Academics

Middle School | Grades 7-8

Denver Academy's middle school is a different experience than at any other middle school. We recognize that our students are at a crossroads between their elementary and adult years and we are trained (and thrilled!) to help guide them successfully through this transition.

Ben Duke, parent of two Middle School Alumni

Students emerge from the DA Middle School experience with the tools necessary to be successful in high school and with an understanding that the time has come for them to take full ownership of their education."

Academics

Our teachers have a specific goal in mind: bringing quality education to our students. A homeroom teacher oversees instruction for literature, character education, and English which is approximately 2.5 hours of a student's school day. This allows for cross-curriculum themes and establishes one teacher as a student's main advocate, cheerleader, and academic coach.

We also differentiate instruction so that a diverse group of students' needs can be met, from remediation of basic skills to instructing twice exceptional and gifted students. Essentially, each student receives a customized learning plan.

Technology

Smart Boards are changing the way we think about teaching, as the possibilities for instruction are endless! With these tools, we are able to model and demonstrate uses of any computer application, play interactive review games, show short video clips, and provide the visual benefit of giving notes via PowerPoint.

Did we mention the iPad? We love using this tool in the classroom to help improve organization and communication, and give students quick access to information and apps!

Athletics and Theater Productions

Most of the Middle Division's competitive sports practice during electives and games are scheduled after school two to three days a week. There are two drama productions a year; past productions include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, Through the Looking Glass, and student-created productions such as The Grand Velvet Murders.

Meet the Middle School Team

List of 13 members.

  • Olivia Breedin 

    Assistant to the Head of Lower School
  • Lori Hull 

    Head of Lower School
    Bio
  • Matt Dastin 

    Dean of Middle School East
    Bio
  • Amy Thomson 

    Dean of Middle School West
    Bio
  • Charles Beckwith 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Vanessa Fritzsche 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Andrew Green 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Angela Guzdar 

    Bio
  • Chris Hegele 

    Director of Summer & Seasonal Programs, and Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Virginia Hermann 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Ashley Kelemen 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Emily Popper 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio
  • Joe Senne 

    Middle School Teacher
    Bio