- Households headed by High School graduates accumulate 10 times more median household wealth than those headed by high school dropouts. Households headed by college graduates accumulate 90 times more household wealth than those headed by high school dropouts.
- Better Health Outcomes - Adults with higher levels of education live longer, have fewer health problems and report being happier
- Higher levels of academic achievement benefit society. Preventing one high school dropout saves approximately $200,000.
Results from the independent research group Colorado School Grades has consistently ranked the Aspen Community School 6-8th grade as among the very best in Colorado. For the second year in a row ACS made the list of top ten middle schools in Colorado. In 2012 ACS middle school was ranked #1 in the state. In 2013 our middle school was ranked #7 out of 586 middle schools. http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolSearch.aspx?topRanked=true&st=2
And the 4th and 5th grades are catching up fast. In 2013 this group of ACS students (incorrectly called our “elementary school”) ranked #175 out of 1132 schools.http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolReportCard.aspx?sid=0042E These incredible results are based on three years of data from standardized tests.
I’m not a big fan of comparing one school to another. Standardized tests are only a part of the learning equation and every community/school has a unique set of challenges. But student academic achievement and growth should matter to everyone. And ACS students are crushing it.
Adrian Bradley & Bart Axelman
Jennifer Bruno & Kirk Hartley
Heidi Burtscher & James Ingram
Cindy Hirschfeld & Todd Hartley
Jenny & Matt Jones
Bonnie & Joseph Kowar
Christina Kruger & Wouter Olivier
Marci & Benjamin Peters-Kiern
Lindsay & Garry Pfaffmann
Anita Rayburn & Chris Tudge
Suzanne Scheer & Chuck Brown
Melissa Taylor & Chris Dolan