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PK-8
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Littleton, CO
Students enrolled: 185

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7018 South Prince Street
Littleton, CO 80120

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(303) 794-2286
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November 20, 2014
After 3 years and 2 kids in the Primary Years at Mack Littleton we couldn't be happier with the professionalism, support, accommodation and community. Our kids are challenged and held accountable with kindness and compassion. Thriving academically, emotionally and socially they are coached in every aspect of their learning to take risks, inquire, communicate, contribute, make connections with the material and peers, and live respectfully. The focus on the whole child with their strengths AND quirks was a game changer for us. The staff is patient, insightful, enthusiastic, adept and supportive with this community of unique learners. The IB Programme fits well with our kids' creative learning styles, the differentiation is meeting our needs, and the social emotional focus has been transformative for our daughter. Past leaders/changes and facilities/resources were/are not always what we wish for, but things improve each year with the very committed, established and experienced Littleton staff. My kids come home happy, engaged, knowledgeable and empowered. It won't be a good fit for every child/family but it was life-changing for ours. Vet what's important to you and you'll know.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2014
This is a typical small private school. The teachers let the bullys run the place, not enough math levels, nepotism, not enough during and after-school opportunities, and some yelling teachers. Save your money the neighborhood schools are better.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
I have a 2e middle schooler and transferred here from the Public school-- it is the best thing I could have done! I wonder if the poor reviews are from parents who have not compared it to other schools, especially other public schools, and have unrealistic expectations. Mackintosh is caring and passionate about learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
This school does not help highly gifted children, just wealthy people with bright children. Most of the teachers left have no idea how to really challenge gifted children. The ideals if this school are great. What they say they will do is great, but it doesn't happen. They are so desperate for teachers that they hire anyone. The school simply doesn't live up to what it promises which is so sad because gifted children really do need a place like this. Luckily there are other options I suggest looking into them.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
We loved some of the teachers and students at the Boulder campus, but as far as the administration goes, whoever was in charge of holding the vision and accountability is gone from the building and they left the prisoners with the keys. Crazy town. If your child doesn't need accommodation you will do better here. We have a 2e guy and felt like we were in some sort of dysfunctional family fun bus. No thanks. We Can get that for free in the public school system. Not worth the $$.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
I have just experienced my first year as a parent at Macintosh Academy, Littleton Campus and look very forward to my child attending many more years at this school. Our family has found the community of children/parents to be very welcoming and helpful; the administrative staff to be gracious, thoughtful, fair, and future minded; the teaching staff to be seasoned, caring, and lovingly creative when behavioral remedies have been necessary in the classroom with any child; and the IB curriculum to be well-suited for our gifted daughter. As with any educational facility, business, organization, corporation, partnership, family, couple or individual even - change is guaranteed. I suspect new leadership, new enrollments, new marketing strategies, and new teachers will bring about new thinking. It often does. Thus we are optimistic with the upcoming changes and will miss terribly the individuals that are departing. We highly recommend Mackintosh Academy, Littleton to anyone with gifted children who finds value in open-minded education enveloped in a challenging environment of care and understanding.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2014
There is such a thing as "too much change" - and while there was a big turnover 2 years ago, there have been some big turnovers this year, too. The head of the Boulder campus leaving, the head of the Littleton campus leaving, and the head of the board left and has been replaced. Will replacing 3 of the 4 heads at the top fix the issues? Doubtful. Some of the teachers are still amazing. If Mack survives this transition period, it will be due solely to them. But dig a bit and ask to see numbers (no transparency on their financials) & then ask to see what their 5 yr plan is & what facilities/resources (science lab, robust IT/computers plan, library, dining hall, extracurriculars) are MISSING and ask if they ever plan to bring them in & who will pay for it. The school talks all about 'gifted' &'twice-exceptional' kids, but when it comes to curriculum, the IB programme has won out and there's no room for gifted learners. No one wants to address this issue though. So IEPs get ignored in favor of class unity. Just don't have a problem here - there's no executive accountability and things will not be resolved. You will be lied to nicely & politely, but lied to, nonetheless.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
I have had both of my children at Mackintosh Littleton since 2002. My oldest daughter is in her 8th grade year. I can't be more happy with both of their educations. My older daughter is more than ready for high school and will be entering into honors and pre-IB classes, skipping Freshmen classes in Spanish, math, and science. Her poise and confidence foundation was because of her years at Mackintosh. My younger daughter delights in going to school every day and is challenged in her areas of strength of math and science. Both are receiving a consistent, quality education worth every penny. They are happy and joyful and get the opportunity to work with a highly qualified, dedicated, and happy staff. We have seen very little turn-over and 80% of the staff have been at the school 10+ years. Many families here have been here for years with all of their children attending. We are a tight community of positive learners who embrace learning, innovating, critical thinking, and most importantly, each other.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
