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9904 West Capri Ave
Littleton, CO 80123

(303) 972-2627
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May 31, 2015
MAP is the best place for my daughters! From their start on MPA they just improve how they behave and they challenge them self day by day.

- submitted by a community member

May 28, 2015
This school is far superior than the other three schools our family had attended in Jeffco. The school strives to create a community that is welcoming, kind and giving. We love the one room school house feel that we have when we send our children to school each day. The principal and AP ring a bell at the start of each day as the children are gathered outside while engaging in conversation. The children are in control of their actions and there are little, if any, problems that occur while the children wait for the start of the day. There are many different ways for parent involvement. You just have to decide which ones best fit your needs. Communication could be better between the parent volunteer coordinators for the groups and from individual teachers. Teachers take time to actually know their students as individuals, at least that is our experience with the specialist positions (LMC, PE, Art, Music) and our classroom teachers. I'm sure there are better teachers than some but, thankfully, we've had a good experience so far. Lessons appear to be engaging for my children. There may be some room for really working at accelerating children but it's better than what we previously were receiving at our old school.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2015
This school is not honest with situations happening with parents or students. They cover up the issue and try to look good. Last night's board meeting at Jefferson County Schools showed the MPA staff has mistreated a family and now must have training for the staff involved. A couple of weeks ago the MPA principal sent out a letter to parents of the school bashing the family involved. It's difficult to trust the administration of this school. What will they say next to make themselves look good?

- submitted by a community member
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
May 27, 2015
I feel very uncomfortable with the staff at this school. I had my doubts before, but now I am more concerned. after the recent Jeffco meeting, I do not trust them. I got that email from the principal, about that everything that was said is not true, but Jeffco said it was, at least to some level. They even said that the school has to do some training because of what they did to the family. That is not what the school leadership said. they said that they did nothing wrong, but that is not the whole story. I feel used by them.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2015
I am sad that I supported this school. My child has been at MPA for years, and we did not really have too many problems. The schoolwork is not montessori, but that is not a big complaint. My child's teacher is ok, nothing to brag about, but nothing to get too upset about either. What I am really upset about is how we operate. The principal sent out this big campaign about a family, about how they lied. But I watched the Jeffco meeting and heard what their investigator said about MPA staff. They said staff were doing wrong things, even if it did not conform to the exact rules they looked at. They even said they are making 3 or 4 staff (is that more than teachers?) do some kind of training or something. But I got an email from MPA saying they already looked into this and said the family is lying. I never talked to the family, and all the talk around the school was not in their favor. I feel very ashamed of my lack of asking, and for how MPA staff and principal misled me. My child has a year left at this school, and I think he will stay, moving schools is hard. I will never look at this school or the staff the same again. This school is not all bad. there are some good things, and some very nice students. My son has great friends here. I am just sad that I got caught up the fever that the staff spread.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
May 27, 2015
I don't really think children need homework. they should be able to get it done in class.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Neutral
May 27, 2015
I have not seen anything about this for my child. They keep sending home those stupid math sheets, but my son said they never teach him how to do them. so, I guess they are teaching persistence with that?

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
May 27, 2015
I do not think this school is handling things well. I am very disappointed with what I have heard from the staff. They do not respect the parents, and I think this is carrying forward to our children.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Disagree
May 27, 2015
I think the kids are ok, but this is a do what I say, not a do what I do school. There is a very big problem with staff behavior and influencing parents into not paying attention.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 27, 2015
I feel very mislead by the staff at this school. After hearing what Jeffco had to say, I feel that MPA lied to me. There needs to be accountability for the leadership of this school. I am concerned about what the big report they talked about will say about what has been going on.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
May 26, 2015
Our child's teacher actively campaigned against PARCC in the classroom. The class started with one student opting out. Although the teacher has the right to her opinion about PARCC she should not be campaigning against it to the children. The teacher hugged kids and gave high-fives when they opted out. She wrote on the board that the "R" stands for ridiculous. When the principal overheard a student say that she said she addressed it with the teacher. Prior to this we emailed the teacher about our concerns on the way she was handling this. We don't have an opinion on the test yet but were not happy with the environment being created around the test. The teacher's behavior continued. We then met with the principal. After that meeting the teacher continued to campaign against the test until 8 out of 12 kids opted out. She told the kids that she did not prepare them properly. She told the 3rd graders that there was 5th grade math on the test. The kids who were left taking the test were left to feel ostracized, nervous, uncomfortable and ill prepared. The teacher's job is to put the students in the best position possible to do well on the test. My child was very nervous and didn't understand why she had to take the test when her classmates did not. She put the 4 kids that did take the test in the worst position possible. When we emailed the principal about the issues that continued after our meeting she did not even reply. Furthermore, the tests are done on computers. The students have very little experience using computers in that school. They certainly have not used it for testing. Technology is lacking in a major way. This falls on the administration. Both the lack of technology, the lack of preparation using computers for testing, and the lack of response and professionalism is appalling. PARCC is something the administration and teachers should have been preparing for. Our teacher had not felt it important to be prepared or prepare the students for a national standardized test. We were very excited about MPA. Unfortunately after 3 years with our teacher we pulled our student out of the school. Although there are many good teachers in this school it was clear when there is an issue the administration is unwilling or incapable of dealing with it. It's not worth taking a chance for the next 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
May 25, 2015
Depends on the teacher. There are some excellent ones and some bad ones. My daughter's teacher did her job. My daughter progressed. I've heard stories from parents who cannot say the same.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
May 25, 2015
Bullying is swept under the carpet, especially if the bullying is done by the child of an employee.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
May 25, 2015
How can they develop honesty, integrity and fairness when they don't choose to have integrity themselves?

