A multi-age classroom is a natural place to learn compassion, caring, and empathy because children have the experience of moving along the continuum of ability. Each student benefits from an affirming cooperative atmosphere where individual learning needs are met.
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.
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?
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.
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.