Our academic program is evolving to create new opportunities.
Beginning in the fall of 2023, our English and Social Studies Departments will replace four Advanced Placement (AP) classes with Colorado Academy’s own Advanced Studies and Research (ASR) program—courses that allow students to have more agency, go deeper, engage in knowledge production, and pursue multidisciplinary questions. Visual and Performing Arts and Computer Science will also add ASR.
Classes such as Superpowers: China, Russia, and the United States in the Modern World, The History and Culture of Mexico, Economics in Theory and Practice, Philosophy and Literature, and Music Theory will launch this fall. Read about the full ASR menu here. All ASR courses are also weighted and presented to colleges alongside AP as the most rigorous in each discipline.
CA remains committed to the fundamental question of how we maintain and grow a strong academic program. Our Science, Math, Computer Science, and World Language departments continue to be engaged in a multi-year, structured, and intentional process to evaluate the progression of student learning and the role of Advanced Placement in those disciplines.
We know that the process of growing our ASR program will take time. We are committed to a thoughtful approach—guided by CA’s Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) that includes faculty and Department Chairs as well as our Head of School, Upper School Principal, Director of College Counseling and Strategic Initiatives, and Director of Culture and Community.
Colorado Academy continues to be one of the most reputable independent schools in the country. We look to the future with a sense of optimism about the possibilities for our students and our program.