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PK-8
Private
Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 303

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1460 S Holly St
Denver, CO 80222

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(303) 757-6145
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December 03, 2014
We feel so fortunate to have discovered MSD over 10 years ago. Our oldest son is currently in 8th grade and has been at MSD since he was three. We also have a 4th grade son who started MSD when he was a toddler. Both of our boys love their school. They love learning, they thrive in the Montessori environment, and they have great respect for their teachers and peers. Our boys are very different, yet they both have been academically and socially successful at MSD. They are both confident, self-motivated, kind-hearted, and committed to community and learning thanks to the support and education they are receiving. MSD is a great community dedicated to volunteering, family support, and creating strong foundations for it's children. The teaching philosophy at MSD it top notch and encourages students to build on their strengths as well as their challenges. Our boys know how to problem solve, think globally and creatively, while also developing a rich and diverse educational foundation in all subjects. We know our boys will one day leave MSD more than prepared to take on the challenges of their continued educational careers and their ever evolving lives. So grateful for MSD!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2014
MSD is an excellent school for a growing child. The kids develop a love for learning and for their community. The teachers adapt learning programs to individual student needs (versus forcing a one size fits all approach). We have been at the school for eight years and are very pleased. There are many long serving teachers and faculty members.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Horrible School. As others said it's very cliquy. They don't accept "outsiders." The teachers are okay, but don't really listen to you or address your concerns. The administration, although they may listen, don't care unless you are one of the Rich snobs, that can give them more money. I and others I know also, found when we left MSD, that are kids were way behind their peers. My daughter was considered two grades below where she should have been. Don't go there, it's a big waste of your money. There are far better schools in the Denver area!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
I can't say enough about the dedicated teachers and staff. Very supportive leadership, teachers are caring and committed. The other day I saw teachers and kids playing together and enjoying each other. It takes a village and they have one!,

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
I love that MSD's elementary curriculum is 100% individualized. My 2nd grade son comes into the classroom each day to find a personalized lesson plan--with choices in place. He feels like he controls his learning, yet he is held accountable and his success is measured in every minute detail of each discipline. His teachers have instilled in him the desire to push hard to learn more, and he is always motivated to move ahead. (And I'd like to add that while the choice of the school is dependent on what's best for my children not for me personally, I happen to adore the community which has been warm, fun, and inclusive.)

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
Amazing school, amazing teachers, administration is adequate. I do wish there was more of a sense of inclusiveness with all families , but that is okay! We are in the middle school now and LOVE the new middle school teacher! He understands middle schoolers and we have seen our daughter grow so much academically and emotionally!! Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
We had a poor experience with this school and our son now happily attends another independent school. The teachers and administration are not open to making changes or to accommodating the needs of individual children. The parents are very "social" in a cliquey sense and the entire atmosphere is false. Beautiful campus, beautiful classrooms and library. Look underneath, very carefully, before you sign on for this place.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
To be brief, the teachers are dedicated, the administration is cold and quite full of themselves and the campus is beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
We have been at MSD several years and absolutely love it. The teachers are incredibly skilled and supportive, and my son is learning things in kindergarten that my other son (who is in a HGT program at another school) didn't learn until later. The school helps facilitate a true love of learning, and has a supportive community of engaged parents. The Montessori approach is amazing - we couldn't be happier and are planning on staying through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
This school look good but it is not a great school. If you have any issues, the teacher and admin will listen, but nothing will be done. The parent population is very cliquey and you can not voice your opinion. Your child needs to be the norm to do well here however, if your child has any issues or need a little attention, they will not receive it and they will be ignored.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
I didn't have a great experience with this school. There is no real solid academics to speak of. The main concentration is on social skills. Your child will be very polite when leavening the school, but it doesn't go much beyond that. We are leavening MSD & to my surprise my child is behind in reading, spelling, & math. She was never exposed to Everyday Math & her new school is very involved in it. This whole summer I have had to do tutoring in reading & math. If you are looking into this school, make sure you have your child regularly evaluated by someone outside of the MSD system. MSD is also huge on contributions. You will receive NUMEROUS e-mails and flyers about donations. It's over the top and they make you feel like it's mandatory. I would only recommend MSD for 3 yr. old to pre-school, but then I would highly suggest moving to a different. school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
We love MSD -- there is a great community, the parents and staff are engaged and fun! And most of all, it is a terrific place for developing curious minds. My two kids, both very different learners, have been challenged and supported year after year. My oldest, now in 7th grade (MSD only goes through 6th grade) is probably at least two years ahead of his peers academically. But what we treasure is the love of learning our boys now both have.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
I am not a parent involved with other parents at the school to any great degree-that is an option at MSD, but not a requirement for a positive experience. My 2 children, who are very different learners, have both had a wonderful education and have thrived in the loving environment of MSD. These very involved teachers know my children, care deeply for them, have expectations and tools to help them reach goals and love learning. This has been the best possible foundation for middle school and beyond. My son matriculated to a public environment and has thrived socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
In a word: AWESOME. My kindergartner just finished a year at MSD, and he and his classmates were doing multiplication, division, and fractions.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
MSD is a great school. The teachers are awesome, and so are the students. The teachers let you explore create and learn. I am in Upper Elementary, our head of school is Stephanie Flanigan. Every day I love to go to school. they have classes and experiences you will not have at any other school.