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2015
MPA is being investigated by the Jeffco BoD for the harassment of a family who left abruptly because they feared for the safety of their children. Their charter renewal is under review and there will be a BoD meeting this Tuesday with this issue on the docket. Our daughter has been at the school for two years. She will not return because we've seen too much proof of the dishonest/unethical behavior of some of the school's staff and members of the BoD. Much of this proof--which includes the fact that four of the school’s board members have direct financial ties to the school--has been presented to Jeffco in the form of a 14,000-plus word document. This past year I was a very active part of MPA's supportive community. Like a lot of the parents, I hailed the school as a wonderful alternative to traditional education. Even though my husband and I were not always comfortable with our daughter’s teacher, we were satisfied with the way she conducted her classroom in general. Our biggest concern is the level of cronyism at MPA. Bring complaints to the Principal and you'll be told your concerns are not valid. If there's space, they'll shuffle your child to another classroom. If not, they'll tell you to trust in the Montessori Model. Persist with your complaints and the teacher will suggest you find another school. Bring your concerns to the MPA BoD and you'll be told that they find no evidence (even if you’ve provided ample evidence). Parents have no voice. There are families thrilled with MPA. Not everyone has had a bad experience. There are teachers who work hard and others who don’t. I know of at least two that have the reputation of being disorganized, uncommunicative and “lazy”--so much so that parents often request to have their child removed from the class. All the teachers are fiercely protected and protect each other. (I won’t go into why I believe this is so, but I’m confident it has to do with nepotism.) School districts need to provide more oversight over the charter schools they license. If Jeffco finds MPA guilty of operating against its own, Jeffco and Colorado non-profit regulations and Bylaws they have limited options. As far as I understand it, they can renew, not renew or renew the license with stipulations. I hope they opt for the latter. Families should not have to be displaced, but changes must be made.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2015
Having relocated from Michigan and this being our first time with a Montessori program, we could not be proud of the teachers, staff, students and parents we have come into contact with. Our son has grown tremendously and has been able to apply his learning in several areas of his life. I can honestly say I am proud to be a part of this growing, supportive community and what an opportunity it has been for our entire family to learn and experience what it means to be rooted within a community. There is a high level of conscious awareness and respect for all people and that will always be greatly valued! Continue doing what you are doing MPA and THANK YOU!!!

