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Adventure Elementary at Western Hills


7700 Delta Street
Denver, CO 80229
Phone: (303) 853-1410

Director: Erica Banscum
UC Denver Site Professor: Diane Hageman
Instructional Guide/Site Coordinator: Eileen Harder

Welcome to Adventure Elementary at Western Hills! Mapleton Public Schools, a district of 6,000 students, has strong community roots. A number of teachers and administrators attended school in the district and have come back to serve the community as educators.

Since the fall of 2003, through a strategic planning process, Mapleton Public Schools has undergone a major restructuring. This restructuring has manifested itself in 15 small-by-design school choices for students grades pre K-12. We are excited that you will be joining us for your internship at Adventure Elementary.

Adventure Elementary School is an inclusive community of ambitious scholars dedicated to exploratory learning. Students spend much of their time engaged in learning expeditions: in-depth studies of relevant and current social and scientific topics. Students use fieldwork and service learning projects to actively engage in their education. To foster a culture of respect and high standards, character development is intentionally taught and modeled at all grade levels. Students are encouraged to become an avid contributor to their community through a system characterized by high expectations for all with a focus on constant improvement. Students are exposed to rigorous academic experiences that inspire them to consider multiple perspectives, think critically, and demonstrate real understanding.

Students at Adventure Elementary celebrate each other’s achievements at Caring Crew assemblies hosted by the Student Council. Awards are presented to outstanding staff members and students. At Adventure, a student’s work focuses on craftsmanship. Portfolios are created throughout the school year so students can learn the values of assessment, feedback and revision. All learning experiences occur within a disciplined learning environment founded on courtesy, respect for others, and a commitment to learning.

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