Letter from the Head of School

August 2017

Dear International Academy of Denver at Harrington Families,

Welcome to a new school year! We are so excited for you and your child to join our community.

Please join me on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017  from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. on our playground for our annual Ice Cream Social.  Class lists will be posted on the playground, as we kick off the start of our 2017-2018 school year. Our teachers have arranged creative learning spaces and differentiated curricula to excite and delight our International Academy learners. Our school is spotless after a deep cleaning by our facilities team. And we look forward to welcoming your bright and enthusiastic students for an adventurous year of rigorous learning!

What makes our school exceptional? We are an International Baccalaureate Candidacy School. We will spend the next two years working towards our IB Authorization, at which time we will be members of an international consortium of schools across the globe. Schools that become authorized provide students with a unique education because of its emphasis on being internationally minded as well as focusing on students’ personal growth. This model will inspire lifelong learning in which together we can prepare students for living and working in highly interconnected global community.


The International Academy of Denver is a professional setting for inquiry and learning for educators. Through collaboration, teamwork, and relentless commitment to high expectations and personal responsibility, our teachers and all team members model lifelong learning, compassion, and commitment to teaching, learning, our students and their families.

The International Academy of Denver nurtures inquiring, knowledgeable and compassionate students who create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Our students appreciate their own cultures and others, and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate various perspectives.

The International Academy of Denver offers rigorous, inquiry-based learning experiences to ensure that our students develop strong values, academic mindsets and skills necessary to become lifelong learners who are socially conscious and internationally minded. Together we develop joyful, curious learners who achieve academically and contribute to their communities and our world.

Our teachers and students strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

Our students will:

  • will read voraciously and increase their reading and comprehension skills
  • engage in interdisciplinary units of inquiry
  • utilize technology for research, writing and communication
  • demonstrate international mindedness through the IB Learner Profile
  • understand how to serve the community locally and internationally

At International Academy of Denver we are excited to partner with you in your child’s education. We are mutually accountable for your child’s academic success and happiness at school. Please help us provide the best experience possible for you and your child. I am counting on you to have your child prepared to learn each and every day. Please make sure your child attends school every day, on time. School starts at 7:55 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Only keep your child home if he or she has a fever or illness that requires a doctor’s attention. Please do not take vacations during school. Please do not take your child out of school before 3:30 p.m.

In closing, I wish you and your children another precious elementary year!  Please encourage your child’s learning and support his/her teacher. Your positive influence ensures remarkable possibilities for your child’s success at the International Academy of Denver. I am honored to serve your family as Head of School. Please partner with me to provide your child with a wonderful year of curiosity, discovery and innovative learning.

Karin Johnson

Head of School