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1428 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027

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(720) 271-6729
(303) 604-4365
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March 14, 2015
I could not be happier that we found the Patchwork for my son. It has been monumental in his development socially and academically as well as for his overall happiness. Watching his connection to others and love for learning blossom and grow over the years has been priceless, and having the ability to have choices in his education has allowed him to discover his own interests and become who he really is on this journey. It's obvious that the teachers and staff truly care and have each students well-being at heart.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2015
We have been going to The Patchwork School for a over 3 years now and there are not enough words for how much we love it. The blend of democratic education, non-violent communication, and the Reggio Emilia philosophy really meets the needs of the whole child. It is important to me that my child not only learn to be able to express his feelings and be able to handle conflict resolution in a way that feels good to him and others, but also like who he is and feel like all his feelings are workable. This is the kind of support that I think will shape who he is and his relationship with others and himself for the positive. We also appreciate the organic way that learning happens and the way the inner wisdom of the children are fostered. As we have been interested in things the teachers go above and beyond by really diving into feeding the hunger for information and learning. The support for parents is above and beyond anything I could have ever expected. I am part of the Parenting Resource Group and it has been a life saver. PRG truly supports me to live in a authentic way and allows me to look at and work thru my stuff and in turn be more loving and supportive to my family.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2015
We love Patchwork! The teachers are caring, patient and really want to know my kids. The students learn how to handle "real life" situations through critical thinking of the whole group. Rules are explained logically, never just because an adult said so. My son has wonderful interpersonal and emotional skills thanks to Patchwork, and these are areas usually ignored by traditional schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2015
I am grateful to have found Patchwork School. I appreciate how they create a learning environment that is conducive to stages in our children's brain development. The sense of community and the support in parenting is excellent. My child enjoys each day they go to Patchwork and has an enriching experience with a lot of joy to report back to us. The only thing that is tough is that they require us to provide 9 snacks a year as well as contribute time to clean. This can be tough on any busy family, and to an extent, feels unreasonable considering the cost to attend.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2015
Patchwork is amazing. You simply will never find a group of teachers more dedicated, interested and in tune with your child. We have been elsewhere and toured dozens of schools and we never experienced the quality that we do at Patchwork.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2015
Dropping your kid off at Patchwork feels like dropping them at a long-time friend's house. There's a strong sense of community, the kids love it, and the teachers love the kids like family. It may not be for everyone though - if you don't want your kid coming home dirty and tired, think about a more traditional school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2015
This school's philosophy seems to encourage children to regulate their own behavior to a far greater degree than a typical school. There are many positive aspects to this philosophy, in terms of development of human potential and spirit. As a school... I'm not sure it's really a school. It seems to breed socially inappropriate behavior. It has no evident curriculum that would prepare students for educational settings other than Patchwork. It's, quite frankly, a mess. It's not clear that critical issues that threaten the school would be addressed. The earnest commitment to the ideal of democratic education is laudable, but its practical application leads to a Lord of the Flies atmosphere for children. The school's ideology may be at odds with its viability. It certainly does have excellent human assets and heart. With changes, it might be equipped to become the full-service school it aims to be.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2015
My son has gone to Patchwork for several years, and he loves it. He is excited about learning, truly admires his teachers, and has made some great friends. He is encouraged to explore and expand his interests, and as a result, he is becoming a confident and self-motivated learner. I am confident that this is the ideal place for him. I would recommend Patchwork to anyone who is looking for a non-traditional educational environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2015
My daughter (5) came to this school right after a big transition (moving states). The teachers at this school supported her through all the range of emotions that come with the territory of such a change. They focus so much on the emotional intelligence of the children through play, child-led learning, emotional coaching and guiding the children in collaborative problem-solving. This school is VERY unique and the philosophy is so progressive it is bound to have groundbreaking results with the generation that attend it. These kids will have so much self-esteem, strong problem solving skills, know how to work really well with others and learn how to be driven by their interests.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
As parents, we have put lots of energy thinking of the education for our daughter and the tools she needs to succeed in life. Patchwork teaches the students how to work together to overcome conflict, encourages activities of interest, and integrates education into these activities. This will better prepare the students to be skillful, creative and loving adults that can readily cope and adapt to our changing world.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
The facility itself IS dirty and rundown. The teachers are really kind people but the free choice approach ends up feeling lazy or like an excuse not to prepare things for the kids to explore. The kids are filthy when you pick them up-- which I understand they play hard and get dirty. Great. Help them clean up when it is time to go. They talked about responsibility as part of the philosophy but that part seems to have fallen off a cliff. Everything is very child driven which I like but would also like to see the school have some basic curriculum. If you don't plan to carry on with their elementary school program which I think most people don't there is no support for the transition to a traditional kindergarten. I think the kids don't get the kindergarten readiness stuff (really basic stuff like letters and numbers). They excel with social emotional support and communication. They are great at that. Older kids in the "elementary" program seem to be running wild, screaming and using inappropriate language. Pick-up time is crazy, the teachers seem dazed, greetings are inconsistent and safety doesn't seem to be on the radar. This place has potential but it needs some TLC.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
I am so grateful that we found the Patchwork School. Patchwork is not just a school, it is a community. They care about the well being of the child as well as the family. Patchwork is child centered and each child has a voice. Each child is accepted for who they are, not for what they are expected to become. Patchwork is a place of healing.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2015
I am a teacher and also a parent, and besides my own process, it's been an incredible journey to see my children grow into the wonderful people that they are, supported by amazing teachers and community. My son is enjoying the process of learning letters and writing at his own pace and under no pressure. I will always be grateful for this opportunity for my children and will always wonder my journey might have looked like if I'd had a chance to have a voice in it.