My son just started pre k this year and it is amazing! MA is a community of families with gifted kids. I am So happy we found Macintosh. Without them my son would have to wait 2 years before he could start school. Mack loves, teaches and supports children and families where they are. The teachers and staff are amazing. I would love for more families to come join our community and experience all MA had to offer!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
For clarification, I am wondering if the following review (dated July 7th, 2013) is referencing the Boulder Mackintosh campus as these comments seem to be in alignment with some of the Boulder parent/student experiences there. From my vintage point, Littleton's campus has more tenured leaders, a collaborative, experienced and supportive team of teachers, what appears to be positive cohesion and commitment within its parent community and increasing enrollment. Star ratings for my post are to reference Mackintosh Littleton's program as opposed to Mackintosh Boulder's program.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
Mackintosh is a strong choice in the early grades, but thin staffing, poor management, lack of leadership, and ignoring bad behavior in the classroom at the expense of the victims of bullies make it a place to avoid for parents of kids beyond early education. There are some wonderful teachers at the school, but rising tuition costs (which have not translated into better compensation for them, BTW) have not been accompanied by improved instruction, more resources, or better technology, for example. The school has raised tuition it seems to counter declining enrollments. Our family has moved on, and our kids did get some good things from Mackintosh, but as the parent of a twice exceptional child and a "just gifted" child, in the end the school failed them both, and we are out 15k per year per kid. We could have been failed in the public school system for free.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
The Dec. 19 post confuses me. If you want a stricter admission policy in this economy, you should expect to be solicited for more fundraising. Private schools are desperate for enrollment. The previous administrator was also a business-savvy educator, who's only fault was that she sometimes told the hard truth to people when children were being compromised. She is sorely missed by teachers and families alike.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
We have had our kids at Mackintosh for several years now and although there have been some good things, at this point we are frustrated, disappointed, and angry. For the 16k per kid we are paying in tuition, the lack of stability in classroom instruction, inconsistency in instruction, grading, and feedback, and, in particular, resistance to and at best haphazard support of our twice exceptional child simply makes Mackintosh a rip-off. The school has a reputation for serving gifted and twice exceptional children, but this is only as good as the teacher du jour and the amount of attention the very thin staff has to pay to the new Boulder campus. The school is badly overextended and has lost its ability to deliver the most fundamental thing they promise- individualized rigorous education for gifted and 2e kids. This failure is partially responsible for my child now struggling to succeed in high school- she did not get the tools she needed for high school at Mackintosh. For 16k, our family deserves much better.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2013
While I agree that there have been some poor admission policies and that more attention needs to be given to hiring to ensure we get and retain the right teachers, none of that changes the fact that my child has THRIVED since transferring to Mackintosh. The IB framework fits well with the GTs drive to learn deeply about a variety of subjects. The school has no issues differentiating & accelerating as needed for the individual child, and there has been a fundamental understanding of the social emotional needs of the gifted learner that has changed my chilld from being shy and afraid of not being perfect to an outgoing risk taker. I cannot say enough good things about what Mackintosh has done for our family. And to furter address the concerns with administration change, teacher qualification, and questionable admission standards in the past - I have found the new administration has recognized these concerns and is working to address them directly. From conversations I have had, it appears that while these concerns are true in part, it is a lack of transparent communication that has perpetuated the impression that the problems are continuing when in fact they are being addressed.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
I agree fully with the previous 3 reviews. Numerous reviews critical of the administration and management of the school as well as the practice of hiring non-GT teachers to replace the mass exodus were removed by GreatSchools. That being said, it is good to see the remaining teachers more relaxed and eager to come to work due to the atmosphere created by the new administration. However, there is still a trend to hire teachers that are not trained in GT (just because one has previous experience at a private school does not make them GT trained) and many children have been accepted without any type of testing to show that a student is GT material. Finally, I know times are tough financially for everyone, but not a week goes by that my child does not come home with another request for money or a new fund raiser. I have no problem paying of a good education, but after shelling out $14k/year, it' s hard to fork over more money when I question the ability of some teachers to truelly teach to and understand GT children.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2012
I want to second the review below. There is not enough understanding of gifted learning or behaviors and classrooms that meet those needs. Varies widely across classrooms. I am concerned whether the school is consciously moving away from gifted ed with its recent change of leadership and the hiring patterns in the classrooms. Gifted ed is not simply rich material, small classes and some ability grouping. These kids have special needs in acceleration and social/emotional areas. Unless the school decides to more closely tailor what it is doing to a thorough understanding of gifted ed, it is just another private school, and maybe a fine one, but not a gifted school.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
This school has been through tremendous changes in the past two years. The new leadership was a much needed change, the continued IB curriculum is a constant under any leadership. Along with change there has been qualified Gifted and Talented teachers leaving with replacements with new and unexperienced teachers in GT which leaves parents of GT children quite concerned of the direction of the school. Adding another campus to the school has diluted the focus much to parents dismay. 50% of my child's classmates left last year. Although the teachers and remaining staff are commited, there needs to be big changes in hiring and retaining qualified staff

