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PK-8
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Castle Pines, CO
 

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311 Castle Pines Parkway
Castle Pines, CO 80108

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(303) 387-5625
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April 15, 2015
I couldn't ask for a better school for my son! He has been here for four years now and we both love it!

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April 08, 2015
Come this summer I will have 3 children at DCS Montessori and I could not be happier with the education my little people are gaining. My children are advanced past their peers in other schools. They love going to school every day. We are really lucky to have access to a Montessori charter!

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April 07, 2015
This has been a fantastic school for our boys! The Montessori approach to teaching provides life lessons that will enable our children to be successful both academically and socially. The hands on approach keeps kids engaged and interested. Montessori fosters a love of learning that will extend throughout my boys' lives.

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April 07, 2015
DCS Montessori is a spectacular school. The environment foster by the staff and administrators allows students to grow and flourish academically, emotionally and interpersonally. My daughter is just finishing kindergarten (her 3rd year at DCSM) and her growth over that time is astonishing. From an academic standpoint, she is reading and writing and working with addition and subtraction. But as a person, she has gone from being shy, unconfident and introverted to outgoing, confident and popular with her classmates. By address the needs of the whole child (academic, emotional and social) DCSM is having a tremendous positive impact on their student. If you are even slightly interested in this school for your children, I strongly suggest you sign up for a tour to learn what DSC Montessori is all about.

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April 06, 2015
DCS has a very good environment where you can notice a deep inter-relationship between all of the teachers and the students. Students are happy and the overall energy of the school is warm, positive, and encouraging. All of the teachers are confident and hold a space for their students that is grounding and calm which provides a solid environment for good learning. My daughter is learning how to learn with a strong curiosity, a positive attitude, and a very high level of confidence. DCS teaches my daughter based on how she learns and understands things which has allowed her to excel in everything she is learning. We absolutely love DCS.

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April 06, 2015
DCS Montessori has been a wonderful experience for our precious 4 year old. She is doing addition, subtraction, learning the concepts of multiplication and reading. Her classroom is a place of calm and she dearly loves her three teachers. The ratio is 1:10 in the pre-k/k class. The mixed ages allows the children to move at their own pace academically and develop friendships with different age children based on true likes and not age. The kindergarten class has PE, Art class and spends extra time with the lead teacher. Our P4 is anxiously awaiting kindergarten as though it were cloud nine. This school is all that is good about a charter school and all that is great about the Montessori method.

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April 06, 2015
Choosing DCS Montessori for our children 6 1/2 years ago was the best decision we ever made. We started in DCS Montessori in preschool and the girls are now in 3rd and 5th grade. The teachers have gone above and beyond what I could have imagine to show compassion, caring and a stable learning environment. We can't express enough how wonderful the teachers, staff and overall montessori program is. They have continued to learn, excel and grow; but more importantly they have a love for school.

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April 06, 2015
Our daughter has attended DCS Montessori since she was 3 and she is thriving!! As a preschooler she loved expressing her creativity through art and as a kindergartner she has thrived putting everything she learned as a preschooler into new cognitive experiences. I highly recommend this school if you are looking for something outside the traditional classroom experience.

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April 06, 2015
Great School and Great Teachers. I have two kids primary and Lower E and so far great experience. Thank you everyone for your help with our kids.

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March 28, 2015
My 2nd grade son is reading at over 5th grade so for my child it is definitely working. The method works best for smart kids that are willing to put the work in and kids that may be struggling as they all get to work at their own pace. If you child needs to be constantly told what to do, it probably isn't for you.

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December 08, 2014
My grandsons go to this school and I am so impressed with the caring teachers and administrators! They love the Montessori learning environment and are thriving. I pick them up from school often and they are always so happy with their day at school! Thank you!

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December 04, 2013
This is a wonderful school. My daughter is in pre-K and loves it! Miss Lindsay is amazing and I could not be happier with my daughter's overall experience.

