Print this Page

About AUL

The AUL Story

The Academy of Urban Learning (AUL) is a 501c3, Denver Public Schools (DPS) charter high school founded by the Jared Polis Foundation and Urban Peak Denver. In 2005, AUL’s founders recognized the need to create a small charter school in Denver that would address the needs of students experiencing the challenges of homelessness and other unstable living situations. Now in its ninth year of operation, AUL has grown tremendously and established itself as a champion for at-risk youth struggling with unconventional backgrounds.

The Academy of Urban Learning provides students in these unique situations with the support and personal attention they require to succeed. No two students are the same at AUL. That’s why AUL’s teachers, advisors, nurse, psychologist and principal work collaboratively to understand the challenges, background and goals of each student. With a robust team approach, AUL’s staff fosters a culture of accountability and success where students are enabled to reach their full potentials.

In addition to providing students with important wrap-around services, AUL offers a unique, multifaceted high school diploma program. AUL’s individualized approach to education builds upon project-based skill development and learning during a four-day school week.  At AUL, custom-tailored Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are created for each student, outlining the core and elective classes required of each student to graduate.

Our Mission

AUL’s mission is to empower young people to become self-sufficient adults by providing a rigorous and individualized high school diploma program to youth who need extensive wraparound services to succeed academically and socially.

Our Vision

At AUL, we envision a society where all youth have equal access to resources, can earn a high school diploma and feel empowered to make a positive impact in their communities.

Our Core Values

AUL is a project-based school that cares about each of our students and strives to build relationships that encompass our core values:

  • Community
  • Academics
  • Respect and
  • Empowerment.

We provide the wrap-around services and individualized support our students need to succeed academically and socially, and to become successful, self-sufficient adults.

Our Success

In 2005, AUL’s founders chartered a local high school expected to open with 40 students and with the option to grow to a maximum of 200 students. AUL opened the 2005-2006 school year with 47 students and today has reached its student enrollment goal with 153 students enrolled. AUL has established itself as a champion for at-risk youth struggling with unconventional backgrounds, and continues to increase the number of at-risk students who graduate each year:

  • 2006: 4 graduates
  • 2007: 7 graduates
  • 2008: 4 graduates
  • 2009: 9 graduates
  • 2010: 28 graduates
  • 2011: 22 graduates
  • 2012: 26 graduates
  • 2013: 19 graduates
  • 2014  22 graduates

 

Permanent link to this article: http://auldenver.org/?page_id=84

Testimonials

“The most powerful tool to use is your brain, you can build on that tool by educating yourself.  That’s what AUL taught me, and without that I wouldn’t have gotten this far.” Kevin Watkins, Class of 2014 graduate “My stay at Academy of Urban Learning was one of the best schools I have ever been …

View page »

Jesus Tarango-Ramirez - N Photography 2013-14

Curriculum

Competency-Based Education Successful completion of courses at AUL is based on students exhibiting competence in the subject areas through a demonstration of skills, knowledge and completed projects. Academic Program The Academy of Urban Learning’s academic program is based on individualization, skill development and project completion. Students are placed in Math and English classes according their …

View page »

DPS Charter

The Academy of Urban Learning (AUL) is a 501c3, Denver Public Schools (DPS) charter high school founded by the Jared Polis Foundation and Urban Peak Denver. In 2005, AUL’s founders recognized the need to create a small charter school in Denver that would address the needs of students experiencing the challenges of homelessness and other …

View page »

FTA compliance

Financial Transparency

Colorado Revised Statutes, 22-44-304 (Commencing July 1, 2015)   2016 – 2017 2015 – 2016 2014 – 2015 2013 – 2014 Salary Schedules or Policies: Investment Performance Reports: no investments to report DPS Financial Transparency Disclaimer: Please consider the context when evaluating financial transactions.  Some transactions may appear improper on the surface but are perfectly …

View page »