ways I was never able to in the public school systems. The staff is involved in many decisions that directly impact the curriculum, classrooms and programs that students and staff teach, learn and participate in. There is a freedom at Aspen Academy for the teachers that I have never had in any other teaching position and I truly enjoy having our Head of School and administration place the trust in the staff to help make decisions that will make Aspen Academy a 'Great' school.

- submitted by a teacher
March 27, 2009
This school has a remarkable visiona and mission. Unfortunately, the school has come up short in the efficacy and implementation of this vision. The teachers have been exceptional and really are some of the most amazing teachers in the nation. However, the HOS has been restrictive and has caused many teachers to leave each year, including this year. A teacher-led school was the promise and it has become a dollar-led school and that is sad to see. The curriculum is top notch, but it does not outweigh the drama.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
My kids are so happy at Aspen Academy. They just thrive there. The teachers are fantastic, there are many extra activities for them to engage in afterschool, and the 'community' at A.A. is most welcoming. I am so grateful that this school exists.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
Our family could not be happier than we are at Aspen Academy. Our children are recieving what we feel is the best education available in the Denver metro area, from teachers and administrators that are outstanding. We have recieved only the highest level of communication, dedication, and integrity from administrators and board members alike. You get out of a school what you put into it. For those that do, you will nevr find a better home for you and your children.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2009
We are leaving Aspen after only attending one year not only because of the uncertain economy, but mainly because of a promise that went unfulfilled: differentiated instruction. Our child is highly gifted and we were promised that math and reading would be diffentiated for him, and while I see that reading may have been differentiated to some degree, the math has not. As a matter of fact, because his higher math skills are not being used or taught consistently, he is losing those abilities rapidly, putting a lot of the burden of teaching these concepts on me, the mother. We would have been much happier if he were allowed to go into a higher level reading or math class for instruction rather than staying with his age peers who are two years behind his skills. Parent involvement is great, families are so nice, but academics were disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
Our family could not be more disappointed with this school. So many promises were made last year and this year that have been broken including the return of teachers and programs we were promised at information and enrollment sessions. We have really seen the administration in a new light after some information came to light recently, it is now clear that we have been terribly misled for several months now. We are very, very sad to leave the great teachers that shape our childs life and education every day, but it seems to us that the head of this school is no model for our child, causes chaos and drama, and the board lacks the courage to act appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
Our family couldn't be happier with every aspect of Aspen Academy. The administration is top notch and willing to push the margins to make the school a true national model. The rigorous academics and caring community family community make Aspen Academy not only one of the best schools around but also the best value in town! Highly recommended!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2009
The Aspen Academy faculty are passionate individuals that support everyone in the community. The vision of the school is none other than spectacular. I'm extremely greatful to have the opportunity to work with such brilliant and supportive Administrators and Teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
January 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2009
We are leaving this school solely because of the administration. I agree with a previous posting - the Head of School needs to go.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
Our son was made to feel welcome at Aspen Academy by his classmates, teachers and staff. He is being challenged and is learning in many different ways, particularly the hands-on Science program. The teachers are creative in their lesson plans and committed to motivating our son to reach his potential. We are amazed by the energy and commitment of the head of school and her staff and while the parent community is asked to pitch in, those expectations were established in the admission process. Moreover, as the campus develops, there will be fewer requests. In the meantime, the parents have gained pride in their school, spent time with each other, and set a great example for their children when moving furniture or planting flowers. Also, the school does an amazing job of using tuition money wisely. Bottom line: students are happy and are engaged. It is a wonderful place to be!

