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PK-8
Public charter
Littleton, CO
Students enrolled: 516
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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9904 West Capri Ave
Littleton, CO 80123

(303) 972-2627
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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

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
May 11, 2005
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- 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
April 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
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 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Montessori Peaks Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top