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
May 23, 2015
I think they try to develop these qualities in students. However, it took a long time for our child's teacher to realize that our child was being bullied and made fun of by another kid. The teacher told our daughter that there was no way this other kid would ever make fun of someone because the child was so sweet. It was weeks until the other child finally told the teacher the truth and stopped teasing our child.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2015
Our child's teacher assigned tons of worksheets each week (which is not what we expected to see at a Montessori school). There was very little focus on Reading instruction, except for the use of story packets (worksheet packets). The homework was exactly the same each week for three years from grades 1-3. There were also a few occasions of unprofessional behavior from our child's teacher regarding concerns I had about the lack of curriculum. At one point, the teacher pulled our child aside, and said, "It's apparent that your mom doesn't like me from the emails I've gotten." At that point, we met with administration, but were told that she was really sorry we had a bad experience and that not all teachers and kids are a good match. We felt like that didn't hold the teacher accountable for the things she'd said and done in class.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
May 23, 2015
The amount of homework was fine. Unfortunately, it was just a continuation of worksheets which the teacher relied heavily on. Large projects were assigned with very little direction and no areas of focus. For 3 years the students were told to create a tri-fold and diorama project 2-3 times a year. For 3 years the kids did the exact same project. These projects take 10+ hours to research and create. The teacher had the children present their projects to the class. The teacher graded papers during the presentations. She did not request that the children watching provide any comments or feedback. We mentioned that we would like there to be some feedback from the teacher and the students. Teach active listening, peer review, etc…. This suggestion was met defensively. The teacher mentioned that when the children present the projects to parents during the project fair that that is where they get their review and feedback. After the second project was assigned we asked the teacher what are the objectives for this project. The project was assigned with no criteria. This was also met defensively. It amounts to busy work. The teacher did have the children write comments on post-it notes and specifically mentioned to the kids that she was doing this because a parent requested. This is an example of where poor teacher performance is excused under the veil of "the montessori way". In my opinion each project should be given a focus and some framework that allows freedom of the student to operate within that framework. There should be 1-2 areas of focus so the student is developing key skills. Finally, there should be peer review to promote active listening, experience with answering questions and respect for each other for the amount of time and work that went into the projects. The classroom was constantly promoting "fluff" instead of substance. When this concern was mentioned to the administration along with some other issues in the classroom there was no concern and it was not even addressed. Parents see a project during the classroom presentations. It is a fair like atmosphere. It is a nice way to cap off the project and should continue. However, the teaching, structure and preparation in the classroom is masked by this facade. This became a common theme during 1-3rd grade.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Neutral
May 23, 2015
A think they try, but in the classroom our child was in, the teacher talked openly about students who were in counseling to the point that our child knew names of kids who saw counselors. In an email, the teacher also compared a child with mild learning disabilities to a child in a wheelchair. Emails and concerns were shared with the administration, but there was no response or action taken.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
May 22, 2015
Our teachers at MPA have been incredibly knowledgeable and skilled, as well as caring and generous with their time and effort.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
May 22, 2015
For the most part, it has been just right. There was one semester when I felt my 1st grader had way too much homework, but the next semester in the same classroom was much more relaxed in terms or out-of-school-work, and I've not had the problem since then.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
May 22, 2015
I feel lucky to have our children in a well-run Montessori school, because the whole class doesn't have to move at the same speed. This allows teachers to possibility of having a child spend longer on a particular task or subject. I think it is great for children to learn that we are going to work at it, and get it - even if it's hard. They develop persistence and grit the same way they develop other attributes - through practice. I'm thankful that MPA students are afforded the time to demonstrate persistence and grit - they don't have to move on from something they may not have grasped or mastered, just because the majority of the class needs to move on to the next thing.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
May 22, 2015
I can tell you that in all the time I have spent in classrooms there, and in the way my children speak with and about their teachers and peers, the level of mutual respect is very high.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
May 22, 2015
Absolutely. The expectation is that all students will be kind and respectful to one another. Again, in my experience, the children respond very positively to that expectation.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
May 22, 2015
In my experience, the expectation for honesty, integrity, and fairness are very high at this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2015
We have been at Montessori Peaks for 6 years now. By the time the youngest of our three kiddos graduates from 6th grade, we will have been there 15 years. It is a wonderful school, full of hard-working, competent and caring educators, administrators, and staff. For those unfamiliar with Montessori, it is a tried-and-true method of guiding and facilitating meaningful education, which supports the way children (especially my children) naturally learn. It is also worth noting that not all Montessori schools are created equal. MPA is an exceptional one. We appreciate that there truly is no limit to how far a student can progress in MPA’s well-run Montessori classrooms. When you consider that our teachers are managing an entire classroom of individualized education plans, it is absolutely staggering. But they do, thanks to a magical concoction of diligent training, appropriate staffing and support, top-notch leadership, and that especially-hard-to-find personality and heart that the teaching work requires. It is, in my opinion, sort of an impossible job. And yet, all of the teachers we have had at MPA have carried it off with grace, humility, and even a sense of fun. When we have had rough patches in our time there, we have communicated with our teachers and, when necessary, our principal. In each case, we felt our concerns were heard and appropriately addressed – even when it took a few tries. The teachers and administration really care. I am amazed at how available they have been to us. Our three children at MPA are getting an amazing education and (aside from the part where they have to get out of bed) really love going to school. These things do not happen by accident, but rather as a result of extreme care and hard work by the teachers and the entire staff. I know this because of my own experience as an educator. I have taught on-staff or in contract situations in public schools, private schools, and charter schools. I know what’s out there. And that is why I’m so incredibly grateful for MPA, where our children can be who they are, learn how they learn, and get an education that I compare favorably to a full-time gifted private school. Montessori Peaks Academy is a shining example of a long-standing, well-run Jefferson County Public Charter School. I feel proud and fortunate to have our children attending this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2015
This school isn't all bad, but there are some serious problems with administration and quality of teaching and not wanting parents to learn of these problems. Integrity seems to be lacking.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
May 22, 2015
There are some very fine teachers at this school. Unfortunately, there are also some very poor teachers that are not held responsible.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Don't know
May 22, 2015
Teachers are not checking the work from students and aren't aware when work isn't done.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
May 22, 2015
This school doesn't listen to what children are reporting when things are going wrong and teachers tell the child they are disappointed in them when they speak up. Children have little or no voice in this school..

