Academic Life @ AUL

What we offer:

  • A staff with deep knowledge of the brain & who is invested in trauma-informed & whole-child classroom approaches.
  • Daily Advisory Sessions: Community-building sessions that focus on Individual Learning Plans, transcripts, grades, & credits, as well as games, whole-school activities, and clubs.
  • English Language Development: scaffolding, support, and language structures across content areas.
  • Special Education: supports and services with two full-time special educators, a school psychologist, and a variety of other related service providers.
  • Project-Based Learning (see below)
  • Freshman Cohort: Students working on increasing their success in high school may be a part of the Freshman Cohort, a group that travels together for part of the day to ensure community-building & relationship-oriented learning.
  • Senior Seminar: a Seniors-only session & a requirement of graduation. Learn about life after high school & the many options that you have.

Individual Learning Plans

AUL Denver’s academic program is based on individualization, skill development and project completion. Classes are designed to assist students in developing and maintaining their skill levels, with a project-based learning-approach and hands-on experiences in academic areas. Each student creates an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines graduation requirements and their progress towards that goal. Each class must be completed with a passing grade of A, B, C, or D in order for a student to graduate.

Duration of Program
Due to the nature of being an alternative charter high school, AUL has different graduation credit requirements than traditional high schools. Students at AUL need 195 credits to graduate in the following areas: 40 credits in English, 40 credits in Math, 30 credits in Science, 30 credits in Social Studies, 20 in Advising, 20 in Electives, and 15 in Senior Seminar.

Learning Needs

We have two full-time special educators and a school psychologist for students with IEP requirements.

We also have a 504 coordinator and a Gifted & Talented coordinator.

Project-Based Learning

AUL Denver operates with a student-centered focus. We tackle projects & sustained inquiry over papers, tests, & essays. Our approach is Project Based Learning (PBL), which helps enhance student engagement, growth, accountability, & real-world application.

PBL helps students learn & practice important 21st Century Skills–collaboration, communication, critical thinking–that will enable our students to be college- and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities.