Innovation Scholars Program
Explore. Apply. Pursue!
The Kent Denver Innovation Scholars program empowers students to pursue self-directed exploration and learning as they prepare for life during and after college. Students are surrounded by a high-quality network of outstanding teachers, mentors and professionals who provide personalized coaching and encouragement.
"There are three types of student learning goals that our Innovation Scholars program supports: exploration, application and deep pursuit," says Michael Ehrenfried, Chief Innovation Officer. "Exploration is about exposure, for students wondering, What is this field all about? Application is about accomplishing a specific project, for students asking, How can this field help me accomplish this specific task? Deep pursuit is about immersion, for students asking, How does my interest in this field shape what I do?"
The Innovation Scholars program offers extraordinary educational experiences to Kent Denver students in grades 6–12.
A Different Approach to Learning
In the Innovation Scholars program, students are the initiators, architects and managers of their learning. They choose what to pursue and how deeply to engage. Students can participate in the program through our established tracks, or by developing their own.
Established tracks have a lead mentor to help students begin their journey, explore initial projects, connect students with an advisor, and draft an initial personalized learning plan. Currently, we have established tracks in technology, entrepreneurship, design and experimental research.
Students developing their own track are supported by divisional coordinators to achieve their learning goals.
Office of Innovation Staff and Lead Mentors