Teaching and Learning

Our philosophy on teaching and learning is anchored in our vision, values, and beliefs as a school. Our classroom instruction is consistently anchored in our core values of community, kindness, curiosity, and excellence. The beliefs below guide our teaching and instructional coaching.

We are committed to developing students in three core areas: identity, skill, and intellect. We are also committed to providing rigorous, standards based instruction that engages students in meaningful work and prepares them to be future ready. To see detailed standards by content area and grade level, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

In order to provide rigorous instructional tasks for students, we anchor our instruction in several key resources. Click the links for parent information on each curriculum.

To support our deep belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels, our teachers engage in weekly planning and classroom observations with an instructional coach.  Our teachers are skilled, collaborative, innovative, and believe deeply in supporting all students in their learning. Teachers and coaches consistently review assessment data and provide opportunities for continued learning as students progress towards grade level mastery and beyond.

Community-Focused Learning

We believe…

To that end, our goal is for every class to participate in one field trip/off-campus learning experience and/or on-campus community partnership each and every month. Additionally, due to our unique location in the center of the city, our older students often walk or take RTD for transportation. So far in the 2022-2023 school year, we have had students engaged in learning at:

School should be fun and we are proud to keep this in focus!