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
There is so much to love at Aspen Academy, including my child's amazing teachers, curriculum, and love of learning. I volunteer often and have seen just enough of what others have called 'administration's antics' to say that I agree a change must be made. The administration seems to recruit amazing teachers thanks to the Head's extraordinary salesmanship, but the constant disrespect they face causes me pause. The teachers are the reason my child loves middle school, but I fear we'll lose them if this continues. The building doesn't make a school, the teachers and children do.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
aspen academy is the most creative and loving community

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
Our entire family fell in love with the teachers and other families at this school! We have stayed because the teachers are outstanding. Our child has continued to receive the best education possible from his middle school instructors, but we are totally dissatisfied with the administration; we are worried also about the teachers who have been unable to make it through the school year under the current heads' leadership. We are asked almost weekly for more and more money in addition to our tuition for multiple children. We are tired of this and of feeling like at any moment there may be more turnover due to the administrations' antics. This school should be run by the past and present teachers who have been so smart and caring and patient and who model kindness and honesty every day like the mission states.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2008
I love this school! What a great discovery! My older child was the first to try out Aspen Academy. It is her second year. I started my other child based on the academic progress my older child has made and her growing awareness of community giving. My older one wants to donate the allowance money she has not spent to a food bank supported by the school, Kids Kafe, as a Christmas gift. This school also has a friendly and postive parent community. The teachers (that I have met so far) are wonderful and strong leadership in the administration has made this a good school experience for our family. Thank you Aspen Academy!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
I am thankful for Aspen Academy. We began our second year with the school this fall and our child continues to thrive both socially and academically. She has learned that she is accountable for her own actions which is an invaluable lesson as she becomes a young adult. The teachers are amazingly talented, competent and caring and provide an academically challenging environment on a daily basis. The students learn a lifelong love of learning that will stay with them for a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
My experience with this school has been nothing but disappointing. The teachers are overworked for very little pay. The administration has not been truthful in what they provide regarding curriculum and they will do anything to get more money. The Head of School needs to be removed in order for this school to survive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 22, 2008
For the amount of tuition that Aspen Academy charges, there are several other schools who do a better job in about every category from academics to discipline to facilities. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
This is our 4th year at Aspen Academy. We love it! The teachers are exceptional, caring and kind. The new building and location are great. While the school has a demanding curriculum, our kids find time participate in many of the extracurricular activities that Aspen offers: theater, competitive soccer, dance/cheer, piano and guitar. While the school will expect your involvement through volunteer work, I find you get out of it what you put into it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 17, 2008
I am not at all impressed with Aspen Academy. My children attended there for 3 years. For the tution fees around $10,000/- per school year kids are better off in public than Aspen. Academically poor and it looks that they want to fill up the class to get tution fees and not looking for the kids that are gifted and talented or the higher learners.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
Last year and this year, we have been very happy with our child`s teachers. But what we were told by the administration and what we actually see is two different scenarios. Tuition has increased but the salaries and the curriculum has not improved incrementally with that tuition raising. The teachers are really extraordinary, they exceed our expectations every day; The problem is the best teachers cannot be retained. We were told many times last year early on that every teacher was returning, this turned out to be untrue. At this point we are extremely concerned about teacher and family turnover, and about programs we were promised that were never delivered.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
this school teaches skill in normal subjects but it makes you feel good at school

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2008
Aspen Academy is an amazing school! My child has been here since the beginning and the level of education is exemplary. I noticed some comments on teacher turnover and in my opinion everyone was necessary. A new school will have some of the starting teachers leave in order to find the ones that have a high work ethic and the same high standards set by the school. not all work out and I for one am extremely grateful to the administration for recognizing this and making decisive choices instead of subpar teachers continuing. The class sizes are small and my child has been able to learn and grow in a safe environment and develop with their own voice.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
We were excited to be part of this school when it opened. Initially, many wonderful programs were advertised as part of the curriculum, such as Technology, Robotics, Gardening, and competitive soccer . We stayed in part waiting for these programs.To date, none of have been provided. In spite of the lack of these programs, the tuition has continued to increase.....to over 10K. Another disappointment has been the high rate of teacher turnover. My child 'lost' 2 teachers midyear last year, 3 more at the end of last year, and yet another this week. Teachers this year in particular, have been amazing in their willingness to provide instruction to create success for our child. From my perspective, it appears that the administration has a negative impact on the climate at the school and perhaps promises more to famillies than can be delivered.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
