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5301 S. Bannock
Littleton, CO 80120

(303) 734-1995
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April 18, 2015
I used to love this school and recommended it towards many parents looking for a place to send their children to. Very solid and amazing teachers that have taught my older kids and prepared them exceptionally well for highschool. However, I guess good things seem to die off in a few years, as well as the administration. I absolutely agree with the comments below me about discipline. Since many teachers have left, all they've done was recruited para's and bad teachers that discipline their children with dull-witted consequences (half the time their actions weren't even that bad to be disciplined this way). Do they even know what they're doing? Some aren't even fit for this job.

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April 06, 2015
The last few weeks have been an embarrassment for the school. I don't agree with many of the administration's views either, but there are some very good teachers if you can get them. The school can be overly structured/too heavy handed on the discipline. The four teachers who left are really only three, plus one who was fired. The fourth teacher moved for unrelated reasons. If the school would be more forthcoming about information and reflective on their own policies, a lot could be gained in credibility. I don't know about the teachers being cliquish, just that the entire situation was handled very poorly, perhaps on both ends, and that greater transparency and explanation is really needed. I would like to know further what the school is doing to self police and examine where they need to make adjustments rather than blaming the problems on the teachers who left, and then share that so the parents can be informed and understand what is going on. My son heard the message about being gay being "illegal" at the school also, and I checked with some of the teachers I trust who say that they were not aware of it and it that isn't happening that they are aware of.

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April 01, 2015
LPCS is simply amazing! I am a parent of a 5th and 2nd grader. There are some reviews on here that do not represent this school in an accurate manor. I have done my homework, due to recent comments made on here and rumors. Here is what I have found. The Para who has stepped into a 5th grade teaching role has over 15 years of teaching exp. and a masters degree. A few other Paras have simply went from PT to FT, as a constant for the children. There are a few teachers who have rearranged their schedules, or moved into FT! Those teachers all have degrees and a reputable backround in classroom experience. The admin has been more than willing to divulge information they are legally allowed to. They have handled everything in the most respectful and professional manner! This school/staff goes above & beyond daily! I love this school and I know I am not the only parent who feels this way! I encourage you to be mindful of false accusations. I encourage you to do your own research. Staff at LPCS is more than willing to share their education and experience with you! Keep this in mind: Hurt people, hurt people.

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April 01, 2015
I am a parent of multiple children at LPCS and am more "involved" than most... less than some others. Much of the recent issues center around four teachers and the turmoil surrounding their departure. These four were known to be a sort of clique... and not necessarily liked by many coworkers. That said, everyone of them taught my kids for various subjects and I have nothing bad to say about two of them... and loved the other two. After the first was "let go", the second teacher resigned shortly after. A couple weeks later, the third resigned. I then told my children to expect the fourth to resign... sure enough, the fourth resigned a few weeks afterward (which occurred in mid-late March). Interestingly, of the two that had their own kids attending LPCS, neither of them have removed their kids from the school! This indicates their resignations were not motivated by poor academics, lack of safety or any other reasons that would directly impact the students. I find the timing of these recent negative reviews highly suspicious and would encourage readers to regard the recent "issues" and complaints as merely a personality conflict between the teachers and the administration.

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March 31, 2015
I am concerned about the negative reviews that have recently been added about Littleton Prep. Far too frequently, we find that people are quicker to make complaints on public forums then they are to make positive remarks. Therefore, I feel that as a parent of a 5th grader at this school, it is important to show another perspective. The teachers who have recently resigned were displaying negative behavior towards the school that ultimately resulted in harming their students. I would like to commend the teachers who have continued to show their commitment to their students during this difficult time, and have not allowed the obvious politics to interfere with the quality education that this school provides. My child has been at this school since kindergarten, and this school has gone through trying times like every other school. However, I remain solid in my conviction that Littleton Prep, its teachers and administration is an institution that is preparing my child for the skills she needs to succeed in life. Let us all be wary of comments that can be made in anger, and rally support to those educators that put our children above political adult actions.

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March 31, 2015
My children have had a wonderful educational experience at Littleton Prep. Their teachers are so loving, organized, and knowledgeable. Reading doesn't come easily to one of my children, and he has been placed in a class that offers him instruction at his level and allows him to succeed. As the year has progressed, he has gained a lot of confidence and now can read on his own with many strategies that he was taught by his teacher and which he practiced in class. My son excels in math and is also placed where he can maximize his learning. My daughter has had a wonderful experience here as well and is thriving as an emergent reader. All concerns brought to the administration have been addressed quickly and professionally. Finally, I am thankful to the office staff for always being ready to help with questions.

