The staff leads the school community by modeling the qualities of honesty, integrity, and fairness. These qualities are embedded in the climate of the school from informational meetings to visual representation in art throughout the school campus.
All stakeholders in the school have access to necessary supports to promote a highly respectful environment.
The extraordinary administrator, highly competent and dedicated teachers, challenging curricula, carefully and beautifully crafted classrooms have all made the past 3 years of elementary school a complete success for all of my children. Montessori Peaks Academy is among the best of Jeffco's charter schools!
The best thing about MAP is that the Teachers know which students are worth putting time into. There is a good system for picking out special kids and investing in them to help them grow. This helps to reduce the drag from other kids who just don't get it.
There have been big problems, but we can make it work if we stay together! Some people have made complaints, and they just don't understand the community we have created. Not everyone agrees with everything at any school, but it comes down to if a family wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves. MPA is a very specific kind of school that works with unique students who are not like other children. Teachers at this school are able to identify which students have that special something and focus on them to bring it out! We have worked too hard to keep the free and reduced lunch kids from impacting what we have created. We need to stand together to keep MPA the caliber that we expect. This is a school and community that we have created that embraces what a child can become, and not every child can learn the Montessori way.
It is disappointing that a few people have tried to challenge what has been built here. I have been told that my children have what it takes to be montessori kids, and that this school will support them, and that is what matters. Again, not every school is for every child. That is just a fact of life.
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.