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2010
MSD falls short on 2 key factors. 1. All ages should receive 3 hours of uninterrupted work. At MSD they are really only getting about 2 hours in the morning with the rest of the time spent on the playground and line time. 2. Extended primary for ages 5 and 6 gives the advanced primary student more time for work in the afternoon with smaller peer groups. What really happens is your 5 year old who misses the arbitrary age cutoff is sent to another classroom to 'rest' with other kids, some 4 year olds, who don't require the sleep offered in the nap room. There is some interaction with an assistant and work is allowed but the teachers remain with the extended primary kids in their classroom. Short staffing results in too much play time and low quality rest/work time. Anti Montessori methods from an otherwise excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
Our daughter used to fake every illness to get out of going to school. Since starting at MSD 3 years ago she is the happy, energetic, engaged child we were missing. The environment is structured yet individualized, and kids are encouraged to find and explore their passions. Teachers are amazing. GREAT school - we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
We moved both our kids to MSD and are thrilled with the decision. In our experience three main things set the school apart: 1. exceptional leadership - head of school is committed, smart and engaged 2. Exceptional teachers / philosophy - each of the teachers we've had have been part of the school for years, and are creative, warm and dedicated. They always work to bring out the best in the kids 3. commitment to the mission - which is integrated into all activities and curriculum. This delightful school delivers on what it says, and our kids are thriving!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
We have two children at MSD and could not be more pleased with our experience over the past several years. As parents, we feel incredibly fortunate to have found MSD and it is a core reason we have stayed in the Denver area. The administration and faculty treat our children like the young adults they are, fostering independence and confidence in a thoughtful and compassionate way. This school stands behind its mission statement of creating global learners who do good in the world. My children are receiving a well rounded education in the core academic subjects as well as learning how to be a good citizen, leader and group member. It is refreshing and stabilizing to see a place where our children are truly cared for and assisted in becoming capable, contributing members of our future society.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
MSD has been the best thing I have ever done for my child. He is an articulate, compassionate, global thinker thanks to MSD. He has the knowledge that learning is fun and knows how to think rather than learning via rote memorization. Our entire family was embraced and welcomed by the MSD community, but the teachers are what really ROCKs this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
My children have been attending MSD for the past 4 years. We found the school on a recommendation of an educational consultant who thought it would be a perfect fit for our eldest child, and I am glad to report that it is! It is also a perfect fit for our 2nd child which is saying alot as they are polar opposites of each other. MSD provides a well rounded and positive and supportive educational environment where their students are not only learning to be good stewart of the world but have their math facts down too. The teacher staff is excellent and because of the low ratio of students to teachers you really have a team of educators in each class. The administration is highly accessible and knows each childs name (and parents as well). We love MSD and are thankful we found it.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
When we were looking at schools for our child, many folks suggested MSD- but honestly I wasn't sure about the 'Montessori' aspect. When I finally went to see the school, all my preconceived ideas disappeared. Sending my child to MSD was the best choice I could have made, this was especially true last year when she was diagnosed with learning differences. I had the support and knowledge of her whole teaching staff (and the administrative staff), and continue to have it everyday. And now with their support, she is excelling and loving school. I love how she is not only learning how to read and write and do math but how they incorporate cultural and environmental and social ideas into everything. If you want a balanced, compassionate child who knows how to deal with conflict and be confident - MSD is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
We have had at least one child at MSD for more than ten years. We currently have two children enrolled in the school. I feel one of my biggest jobs as a parent is to be sure my child is attending a school where he or she can thrive on all levels. MSD absolutely meets that goal. Periodically I visit other schools -- to see what's out there, to learn about various learning environments, to see other teachers and students in action. Without fail, I come away from this informal 'survey' feeling more confident than ever that MSD delivers the best experience on all levels. From reading to math to science, from good lunch options to after school programs, from social development to compassion for classmates and peers around the world -- MSD delivers.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