- submitted by a teacher
December 15, 2014
We love my daughter's teachers as people -- they're all very sweet -- but I have to agree with a lot of the criticisms here. Sort of wishing we hadn't enrolled. Bottom line: the school does not provide enough structure to keep the kids safe or successfully encourage appropriate behavior. The instructors' children exhibit the most aggressive and problematic behavior in the school (a red flag), and my child has started coming home with some troubling language and behavior on school days. I also back up the folks who talked about chaos; the place is filthy, my kid is soaking wet from playing with the hose (even in the winter months!), her feet are embedded with wood chips when she comes home from walking around barefoot outside, she might be covered in marker/paint so I can't plan on going anywhere with her after school, etc. This year has also required parents to provide (unprocessed gluten, grain, dairy free) snacks (that kids will eat?!) nine times per year and commit to a cleaning task once a trimester. Tuition is expensive and a lot of us work full-time, so this is an additional burden. I like a lot of the people, but I don't feel that the school is a good fit for us.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2014
I am really disappointed with this school. Its chaotic, the children are often unsupervised, and my son comes home nearly every day with bruises or scratches. He is 5 and they allowed him ( or didn't supervise him) to skateboard without a helmet and he fell and hit his head on a fence. Often times the teachers don't know where the students are. On more than one occasion I had to look around the school for him...usually without his shoes or with muddy dirty clothes. Many of the children seem to have aggression issues, I have witnessed more bullying, name calling, and swearing by young kids in my limited time there, then I did during his entire 2 year preschool experience at another local school. The philosophy may sound appealing, but in practice and application, for the average student, I am not convinced it works. There are many better options in our community. I am assuming this is a school designed for children that didn't connect with other traditional education models. Lovely caring staff is the redeeming factor, just wish they had a stronger/ safer program.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
After visiting several daycare/preschool centers when my son was a toddler, I went with Patchwork immediately after visiting, because my gut said so. I felt the most genuine love and affection came from teachers at Patchwork to the small kids and at that age it was most important to me that my son's caretakers be trustworthy and loving before I was concerned about academic anything. After 2 years we did move on for cost, location reasons mainly but I his new school I do see where the lack of structure and direction would potentially be hard as he is older and very bright. Overall I agree with comments about sometimes feeling unsafe and chaotic, but it is a great place for open play learning and some lovely teachers, and a strong community and parent support system.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
This school is basically like daycare, but more chaotic. More than once, I went to pick my child up and they didn't know where she was. Half the teachers are good and the other half are terrible. I did NOT feel safe leaving my child here at all. Anyone could come in (if you got through one coded door) and pick up my child without anyone knowing. There is zero structure, which I thought would be good but it was NOT. So many parents had huge issues with this school but none of them have written reviews. Please, choose ANY other school than this, especially within our community, there are so many that are just insanly better than Patchwork.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
The philosophy of this school is wonderful but it is not for everybody. The teachers are fabulous people - very caring and responsive. The environment is best for kids who would not do well in traditional structured environments. Aggression and other behaviors that might be punished in other schools are treated as legitimate responses to strong feelings, and these feelings are worked through. Unfortunately this also means that more sensitive students may get excluded, called names, hit, bitten, etc, fairly regularly as the group works out social dynamics in some messy ways. The teacher-student ratio is inadequate for the scope of the project, and a lot of stuff falls under the radar despite everyone's excellent intentions.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
I have been unbelievably lucky to be a part of this community since 2007, it is an environment that is responsive, encouraging, and revolutionary in it's way that it educates children and adults.