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
This is an outstanding school. We have had our son here for 4 years, and it has been wonderful watching him grow and learn from the caring and sensitive teachers. All the kids are smart, whether or not they are twice exceptional. Parents should know that really what they are paying for is great teachers, small classes, and a school philosophy of respect and openess that evident in the classroom and elsewhere. We were lucky to find this school, after years in the Jeffco school system, where kids were expressly taught to score well on the CSAP and classes were focused on making sure most kids were essentially performing at an average level. The only negative is that Mac ends at 8th grade, and finding a follow up school for your child of similar quality can be a challenge.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
My son has met challenges in other schools and thankfully, we have found in Mack a school that he LOVES! This is his 2nd year and the thought of having to consider any other option scares me. I didn't think there was any program out there for him, however, he is truly thriving in this program. My son works very hard loving every minute of it, learning amazing skills and practicing skills that help develop a character that complements what we try to teach him at home. How wonderful that the administration has worked hard to expand the program to kids like my son in the Boulder area! As the head master sets the stage for the beautiful Mackintosh program and philosophy in Boulder, she has left the extremely capable and warm Mrs. Anderson in charge at the Littleton campus. Although there has been teacher turnover, the teachers who are there clearly want to be there evidenced by their enthusiasm. We have not ever experienced less than excellence from any staff member on the campus. My son will be at this school for as long as they will have him. I, for one, am glad they have expanded to allow others the same opportunity for an exciting gifted education!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
This my child's second year at Mackintosh Academy and we are delighted with the results! Learning gains have been tremendous as a direct result of the academically rigorous and thoughtfully implemented IB curriculum--adapted to the needs of gifted and talented students and students who are twice exceptional. It is an environment where children are treated as individuals and their learning styles are addressed accordingly. We looked throughout the metro area for a school that would meet the social and emotional needs of our child as well as a demanding academic environment. The IB Curriculum at Mackintosh and the language program met our goals for globally competitive education. Focus on performing and visual arts provided opportunity for self-expression and comprehensive exposure to the arts. Focus on physical fitness, PE is offered everyday, allowed for awareness of well-being. To this, we have found that the administration, staff, and parent body exhibit genuine interest in and kindness to our family. We look forward to many years at this school and are grateful that the model is being shared with others.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
This school is a Godsend. We have 2 kids at Mack, one who is "twice exceptional", and one who is "just gifted". Both are intellectually challenged, supported in both their strenghs and challenges, and are developing fantastic awareness of themselves, their community in and outside of school. School leadership is compassionate, professional, and visionary- setting an example of world citizenship and scholarly and creative excellence that will serve my kids well throughout their lives. Our family is proud to be part of the Mackintosh community and I am grateful for the partnership of the teachers and leadership in giving my kids a remarkable education.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
(CONTINUED FROM ABOVE) I have worked in educational research for over 10 years and have never encountered a more wonderful and effective school, set of faculty, and administrators. The Head of School is an outstanding leader and visionary, who has always extended such warmth, compassion, and commitment. We appreciate how she consistently makes herself accessible and available to us despite her numerous responsibilities. Our daughters teacher is the very best educator I have encountered in my ten years experience working in education. She is nothing short of amazing to us as parents and our children. We are thrilled that these same opportunities are being extended to other students and families at our second campus in Boulder.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
We absolutely love Mackintosh Academy and feel so blessed that our children have the opportunity to attend. As a parent with a Ph.D. background in education and child development with three gifted children, I am amazed by the individualized instruction, curriculum supported by strong research, depth of understanding of cognition and learning theories, outcomes based approach, IB philosophy, emphasis on developing the whole gifted child (i.e. academically, emotionally, creatively) and most of all, the exceptional teachers and administration. Words cannot express how grateful we are to see our children thrive, grow, explore, and embrace a pure love of learning and passion for life because of their experiences at Mackintosh. It is a true gift as a parent to see your children fit so perfectly and be so happy at school and with themselves. All three of our children have attended the past two years. They LOVE school and have maintained such a high level of intrinsic motivation and academic growth. (CONTINUED BELOW)

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
Although I agree with the previous parent that Mackintosh has been a great place for my kids, adding the Boulder campus has distracted the Director badly from the Littleton campus, and the emphasis is clearly on the new Boulder school. Case in point- when grandparents (read: donors) were recently invited to the Littleton campus, the Director spent her time talking to them about the Boulder campus, not the campus where thier grandchildren (and money) are going- Littleton. The Asst.Head of School at Littleton is a fantastic lady who is providing great leadership, but the opening of a second campus has further taxed what was already a "thin bench"- if a teacher is sick or someone leaves, there is a mad scramble to staff classes, and student learning suffers. This academic year there have already been 4 abrupt "transitions" (read: teachers leaving suddenly or being let go), and as a result, kids are only taking Spanish 1 day per week due to staffing problems. This is no way to learn a language, and for nearly 15K, parents and families should expect more. Mack is stll a great school in many ways, but we (and many other familes) no longer feel we are getting our $s worth.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