My child learned 'social graces', but that's where it stops. There is no good academics to speak of. A lot of hype without any substance. If you like to hob-knob, this is the school for you. Not much beyond that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2009
We love MSD! It's a warm, secure, stimulating place for my child to learn and grow! The faculty and staff are open and helpful and caring. There is a strong sense of community which makes us feel so comfortable and welcome. I also like the emphasis on being 'green' and environmentally conscious. I can't say enough about this great place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Horrible school! As an experienced parent of three sons, I can say that out of 9 schools, from preschool to high school, and over the course of 16 years of school for my kids, this was, without a doubt, the worst experience. It's actually the only school we've been a part of that we've left with negative feelings. My son's teacher was a night mare...mean, un-nuanced, dishonest. We got NO support from the administration. It's fair as Montessori's go. However, they were not careful with my son, were totally unconcerned with this little guy and his self concept. Poohey on them!!! I will never stop regretting every day we were there.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
I had a life changing experience in this school as a parent. ALl of the teac hers really knew my son and alwasy took the time to meet with me for a special check in when I had a concern. They took into account my son's skills and challenges and worked to accelerate and broaden his academic accomplishments. We just left the school after 6 years and I have never been so sad to leave a community. My son was accepted into every independent school he applied for because of the great foundation the teachers gave him at this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2008
Excellent school - my daughter a very gifted child - and her teacher was able to keep her challenged based on the individualized curriculum. Learning is fun and engaging for her. She can't wait to get to school everyday and feels strong connections with her teachers based on multiple age classrooms. Parent education helped to strengthen my own skills as well. Amazing community - always feel welcome - not cliquey at all!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
I can't say enough about the education my child received while attend MSD from K to 6th grade. She is knowledgeable about subject matter, is able to collect data, engage in meaningful dialog and has an extensive vocabulary. Thanks to these remarkable teachers and the supportive administration our experience was exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2008
MSD is hit or miss. Some of the teachers are very interactive and really know their subject matter, while others are just not as well versed. The curriculum is not for every child-it works well for kids who are independent and average learners, but for those who are more gifted-types, the challenge just isn't there.The administration is overall very cliquey and detached.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 07, 2008
This is a great school! I love being part of this parent community that is fun, open, and helpful. The curriculum is amazing. I can't believe what my son tells me about his day at school. I get lots of info about classroom studies and school events. I feel lucky that we got accepted!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
We have been very pleased with teachers and curriculum - administration is Ok - would like more feedback on what goes on in the classroom instead of just info on fundraisers

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 24, 2007
While we appreciate the teaching philosophy, we find the school administration and overall style of the school to be uppity and cold. We are strongly considering pulling our daughter out of the school because everything (except for one teacher) feels rigid and heartless.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2007
MSD is a very warm, caring environment where children learn to respect each other and the environment in which they live. The staff are top notch, responsive and professional. Our daughter loves going to school every day. We couldn't be happier with our experience!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
We had a horrible experience at this school. Please be very careful to evaluate the teachers and dig deep into the administration's representations regarding 'average' tenure at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
This is the only Montessori accrediated Montessori school in Colordao and the only Montessori school accediated by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS). The curriulum is well thought out, mapped out and incorporates best education methods as well as Montessori philosophy and materials. The school meets the needs of children from 3-12 years and the program includes Spanish, PE, Music, Art and Library skills in addition to academics. The Parent Association is highly involved and parents are welcome members of our community. This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
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Montessori School of Denver
1460 S Holly St, Denver, CO  80222
(303) 756-9441
Last modified Montessori School of Denver is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Montessori School of Denver Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top