Englewood Leadership Academy (ELA) is designed as an early middle school of choice. With less than 100 students in grades 6-8, we focus on collaboration, project based learning and leadership development. Students pursue a results-oriented course of study dedicated to ongoing improvement through personal goal setting. Increased opportunities for long term relationships with teachers, community partnerships and interdisciplinary projects are cornerstones of ELA’s program. Leadership skills and personal responsibility are developed and nurtured through an integrated curriculum, grounded in principle-centered ethics, and embedded in activities at the school. Students are encouraged to develop outstanding life-long learning habits and attitudes of global citizenship. ELA represents a collaborative learning community constructed in partnership with students, parents, teachers and the greater Englewood Community.
Englewood Leadership Academy was opened in the fall of 2000 to provide an educational choice at the middle school level for Denver metro area students. Our school began with two teachers at the helm and 25 students in three classrooms at the now-demolished Lowell Annex. Now more than 20 years later, ELA has welcomed new faculty, an expanded program, and a new home in the state of the art TEC Campus.
There are no shortages of challenging opportunities to radically alter the world in which we live and work. The opportunities for leadership are available to all of us everyday. More than ever there is a need for people to seize these opportunities to lead. Yet in traditional schooling, little time is spent nurturing the talents and skills for personal effectiveness. At ELA, a specific focus has been designed across the curriculum to assist students in developing a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity – principles that provide students the wisdom and power to seize leadership opportunities in their future.