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September 24, 2013
I'm an 8th grader at DCS, and the past 4 years at this school have been amazing! Almost all my teachers were the best (although 4 of them don't teach at this school anymore). I've learned so much. Because this school uses the Montessori method, DCS lets you work at your own pace, but if you're behind, they'll help. The teachers really do care about the students, and after having one teacher for at least 2 years, that teacher becomes more than just a teacher; he or she becomes one of your best friends. They encourage a lot of teamwork and really want you to do your best. Students are given a lot of responsibility at a young age, but by 8th grade, they've got it down. This school isn't completely perfect, but they're pretty darn close. This place became my second home. I love DCS, and I'm going to be so sad when I leave, but I know that I've gotten an amazing education and had great experiences I will never forget. Go Cougars! (Note: Not everyone that you talk to will have the same thing to say about this school, but I promise that if you look for the good, you'll get good.)

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May 02, 2013
We Love DCS Montessori! The principal, the teachers and the teacher's assistants are attentive, highly educated, sincerely interested in each student, and treat the children with kindness & respect. DCS fosters a love of learning and provides each student the ability to excel as far as they want to in any given subject, unlike traditional public schools. That being said, our children are 2 grades ahead in math and 3 grades ahead in reading. The school is attentive to the needs of the students and any parent requests. The principal is a dedicated, respected leader and has the best interest at heart for the students and the school. DCS recently added a middle school, which proves to me, once again, their unending dedication to providing the best opportunities for the students. I couldn't recommend a better school. The school is organized, peaceful and pleasant. The children are taught not only the normal subjects required by a school, but are also taught how to be leaders and to be honest, kind and thoughtful. DCS fosters the love of learning and creative, independent thought. I can't say enough great things about DCS.

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April 01, 2013
Such a great school! The teachers are amazing and my daughter loves it there! It amazes me what my 5 year old is learning especially multiplication in kindergarten! A traditional neighborhood school would have never kept her interest like this school does. Her teacher is amazing with communication and making sure all of the students are learning in true Montessori fashion. They instill a passion for life-long learning which is key to me. We feel fortunate to be a part of the DCS Montessori family!

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May 30, 2012
We have been here for 2.5 years so far and we love it. Every school has its issues but when you go to the principle here, Mr. Jeromy takes the problem seriously and does not just feed you the party line. He takes care of whatever issue it may be. We have had 3 excellent teachers and 3 Aides that really take the time to get to know my children. I love the fact that my child will be pushed to make improvement rather than hanging along at the state level. They have moved grade levels because they can work to their potential rather than waiting -bored- for everyone to catch up. At this school they are ability grouped and tested year long to make sure they are in the right group for them. All in all, I have no major complaints. To state that you wonder how many of the reviews were written by employees is just ridiculous. Any school or business could be doing that. Do you wonder about all of those?

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May 24, 2012
As you can see from the wide difference in the reviews, there are some who will have a good experience at this school and some who will have the exact opposite. (Also I wonder how many were submitted by employees) That's not surprising given that there are some great teachers here and some outright horrible ones. Same goes for the people in charge. If you're willing to take that chance then I wish you the best. Also be prepared to be kept in the dark about personnel changes due to reprimand and resignations. The pre-K and K are a virtual revolving door. A poor way to run a school. At least they are keeping the nearby charter school busy with new additions.

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April 27, 2012
I have 4 children who started in preschool and my oldest has transitioned into Middle School, where he has done extremely well. What we value most is how much our children love learning and are excited by it. Our children have learned to take responsibility for their work and be internally motivated to learn and excel. It has been a safe, supportive and positive experience for our entire family. The teachers are dedicated and committed to providing for the academic, social, cultural and emotional needs of the children - which is all that you could hope for in a school and staff. The leadership is strong and we are excited that there will now be an option for Middle School that truly provides a unique educational option.

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April 11, 2012
We had to move out of this school mid year due to bullying and harassment issues. The staff would not follow the recommendations of the professionals who were trying to stop my child from being harassed. As a result my child was harassed and bullied for an entire year. I would never recommend anyone stay in this school past Kindergarten. There is a very elitist mentality, so don't go here unless you have very deep pockets, and want you child to only interact with white rich kids.