I am a parent of two children who attend the wonderful Littleton campus. They are both happy and well adjusted, love their teachers, and are receiving a high quality education. As a parent of gifted children who understands the social and emotional needs of this population, I am thrilled that the parents of Boulder will now have a school like this one to send their children to. It saddens me to read postings from other parents who are questioning the wisdom and priorities of the director of this school for opening a Boulder campus. Unfortunately for some, change is a threatening element, but for others it signifies the opening of new horizons and opportunities. This campus is solid and the teachers are highly qualified and dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
My children are getting ready to go back to school, and I'm very concerned that so many of the fine Mackintosh teachers (10+) are not returning to the school. How much our sweet Littleton campus is going to change now that the Boulder sister school is up and running? Where is the headmaster's priorities? Our children have been very, very happy at Mack -- and they love the school. But as the previous reviewer said, things are changing. I hope the administration doesn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
The Head of school person is rude and doesn't understand that parents matter. She has had me come out dozen of times and when I show up for our appointment, she cancels! I really liked the teachers and students, but I am paying a lot of money to be treated this way.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
a great school. i love this scholl it is the best school i have been to in my life is awsum.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2010
My kids love Mackintosh. I have two children who attend. One needs more personalized instruction and attention, the other child needs to be challenged constantly with academics to be happy. Both my kids get what they are looking for at MAC. We look forward to another great year ahead.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2010
We were looking for a middle school environment for our son that would provide a positive transition from the small international school he attended when we lived overseas. Mackintosh proved to do that and more. The teachers at Mackintosh are not only skilled educators, but also wonderful human beings who create an atmosphere much like an extended family. At this school, character and compassion are valued as much as analytical thinking skills and creativity. The needs of each student are thoughtfully taken into consideration. Planning, reflection and communication skills are developed through the practice of self-evaluation, in-depth discussions, teamwork, and an excellent performing arts program. Topics are supplemented with interesting hands-on projects and field trips. Our son is now in a large public high school, but his experience at Mackintosh helped him to develop the confidence and character he needs to negotiate the many choices and opportunities he now faces.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
We have both our son and daughter attend Mackintosh and they are very happy at this school. They have attended different gifted programs at DPS, and this school is excellent in being flexible and in understanding their needs. The academic program is challenging and promoting active learning. Our kids like the units of inquiry a lot and PE every day. The head of school is a great advocate for gifted girls. The school is willing to accommodate a bilingual component in the curriculum, to facilitate learning in their native language as well. The students feel a sense of community that extends over grades and classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2009
What makes a school? The people: teachers, head of school, specials teachers, parents of those who attend and most importantly the children who attend. It is a rare event that you find all the 'people' at a school that care and are compassionate about everyone involved. My children are challenged academically and most importantly to me, socially. They are learning not only to apply compassion in everyday life situation with others, they now have a very high standard for how others treat them. The self respect and esteem they have developed in their very short time at Mackintosh is unparalleled. The transparent approach the Head of School has with the classroom teachers fosters an environment of open communication with parents and teachers and leaves no room for miscommunication. My children will benefit their whole lives from their experiences and continued experiences here to come! First Class people with First Class Results!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
Mackintosh Academy has proven to be a safe and encouraging place where our children have been able to learn to care deeply about the world around them, be sensitive to the needs of those in our community and been stimulated intellectually and nurtured emotionally beyond compare. The care and interest that the staff at MA provides is so authentic and compassionate to each individual student and family. MA provides a forum for continuous communication in an open and honest way that promotes an excellent parent-teacher-student relationship. The balanced view of the whole child resonates through each teacher up through the head of school and is reflected in the respect the students show each other. MA is a place where strengths are celebrated, areas of need are supported and everyone is honored for who they are. We are fortunate to be a part of such an amazing environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
My daughter attends Mackintosh, this is her second year. I could not be happier with the school. They are challenging her academically and developing her interpersonal skills. But, probably the most important advancement to me is her social awareness and concern for others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2009
Finding out that your child needs a speciallized education can be scary and exciting and a challenge. We did our homework and visited many schools before choosing Mackintosh Academy. Upon the 35 minute drive to our first visit to the campus I had already decided it was too far to commute each morning for school. But, after our meeting and a tearful face, we left knowing that the school was the perfect fit for our daughter. We have been there for just 2 years now and besides the commute, which makes for great bonding time, I have only positive things to say. While I love the idea of my daughter doing wonderful in her academics the idea of building her character is extremely important to our family and that is what Mackintosh is great at. One visit to a school wide function and you feel something special and different and wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2009
