Aspen School District No. 1 is a highly rated, public school district located in Aspen, CO. It has 1,698 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 41% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.
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Aspen School District No. 1 Reviews
Experiential education programs and school's participation with International Baccalaureate were two of the most valuable parts of going to school here. In terms of teachers, some were amazing and some were lackluster. Some teachers literally showed us tv shows when they didn't want to teach. I had at least one teacher who was not committed and didn't care each year. The music program was extremely lacking and was one of the biggest disappointments. Sports are emphasized but music has little funding, participation, and encouragement. The school culture was very focused around partying and drugs and popularity/ image which I did not like. There was also a lot of change in the administration... I had 3 different principles in my 4 years there. Although the college counseling and readiness program was strong, it put too much focus on college as the end-all be-all and shamed students who didn't follow that path.
Aspen appears to have it all and they talk a lot about how they provide it all to its students, but it’s a little like seeing an old woman in a lot of makeup, or an old man with a toupee and silly sports car. Not exactly getting what you think at a glance. It needs to make some big changes to get into a new level of excellence where progress and student focus is real and not just all talk. The leadership is unmatched in its level of total incompetency and intimidation, and change is needed at the top before the place implodes. It would be interesting to see what a strong responsible board can do to turn things around, but only time will tell if they will continue to kowtow to Maloy like other boards have and continue to allow the problems that he has a special talent for creating to fester.
It's a very progressive school. There is a lot of parent involvement meaning that school is always improving and always taking in real feedback. The college counseling department is amazing and there is a focus on preparing the students for college. There are classes offered that show students how to apply to school and what to look for in a college. Thee are parent and teacher meetings for parents of seniors and every Wednesday, there are workshops for senior on college essays, resumes, activities, and so on. There is so much of a focus on the students as there should be with every school.