Academics

Curriculum at Eagle Rock School encourages student ownership of learning, demands documented or demonstrated mastery of graduation competencies (requirements) and allows for the individualization of credit toward graduation. It is distinct from curriculum at many other independent and private schools in several ways. Our goal is that every Eagle Rock graduate will be a productive, engaged citizen, ready and willing to make difference in the world.

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I used to be a boy whose sole purpose was to get away from trouble in New York, but now I am a young man who expands his knowledge base by expanding his comfort zone on a daily basis."

Students graduate from Eagle Rock on the basis of  demonstrated competencies rather than the more traditional "seat time" and grades which add up to what is commonly known as Carnegie units or credits. Eagle Rock classes are both ungraded and nongraded. In other words, we do not admit students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors, nor do we expect them to graduate in any particular time period. It is expected that all students will remain at Eagle Rock School a minimum of six trimesters in order for sufficient personal growth and character development to take place to be an Eagle Rock graduate.

Students graduate when they are able to demonstrate mastery of our requirements, a process that does not require grades, only a notation of whether or not they have achieved mastery. Although most students earn credit through coursework, other activities such as teaching a class, participation in service projects off campus, or independent study plans serve occasionally as mechanisms for earning credit.

Competencies are not "handed down" to Eagle Rock to follow but were custom-crafted to fit the mission and purpose of Eagle Rock School.

Graduation competencies (requirements) were created by Instructional Specialists (IS) and administrators knowledgeable in various disciplines with reference to the Colorado State Model Content Standards, as well as published lists of standards by professional groups such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.