Core Knowledge Sequence
The Charter School will follow all Colorado Model Content Standards. All teachers will adhere to the practice of standards-driven instruction, using the Core Knowledge Sequence aligned to the Colorado Model Content Standards. To deliver the content set forth in the Core Knowledge framework, the Charter School will use research-based, proven curricula for the academic areas.

CKLA Core Knowledge Language Arts

Knowledge strand

Building students’ knowledge and vocabulary while they are still learning to read is crucial for long-term success. At the heart of this strand are authentic fiction and nonfiction texts that teachers read aloud. These texts are grouped in knowledge domains that create interactive opportunities to question, discuss and share ideas centered on text. This strand ensures students are well prepared when they transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

Skills strand

Teach reading and writing in tandem. These lessons support reading and foundational skills through daily instruction in phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, decoding with engaging decodable texts, writing mechanics and writing structure and processes. The Skills Strand fully accords with the findings of the National Reading Panel and the Reading Foundational Skills section of the Common Core State Standards.


Inspire students to work harder and aim higher, and invigorate teachers with new ways to truly personalize learning. Our print and digital curriculum products engage and challenge students, and were developed specifically with college and career readiness in mind.

Captivate students with rich and vivid educational games that will keep them motivated to learn long after the lesson ends. Touch Press Games—formerly known as Amplify Games—is a suite of more than 30 games that help strengthen skills in ELA, math and science, along with an integrated digital library of more than 600 books.

Tailor instruction to meet each child’s precise needs. Our assessment solutions help teachers measure student progress and close learning gaps quickly, so that all students achieve proficiency.

Realms of Gold

All the shorter literary works – poems, stories, essays, speeches and autobiographical excerpts – specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence for Grades 6-8 are conveniently anthologized in three grade-level volumes. Each includes additional classic works in each genre, offering students handy supplemental texts from the world’s greatest writers. Key speeches from the 20th century make volumes 2 and 2 useful for history teachers.

Accelerated Reader

Every student can become their most amazing self and discover a lifelong love of reading with the guidance of an expert teacher. Designed based on years of careful research to help teachers introduce students to the magic of books and reading, Accelerated Reader 360 is the most widely used K–12 reading practice program.

Accelerated Reader 360 is one of the most heavily researched programs in the world, with one of the largest databases of K–12 student reading information. This invaluable insight tells us what works for students and what doesn’t, so teachers can confidently focus on exactly what accelerates growth.

Ocean’s First

As part of the TIDES program, students receive real-life experiences in marine research and scientific diving. These place-based learning opportunities provide a window into the careers of marine scientists, technicians, and field researchers. Students will practice critical thinking and data analysis, which together introduce them to the process of asking questions, defining problems, and carrying out investigations into real-world settings.

The TIDES program passports students into the underwater world with Open Water Scuba Diver certification. This 35-hour course includes home study, classroom workshops, and pool and open water training. All classroom sessions can be done either at Ocean First’s award-winning facility in Boulder or onsite at the school campus. At Ocean First, all pool training is conducted in the comfort and safety of our 89°F indoor dive pool.

In the classroom, students begin by investigating the seven principles of Ocean Literacy. These fundamental concepts will provide the backbone to understanding how we are connected to the ocean and why it’s so important. Students will then learn about coral reefs and their amazing inhabitants and start to understand the many factors that affect their health. By the time they graduate from the TIDES program, students will have a developed and refined understanding of the marine environment and be well positioned to pursue a career in a number of related fields.

Foundations in Personal Finance – Dave Ramsey

Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition equips you to teach students how to avoid debt, budget with intention, invest early, and build wealth so they can live generously. With the Foundations team as the experts, our curriculum provides you with turnkey resources so you can focus on facilitating students’ learning and bringing this engaging curriculum to life.

This is a supplemental curriculum designed with all the flexibility you’ll need for a dynamic classroom experience. The engaging and relevant material is delivered via video by personal finance experts Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey, as well as dynamic youth speaker Anthony ONeal. The curriculum is hosted by acclaimed interviewer and broadcaster Ken Coleman. We’ve included complete lesson plans, activities, and a choice of delivery methods.


This is a Core Knowledge Foundation recommended resource.  It is supplemental materials use to build lessons.

Discovery Education Streaming video

With thousands of standards-aligned resources, Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides you with the tools to teach your students to think critically about the content they use, see, and experience in their daily lives and to ask questions about the world around them.

Discovery Education Techbook™ Digital Textbooks

Lead with content. Engage with digital. That’s the hallmark of Discovery Education Techbook. Standards-based with content that is relevant and dynamic, Techbook helps teachers differentiate and improve achievement with easy-to-use tools and resources.

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Odysseyware Lessons, Assessments and Instructional Tools are designed to equip learners with resources for academic success, incorporating a mix of grade-appropriate text, direct instruction videos, learning activities and games. Odysseyware lessons also integrate numerous instructional supports to address diverse learning styles and allow ongoing collaboration between learners and teachers.

Odysseyware empowers teachers with unprecedented flexibility to customize courses and the student learning experience. Teachers and Administrators can alter the instructional sequence of Odysseyware Courses, insert Units, Lessons, Projects or Quizzes from other Odysseyware courses, insert Teacher-Created, Custom Lessons, delete or skip lessons and set individual course levels for every student.