Have had our son here for two years thus far and he will finish up here. Its the first school he has really embraced. They really cater to smart kids who don't want to work within the traditional four walled classroom. The best part I have seen is that they don't even know they are learning until for example at the Thanks giving day table my son explains why he is thankful that he lives in American and explains what life is like in several other countries including disease, their economies, their health care system and juidicial departments. He never knew how much he had learned! Good work Mackintosh!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
I have two children who go to Mackintosh and have been very pleased. Mackintosh has a strong IB program that allows students to learn higher level thinking skills and global awareness. The faculty at Mackintosh is AWESOME as well. Teachers are knowledgeable, well educated and genuinely caring. The school's philosophy of teaching the 'whole child' holds true too. Because of the strong curriculum, IB program, and caring environment- I would recommend Mackintosh whole heartedly.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
Our experience with MA has been outstanding. The atmosphere of the school is very warm and caring. They want to do the best for your child and help them find their motivations and successes. The opportunities for further study/advancement that have been presented have been enormous and challenging. The staff is very familiar with giftedness and the challenges that may come with it. Problems or concerns are addressed quickly and respectfully. The IB program is different but has provided a fantastic perspective to the learning experience. They work with you to make sure your child is being challenged and at the correct math/vocabulary/reading level and do not apply a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Not every school works for every child/family but this school has helped to put the love of learning into my child. And that is a wonderful thing to have.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
Mackintosh Academy s philosophy of being sensitive to the development of the whole child and cultivating a community that is aware of the social and emotional sensitivities and appropriately nurturing them is the reason we decided to look into this school. Our son was struggling in our neighborhood Denver school. He wasn t struggling because it was a bad school; he was struggling because it wasn t a good fit for him. Perhaps that is the most important thing to remember when looking at different schools what is really best for your child. Our son is now in his second year at Mackintosh, and we are extremely pleased with the quality of his education. Besides incredible specials/teachers (performing arts, physical education, visual arts, Spanish), his homeroom is truly a home for him. He has two of the same teachers and one new teacher this year. He feels like they understand and get him. From our standpoint, we see three caring teachers who truly can and do differentiate all the diverse learning styles and differences in his classroom. His individual needs (academic, social-emotional) are being met. Even though this is a gifted school, there is still a huge range of where the children are socially, emotionally, as well as academically. The head of school has a huge heart for all the children and we are so pleased with the depth of her knowledge and compassion. We are so thankful that we were told about this hidden gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
i was the string of 'continued...' postings. one last thing i forgot to mention is that the middle school overall leave several gaps in a students education and they have a way to lax way of looking at discipline. when i got to high school i was doing some minor catchup socially, disciplinary, and with school work. i would urge anyone who is in middle school to bug the teachers about a much stricter late policy (if possible) because even though it will make your life harder now, in the future you will be much better prepared.

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2009
We feel so fortunate to be part of the Mackintosh community. And it is just that, a community. My daughter needed a school that was going to attend to her exceptional academic needs as well as her need to be a part of something bigger than herself and the world she sees everyday. She has grown so much academically and as a person since she has started school at Mackintosh. She comes home happy, enlightened and filled with information to share about her day. She has a passion and empathy for others that is far beyond her age and is welcomed at a school like Mackintosh. I feel it is my job as a parent to make excellent educational decisions for my child and the communication and attention that I receive from the Head of School as well as my daughter's teachers has been invaluable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 07, 2009
We have two children attending Mackintosh and are delighted with the high quality of education they receive. They are consistently challenged by teachers -- and have become strong, independent thinkers. One of our children is dyslexic and at times has needed accommodations at school. His teachers and the Head of School have addressed his needs with great sensitivity and consideration. Instead of being an 'at-risk' student, our child loves to go to school and is excelling academically. We are grateful to have found a 'home' at Mackintosh.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
Just the best thing that could happen to our family. Caring and profesional Teachers and Principal.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
My two children have attended Mackintosh for several years, and I have been so pleased with the school's International Baccalaureate curriculum, dedicated and caring teachers and staff, and the community of families. My children have been consistently challenged academically, and nurtured socio-emotionally -- they love their teachers and peers and are always enthusiastic about what they're learning! The teachers are incredibly caring and empathetic, and always available to parents and students. The administration truly cares about staff and students. I highly recommend Mackintosh Academy for serving its gifted and talented students with compassion and integrity, and for maintaining a balance between academic rigor and nurturing the 'whole child.'