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Disagree
May 22, 2015
If a parent or student has a problem and questions the teacher or principal, they are told the school isn't for everyone and are invited to leave the school. Several parents have left the school this year because of dissatisfaction.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 22, 2015
This school seems to only want cheerleaders and will remove posts that aren't supporting the school. There are a lot of problems happening at this school centered around their administration and they are trying to keep things under the radar. They are presently under investigation from the Jefferson County Board of Education for several issues. They have removed all the posts from this last week that aren't cheering the school. This school's integrity is in question.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
We have been at MPA for 7 years and plan to send our youngest there too in the fall. In those 7 years, there have been things that we haven't liked but isn't that normal? Part of being a responsible member of a community is working thru times where we don't all see things the same. I am thankful for my child's teachers. We have had 3 different ones at MPA. Even when we did not like something, the teachers and the principal met with us and worked thru the situation. I am thankful for our school and the Montessori philosophy.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
May 20, 2015
yes. but those qualities start at home and are supported by the right community. no school is perfect but it takes strong, caring families, teachers and administrators to create a community that develops these traits. MPA is not perfect but it is a great start and our family is proud to be part of it.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
May 20, 2015
Very age appropriate- could be done in 10-15 min if child didn't draw it out... Except for projects.

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May 20, 2015
We are wrapping up the end of our 6th year at MPA. Next year our middle son will be starting, so we will have one in primary and one in upper elementary. It's been a really good fit for our twice exceptional kiddo. Enough that we chose to keep him here instead of transferring him to one of the gifted centers in our district. Frankly, the teachers and administration have gone above and beyond to ensure he has found the ideal learning environment. Any issues or concerns we have had were taken seriously and quickly addressed. The Montessori model is not for everybody, but it is working well for our out of the box thinker.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
My children have attended this school for seven years. They have learned so much and become amazing individuals. We LOVE MPA :-)

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May 20, 2015
My children have been attending from 3yo to now 3rd grade. MPA has been my children's biggest learning cheerleader. There was a time when my daughter was in first grade and the teacher worked so hard with us on and off school time with her transition into lower elementary. Now she's a thriving 3rd grader able to conquer 4th grade as she moves up to Upper Elementary. The front office, specials teachers, maintenance staff are always available cheerfully to help in any matter. My heart is with MPA! Thank you MPA for taking such great care of my children educationally and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
My two oldest children have been attending this school for 3 years and I am beyond happy with their level of education received. My youngest will also be attending this coming fall and can't wait. The compassion and love every staff member has shown my kids is very evident in their enthusiasm to come to school every day. Every teacher and staff member here is 100% supportive and here in the students best interests. I switched from our neighborhood school and have seen such growth and independence from my children because of this incredible school.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
MPA is an amazing school! My boys both went through there and my daughter is there now. They receive an excellent education academically as well as socially. We LOVE MPA! The teachers and staff are so loving and really care about the kids and families. There are many ways to be involved and lots of fun events all year long. We definitely made the right choice sending our kids to mpa.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
We have been at Montessori Peaks Academy (MPA) for the last seven years and it has been a wonderful experience. MPA is like a second home to us. The teachers and staff are extremely loving and caring. They put in the extra effort to make sure every child gets what it needs to succeed in school and life. At MPA our children (age 11 and 14) have not only grown academically but personally and socially as well. They have become kind, responsible individuals with a strong sense for fairness and justice. Our daughter enjoys learning in the inspiring environment at MPA, that provides the opportunity for all children to learn at their own pace. She will be in sixth grade after the summer and is at the top of her class. Even though the Montessori method was not ideal for our son, he grew tremendously while at MPA. He was very well prepared for middle school and is doing great moving up to high school next year.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
My twin boys attended MPA from preschool through 6th grade and have made the transition to middle school with absolutely no problems what so ever. Their teachers at MPA helped them learn how to think independently, understand how to prioritize work and ask for help when needed. We also appreciate the sense of community that MPA works hard to develop between the staff, administration, teachers and students. It's been a great school for our family.

