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Core Subjects


We use the EnVision math program.  This program is a balanced approach and great blend of solid, conceptual understanding, while still encouraging practice and memorization.  This program is equipped with a wonderful online component, which is very helpful for both students and parents!

ELA (English/Language Arts)

IACS has an integrated approach to reading and writing.  In most classrooms, you will see students engaged in Reading/Writing Workshops. We also incorporate Literature Circles, Socratic Seminar and Words Their Way Spelling.

Science/ Social Studies

Teachers create unique, hands-on learning opportunities aligned with Colorado Academic State Standards.



Visual Arts Standards.  Our creativeness makes learning fun and flexible.  We are not limited to the district “pacing guide” so we can teach experiential-type lessons, exposing students to a variety of mediums; such as clay, oil pastels, watercolor, ink, pencil techniques, etc.   Full time, certified Art Teacher on staff.


Students who are in Kindergarten – fifth grade all receive one hour per week of both PE and Music Instruction. Both classes offer a variety of engaging academics and fun activities.


All students K-6th grade participate in technology classes, with are aligned to International Society for Technology in Education Standards (ISTE).

Inventors Class

Students hold the key to inventions that will change the lives of tomorrow.  In this class, students discover what it takes to be an inventor.  They study the different types of simple machines and famous inventors.  In addition, students will come up with a problem to tackle, brainstorm solutions, create a prototype, and pitch your idea to others.  Let’s get inventing!

Lego League—Robotics Club

This is more than a Robotics Club…it is a League of Extraordinary kids!  This is a club that meets after school throughout the year.  We have two middle school teams.  In the fall time, we are busy preparing for our First Lego League Qualifier.  In the spring time, we extend our FLL season by hosting our own competition here at the school.

As part of the FLL Qualifier, kids will program a robot to autonomously complete missions that are designated by FIRST Lego League.  The missions follow the theme of the game season.  Students not only compete on the completion of missions by their robot, but earn points for their research and presentation of a solution to a problem, collaboration during a CORE Values challenge, and robot design.  The robots are built using Lego Mindstorms pieces and EV3 bricks.  Our teams are structured and every kid has a specific job that relates to FLL and maintaining our club.

During our off-season, the coaches work hard to keep students engaged in robotics and technology.  We develop our own creative themed off-season competition and take field trips.  The field trips are to places that get kids excited about life applications of technology.  Our off-season game gives kids the time to keep working on their robots and explore other roles in the team.  We have done Robot Basketball and Medieval Games. ​

LRBL (Lego Robotics Based Learning)

This is an elective class for students interested in Lego Robotics, but not able to be part of our Robotics Club.  In this class, students learn the basics of working with EV3 bricks, programming and designing robots, and collaborating with classmates to accomplish specific challenges. We explore the various motors, sensors, and technic pieces. A few of our challenges have included Sumo Wrestling, navigating a maze, and racing.

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