Program at a Glance

Our Program

Denver Academy is designed to be different. Denver Academy’s program has been evolving and developing since 1972, drawing on a synthesis of the best educational practices and research. The delivery of our program and our teacher development and training play significant parts in making Denver Academy a unique place of teaching and learning.

The foundational elements of our program are:
  • Honoring diverse learners
  • Student-centered focus
  • Relationship-based development
  • Differentiated curriculum

Carol Anne Tomlinson, University of Virginia

Teaching a room full of learners the same thing in the same way over the same time span with the same supports and expecting good results from all students has never happened and never will.”

List of 4 items.

  • Honoring Diverse Learners

    Sometimes referred to as a decoder ring, teachers have a sophisticated understanding of students’ unique learning profiles. This is developed through a partnership model between students, parents, and teachers, along with collected observations, artifacts, and cognitive and achievement tests.
  • Student-centered focus

    At the center of learning is the student; their readiness level, interests and learning profile are all critical variables in the formula of successful learning. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning through multiple avenues/pathways, modalities, and forms of expression.
  • Relationship-based development

    We are committed to the development of people, inspiring students through a relationship-based approach to be curious, to be self-advocates, and to be lifelong learners.
  • Differentiated curriculum

    Our curriculum, borrowing from the Latin, is used as the “course to be run;” we make adjustments as needed to challenge and remediate.

Meet the Program Team

List of 4 members.

  • Philippe Ernewein 

    Director of Education
  • Mindy Adair 

    Math Curriculum Coordinator
  • Jessica Bodden 

    Instructional Facilitator & Literacy Specialist
  • Cynthia Richardson 

    Faculty Development Coordinator & Instructional Facilitator

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • What is Orton-Gillingham?

    Orton-Gillingham is a phonetics-based approach to reading instruction. It is widely considered to be among the best reading programs for dyslexic students. All Denver Academy Lower School teachers and Literacy Specialists (who work throughout the school) are trained in this approach.
  • What is Lindamood-Bell?

    Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes are designed to help students learn to read and comprehend. DA teachers are training in Visualizing/Verbalizing, a specific Lindamood-Bell program.
  • How/when will my student meet with a Literacy Specialist?

    All Lower School teachers are fully trained in all our literacy programs. If students need additional help, they will be referred to our literacy specialists by their homeroom teacher.
  • What is the “Partnership Model?”

    When Denver Academy talks about the Partnership Model, we are referring to the joint partnership among teachers, students, and parents to ensure the success and development of the student.