Special Programs

  • Off-campus learning is a vital part of the school curriculum. Fall, winter and spring trips vary in length from two nights in the mountains to a week in a neighboring state. The purpose for each trip varies with changing needs: community building may be the focus of one trip, while another may emphasize individual and small group challenges.

    Traditional end-of-the-year trips are one week in length and may include travel to Canyonlands, Zion National Monument, the Grand Canyon, and areas in New Mexico. Students participate in Vision Quests, camping, hiking, mountain biking and river rafting. Students and teachers also take educational day trips to local places of interest, including museums, exhibits, lectures, and mountain sites.

  • In addition to the traditional trips, students have the opportunity to travel to foreign countries. Over the past several years, students and teachers have toured France, Spain, and Italy; trekked and river-rafted in Costa Rica; and studied language and culture and provided supplies to schools and clinics in Thailand.
  • Community is an important concept at September High School. Our community includes students, parents, and teachers, all of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    As community members, students participate in decision making in each class, at larger community meetings, and through representation on a student steering committee. This involvement allows for open, honest relationships based on mutual respect and trust between students and teachers.

    Community Class is a daily gathering of the group for exercise, partnered activities, group discussions and more. Gathering as a group each day is important for our community. It gives us a chance to check in with students and keep a finger on the pulse of the peer culture.

  • In our continuing effort to connect students with the plethora of resources that Boulder has to offer, we often invite community members to come and give a presentation to our students. These presentations, often referred to as "assemblies" in public schools, are called Gladys here at September School.
  • visiting The Visiting Artist Program at September School was started in the fall of 2012 with generous funding from the Sheila Fortune Foundation. Studio Art teacher Angela Beloian saw the value in collaborating with professional working artists in order to share with our students a variety of approaches to art-making. The program has been a huge success and brought diversity to our artistic offerings as well as built bridges with professionals in the community. Past artists include:

    2016-17 Artists
    Markus Dorninger and Mattias Fritz- Video Projections/Public Art

    2015-16 Artists
    Karen Spies- Artist journals
    Alan Peters- Adobe illustrator
    Julie Clement- painting

    2014-15 Artists
    Chris Pearce- animation
    G'nosis- hip hop music
    Leah Reddell- henna painting
    Shana Cordon- theater improv

    2013-14 Artists visiting
    Alan Peters- silkscreen
    Sharon Strasburg- printmaking
    Amy Johnson- jewelry

    2012-13 Artists
    Andrea Moore- poet
    Bryce Widom- chalkboard pastels
    Priscilla Cohan- ceramics
    William Stoehr- painting

  • The internship program supplements our academic programming by offering students on-the-job experience. Students write a resume and apply for an internship and visit their internship site one day a month.

    Internship sites have included: KGNU, Sister Carmen, Humane Society of Boulder, Denver Statehouse, Pachamama Farms and Monster Make Up Effects.

  • This is a human development curriculum for students in their senior year. Seniors are provided a "rite of passage" from adolescence to adulthood; a safe and challenging opportunity to seek a new perspective, learn to say good-bye, and experience acknowledgment from their community for their accomplishments. Mysteries meets periodically with teachers and counselors trained in adolescent development, active listening, group building, and the use of a variety of theatre and art exercises for personal expression and growth.
  • Every student at September School has an advisor. Advisors are members of the staff whose job it is to know students well. The advisor's job is to coach and mentor each of their advisees, to help meet their academic as well as social and emotional needs. Students can turn to their advisors for guidance with both personal and school related issues.

    The purpose of advisory is to further personalize a student's experience at September School and to help monitor a student's progress. Advisors are the point of contact for parents, and advisor and parent form a supportive team over the student's tenure at September School.

  • As an integral part of the September High School program, counseling is designed to help students develop emotional maturity, achieve the ability to resolve life issues, and take responsibility for their actions. Group process classes allow students the opportunity to identify and communicate feelings and issues important to their personal growth and change. Each student can share with peers and a counselor daily challenges and responsibilities and give and/or receive clarification and support. These classes are facilitated by experienced counselors.