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What does shredding have to do with service learning at ISDenver? It turns out more than you would think.

International School of Denver Alum Noah's 8th-grade capstone service-learning project offers us a glimpse into the International School of Denver graduate.

Noah has a sense of adventure. He can’t remember how old he was exactly when he first started skiing, maybe five or six. But, like so many Colorado kids lucky enough to have the Rocky Mountains as their backyard, Noah is an accomplished skier. His most recent interest is in extreme terrain skiing in Colorado’s backcountry.

As an 8th grader at ISDenver, Noah and his classmates were tasked with a capstone service project. Service learning is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate framework. It offers students a chance to roll up their sleeves and put their academic knowledge, personal skills and social skills into practice in real-life situations. Students have the chance to bring these characteristics of the IB Learner Profile to life:

  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability for actions

Noah first learned about the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center through a family friend. The BOEC provides adaptive sports programs to individuals from around the world. His friend, a skier who is blind, loves to ski with the BOEC each time he is in Breckenridge. As an avid and talented skier himself, Noah approached the BOEC about a volunteer opportunity for his capstone project.

No, they told him. You are too young. Many students might have accepted defeat and moved on.  Not Noah. Noah knew how to use his voice. Through his IB education at ISDenver, Noah used “no” as an opportunity for conversation and advocated for himself. And, he was quite convincing - because the BOEC changed their mind and Noah became their youngest-ever volunteer.
Noah has skied with many individuals during his time as a BOEC volunteer - some with ADHD, anxiety, autism, muscular dystrophy, and blindness. He loves to see the smiles on skiiers faces. This opportunity has offered him great perspective, he shared.

The learning that happens within the four corners of our classrooms isn’t meant to stay there. The beauty of an ISDenver education is in seeing it come to life outside of the classroom, out in the world and even on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Join us for a tour this fall! Use the Admissions Portal you created to pick a day and time that works best for you!

 

 

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