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March 25, 2015
We will not be returning to Littleton Prep after several years (some good, some mediocre, the last two horrible). It is true that several teachers left in the middle of the year and the Administration's reaction was shameful. These were/are solid teachers who have exceeded our expectations as parents. We are left having para professionals teaching which I believe is illegal. One is on such a power trip, it is embarrassing to watch and she admittedly has no degree. Their hiring practices should be questioned as office staff employees now have their children employed and jobs do not appear to be posted. These are just a few concerns that I would hope parents would question prior to enrolling. Additionally, budget information is buried which appears shady at best. Many parents have expressed concern over discipline and the two-faced nature of the Administration. There also does not seem to be a clear direction on curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
The administration has run out SIX teachers this year in the middle of the year. This has been traumatic for the students and due to the administration's power trip. The teachers were well qualified and were not the problem, and for SIX teachers to leave their students and their income mid year speaks volumes about what is so horribly wrong with LPCS, that and they are proud of running off teachers who dared speak up against their policies. LPCS is also encouraging gay shaming and discrimination also. My child came home with the message that being gay is illegal and they would be kicked out of school if they were gay. Their discipline policy is excessive, as some of the reviews below mentioned. The dress code is just a money maker for the school to make you buy low quality clothes at excessive prices so they can pocket the profit. If you want your child's spirit broken as well as your wallet emptied, send your kid here, but oh, they will learn to pass a test and how to act like well behaved dogs. This school stinks. :-(

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March 20, 2015
What a wonderful school!!!! As a long time parent of students at LPCS, I cannot tell you how satisfied I am. This school strikes the perfect balance between social and emotional wellness and academic rigor. Not only do my students feel special, smart and heard being students, as a parent I feel that there is excellent communication and care. As a 17 year established charter school, they define what it means to excel as a charter. They have a wonderful relationship with Littleton Public Schools. The school administration has been steady for the past 16 years, which is unheard of in the charter world. They run an amazing school and are constantly striving to improve their craft. I give LPCS a five star rating as they meet the needs of their families and provide us with the best education possible. It truly does not get better than this.

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March 12, 2015
This school has drastically changed in the 10 years we've been there. After 3 kids (2 have graduated), we will not be returning next year. The administration is checked out and focused on the wrong things. As an example, dress code has not been addressed at all this year but suddenly my child was sent to the office for socks that had a color stripe on the top. An hour of class was missed for a stripe. Meanwhile, science class has 35 kids. The math curriculum is outdated, and there are no books for Spanish or Science. Unacceptable. We wish we had left 2 years ago but tried to give them the benefit of the doubt during their location change. We encouraged a friend to attend the Kindergarten Information Night. How embarrassing. No one knew how to use technology and the staff just talked about how "their babies" went to the school. Completely unprofessional. Although there are some excellent teachers in the building, many are clearly done and going through the motions. And... no they do not do lockdown drills.

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March 10, 2015
This is a wonderful school because of the teachers and principal, Mrs. Ash. This school does a wonderful job of expecting students to live the school values. There is no toleration of bullying. Students are provided a structured environment for learning, as well as a caring environment for development. The school expects students to be respectful and engaged. My kids LOVE their school and that makes our home life better as well.

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March 09, 2015
I agree that the class size is 35 but the ability grouping is NOT something that a lot of schools have adopted. In fact, I live in Douglas county and there is no such thing. All those children are having to learn at the pace dictated by incredibly backwards set of standards set forth by standardized testing in order keep funding. At the age of 7, I can tell you that MOST children my child's age in other schools are not doing 3rd grade math and reading at a 3rd grade level. They are not learning 30 minutes of science and history every day. When my child is around other kids her age that attend other schools, I am blown away about how much further my child is academically when compared to her peers. I attribute this to amazing teachers at LPCS who are furthering our children's education beyond the standard that you see in some of the top rated school districts. I am also thrilled they did not adopt the ridiculous new core math curriculum. With that said, the school is not perfect. 35 kids in a class is too many during core classes and teachers are overwhelmed. Not a huge fan of the principal (but love the teachers). By the way, they had 4 lock down drills this year.

