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Signature Programs



Gates Invention & Innovation Program

Middle schoolers have the chance to use empathy and a design-thinking process to invent a product, some which have been awarded US patents. Learn more about the Gates Invention & Innovation Program.

Tinker Time and Gates Innovation Lab Projects

Innovation skills are exercised through a variety of challenges that require students to think creatively and critically, practice perseverance, collaborate with others, show empathy and experiment with different solutions.



Grade 1 Bird Project

Throughout the year in Grade 1, students learn about birds and how to take care of them during a comprehensive unit that includes science, Spanish, art, literacy, and service. On campus, first graders use empathy and creative thinking to design an invention to help a feathered friend during Tinker Time, learn how to research birds in the library, and create paper mache birds in art class. Off-campus, students visit a bird sanctuary, participate in conservation efforts, and learn how similar techniques can be used at school.

Grade 6: Empty Bowls Integrated Unit

In Grade 6, students participate in a year-long interdisciplinary unit exploring themes related to poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity. To inspire awareness, compassion, and change, students work alongside nonprofits such as Food Bank of the Rockies and Showers for All. They also create beautiful bowls in art class and host an event known as "Empty Bowls" to raise awareness for those experiencing hunger in our community.


Eighth graders examine the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in their history, science, English, and math courses. After a year-long investigation, students prepare an action plan to address one of the issues facing the world today. They present their learnings with engaging “Ted-Talk” style presentations and confidently answer questions from their peers and adults.

Day and

Overnight Trips

Academic learning is enhanced by getting off campus and experiencing learning.

Service Learning

At Graland, our role in preparing students to be engaged students and thoughtful leaders starts in preschool and continues until our students graduate eighth grade. Each year, students dive deep into age-appropriate topics such as caring for animals, planet conservation, food insecurity, and more to learn how they can empathize and personally make an impact.


Through the Years

Graland maintains a number of traditions and these time honored programs connect students to alumni through shared experiences. As a school we also like to say we have a "tradition of being innovative." Many more recent signature learning programs are quickly becoming our newest traditions for the next generations of students.

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1927, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.