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
My daughter struggled in the public school system and is thriving at Mackintosh. The IB program is well developed, the teachers are fantastic, and the school creates an amazing sense of community. For the gifted child, Mackintosh is an amazing opportunity. It addresses the way these children think and allows them to challenge themselves, while still holding them accountable to necessary standards. We couldn't be happier, even with the big price tag!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
I love Mackintosh! I started at Mackintosh when I was three and I went there for eleven years. Mackintosh molded me into a very academically advanced student when I arrived at high school. Mackintosh completely prepared me for high school and life and is an excellent educational institution. It provides a small environment that allows for one-one teaching and growth as an individual. The staff is amazing and the teachers really care about the students' success. When I left Mackintosh I took my SATs and scored 1700 soley from the amazing education I recieved at Mackintosh. For anyone who wants their children to excell and recieve an education that promotes success and a love of learning, Mackintosh is the school for you!

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2009
I have two kids that attend MacKintosh. Both very much enjoy the fast pace learning. Very good environment for kids who have the abilities to learn quickly. I have no doubt that when my kids leave 8th grade they will have no difficulties in college. Very well prepared. I have read the reviews of unhappy parents/kids. There must not be too many because I havent met them. Great teachers and administrator who cares.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
Ha ha the teacher quality is 4 out of 5! Thats funny! In middle school some of the teachers are not really teaching. They are always... it seams taking care of a problem and just forgets about the rest of us. They are unfair!

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2008
I believe that Mackintosh is an Excellent school. I have been going here since i was 7. It is an amazing environment. If even one student has a problem t is fixed right away. There is definitely no favorisum by the Head of School with any of the students. If one of her own children has a problem with the school or there classmates she will take over the role of a parent and help her child in any way she can. Sometimes 'favorisum' is caused because one student over the other has special needs and needs some extra support. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2008
I do not like how I have to work off of a worksheet for homework in Pre-Algabra. I think the curriculum has gone down hill big time sence last year.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2008
My son graduated from Mackintosh Academy last year. I have been so impressed with his ability to easily integrate into a public high school. He has had an air of confidence and sense of self that I feel was nutured throughout his 7 years at Mackintosh. It has been wonderful to see this intelligent yet awkward boy, grow into a young man, eady to take on greater challenges in the community. I credit all of his teachers with this success. I especially appreciated PE daily and an outstanding performing arts program. The math program allowed my son to progress much faster pace than he would have in public school.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2008
It isn't that Mackintosh doesn't get gifted education, it's that the administration is more interested in projecting a caring image than actually cultivating it. When it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is what the Head of School wants, not what is best for students.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
Our negative comments do not result from lack of value placed on deep respect for self or for respecting and appreciating diversity of community. Our negative comments result purely from our son's needs not being met, but more than that from the Head of School's disregard for the changes that need to be made at the school to make it a great place for gifted learners who are not twice exceptional. Our son is highly gifted but doesn't require any special accomodations emotionally or socially. He just needed to be academically challenged. No time for that due to so many students who have special emotional, social or academic needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Mackintosh Academy is an amazing community of diverse learners and master educators. Self-acceptance and a deep respect for the world is nurtured. Academics are tailored to each individual student since GT students inherently have a huge range of capabilities. I suspect that many of the negative comments out here are the result of a mismatch in parent/school philosophy. Deep learning and questioning is present at all grades, but it is not a place of academic competitiveness. Rather students individual needs are thoughtfully met. My students have experienced many different types of learning environments in the Denver metro area -- none met their social-emotional needs and individual academic requirements quite like Mackintosh has. I am forever grateful to the wonderful head of school who has made this amazing community possible. We have truly found a home.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2008
My child is in middle school at Mackintosh. I agree with the positive comments about the teachers -- almost all of them are caring and skilled teachers. I also agree with the comments that the administration is more interested in filling seats and projecting a particular image than offering education. A lot of great middle school students have been leaving because the middle school lacks discipline, leaving the kids that were the problem to begin with. It makes me wonder if I should keep my child on a sinking ship.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2008
I attended this school for three years. The teachers and curriculum are excellent. However, the discipline process is absolutely terrible. The discipline process is terrible. The administrative and visual arts section of the school lacks, ensuring no one is offended. This school is no longer what it was due to this,

