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. 


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.