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May 20, 2015
MPA is an absolute amazing school!!! Anyone who says differently is mislead because we have been at this school for years!! They are always supportive and loving! The principle is very understanding and supportive of any needs or concerns you might have. My child started at MPA in second grade and is now in middle school. He started out struggling from a previous school to becoming a straight A student and still is in middle school because of MPA!!! My son loves school now thanks to everyone who helped him along the way! MPA is more than a school!!! They are family to us and and words can't even describe the magic that goes on here! Our daughter is a first grader at MPA and we can already see all the good things MPA is teaching her.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
We have been a part of this community for four years now, and love it! The staff are professional, respectful, and inspiring. My daughter's teachers spend quite a lot of time at the beginning of every school year focusing on respect and kindness. No bullying is tolerated whatsoever. Any issues are handled appropriately in an open dialogue with the end goal of helping every student be successful. As an educator myself having worked in a handful of public schools within the district, this is an amazing school that is (unfortunately) becoming harder and harder to find in Jeffco.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
We have two children at MPA, could not be happier and feel extremely lucky to have found such a great school as Montessori Peaks. My daughter has been with MPA since kindergarten and will try to fake being well when she is sick so she does not miss school. As a dad, I can't understand liking school that much, but feel good about it. My son, while not quite as enthusiastic as his sister, also loves going to MPA and comes home explaining the advanced math he is learning in 5th grade. Thank you MPA staff and Jefferson County for providing such a well-rounded and professionally staffed school as Montessori Peaks.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
MPA is more then a school, it is a community working to a common goal. That goal is to help our children become excited about learning. This outstanding school lifts our children up and gives limitless opportunitys for kids to be free from limitations and to achieve whatever they may try. Parents and family members are always welcome in the school and there are wonderful programs for parent involvement all year long. There is a strong bond for parents and teachers as the children have the same teacher for three years. This gives an unusual experence most schools do not have availible, the experience where a teacher really gets to know and understand your child. That relationship is so important for young children and the staff at MPA use that extra time to help guild each child though the road blocks of our current educational system. At MPA they teach our children how to learn and to enjoy learning. This school offers a priceless opportunity for our family and we would think anyone open to a different approach to educating their children and conference in a school with proven results would enjoy being part of the MPA community.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
Montessori Peaks Academy has been a great place for both of my children to learn while developing a sense of independence and self confidence that will serve them their whole lives. They have been significantly challenged and nurtured during their time at MPA, and they are both far beyond normal grade level in most subjects. There has recently been a parent trying to cause problems at the school and that is where all of the negative reviews are coming from. One person who has a vendetta and wishes to hurt others. If you are interested in MPA, I would encourage you to take a tour and see the school for yourselves. When you see the teachers in the classrooms, it is obvious that they care about each individual child and do everything they can to meet their unique needs. Montessori may not be right for every child, but it has made an incredible difference for both of my children. They now LOVE school and LOVE to learn. In my opinion, that's the best gift they could receive.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
There are serious problems at this school. When a parent has an issue they are made to feel it is them and their child that is the problem, not the teacher. Most parents are afraid to speak up, but there are problems with how people are treated at this school. After 3 years at Peaks, my child is leaving this school now for middle school and I am relieved.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
We have had children at MPA for 10 years. Each of our children have had different strengths, needs and interests. We have worked with many different teachers over the course of their time there. All-in-all, our children have been well-served by the MPA teachers and staff. Those of our children who have moved on to middle school already received an excellent education at MPA and are now straight-A students in middle school. While the Montessori style of education and MPA do not focus on grades, they do focus on creating a love and respect for learning as well as for others, self, and the environment. Our children have carried that with them. As the enrollment has grown over the years, more and more complex situations have arisen. We feel that the school staff has done their best to grow and change as necessary along the way. We won't claim that MPA is perfect for everyone - but it has been excellent for us, and many others we know.