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February 01, 2012
Perspective from parent whose kids were at DCS years ago: Our daughter is a Junior at Castle View High School. She is the Student Representative for the Visual and Performing Arts academy, and is extremely active on Student Government. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. She's holding down a weighted GPA of 3.82 , along with voice lessons and play practices. (Thank you, DCS and Mr Matt [Long] and Miss Laura, for giving her the self-confidence to pursue her dreams, the recognition that every person is important in getting great things accomplished, and the poise and assurance to speak and give presentations in front of a crowd.

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December 17, 2011
We have been very pleased with DCS Montessori teachers and staff. We started in preschool and had an amazing teacher and assistants with our 9 year old. We moved away for 1.5 years and were part of a public traditional school, had a great teacher/school and our child adjusted well, but our child was so far ahead it was basically a social year. We decided we were going to make whatever sacrifices we needed to make to move back to DCS Montessori - it has been a great move for our second child as well. It is about finding the right fit and teaching styles for our kids and this school fits us like a glove and we are very thankful!

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December 12, 2011
My kids both had unfortunate experiences with teachers or teacher assistant's who treated them unkindly at this school. They did not learn too much in the long run, unfortunately. Also, it is crowded and there is not too much time for the individual students. There are a few gems as teachers, but that is the exception to the rule. The support teaching staff (speech, math support, etc.) were excellent, however.

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May 13, 2011
Absolutely love DCS Montessori! My daughter has grown and developed by leaps and bounds thanks to the dedication of her teachers.

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May 13, 2011
DCS Montessori is an excellent school. I have one child, now a Freshman in HS, that graduated from DCS and I have two more children that have been going for the past 6 years. I think that Jeromy has taken the work that Bill had done to a new level, and I am very pleased with his leadership and direction.

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May 10, 2011
Teacher provides feed back to parents. Principal take action immediately to bring resolution when problem addressed. Parents involvement in any school activiites are amazing. Love DCS Montessori.

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August 26, 2010
The new head of school is a wonderful leader, and he is working to make a great school even better. He announced several faculty changes over the summer -- the one "problem" teacher is now gone, and I've heard great things about the new additions. We're so happy our children will spend the next 6 years at DCS. I just hope they will expand by then to get 7-8th grades added.

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August 17, 2010
Not all teachers are the same. Our child's needs were not met by a teacher that has been in the system too long... We could not get her attention for three years and the compromise was our child's learning. Hopefully they radically make the right adjustments with leadership that has the courage to defend his students. Speak up, get involved and don't get bullied around.

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December 06, 2007
The major plus of course is the Montessori format which really does appear to position children well when they migrate to more traditional schools. The students end up being more mature, independent, and, often, more academically advanced. The Head of School, Staff and Teachers are all excellent and dedicated, with the teachers particularly being more advanced in terms of academic training than teachers at other schools. The facility is only about ten years old and is constantly being improved due to the robust participation of parents. In fact, that is a central tenor of the school -- parent participation. The art program is exceptional and other extracurricular areas are evolving constantly.

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May 02, 2006
Follows the Montessori method very nicely. Lots of variety for kids to choose from to learn academic programs. Good music, art, and gym programs, but not many extracurricular activities. Parents have to be proactive to get involved. There's a bit of a barrier here to parent involvement in their child's education.

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March 20, 2006
Excellent stable, school with great leadership and good teaching staff. Kids focus on managing their own time, taking responsibility, and learning at their own pace. Warm, positive learning environment.

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January 30, 2006
DCS Montessori has been a very nurturing environment for both my 5 y/o daughter, and 3 y/o son. The class pods are small, with a 1:10 ratio of teachers to students. The classrooms are inviting and comfortable and encourage students to work independently, as well as each other. Beginnning in Kindergarten, students have specials including Art, Music and PE. I feel my children are getting a very wellrounded education at this school.

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October 28, 2003
This school does a wonderful job preparing children for life. Students are positive, self-motivated and have a love of learning.

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We have an extensive After School Program - including classes such as Jewelry Making, Tae Kwon Do, Robotics, Chess, Spanish, Yoga, Art, Fencing, Crochet, Art, Film Making and others. We also offer Summer Camps to our students.

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DCS Montessori Charter School
311 Castle Pines Parkway, Castle Pines, CO  80108
(303) 387-5625
Last modified DCS Montessori Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
DCS Montessori Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top