Academics

High School | Grades 9-12

High School Overview

Our high school program is designed to address the educational needs of each student's individual learning profile to help them reach their academic potential. 

Our program focuses on:
  • Flexible Placement: We offer several levels within each subject to allow students to develop their learning strengths while remediating their areas of need.
  • Structure and Support: Students are given the tools to achieve academic success, including memorization strategies, organization, note-taking, and study skills while maintaining high accountability and high support.
  • Engaged Learning: Lesson plans are designed to address multiple learning styles and utilize technology, art, and hands-on projects.
High school requires a renewed focus of time and stress management and students are encouraged to find outlets in Arts and Physical Education to balance and nurture themselves. Please view our course mapping guide for a more detailed view of how students progress through academic courses.

9th Grade

The Ninth Grade year is designed to encourage and facilitate transition on all fronts. Personal evolution is a constant in this transition to high school and through clear and effective communication, faculty members are well established as mentors in the process. Each student must begin to take an active role in his or her own education; in doing so, we can collectively work toward post-graduation goals. The Ninth Grade has its own building - Mustang Hall - for homeroom and core class periods and students also transition to other buildings for classes. Additionally, science and elective classes change quarterly.

10th Grade

During 10th Grade, we strive to illuminate learning strengths and facilitate character development while maintaining academic integrity and providing choices and opportunities for the future of our students. We value communication, teamwork, consistency, individual student needs, character education and relationships. Through community service activities and monthly field trips, the 10th grade strives to increase civic engagement, promote social responsibility, and make positive contributions to our Denver Academy and Colorado communities.

11th Grade

The Junior year is pivotal for students in terms of future planning and decision-making. Whether college bound or career oriented, each student assumes the reins of one’s own existence. As a foundational platform, the Junior Division utilizes the six key elements from Lawrence H. Summer’s educational essay, “What You (Really) Need to Know.” College investigations are a primary focus, done in cooperation with Denver Academy’s Department of College & Transition Counseling. The Junior year requires students to step up in academic expectation and effort, especially in the areas of chemistry, upper level math, contemporary US history, and literature.
 

12th Grade

Senior year students are expected to maintain increased academic rigor both in terms of degree of difficulty and pacing. The curriculum is demanding and as the year progresses, students have more long-term projects. An emphasis is placed on post-secondary planning, independent study and life skills, complete with summer reading, guest speakers, fall senior retreat, and a senior symposium. Each student continues to work with their individual advisor to map out post-secondary plans.

High School > Spanish

Denver Academy offers students the opportunity to take Spanish as a year-long elective during all four years of high school. We strongly encourage all 9th graders to take Spanish I, as this provides students the opportunity for further coursework in Spanishand meets the minimum requirement set by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students are strongly encouraged to identify the specific foreign language requirements of the college theywish to attend.
 
Spanish is taught by Cayla Berry and Shelby Soto.


High School Faculty

List of 26 members.

  • Mark Wood 

    Head of High School
    Bio
  • Chad Lindburg 

    Dean of 12th Grade
    Bio
  • Matt Roberts 

    Dean of 11th Grade
    Bio
  • Perry Butler 

    Dean of 10th Grade
    Bio
  • Jenni Walker 

    Dean of 9th Grade
    Bio
  • Jill Corbin 

    Director of College & Transition Counseling
    Bio
  • Mindy Adair 

    Math Curriculum Coordinator
    Bio
  • Ryan Berg 

    High School Spanish Teacher
  • Cayla Berry 

    High School and Spanish Teacher
    Bio
  • Ramsey Brookhart 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Bobby Duhamel 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Paul Embleton 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Carey Eskesen 

    High School Teacher, and College & Transition Counselor
    Bio
  • Jill Hecomovich 

    Registrar & Assistant to the High School Head
    Bio
  • Renee Hemmie 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Andy Klaus-Corritore 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Abby McKinley 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Gary McMillin 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Fred Miller 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Jill Mitchell 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Alan Price 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Anne Sieker 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Shelby Soto 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Aaron Williams 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Bradie Zaletel 

    High School Teacher
    Bio
  • Wanda Zimmermann 

    High School Teacher
    Bio