Academics

High School | Grades 9-12

Denver Academy's High School

Our high school program is designed to address the educational needs of each student’s learning profile to help them reach their academic profile. In high school, we offer several levels within each subject to allow students to develop their learning strengths while remediating their areas of need. Students are also given structure and support through tools including memorization strategies, organization, note-taking, and study skills while maintaining high accountability. All lesson plans are designed to address multiple learning styles and utilize technology, art, and hands-on projects with engaged learning. All students also participate in community service on a regular basis. 
 
In addition to our curriculum, we also offer and encourage students 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 to further coursework in Spanish and meets the minimum requirement set by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. 

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.

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  • 9th Grade

    The Ninth Grade year is designed to encourage and facilitate transition on all fronts. The Ninth Grade has its own building, Mustang Hall, for homeroom and core class periods. Students also transition to other buildings for other classes. 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. 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.