Some big class sizes. Not many teachers to pick from. Some recent events have me and my wife questioning the way teachers are treated at Aspen. We decided to enroll our children for next year; but now we are thinking about putting them somewhere else. There have been many good changes the past year; but we are disappointed in the leadership of the school head.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
Wonderful teachers, less than wonderful administration. There are definitely favorite families. Its hard to get a straight or honest answer from the administration. People who stay do it for the teachers. They are spectacular. Not enough good points to make the argument for an elementary tuition of 10K for a 6 year old.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2008
This school offers smaller classes, as a parent though like others I am worried about the teacher turnover. The school is on its third science and history teachers in a year and a lot of teachers in the elementary did not return this year. We are having a hard time fitting in too, there seem to be families who are 'in' and ours doesn't seem to be one of them.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
Disappointing. School claims to individualize but has some huge lower school classes. Middle school classes good but so small we sometimes wonder if this is really good for our child. We stay only because of the teachers but this is not a guaranteed, last year there was very high turnover.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
My child attended this school for one year. It is a very small school one class per grade and the upper grades 4/5/6 all are one shared class. There is a clique here it is difficult for new families to fit in. Some of the teachers are fantastic, but they have had a lot of teacher turnover. There is tons of homework even as young as Jr K. Your child will be academically challenged that is for sure. But Im not sure they have the resources for a well rounded child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2007
This is a school that does what it says in every sense. Our kids are thriving academically and personally. Their teachers and classmates are extraordinary. What an amazing group of people who have had the courage to begin a school that is so great for students, families and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2007
Aspen Academy teachers, children, staff and parents are the best prescription for whatever ails your soul. Thank you for letting me be a part of art week.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
This is the worst school experience of my child's life. The teachers do not treat the children fairly in comparison with one another. I thought a smaller class size would be beneficial, but instead it gave more time to tell the children in excruciating detail what they aren't doing well. The highlight of this school is the parental involvement. Aspen Academy stresses academic excellence, but my child's test scores actually went down after attending this school. Interestingly, two teachers in this very small school left mid-year. I think that speaks volumes.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
Outstanding school. This school is full of teachers, administration and parents who believe it is all about the children. Highly qualified teachers, positive atmosphere and full of happy children who love to be there. My children are academically challenged. Student/teacher ratio is low. The families that attend Aspen are some of the most incredible people I have ever met. If you have any doubt, spend 5 minutes with any parent from Aspen Academy, I guarantee you will want your family to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
My child is really enjoying classes this year. There is a lot of hands-on learning and my child thrives on it.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
We feel the school has a wonderful group of teachers who truly have our children's academic best interest in their heart. The school is progressing nicely into am established community even without our own facility. Aspen Academy excels at maintaining a small class size. The amount of time those teachers can spend with our students is greatly appreciated. The impact of small group time will be evident as my children lead with confidence that they know the material and can demonstrate their knowledge. My children both have very skilled and talented teachers. When we met for conferences I felt the teachers truly understood our children's academic abilities and learning styles.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Both our kids are always happy to go to school. They are enjoying their learning experience. Aspen Academy excels reading, math, and personalized attention to children.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Our children enjoy going to school. The receive the attention, support, and love they need from their teachers, classmates, and administrators. At their young age, our primary objectives are to have fun at school and be safe. We feel we belong to a special community at Aspen Academys.. Nowadays, it is challenging to get to know your neighbors and identify them. At Aspen Academy, we are surrounded by families that value their children's education and believe in building a community to facilitate their growth.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Both my children have received the attention they have needed in adjusting to a new school. Unbelievable teachers and a nurturing environment have helped them transition happily. We believe Aspen excels in creating a strong sense of community, individualized academic programs, fantastic teachers, and focusing on the core subjects.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
A very quality, easy to absorb character building is beautifully in place. Lately, my child doesn't want to leave school at pick-up!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
I feel that the teachers genuinely care about my children's personal growth and development. The assessments of our children looked at their academic, social and character traits very thoroughly. We are thrilled with how wonderful our teachers are and how much our girls have learned already. Aspen Academy excels at teaching a love of learning at a young age that will be the foundation of a lifetime of learning and growing.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
