Our classes are designed to gives students ownership of their education. Some classes offer options for students' focused study, while other classes are created collaboratively between the student and teacher based on individual needs towards graduation.
Self Paced Learning
Over the past 20 years, we have developed classes and curriculum that allow students to work at their own pace. We have examples of students finishing high school in two and a half years and examples of students finishing in six years; the difference is the individual student's pace. Our syllabi clearly describe course requirements, and students can get the work done when they are ready for it. Lectures are offered numerous times a year for those who miss them. We know "life" happens and sometimes makes school difficult. Because we value each student's family and personal time, we do not assign homework, but create a culture of hard work at school.
Advisory ensures that every student is known as a person by an adult. Within that relationship, progress toward graduation is monitored. We also stress the importance of planning and setting goals and teach students how to master these skills.
Curriculum is designed to be active and participatory. We often take road trips to get a better understanding of concepts. These trips have included Early Americans and Mesa Verde, Societal Collapse and Chaco Canyon, Mining in Leadville, Georgetown and the Colorado Museum of Industry, Pike's Journey through the Arkansas Valley and camping at Ruby Mountain, Nature Writers Camping Trip, Rock Climbing, Roadside Geology, and the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.
Physical Play and Learning
We use physical activity as a form of expression and learning - whether it's yoga, frisbee golf, rock climbing, softball, or basketball games - we try to get out and allow our bodies to do what they do naturally.