Mission, Vision and History


Mission Statement

We are travelers on the Aspen Ridge Trailways. It is our mission to think independently, participate in our integrated world, and achieve individual goals in order to gain knowledge and understanding. We will approach challenges with confidence and assist others in our community while learning and growing together on the trail of success.



The Founders of the Aspen Ridge Preparatory School envision a community of students, teachers, parents, and administrators collaborating to create a rigorous, content-rich learning environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning and gives students a solid base of knowledge to compete in a global society. Students will participate in successful, research-based curricula in the core content areas along with a focus on technology, international experience, natural environment, personal development, and enrichment programs. Students will be encouraged to think independently and question the world around them. Ongoing assessment of the students, both formally and informally, will take place regularly to ensure individual student goals are attained by adapting instruction appropriately.

History of ARPS

 In 2008, the Aspen Ridge founding committee of 30 parents, educators and community members submitted a charter application to St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education. It was unanimously approved in November 2009 and the 2010-2011 year was spent constructing a new building, hiring staff, purchasing equipment and curriculum, and hosting public information meetings. Aspen Ridge Preparatory School opened its doors to 175 students in grades K-5 for the 2011-2012 school year.  Based up the feedback from parents and growing enrollment a second building was added in the fall 2016 to accommodate a middle school program.  In the fall of 2018 the addition of a gymnasium, stage, offices and commons area will link the two buildings together, creating an outstanding K-8 campus.

Aspen Ridge continues to provide a quality education choice to families, staying true to its mission, vision, and small class sizes the Founders envisioned.