Core Academic Program

Students will take the following classes at 5280:

  • Humanities I, II, & III (English & Soc. Stud. combined)

  • English IV

  • Math I, II, III, & IV (integrated Algebra, Geometry, Calculus)

  • Physics, Chemistry, Biology, 1 other science elective

  • Engineering, 1-2 courses

  • Spanish I & II

  • Art, 1-2 courses

  • Multimedia I & II (Adobe Creative Suite apps)

  • 1 additional academic elective

  • 4 wellness electives each year (student choice)

  • Weekly Academic Advisory x 4 years

  • Intentional Community (every morning) x 4 years

  • 11th Grade Academic Internship for 4 weeks

  • 12th Grade Independent Senior Project

  • Intersession x 1 week every year

  • Optional: Concurrent enrollment at local colleges

    *Honors classes are offered and open to all students in grade 11 & 12 academic classes.


11th Grade Internship

All 11th graders complete a 4-week academic internship at a business, nonprofit or other organization by working with an adult expert in their field of interest.  Students authentically explore a career of interest, learn to navigate the complexities of a professional workplace, and practice communicating effectively with a wide range of adults.

College Coursework

All students have the option to pursue advanced study in specific topics by taking college classes through partnerships with local colleges. 

 These intersession students built rafts and floated and camped on the river for 3 days (with life jackets on!).

These intersession students built rafts and floated and camped on the river for 3 days (with life jackets on!).


Intersession is a 1-week deep dive into an area of passion or interest that typically doesn’t occur within usual classes and academic disciplines.  Intersession allows students to pursue their passions and other worthy pursuits that don't typically occur during school.  Examples include backpacking, raft-building, 3D digital design, Claymation videography, Mock Trials, and more.

Senior Projects

Every 12th grade student designs a personalized learning experience tailored to their future goals.  Examples include scientific or artistic endeavors, internships, writing projects, community service work, and more.  


We take seriously our role in educating students, and believe school can be much more than academics.  Coupled with our bold and authentic teaching style, we 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. 

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. 

Daily Wellness Electives

Wellness electives run from 3:00-3:45pm every day, and change quarterly.  Students choose from a myriad of options, all focused on some aspect of comprehensive wellness.



In weekly Academic Advisory, students learn from each other about academic issues, the internship experience, the college application process, and more.  Advisories ensure that every student is on-track to meet their post-graduation goals for college and beyond.

B.O.A.T. (Be Open and Authentic Together)

B.O.A.T. is the first class of the day, from 8:20 – 8:55am, and focuses on emotional intelligence and social skills.  Students learn to engage in healthy, responsive relationships with their peers, and learn positive ways to work through challenges. 

5280 Ensures All Students Are Successful

Smaller class sizes of 26 students per class—more individualized attention. 

Smaller school size (104 students per grade)—no one falls through the cracks. 

In-class support staff for students in special education, English language learners, and Summit Program students.  These Coaches work with students individually and in small groups to provide personalized support. 

Students have the option of 45 minutes of tutoring and additional academic support every day—plus additional opportunities before or after school.



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 has a program for students in recovery from addiction, eating disorders, or other conditions best addressed within a community of like-minded peers.  Summit Program 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 the Summit Program gain the understanding, knowledge and skillsets required for life-long recovery, and are equipped to thrive in college, career, and civic life.  

Summit students, having already received treatment and on the road to recovery, will have the same academic experience as other 5280 students, but will have recovery-specific activities and specialized staff to support them.  Though the program directly supports students in recovery, all 5280 High School 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.  And all students will benefit from the empathy building that comes with learning from and with peers who are facing different challenges.