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March 08, 2015
If I could give zero stars, I would. With enrollment upon us, it is important for you to know that this school portrays an image that is simply not reality. They state that their class size is 24. The reality is that there are 35 children in a homeroom. They do break into smaller groups for Math and Language Arts but not small enough to make a measurable difference. Many schools ability group in 2015, this is not a unique attribute and quite honestly, they do not do it correctly. They are so far behind with curriculum, that it is embarrassing. School administrators are not current on educational philosophy or policy. Many teachers and administrators are not licensed and they do not engage in professional development. They lag light years behind their home district. Their discipline record is not accurate. They are not forthcoming with issues. I recently found out that they don't do lockdown drills because they don't want to scare kids. This is such a disservice to children. Finally, the governing board appears clueless on school procedures.

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December 29, 2014
We couldn't be happier with Littleton Prep. The teachers and administration have been fantastic with our children. There's an incredible joy and spirit to the school that we haven't seen at any other schools. There's also an individualized attention and focus upon the needs of each child which we find to be exceptional.

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May 08, 2014
We LOVE our school. The Administration is fabulous and very personable. They know each family and greet all the students every morning. It is like a small town and not just a school. The teachers have been amazing. They've gone that extra mile for each child. The Principal has helped us with our kids' special needs and making sure they feel safe and successful. She's the best! The front office treats everyone like they are the only person in the room and are very welcoming. The Paraprofessionals are top-knotch. My kids have been there for 7 years now and we have two more years left with the oldest. It will be a sad day when he graduates. I recommend this school for any family who wants great education, competent teachers and a strong administration. They all want the students to be successful because they look at each child as their own. Thanks, Littleton Prep Charter School! You're the best!

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2014
Run. You will be sorry for putting your children here. The school moved locations, and has run into the ground.

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December 11, 2013
At this school, you aren't the only advocate for your child's educational success. Our son is in his third year here. The educational standards are excellent and the teaching staff really work with the individual paces and learning styles of each child through their precision placement system. More importantly, the administration is outstanding. The principal has a keen interest in each child's success and individual learning needs. It's so incredible to feel that, as a parent, you aren't alone in the challenges your specific child faces in their scholastic progress. They promote and ensure consistent communication to make sure everyone is working for your kid's success.

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September 26, 2013
I am very thankful for this school. The curriculum is great! My oldest is in 5th grade and has learned so much. The teachers and admin really care about my children and show it. my youngest is in the new pre-kindergarten class this year and I am very impressed by how much she has already learned this year! I know firsthand that there is not another school like this one. The school is strict, but the kids are there to learn, not socialize. I know that my children are in the best place to get the best education to set them up for the future! I am very pleased with this school and do not plan on changing schools. The new school this year is beautiful and very spacious, we love it! LPCS is the best!!

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August 22, 2013
The curriculum is great and we love that kids moves into the next grade level in subjects they excel in. Tolerance for bad behavior is low, which is refreshing! They reward good behavior very consistently. As new parents we struggled to understand how things work, how to read the report cards, how to become involved with the school, etc. Nothing is very organized. The communication is poor at best. I tried contacting the principle multiple times with an issue and never got a response. There were many times I was waiting in line to speak with the front desk secretary and when students walked into the office, the secretary was rude and obviously frustrated with each student that came in; she didn't seem to mind that other parents were present and observed her unacceptable behavior. The monthly newsletters come out around the 15th instead of the 1st of the month. The website is rarely updated and contains old and expired information. They moved the school to a new location, which is an older warehouse. It does have a large playground. The parking is minimal and the process to drop off and pick up students is frustrating and way too time consuming.

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May 28, 2013
This is been a great school for my 7th grader who I had pulled from OLOL during the 2013 school year. He was accepted right away and the teachers were so great to him and helpful. The communication is great and the teachers really care! I am so excited for my 7th grader who will be in 8th grade next year at L. Prep that he will be ready for High School because of the great academics they have there and the skilled teachers. My other three school age kids will also be attending next year for their first year at L. Prep and I am so excited for them!

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April 20, 2013
This school is amazing. Both of my children have excelled in this environment. The teaching staff is excellent and easily accessible for a conversation about how my children can best move forward and overcome any issues that may arise. The PTO is working hard at creating a great social environment and community for our school. My husband and I are thrilled with the level of attention and support our children receive and are grateful that we found this school.

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October 08, 2012
We absolutely love Littleton Prep. It's an excellent school. The Administration and Teachers make it an amazing place for children to thrive at learning and excel at life skills. It's a very positive, caring environment that emphasizes excellence and is open to all. Strongly recommend taking a look.