- submitted by a student
no rating May 23, 2008
I am not at all impressed with Mackintosh Academy. My son attended 4 years there. For the tution fees around $12,000/- per school year kids are better off in public than Mackintosh. Academically poor and it looks that they want to fill up the class to get tution fees and not looking the kids are gifted and talented.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
My child attended Mackintosh with very poor results. The administration seemed more concered with filling classrooms than focusing on making a good fit for the child. There is very little concern for children who fall behind. If you need any special help you will struggle to figure it out, pay for it, education the teachers, etc. I feel many gifted children are also ADD or have some sort of sensory integration dysfunction or even dyslexia. Mackintosh admits these kids but the teachers don't know what to do for them. Please beware. I don't know many kids who intetrate well into public school from Mackintosh.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
My child attended Mackintosh for several years. The teachers are amazing which is the biggest strength of this school. Their enthusiam and love for these children are evident. The school itself is poorly run however, and discipline is lacking . The teachers and the administration especially are not open to suggestions or ideas from the parents. There is poor communication with the faculty and the parents. The IB program is good, however there is too much emphasis on meeting these requirements and the children therefore are lacking the knowledge that their peers have gained in other schools. Having my child evaluated after his elementary years was concerning to me as he lacked the infomation he needed to integrate into a public school. A tax paying Douglas County education is the same (minus the $13,000+/yr) if not better. The kids love Mack though, and that had made us very happy as parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
My daughter attended the 06-07 year. At the public school, our daughter was distressed at the lack of respect and inconsistency of enforcing rules. Here, the IB principles and attitudes were lived each day in her class. Enthusiastically embraced by the staff, this allowed her to blossom academically. Every class had math at the same time so no matter how old your child was, they attended the math level that suited them best--not the one which suits 'most kids their age.' The drama program was fabulous. The school is small, so there are trade-offs: lack of sports teams or afterschool programs. To feel of the spirit of this school, go to the graduation--every class not only attends, but participates in this wonderful event. If you have a caring, sensitive and bright child, this is a fabulous school. If we still lived in Colorado, we'd still be there.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
My child was a student here last year. We had a miserable experience. There is no teacher accountability, the administrator allows the teachers to run classrooms as they wish despite parent complaints/concerns. The administrator admitted several months into the school year that she hadn't observed the classes that year. Parents' opinions and concerns are not welcome -they are the experts, parents know nothing. The administrator talks a very good talk when you first meet her but there is no followup. There is a lot of favortism at the school including the administrator's two children who attend - just hope your kid is not in their class! Note very carefully that the majority of the positive reviews are from teachers, not parents. There are some wonderful schools for gifted kids in the Denver area, unfortunately this is not one of them. The concept is great, the administration is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
I have taught at other schools in the past but Mackintosh Academy has the best curriculum and learning environment for children that I've seen. Teachers at Mackintosh truly care for their students and go beyond expectations to ensure that they are comfortable, challenged, and inspired. The I.B. program that Mackintosh offers nurtures the gifted child, stretching their thinking and develops them into well rounded students. In my opinion, the quality of learning is truly superior to other schools. Also, parents take an active role at Mackintosh and teacher- parent relationships are outstanding. As a teacher, I am so fortunate to be apart of such a wonderful team. As my own children get to school age, I wouldn't consider another school for them!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 13, 2007
As a teacher at Mackintosh, I feel very fortunate to be in such a supportive, compassionate, well-rounded school. Mackintosh recognizes the children s individual needs and works hard to support these needs. The values at Mackintosh help the children to learn how to think, and how to use their knowledge in the world around them. The community of students, staff and parents are truly exceptional. I am honored to be an educator at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 12, 2007
My son is a bright and extremely reticent guy, the most important thing about middle school at Mackintosh was that he was valued and honored for who he is and therefore, he emerged from middle school whole and sure of himself and his values. The transition to a much bigger school went smoothly and in his words was 'underwhelming'. No, he's not an overachieving, straight A student, but Mackintosh prepared him to think critically and problem solve-something I think is lost in the CSAP driven world of many public schools. The specials classes were also so important for his development. I wish every school (including high school) would require kids to go to PE every day. I also loved that he had to be in the plays. It wasn't something he would have chosen, but he had fun with them and learned so much.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
Mackintosh provides a unique opportunity for children to grow intellectually and emotionally in a safe, caring environment with an outstanding 10-1 student/teacher ratio, with an authentic emphasis on the arts, both performing and visual.

