IN 2014, LONG TIME EDUCATOR AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL MELISSA MOUTON ENVISIONED A DIFFERENT KIND OF HIGH SCHOOL.

 

THROUGH HER STUDIES AND TIME IN THE CLASSROOM, MELISSA CAME TO SEE THAT TRADITIONAL MODELS OF EDUCATION OFTEN DID NOT PROVIDE STUDENTS MANY OF THE SKILLS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND TO BE COMPETITIVE FOR THE CAREERS OF THE FUTURE.  THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND OUR SCHOOLS NEED TO KEEP UP.  SHE ALSO BELIEVES THAT A HIGH SCHOOL BUILT FOR SUCCESS WILL ADDRESS ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE: ACADEMIC, CAREER, SOCIAL, and PERSONAL WELLNESS.  SCHOOL SHOULD BE ENJOYABLE, INSPIRING AND PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE.  

MELISSA HAS SINCE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO MAKE HER VISION A REALITY. SHE STUDIED PROJECT BASED LEARNING AT A PREMIER PROJECT BASED LEARNING HIGH SCHOOL, AND IS NOW LEADING A DIVERSE TEAM THAT WILL SUBMIT A CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION TO DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN APRIL 2017.

BUT STARTING A NEW SCHOOL REQUIRES SUBSTANTIAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT & WE NEED YOUR HELP!

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE, JOINING OUR TEAM, OR THINK 5280 HIGH SCHOOL WOULD BE A FIT FOR YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL SON OR DAUGHTER, PLEASE REACH OUT & LET US KNOW.

WE ARE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM YOU.

 

5280 High School students will graduate prepared for success in college, their future career, and anything else life throws at them. 


MORE INFORMATION ON OUR VISION

 

In addition to teaching literacy, math, science, and social studies, PBL teaches skills critical for success in today's evolving world: collaboration; creative problem solving; leadership; initiative; critical thinking; and technology, media, and information proficiency.  PBL has shown that students are most engaged when they dig into complex, challenging problems that resemble real life, and share in the passions of their teachers.  

PBL gives students more responsibility than they think they can handle, but supports and guides them through the challenge.  Once students realize they are capable of greatness, they are forever changed.  They will have the skills to succeed in future jobs--even those that haven’t yet been created!

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Project based learning ("PBL") is a bold and different approach to teaching that challenges traditional assumptions but delivers fantastic results.  PBL is NOT teaching to the test or rote assignments, nor is it primarily lecture-based.  Instead, students engage in large, meaningful projects that require creativity and bring to bear skills and knowledge from multiple disciplines to solve real problems or build something for the benefit of the community.  It is hands-on, collaborative, and challenging for students.  For more information on the "why" of PBL for today's economy, click here.  

5280 High School empowers students for success in college and in careers, and graduates leave self-directed and accomplished, with strong resumes already built and ready to immediately contribute to high-quality jobs, or jump right into a challenging college curriculum.

Interested in learning more? These great videos (hereherehere and here with Spanish subtitles!) further exemplify the teaching style & projects. 

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OUR WELLNESS-CENTERED CULTURE

We take seriously our role in educating students, and believe school can be so much more than academics.  Coupled with our bold and authentic teaching style, we will pioneer a wellness philosophy that develops minds, hearts, bodies and souls.  We want our students to be not just brilliant, but balanced; work not just on meaningful projects, but also have a meaningful life. 

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Teenagers grapple with where they belong, what they value, and what kind of person they want to be.  We will tackle the challenges of adolescence head-on and support students as they learn to navigate life more independently.  Our culture is both purposeful and cultivated, emphasizing inclusiveness and empathy within a strong, diverse community.  Through traditional coursework, extracurricular activities, and daily wellness activities, our students will be equipped and prepared to enter adulthood and reach their full potential. 

Summit House students, having already received treatment and on the road to recovery, will have the same academic experience as other students, but will have recovery-specific activities and specialized staff to support them.

Though the program will directly support students in recovery, all 5280 High students will benefit from the safe environment created by candid dialogue around living a lifestyle free from drugs and alcohol, and addressing life's challenges directly.  All students will benefit from the empathy building that comes with learning from and with peers who are facing different challenges. 

 

A RECOVERY PROGRAM-WITHIN-A-SCHOOL:
THE SUMMIT PROGRAM

Teenagers today face a myriad of stressors, from anxiety and depression, to eating disorders & substance abuse.  At 5280 High School, we will not sweep these stressors under the rug, but confront them head on, with boldness, accountability, and a culture of empathy and support.

In line with these principles, 5280 will have a program for students in recovery from addiction, eating disorders, or other mental health conditions best addressed within a community of like-minded peers: the Summit Program.  Summit staff support Summit students in their academic pursuits, and help them learn to integrate the principles of recovery into school and their daily life.  Through strong community partnerships and a vibrant, positive school culture, students in Summit House gain the understanding, knowledge and skillsets required for life-long recovery, and are equipped to thrive in college, career, and civic life.  

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FOUNDER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MELISSA MOUTON

melissajmouton@gmail.com
303.525.2771

OSVALDO CABRAL, MA, LPC, LAC
CLINICAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
THE LOOKOUT BOULDER

DENNIS CYR
OWNER
CYR TAX & BUSINESS CONSULTING

AUSTIN EUBANKS
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
FOUNDRY TREATMENT CENTER

XAKEMA HENDERSON
LITIGATION ASSOCIATE
BAKER HOSTETLER LLP

BRETT KESSLER, DDS
DENTIST & OWNER
TOWN CENTER DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS

RACHEL KSENYAK
EDUCATION CONSULTANT

KATHERINE MARULANDA CARVAJAL 
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
URBAN LEADERS FELLOWSHIP AT
THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MIKE JOHNSTON

DANIELLE ONGART
COMMUNITY MEMBER & EDUCATOR