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May 15, 2015
We have been at MPA for 9 years, since our oldest was in kindergarten. We have been delighted with the classroom atmosphere at each level, the staff who truly care about each child doing their best, the communication with parents and the way they can follow-up at home, and the feeling of family we get as part of this wonderful community. Both of my children were well-prepared for middle school (and high school) both academically and with organizational strategies, along with an internal drive to do their best. I am so grateful for the education my children received at MPA, for the dynamic staff there and for the amazingly gifted principal.

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May 09, 2015
Not a good choice. We are leaving this school. There is so much going on, and not good stuff. It is just beyond anything kids at a school should have to deal with. The politics from the staff, the strange behavior.... The last thing that is on the minds of anyone here is teaching or learning. So many posts have been removed that talk about this school, they must have people trolling this site for negative remarks and pulling them down! That seems to be how they work- they hide the negative stuff.

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May 08, 2015
MPA has been an amazing school for all three of my children.The teachers are so well trained in the Montessori method that my children have thrived in school. I have two children now in high school and middle school and they are both doing exceptionally well. My last child at MPA is now a sixth grader and will graduate this year. I owe all their academic success to the teachers at MPA. They have taught my children to be self motivated and to care about their own success. My children are leaders because they were taught and shown how. I highly recommend MPA to anyone looking for an exceptional school.

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May 04, 2015
They did not prepare my kid for middle school. This school talks big, but after my kid moved on, learned how much they had failed to teach. Almost every subject needed to be revisited for my kid. Especially math. The teachers always said he was doing well, so I did not think twice. It was only after he moved to a new school that I learned how much they had skipped. Very disappointed.

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April 23, 2015
MPA has been great for our kids. I feel blessed they have an opportunity to be educated in this style and their preparation for further schooling is terrific. We have 2 kids at this school and are pleased with our experience.

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March 23, 2015
This school is not OK. To any potential family considering this school, please be warned. There are a lot of problems at MPA. To many to list, and a lot of cover up. The teachers have organized things to protect themselves, and the school administrator backs them up every time. As a charter school, this makes them pretty much untouchable, and they act like it.

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March 23, 2015
Scary problems at MPA. I agree with the last review. Funny, I saw other reviews that had criticism of this school that were very informative, but they are gone now. Makes you think... I have had a kid at this school for years. We have had many problems with the teachers and principal. Every time, things were scuttled away, hidden, kids shuffled around. The school overall performs well because there are very bright children- despite poor performance from many staff.

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February 19, 2015
I being reading some comments and I am surprised on some of them. I have two daughters, Pre-K and 4-6 levels, and MPA has being the perfect fit for them. We have to understand that Montessori system is not for everyone, not for every kid, and not for every family. Montessori is not just teachers and students, is by far more than that... is school and families.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2013
This is our 5th year at Montessori Peaks, & we keep growing to love it more. Our oldest started there in PreK, now in 3rd. Our second child is now in PreK, with the same teacher our first had. She has loved him since he was a little baby in my arms, and it makes us feel so great that both kids are in a place where they are loved and appreciated for who they are. We are very pleased with the academic instruction. In Montessori, it's basically like each child has an individual learning plan, so there is no limit to how far they can progress. They don't have to stay with the class or be kept back "at grade level." Our older child has tested "gifted" in multiple areas (we haven't tested the 4yo yet), but our kids are already getting a gifted & individualized education, so there is no need to move them for giftedness. We love that each classroom has two full time teachers: a lead teacher and a co-teacher. That support for the faculty helps enable them to have the patience & attention to get through each day being the best teachers they can be. We also appreciate the excellent "specials" instruction: music, art & PE. We are looking forward to our 3rd child being old enough to attend!

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2013
This school is absolutely amazing! We sadly were only able to attend for a year (2012-2013) because we moved out of state BUT we had an amazing experience! I had read a few reviews about bullying, and not being challenged and wonder if these people tried working with administration? We had a bullying incident that was wonderfully handled immediately very well and professionally when I took it to the super amazing principal. We also dealt with teachers that weren't best fit for one of our kids and again administration was outstanding. Obviously every teacher isn't going to be right for every kid but if you have good administration (which this school does) you can get the right fit. The community is caring, welcoming and the staff all the way from the top down genuinely care - I highly recommend this school - five stars for sure!!

