The Un-Common Core
Denver Academy’s approach to education is designed so that each of our students can experience a high degree of success. Our small class sizes (usually between 12-14 students) allow for a differentiated approach, honoring students’ individual strengths while providing support and remediation in their areas of challenge.
Based on multiple sources of information, our teachers create a learner profile (called “CASTLES”) for each student, addressing his or her cognitive abilities, language skills, attention, memory, social functioning, and other areas that affect learning. Armed with this understanding of each child’s profile, our teachers are able to deliver a curriculum customized for the individual and the classroom as a whole.
Additionally, the Denver Academy approach to education is based on the balanced application of classroom management, information processing, and academic literacy.
We believe that solid structure and classroom management are the foundations of a good education. Routines and procedures established throughout the school provide a safe and secure environment for students so that they clearly know where they are supposed to be, what they are to do, and how they are to do it. Our system is based on the core values of respect and responsibility: We expect every member of our community to treat themselves, others, and the environment with respect and to take responsibility for the well-being of the whole community. Classroom management is consistent school-wide, and all teachers receive training in subtle as well as more direct techniques to foster good behavior.
At Denver Academy, we recognize that all students do not learn in the same way. Our job is to plan for these differences and teach our students the way they learn best—not necessarily the way that is easiest for us to teach. Our lessons are delivered with consideration of students’ modality preferences (auditory/visual/kinesthetic), their learning style (based on Myers-Briggs type indicators), and the Multiple Intelligences as proposed by Howard Gardner. The result is an education that is focused and responsive to student characteristics, not just the delivery of a standard curriculum.
At Denver Academy, we take a balanced approach to literacy. We focus on improving basic reading, writing, and math skills as well as acquiring the subject knowledge necessary to be a literate member of our society. Just as we realize that not all students learn the same way, we also understand that not all students learn at the same pace. Our curriculum aligns with the state standards, but we also enjoy the freedom and autonomy of an independent school to make professional decisions for our students.
Please read our Curriculum overview and our Curriculum Content Standards for additional information.