Our mission is to collaborate with students, educators, families, and community members in creating a school where indigenous principles and knowledge are placed in a student-driven STEAM curriculum to prepare all students to be college, career, and life ready.
Our vision is a flourishing community of students, families, and educators where students are supported holistically, secure in their cultural identity, empowered to become community leaders, and prepared to excel in life.
OUR ESSENTIAL THEMES
Create and maintain a school culture and climate where all students, parents, and families feel a sense of belonging.
Empower all students to succeed through cultural strength and identity.
Provide students with a rigorous, culturally-responsive STEAM curriculum that will give them pathways to academic and career success.
Provide universal supports that ensure all students’ social, emotional, and mental wellness.
WHO WE SERVE
The American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) is a
community-based, open enrollment, public charter school that serves grades 6-12 (currently enrolling grades 6-10 for the 2022-23 school year). All students are welcome, and the school is specifically designed to address the unmet needs of American Indian and Latino students in the Denver metro area.
AIAD’s model is Indigenized STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math taught through a American Indian principles and ways of knowing).
As Indigenous people of North America, we have been critical thinkers, scientists, artists, and innovators since the beginning of time. It is our intention to help our students carry that cultural legacy into the 21st century!
AIAD believes that our cultural strengths can provide the foundation that will allow ALL students to succeed.