My children enjoy school and are engaged with the learning process. The teachers' newsletters and conferences have been a great source of communication. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
I love our experience so far because of the staff. We love the teachers! The education is fantastic. I have already seen a major change in our child, who has learned so much to date!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
My child enjoys coming to school. My child loves the teachers, classmates and principal. My child is treated with fairness and kindness by the entire Aspen Academy faculty. We are excited to watch our child excelling academically and being enthusiatic about school work. Aspen Academy excels at holding students accountable for their behavior and remaining consistent with the Love and Logic philosopohy which our family truly believes in. We also appreciate the many opportunities that we parents have to be a part of our child's educational experience at Aspen Academy. We really enjoy the close-knit community that we have here, and the fact that we recognize almost every student and parent in the school by name.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
Aspen Academy is excelling in providing an exceptional learning environment for our children. I continue to be pleasantly surprised at all our children accomplish when they are at school. Bravo! The faculty is fantastic, there is a loving atmosphere, and an amazing course schedule for all ages.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
This small family-oriented atmosphere has given my children a secure, safe and stable place to learn and relate to others. Aspen excels at keeping the classes small. Aspen Academy is able to really know their students' abilities to excel and the teachers work with each child, encouraging them to succeed to their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
I've been very impressed with the teachers' passion for teaching and making it a passion for the children to learn. The children have a great sense of family at Aspen Academy. The principal is wonderful in taking the time to know how each individual student is doing and not letting them just be a number. Aspen Academy excels at focusing on each student's style of learning and making them stronger where they are weak to continue to excel. They are great role models and show how everyone can make a difference in other peoples' lives and their community and even around the world.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
The children are challenged, learning and happy to be at school. I think the individual attention is a terrific bonus.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Our kids couldn't be happier! They are truly where they belong and developing a love of learning. Every aspect of Aspen Academy exceeds ny expectations.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My child is excited to go to school every morning and then doesn't want to leave school at the end of the day. My child attends a high quality school that provides a caring, encouraging environment in which learning is fun. Aspen Academy has quality teachers and staff in a challenging and caring setting. Everyone is great! The school is excelling in building a community among the kids through class-to-class activities and Friday assemblies.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My children are happy and being challenged. The knowledge they are gaining can NEVER be taken away from them.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My child continues to love school and the teachers. I appreciate the small setting and I know my child is getting more individualization than she would at many other places. I think Aspen Academy excels at instilling a sense of community and responding to parents, providing professional development to teachers, and looking for cutting-edge but proven curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My child's tranfer to Aspen Academy has been very smooth and very good. We love the class projects and the hands-on activities. They have added a new level of understanding that our child has not had before. All the teachers seem to have a very good understanding of our child's personality, his strengths and weaknesses. We feel this is very important.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Great community. Nice kids! Enjoy other familes of Aspen students. Strong faculty/administration; enjoy them on a personal level.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
The personal contact between fellow students and teacher have helped boost the confidence and determination in my child. My child has become more motivated and a much more keener thinker. Aspen Academy excels at making each child believe that they matter and that they are important. I believe that is very important. Aspen's ability to raise a child's self-confidence is also a great achievement.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
I am very pleased with academics. My child is learning at a fantastic rate and the teachers are doing a great job. I also like all the special projects they do in class - it really helps make school fun.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
The staff does anything and everything to give our kids the very best. Therefore, our children are receiving the absolute best education. Aspen excels by providing our children with a loving, supportive and extremely enriching environment. They are not only learning excellent academics, but they are becoming better human beings.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Our child is really excited and thriving right now in school. He loves going and talking about his day on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My child loves going to school. Great friends. Loves the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
We are very happy with the way our child's teachers have identified strong points and areas of concern so quickly. They have a plan to help both areas. Aspen is doing well in having a game plan (curriculum) that will truly benefit the students and help them excel.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Aspen has a wonderful teaching staff. The uniform policy is excellent. My child's class is run on a very developmentally appropriate level.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My child loves the school and I'm glad my child is getting Spanish, art & gym in addition to the other areas of study. The kids here are very polite and listen very well so it is a pleasure volunteering. Aspen excels in kindness, respect, plenty of opportunities for the kids, caring, and talented teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