- submitted by a teacher
November 08, 2007
As a teacher at Mackintosh Academy I am honored to be an educator within such a positive and heart filled environment. Within our school one will find a community of learners that are inquiring about the world around them through a rich academic curriculum that is supported by experienced educators. In their learning, the students acquire and apply not only academic skills, but social skills as well that are valuable in the classroom as well as in their own personal lives. The staff and families of Mackintosh are committed in making a positive influence in the educational experiences of all the students by appreciating their differences in learning. It is a compassionate school where it is a joy to watch the students love to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
November 07, 2007
Mackintosh Academy has offered my children an excellent education. The school philosophy revolves around honoring the whole child and I have seen this to be true. The academic program, enhanced by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, is outstanding. Students develop a love of inquiry and learning. I have been impressed by the teachers and administration in both their communication and listening skills.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
This is our daughters first year at Mackintosh and we couldn't be happier! During the last eight weeks, my husband and I have noticed tremendous growth--both academically and socially. There are many components that make Mackintosh such a unique learning environment. Some of these components include, small class size, highly qualified teachers, International Baccalaureate accreditation, amazing leadership by the Head of School, and the 'family like' atmosphere. We are blessed that our daughter has the opportunity to attend such an amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
As a teacher at Mackintosh Academy, I am grateful each day to be part of a compassionate, intelligent and conscientious community of teachers, students and families. Mackintosh strives to teach the whole child-head, hand and heart- by addressing the differentiated needs of each student and honoring them as individuals. Each classroom is a fusion of individuals exploring the world together. With the International Baccalaureate Program as a foundation, each class investigates concepts to deepen knowledge and develop skills. The children continuously explore what it means to be an IB learner, and are encouraged to take their learning and put it into action. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this excellent program.

- submitted by a teacher
November 05, 2007
Mackintosh Academy is the best school in which I have ever taught in over 15 years of teaching experience. The International Baccalaureate accredidation is not merely a label but the attitudes of everything from compassion, creativity, and curiosity to empathy, enthusiasm, respect, tolerance, and more, are taught intentionally on a day-to-day basis. I started at the school as a substitute teacher. I remember my first visit being so impressed with the kind of learners being shaped here that I deeply desired to work here full-time. Happily, that has happened, and I love implementing the kinds of teaching that form our students into reflective thinkers, principled risk-takers, and caring, open-minded, knowledgeable communicators. I highly recommend this school for all of the reasons above, but also because it is a genuine community of people who have keen minds, compassionate hearts, and are global actors, working for a better world. Barbara VB

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 02, 2007
As a teacherf at Mackintosh Academy, I really love working here. Our IB, student directed/techer led curriculum is wonderful. Students get to do a lot of exploring and discovering on their way to learning. The small class size with two teachers per room is one of the best parts of the school. We are able to address the needs of students with many different learning styles and learning needs. There is lots of time and room for individual attention. I have found this one-on-one time to be the key to growth, improvement and overall learning. We are also blessed to have a parent community that is involved, interested and supportive. The education of the children is truly a team effort between teachers, students and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
August 09, 2007
I attended Mackintosh Academy from the time I was 4 years old until I finished 'Division Four'. I transfered into public school and only then did I realize that I had missed critical basic skills in all basic subjects. While the administration attains bragging rights for teaching elementary level students biology and algebra, in reality the subjects are skimmed over in a manner that allows students to forget everything they absorbed within a short period of time. When I transfered to public school, I was so far behind in all basic subjects that I needed to go in for extra help sessions with teachers just to keep up. Don't assume this is because Mackintosh made a mistake in accepting me; I recieved top marks in my time there. I caught up with much effort. I would consider a different school for your child's education.

- submitted by a former student
August 07, 2007
Mackintosh Academy has been a disappointment for my family. We 'bought into' the promise of individualized care and unfortunately this is not the case. Our experience included no true commitment for individual learning needs. The staff relies heavily on parents to fill the gaps. Although this is a 'gifted' school we saw no evidence that academically our children were excelling, in fact, when we transferred to the public school of choice our children were behind in more than one subject. I strongly recommend you look elsewhere for quality education that will prepare your child emotionally, academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2006
I have two boys who attend Mackintosh. They love the school and I love the close knit relationship built between parent, child, and teacher. They truly know my children and when there is an area of weakness they jump to help them achieve success. The teachers at Mackintosh are beyond incredible. They are passionate, caring, knowledgeable individuals that know how to insight and ingauge these children in a way I've never seen before. My children love their teachers and they get loving support to achieve their very best.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
My children have thrived at this wonderful school. They are able to be themselves-smart and caring kids. Strengths are celebrated and weaknesses are nurtured. The teachers work incredibly hard and really know each child.

- submitted by a parent
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Mackintosh Academy
7018 South Prince Street, Littleton, CO  80120
(303) 997-4666
Last modified Mackintosh Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Mackintosh Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 75 reviews. Top