Aspen Community School

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Traditions

Back-to-School Nights ACS hosts two BTS Nights in September, one for K-4 families and the other for families with students in the 5-8. On these evenings parents can expect updates from the principal as well as an overview from the teachers on curriculum, assessment, outdoor education, how the classroom(s) will be structured, what students can expect, and much more. Fall Potluck & BBQ Each September, the Parent Reps organize an all-school social gathering to get the community…

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Integrated Programs

Experiential Education ACS was founded as an alternative to conventional public schooling, in which outdoor education, exploration and respect for the natural world were among the school’s pillars. Today, Outdoor Ed is known as Experiential Ed, as it includes the occasional urban trips to complement the backcountry journeys. The “Ex Ed” program provides an environment for developing leadership, teamwork, and other important life skills. Taking a student out of a familiar environment and into the…

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Our School

Our School

Welcome to the Aspen Community School! We take a unique approach to learning and are happy to share our educational philosophy with you. When students graduate from ACS they stand in front of the school community and talk about who they are and what they believe. We are proud of the common thread in our graduates’ remarks: a strong desire to learn and to engage in self-discovery, and a belief that the world can be…

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Aspen Community School

Aspen Community School

Some of the teachers and staff went on a beautiful hike behind ACS to reconnect after the summer.  Everyone is excited and ready to see all of the students Monday morning!

2x The Arts

Last month, the Huffington Post declared “Arts Education Poised for a Comeback in Nation’s Largest Districts.” How about arts education at ACS? Do we stack up? For starters, ACS arts have never needed a comeback, because the program has been in place since the beginning. In fact, it was one of the pillars of the school when it was founded in 1970. I’m glad to report, the school continues to make high quality arts a…

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