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2013
This school does not make sure to provide challenging work. If your student is above average, they will not be challenged here. However, some teachers break the stereotype. Also, our child has had bullying problems here. The art program is enjoyable, though.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
MPA is a school that allows a community of students to individualize their education experience based on their own readiness to learn and styles of accumulating knowledge.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2013
After being in this school for a year, my daughter is now more respectful and increased their self-confidence.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2012
I have my third child going to MPA now and couldn't be happier. Jeffco keeps asking for more and more $ to fund the regular system which clearly isn't working and is full of waste, while MPA and other schools do a fantstic job with every penny they have. When you have as much administration as you do teaching staff (as in most other schools), it's no wonder you've blown your budget.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2012
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. We've been here 9 years. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes self direction and personal responsibility in the classroom, so it does take a little extra support from parents. Kids are taught to work out their differences peacefully. There is MUCH less bullying here than in a traditional neighborhood school; as when my kids go to various summer camps they come across much "tougher" kids than in school. All of my kids love reading, love going to school every day, and are at least one grade ahead in math. My sixth grader tested into algebra for middle school - Montessori math uses manipulatives to teach complex concepts. I wish I could have had that advantage! The teachers at this school are amazing. They are dedicated to teaching the whole child - its not just about academics here. They also really care about helping kids develop as responsible citizens. Kindness, compassion, and community are core principles of every classroom. The principle greets the kids at the door every day - she's always available and open to meeting with parents. My kids have developed a passion and hunger for learning here...priceless!

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2011
I have 2 childrens at MPA. This is our 5th year at the school. I am an educator and have 2 other children who did not attend MPA. I have been in many elementary schools and feel the the amount of bullying at MPA is very low. When I have seen it, it was dealt with immediately and effectively. In my experience the multi-age grouping of students is what helps with bullying. Also, the montessori method of teaching math is exceptional. As a teacher, I am very happy with the math curriculum that my children have been exposed to at MPA. I love the Principal - the best I have seen. This school a great fit for my kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2011
Agree with last poster. MPA is VERY behind esp. in math. Whomever posted that hit it dead on. It is disheartening to know that so many people are blinded by the deception, lies, and unrealistic hopes MPA pretends exist. Hey, we fell for them too-initially ... although we were skeptical the entire time we were there. Bullying does occur. It mainly surfaces and is tolerated from the children of those who volunteer the most hours. If you have a problem with the bullying, clearly you do not volunteer enough time or money!

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2011
This was not a good experience for us either. What hurts the most is that we tried to make it work. Do check out all of your options. Good schools do exist in Jeffco. There are many great schools out there. We are happier this fall. Worst decision we ever made was sending our child here.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2011
So glad that we have decided to move on. Should have done so many years ago. Leaving was the best decision we made.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2011
Here are the results for my 3 children. All three started in Primary and two completed sixth grade there. MPA prepared them well to be responsible self-motivated learners who love to learn. After MPA one excelled in her art magnet Denver school with 5.0 + gpa leaving there after 9th grade and excelled at her international high school graduating this year with honors & awards and 4.0 + gpa and was accepted at selective universities & was offered 4 scholarships including a full ride. The second excelled at her Jefferson County gifted program middle school and is now excelling at her international high school. The third who left MPA after 4th grade due to our move continues to score in 98th and 99th percentile (compared to US students) in reading and science. When she began her 5th grade year she scored at 99 percentile for math having only had Montessori math before that. These details are so you can see how successful the Montessori program as delivered by MPA can be for a student who comes ready to learn and starts the program in Primary & continues the program. There are other ways to measure quality but by this you can see how the transition to more traditional schools went.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2011
I am sure that all people have different experiences due to their own personal issues, but I have NEVER witnessed bullying at MPA, and I have had my daughter there for three years now (PK, K and now 1st grade). Montessori is not for every child, but if you have a child who can be taught to be self-reliant and be responsible for their own actions, you will be pleased. The principal is the best I have ever dealt with. I did have a problem with my daughter's glasses being broken (by accident) in PK, and it was taken care of within hours to my satisfaction. She will take as much time with you as you need. My daughter's teacher is a very high-expectations teacher, and I have full confidence that she will be well-prepared for the Upper Elementary level. I am grateful every day that my daughter was accepted into this school--especially after spending some time in regular public schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2011
The best decision we ever made was leaving. The gt program they try and promote is not a recognized gt program... And yes, there is bullying here. Agree with all of the dissatisfied posts.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2011
AsMPA parents, we were thrilled to hear that MPA won the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award, an honor awarded to only a few schools in the state. Let's use real benchmarks and not slander to rate this school. We are incredibly satisfied with the quality of the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2011
MPA is a haven for rampant bullying and cronyism among the staff and administration. Our children were terrified in tthis hostile and unsafe environment. They have thrived academically and socially in their new school.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2011
Montessori Peaks Academy does not understand how to handle 504's and IEP's. The staff is interested in protected themselves and in covering up their inadequacies. Staff members who do not communicate with parents are supported by administration. We have withdrawn our children and would advise prospective student families to have MPA document any of their claims. These fact are unfortunate for the few teachers who place students above their own interests.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2010
Biggest mistake I made was sending my children to this school. Be aware that if your child needs any form of additional support in the classroom they will not get it here.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2010
We are in our first year at MPA and are extremely impressed. The school teachers, staff, and parents are highly involved and dedicated to creating an enriching and educational environment for the children.