We are quite happy with our children's teachers and new friends in school. They're being challenged and it shows in their school performance. If the kids are happy, then we're happy. The school has a phenomenal faculty staff who are creme-de-la-creme; great guest speakers and lots of field trips; personalized instruction and workbooks are helpful; good communication between parents & teachers; excellent curriculum & students are being challenged.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Our child have thrived in the short time at Aspen Academy. Our child's social skills are much better. The teachers are wonderful. They have really taken the time to figure out our child's needs. They work very hard with our child every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
My kids love to go to Aspen Academy. The school excels in the individual learning plans.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
A unique beautiful setting. Beautiful teachers, solid curriculum, intimate classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Overall quality educational opportunity. Aspen Academy is excelling in the selection, development, and retention of top notch educators, maintaining a low student to teacher ratio, and providing an ongoing challenging curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Our child loves the school and teachers very much. Our child has shown tons of improvement very quickly. Communication has been great. Parent involvement opportunities are also wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Our children are very happy with their teachers and the positive learning environment. It is clear to us that the staff worked over the summer to improve the curriculum, communication tools and overall efficiency. The school is excelling with its curriculum and performance expectatons. We are pleased to see heightened focus on school community development and character building activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
We have had our expectations exceeded in every area. Our child literally skips into and out of school every day. The intellectual challenges, the quality of instruction, and the overall community of the school are amazing. The school is excelling in the creativity of projects, the level of reading, science, art and music activities, and the sincere sense of 'belonging' that is created by the faculty, administration, students, and families.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Our child is comfortable and happy in school. The school provides our child an environment that allows learning. The administration and teachers are a positive community. As a family, we feel part of the Aspen Community. A positive attitude is so important and we feel Aspen has a very positive attitude. We believe the school excels at 1) Researching: techniques and curriculum that will best prepare Aspen's students to be the best educated and rounded students; 2) Creating a positive environment and attitude; 3)Balancing education with other important activities including music, foreign language, physical education, arts and community service.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
I think the teachers are wonderful! I don't know how they do all they do. My child is learning so much in such a short time. I am please with the academics. I think the 'community' atmosphere Aspen creates is terrific. I am also happy about the way Aspen addressed school security issues after recent events.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
Aspen Academy excels in positive reinforcement, creative teaching methods,and the teachers are fabulous. Need to work on communication.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
My child is learning so fast and is so happy with this school. We are very pleased with the teachers. I like the way the school helps the children to do the 'right' thing.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
The teachers are amazing! My child has fun at school. Great community building. Attacting great staff members.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
The teachers are phenomenol. I am in awe of their educating skills, their patience, their energy, their creativity...the whole package. My child is showing improvements by leaps and bounds. I would like to see more technology incorporated into the curriculum. Communication is sometimes slow.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
My child's teacher is great! Room parents have been wonderful! My older child comes out of the classroom exclaiming that 'this is the best day ever!' on more than one occasion. There is flexibility with volunteer opportunities. Excellent parent involvement. Great to have piano lessons available at school. Would like better communication for changes in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
My child's teachers are the most fabulous teachers. I love the newsletter, the atmosphere with families, everywhere you look. The community is great. We love this school and could not be more impressed for our first year.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
I love the opportunity for the middle schoolers to have teachers specializing in each of their respective subjects, as well as the opportunity for the kids to move from room to room for each subject. I also appreciate the occurrence of more quizzes and tests for the students - this is great preparation for high school and college. I appreciate the communication from the teachers and staff regarding my child's development. Aspen excels in great teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
For the amount of tuition that Aspen Academy charges, there are several other schools who do a better job in about every category from academics to discipline to facilities.

- submitted by a former student
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Aspen Academy's Mission: Aspen Academy cultivates excellence in academic rigor, character and leadership development, and community strength and service. Aspen Academy's Vision: As a national learning model and with a mindset towards entrepreneurial innovation, Aspen Academy develops and inspires extraordinary leaders who make a positive and lasting impact.

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Aspen Academy
5859 South University Boulevard, Greenwood Village, CO  80121
(303) 346-3500
Last modified Aspen Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Aspen Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 161 reviews. Top