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AXL's approach to academics provides real-world experiences and active learning for all scholars. You won't find desks lined up in rows or hours of lectures; we believe all scholars deserve quality education that engages, empowers and leads all to achieve. We do this by being an expeditionary school. 

Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning's approach to curriculum makes standards come alive for scholars by connecting learning to real-world issues. Academically rigorous, project-based learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire scholars to think and work as professionals, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom. We believe the world is the classroom and that all have exponential potential to thrive. 

Scholar Experience

Scholars experience a revolution in learning with discovery, inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Teachers talk less. Scholars talk (and think) more. Lessons have explicit purpose, guided by learning targets for which students take ownership and responsibility. Scholars learn more than words on a page; they learn how to interact with the real world, how to accomplish impressive projects and present their projects to authentic audiences.

Impact & Difference

We put scholars in the driver's seat of their education. Why? Because it builds scholar ownership of learning, drives achievement, and focuses scholars on reaching standards-based learning targets. Scholars continually conduct learning assessments and improve the quality of their work through models, reflection, critique, rubrics, and expert assistance. We believe in meeting the needs of ALL scholars. Together we engage, empower and achieve.

State Rating

State Rating:

AXL Academy is rated as performance by the Colorado Department of Education. Performance is the highest rating a school can obtain.


AXL's curriculum is based in common core to build expeditions. The nature of the expeditions integrates multiple subjects together for scholars to engage with the real world in a tangible way. AXL Academy's curriculum adheres to state standards.

AXL Curriculum 




  • Teacher Designed 

Social Studies 

  • Teacher Designed

Social Emotional Learning


State Testing

Superintendent's message about testing that was sent out in January:


Parent Resources site and access to opt-out forms:


Our CMAS window will be March 28-April 22.

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