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2009
Both of my girls went to this school and loved it. The principal is the best ever (I wish I could take her with us to my childrens furture schools

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January 14, 2009
This is amazing school! We have been at MPA for two years now and absolutely love it! Both of our boys have really grown and progressed since starting at this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2008
This is our third year at MPA coming from a Denver Public School. I could not be more pleased with the progress my son has made. He seems to enjoy school again and thrives in the Montessori teaching environement. Parents are involved and staff could not be better. I would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2007
In the 3 years my kids have been at Montessori, we have not had a positive experience. MPA likes students who fit into a certain mold and don't require any work out of the norm - no more, no less. If you have a child who is special needs or who is advanced, MPA is not willing to pay extra attention to keep your child engaged. They are much more content to call your child a 'problem' child and ignore the amazing abilities that every child brings to the table in order to avoid the extra work and research it takes to teach to any student who does not learn by the traditional linear thinkers. The staff is also unresponsive and difficult to work with. We would not recommend to any family who wants more than a typical education for their child. We did love Patty Dwyer and gifted/talented program, however!

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2007
We are completing our fourth year as members of the MPA community, and the school continues to get even better. The curriculum fosters incredible math skills, and our first grader's teacher is focused on producing a love for reading. He is reading above level at this point. Science studies are being expanded (they had been a bit weak), and students probably know their geography better than many adults! Art, Music and Gym will all greatly benefit from a brand new second building currently in the construction process. The pre-K program shines, and our four year old is beginning to read while also displaying other areas of educational aptitude and personal responsibility. It's a bit more expensive than many alternatives, but is worth every dollar. The staff are all deeply committed to their work, and the results show. Don't let the average CSAP scores fool you, this educational experience is first

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2006
This is an incredible learning environment and a terrific community of families. These kids are learning to think and problem solve. They love being there, and are having fun learning. The teaching staff is loving, strict, and extraordinarily credentialed.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2006
MPA is a school whose program has grown exponentially over the last few years with strong leadership. The Montessori curriculum is alive and well and offers a valuable alternative to the neighorhood schools. There is a committed and highly trained staff who daily demonstrate their love for what they are doing. The physical education, music and art programs are fabulous. There is a powerful contingent of parents that support the school and produce extraordinary activities both within and outside of the typical school day. After four years at this school I continue to support it wholeheartedly as the best educational environment for my son.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2006
This is a fantastic charter that is built on a solid philosophy. Montessori methods are used in the classroom and the children work very hard in reading/writing/math. My son's teacher is top notch and the looping is excellent for building trust, and a personal rapport with the children. The playground is lacking and there is no cafeteria but they serve hot lunch in the classroom and the children walk to a local rec center in the fall/spring to play on a great playground. I am completely satisfied. I know some parents nit pick this or that but my child loves his teacher and has read 340 books this year (1st grade). thanks!

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2006
A very good program for Pre-K and 1-3 elementary. Have not experienced the 4-6 elementary grade levels. Excellent music instruction. High parent participation.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
great school with dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2004
The Montessori staff are dedicated to the students and the school, and do a tremendous amount of work keeping the educational standards high. However, they often do this in spite of administration mismanagement and disregard for the success of all students. There is not an atmosphere of complete trust between staff and administration, nor is there consistent support of staff by administration.

- submitted by a teacher

February 23, 2004
MPA has been a lifesaver for our student. Nine year old boy who is loving the hands-on learning Montessori uses. This is his first year here in the 4th grade. Only downfall...we waited 4 years!

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2003
At the present time, MPA lacks effective principal leadership. He has not improved the school and doesn't seem to have the leadership skills or the ability to effect change. To the contrary, he seems to create divisiveness among teachers as well as parents. Outside educational sources have rated our school 'average' with a 'decline' in advancement. This is unacceptable.

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Montessori Peaks Charter Academy
9904 West Capri Ave, Littleton, CO  80123
(303) 972-2627
Last modified Montessori Peaks Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Montessori Peaks Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top