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August 04, 2012
my school is great, i know that because i go there and have been going there for my whole life! i am going to seventh grade and the teachers are amazing and the students are very respectful. if you are looking for a school for your child, i promise you this is the school of my choice and the school of many parents choices, too! :)

- submitted by a community member

June 14, 2012
I Love This School. I Went To LPCS For 6th Grade And 1 Semester Of 7th Grade. I Wish I Could've Gone Until 8th But Couldn't Due To My Attendance. I Personally Think The Teachers There And The Environment Is Amazing. I Definitely Would Recommend This School.

- submitted by a community member

March 31, 2012
Lots of structure for children as well as the parents. If your child does well in this kind of environment then he or she will excel academically, and the curriculum is excellent. There seems to be a disconnect between teachers and administration. The parent's organization, POPS, exists for the most part to raise money to give a very large yearly gift to the school and is run by the teachers, although there is always a 'token' parent on the board. You will not find well run social programs at this school although they half heartedly try. I have no idea what the comment about a baseball and drama activites means because these also are 'kinda' activites for just a few students. The atmosphere is very strict, days are very long, so a lot of energy is put into disciplining those kids that can not meet those standards, so even if your kid does well in this environment he or she might get minimal attention.

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November 29, 2010
This is a great school! We have been so thrilled with our decision to send our children here. Our first child transfered to LPCS after a few years at our neighborhood school-- this has been a HUGE improvement. The structure is fabulous, and the teachers and staff are wonderful.

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May 13, 2010
After reading previous comments I am extremely dejected-- it sounds like Littleton Prep is the best school with wonderful teachers and excited students. My experience has not been great. My son has gone from a high performing student to a sullen demoralized kid because of the excessive and overbearing discipline enforced by the school. My kid who never saw the inside of a principal's office in his previous school, was suspended twice-once for talking back to the Dean ( disrespectful, yes- but age appropriate for a 12 year old), and most recently suspended for two days for talking in class. This school is great apparently for kids who start in kindergarten and become part of the school culture early. But transfer kids beware- the administration does nothing to help new kids acclimate and are quick to single kids out as troublemakers with suspension and exclusion used to enforce discipline.

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November 11, 2009
Love a school that is not pushing it's views on my child! Love the staff!

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October 28, 2009
I can't say enough good things about this school. Beyond the outstanding education our daughter is getting, the school has such a warm and inviting feeling... I am amazed every day at the quality of the principal and staff. They truly care about their students, and it shows.

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October 05, 2009
Littleton Prep has the most caring teachers, and a fantastic parent's organization (POPS)!

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May 30, 2009
My daughter just finished Kindergarden 2008-2009. We love Littleton Prep! The teachers, enviornement and education are above avarage. It is amazing how much she learned and we hope to continue with Littleton Prep until 8th Grade.

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April 17, 2008
I have been an active parent at Littleton Prep for three years and find the longer I keep my children there the more disappointed I become. I will not be bringing my children back next year because I find that the current principal in far too uneducated(ask for her credentials) and inexperienced to hold the school to the standards we all hope for our children's education. Upon trying to discuss several issues either in reguards to my younger or older child I found a genuine uninterest from the administration and sadly the teachers. I have seen dramatic changes over the last two years- good staff and administrationa are leaving as well as the children are becoming more high need. Becuase the good teachers are leaving the quality students are leaving as well.

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August 27, 2007
My children both attend Littleton Prep and it is an excellent school! The structure and discipline is well formed, yet compassionate and beneficial. The curriculum is excellent, and the staff go above and beyond to make it a wonderful learning environment for children. There is plenty of communication between parents and teachers, in fact, a certain amount of parent involvement is expected at this school. And anytime I have felt I've not gotten enough feedback, or had a concern about my child - the teachrs and staff have been more than willing to listen, communicate or find a solution to the problem. While I strongly suspect my very precocious, active and easily bored child would be labelled a 'troublemaker' at other local schools, both my children thrive at LPCS. There is no reason to be bored - no child's needs or abilities are overlooked or unmet. It's great!

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April 02, 2007
In the beginning, I was very impressed with LPCS based on the level of knowledge and curriculum that my daughter was bringing home. Even in Kindergarten I was amazed everyday with her growing knowledge. She is now almost finished with 2nd grade and I am pulling her out of the school. The quality of the curriculum has not gone down, it is the school's participation and genuine caring for a student's success that has me disappointed. My daughter repeatedly gets the same remarks on her report card but with no assistance or communication from the teachers. She brings home assignments and tests with 80-100% and yet gets poor grades on report cards with negative remarks. The lack of communication and support from the teachers is heart breaking. I can't believe a school that offers such advanced material and education has failed to pay attention to the students themselves.