Pearson myworld

People have always used stories to teach and to remember. Welcome to myWorld Social Studies for Grades K-5. Learning comes alive through storytelling, literacy instruction, and flexible resources. Stories from our world engage students and help develop thoughtful, literate citizens. Lessons apply inquiry processes, practice reading and writing, and involve collaboration and communication skills. Blended learning experiences include an interactive Student Worktext and digital courseware. Share the story of our democratic ideals, communities, and people!

FOSS Science
The research-based FOSS program is designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how children think and learn.

Project Lead the Way

These are trimester enrichment courses that support math and science.  This curriculum utilizes project based learning.  PLTW Gateway sparks engagement and illuminates’ possibilities for students.  Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow.

During this transitional time, PLTW Gateway’s 10 units empower students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

PLTW has ten courses in total and we will start will three.

  1. Green Architecture
  2. Design and Modeling

PLTW aligns with Erie High School Engineering Program


InFocus Books: Teaching Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

Aspen Ridge Trailways (school focus areas)

Establishing and reinforcing solid skills that will promote curiosity and excitement about this world and how all these pieces function together, while instilling a solid academic foundation in students, is the primary focus of the Aspen Ridge Preparatory School. To that end, students will be required each year to complete annual projects that will incorporate elements from each of the Trailways.  Possessing a broader understanding of the world in which they exist, students will be more than capable of functioning, contributing, and leading for decades to come.

The Charter School uses the following Trailways to guide and educate its students on their learning journey:

Technology Trail

Children today live in a digital world – they operate digitally and they think digitally. Students will learn how to effectively operate and adapt the technology available to them. Society and the world will not only expect full technological understanding and capability but demand it. Students will be in the early stages of the technological learning curve, and one of the Aspen Ridge goals is to ensure that they possess a strong foundation and confidence in their abilities to maximize technological opportunities. Students will access these opportunities by using technology in school projects as well as through time in a computer lab. In addition, students will see the use of technology modeled in the delivery of instruction.

International Trail

In order to provide students with a solid educational foundation, it is the intent of the Aspen Ridge Charter School to focus, study, and incorporate elements of the International Trail across the learning experience so that students will be prepared to compete in the global economy. Interconnected relationships will be discovered through explorations, primarily within social studies classes, of various cultures, languages, history, physical geography, and economic concerns. As early as kindergarten, students will be exposed to a second language and will focus on a region of the world to develop an in-depth understanding of other cultures. This will continue throughout the students’ journey from kinder through eighth grade at Aspen Ridge.

Nature Trail

Equally important in understanding the world, students will develop an appreciation and connection to the natural environment while traveling along the Nature Trail. It is the hope of the Founders that while grounding their learning in technology and in understanding the global nature of society that Aspen Ridge Preparatory School students also remain grounded in the simplicity and beauty of the natural world. Explorations in the environment will take place through adventures to farms, museums, nature walks, and businesses in the community as well as through guest speakers and student projects. These activities will be mostly incorporated into science and physical education classes.

Personal Development Trail

The Founders of the Aspen Ridge Preparatory School also believe that the core to any educational program is a strong emphasis on personal exploration through character development and civic awareness. To usher students along the Personal Development Trail, Aspen Ridge proposes the use of IN FOCUS to reinforce appropriate social interactions as well as conflict resolution. All teachers and staff members will be expected to model appropriate behavior on a daily basis. In Aspen Ridge’s effort to further cultivate the idea of building character and one’s role in the world around them, each student will participate annually in activities that support civic, environmental, and charitable organizations or causes within the community. Opportunities to reinforce positive personal qualities will occur primarily in reading and writing classes although reminders and examples will be seen school wide every day.


In addition to the emphasis on rigorous core academics, Aspen Ridge Preparatory School offers enrichment classes for students to foster breadth of knowledge and a life-long love of learning. Enrichment classes include Music, Physical Education, Art, Drama/Theater (coming soon), and Spanish.


aimswebPlus is a powerful and proven tool that informs instruction and improves student performance. Use its standards-aligned reading and math measures to screen and monitor progress for grades K-8. aimswebPlus screening and progress monitoring measures can be administered in just minutes, so teachers and students can return quickly to their regular schedules. In fact, most measures take only one to four minutes to administer.
K–12 Adaptive Diagnostic | K–8 Instruction
Adaptive Diagnostic for reading and mathematics that pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.  Provides rigorous, on-grade-level instruction and practice and additional downloadable lessons to help meet individual student or small group needs.

PALS-PreK is a scientifically-based phonological awareness and literacy screening that measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures name writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness and nursery rhyme awareness. The assessment scores indicate children’s strengths and those areas that may require more direct attention. The assessment is designed to be administered to four-year-olds in the fall of PreK in order to guide instruction during the year. A second administration in the spring of PreK serves to evaluate progress.

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The authentic, ongoing, observation-based assessment system that helps teachers and administrators like you focus on what matters most for children’s success. Grounded in 38 research-based objectives for development and learning, GOLD® supports effective teaching and assessment, while providing you with more time to spend with the children in your program. GOLD® automatically links teaching and assessment, making it easier to connect the dots across the most important aspects of high-quality early childhood education.


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The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT®) Form 6 measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.

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