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September 19, 2006
As a parent I was very disappointed with the education my sons were receiving in the public schools and desperately wanted better for them. I found LPCS by chance, It has turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to our family! The curriculum is structured so that no one fails, all the children are able to learn at their own level with the love, and guidance, and the addition of Core Knowledge from the LPCS amazing staff. Both of my boys are flourishing at this school and my husband and I have faith in the ability of this staff to give our kids the best education possible. A special thank you to Ms. Spafford and Ms. Tomasetti, for helping us mold our boys into amazing young men!

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January 16, 2006
We attended Littleton Prep. Charter School for 2 years with great expectations. We were deeply disappointed. From the top administration and parent governing board to the teachers and staff, there was great dissention at this school about the vision/charter and daily running of the school. My hope is, with time, things will dramatically improve here providing a great option for parents/children who are not pleased with the public school choices.

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December 19, 2005
LIttleton Prep Charer school was founded as a traditional academic school guided by a mission of high academic achievement. Its instruction heavily relies on the direct instruction methodology combined with the Core Knowledge curriculum. Ability grouping is employed for skills classes, such as math, spelling, reading and English. 65% of the student body comes from outside the Littleton District and 30% is minority, yet the school matches the average score of other Littleton District schools. Students wear uniforms. Discipline problems appear to be less severe than the average public school in its surrounding area. Music, art and sports programs are limited or offered on a part-time basis. The school is a good choice for parents wanting their child to get a good solid traditional education in an environment less prone to the types of social and discipline problems that can plauge many public schools, especially in the middle school grades.

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August 11, 2005
This school is amazing! My son is has mild learning disabilities, but has absolutely thrived here. The school is definitely academically rigorous, so it isn't for everyone. But if you want a very high-quality, traditional-style education for your child, and your child is willing to work for it, this is the place. The teachers are truly fabulous, the curriculum is research-based and rock-solid, and the school environment is extremely positive and orderly, while still being 'kid-friendly.' This isn't one of those all-white, upper-middle class typical suburban schools. The student body is very diverse - something we searched for. The school has a unique leadership structure (three directors instead of one principal) that works very well and really utilizes each director's experience and strengths. Parent communication is excellent, with a great school-wide newsletter, website, classroom newsletters and prompt telephone calls. Parents are happy, kids are happy, and test scores look really great!

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May 24, 2005
This school started with a fine principal and had rapidly increasing test scores despite drawing a lot of students who came with reading, math and language deficits. Unfortunately, quality has declined since departure of original principal and most of staff in middle school 5-8. The eighth grade math pass rate is dropping towards zero. Current principal and board appear to have no idea what is going on and no plan to address problems.

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February 22, 2005
I am the parent of 4 children and have been around education for 26 years. I have been involved with this school for seven years and I can truly say that this school has outstanding, committed teachers and directors. The level of individual support for students is unprecedented. I only wish this school had been around for my two older children.

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December 09, 2004
My daughter had been attending LPCS since 2003. I am severely disappointed in the overall experience she has had. There seems to be no attempt to get the kids involved in extracurricular activites, and when they are offered, only a certain grade average is allowed. Kids under that are unable to participate and, I feel, are deprived the opportunity to make friends and have an enjoyable time. I have called both the principal NEVER called me back, While I have called repeatedly, he won't return the calls. While they teach great things, the school is very detached from dealing with problems and issues. If it's a negative issue, they ignore it. I will be pulling her out!

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April 16, 2004
Our children are thriving in this school. They are challenged in their individual areas of talent. The staff really truly cares about our children. We appreciate the discipline. Keep up the good work LPCS! Cheryl Scally

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February 22, 2004
I transferred my kids in 2001. Both have gone from mediocre students in the public school system to 'A' & 'B' students here. The curriculum is much more challenging and provides students with what they really need to know in all subjucts. Students are placed at the level they fit best in each individual subject. I have a 5 yr. old who will be starting kindergarten here next fall. I woldn't dream of sending my kids anywhere else!

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September 26, 2003
We enrolled our 5yr old daughter in the kindergarten program in 2002, she is now entering 1st grade. I can't not begin to say enough wonderful things about the school and staff. Each and every day we are impressed and delighted at the improvement she makes and the sheer joy she expresses in regards to her school. At the age of 6 she is already completed math at a third grade level and has learned the joy of reading. Add to this the level of respect, responsibility and positive attitude taught and presented to the students by the staff and you have a school that truly cares about each and every student.

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Littleton Prep Charter School
5301 S. Bannock, Littleton, CO  80120
(303) 734-1995
Last modified Littleton Prep Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Littleton Prep Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top