- submitted by a teacher
November 29, 2011
After visiting many schools in the area, this is the only one I wanted my child to attend. Two years later, I'm certain I made the right choice. The children in this school are involved and often self-directed, as well as well-loved. The teachers notice the individual children and create activities targeted toward helping them learn and grow. The pay attention to what the kids are interested in and build activities around those areas. They invite and welcome parent involvement in many ways and have a parent meeting area in the school. At other schools I visited, the kids were often standing and waiting for teachers to tell them what was next. At this school, kids are actively involved. They learn social skills, friendship skills, and community building skills. The teachers are very involved, but equally as important, they don't interfere with children's natural learning process. Additionally, they use the same open approach in their communications with parents that they teach in the school. In other words, they walk their talk.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
It's hard to find a pre-school or toddler program where so many factors are all integrated: the quality of the teachers, the real passion and love for learning and for kids, quality outdoors time with shade, open minds and respect for children. Mi kid has had a great experience. The Patchwork is in a category of its own.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
This environment is not for every child. The philosophy seems great on paper and in presentations but the implication can often look loose, unsupported, chaotic, and lazy. Although I do believe the teachers care tremendouly about the children, many do not have a background in education and lack in helping support social skills. Often I had found my child unattended, unsupported, and left to figure things out a preschool child is not capable of. Teachers often do not greet children at entrance or even know where your child is at depature. There is little structure and often the environment seems chaotic and overwhelmeing.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
Very involved parent and teacher community that is dedicated to democratic learning and self-guided education.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
I have two boys in their 4th year at Patchwork. The experience for both of them has been incredible. They are so inquisitive which I credit to the way Patchwork supports them in exploring subjects of their choosing." Parent, 2010

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
As a professor at CU-Boulder, I love being a volunteer at Patchwork School. I'm impressed with their distinctive educational philosophy, and it's clear that they are providing an environment where the children are growing socially and intellectually. And equally importantly, it's clear that the children are really happy.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2010
"After working at the Patchwork School since 2007, I have come to realize that true learning is the commitment to discovering and re-discovering humanity, both within your self and in others; it s amazing how the school is constantly evolving in order to nurture true learning in ALL of its community members!"

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 27, 2010
This school is a loving, safe and stimulating environment for young ones to build social, artistic and mental skills at their own pace. The teachers are dedicated to individual attention, and the fine details of children's lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
As a friend of the director I enjoy participating in volunteer projects such as internal and external building refurbishing, gardening, as well as invitations to meet the students during school session. Patchwork is filled with a dynamic group of young female teachers who haven't lost their childhood and so particularly relate to the young ones. Keep it up Patchwork!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
I love Patchwork! Our approach to education is based on relationships and the result is a community for everyone, not just for the children.

- submitted by a teacher
April 21, 2010
This school has been wonderful for my granddaughter. Lots of learning experiences and socialization.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 18, 2010
I love Patchworks because it encourages independent learning. The hands on environment is an effective teaching tool for children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
They're unique style and care for the next generation sets them apart.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Our son is learning to see the wonder and possibility of the world thanks to the caring community at the Patchwork School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Patchworks School is a wonderful nurturing environment that has helped promote my son's childhood ceativity and personal growth.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
I love the amazing community - people who really care about each other and enjoy spending time together!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 15, 2010
When you know your grandaughter looks forward to going to school and returns with big smiles and stories of educational events and good times you know this must be a good school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Children choose the curriculum and are supported in deepening their natural curiosity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
The teachers treat my son with respect and absolute love!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Great school for kids to be kids and learn in a natural way. Great for building social skills and long-lasting life skills.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I love the backyard, where my daughter can run around any time she wants to. The teachers know her pretty well, too, and help her explore her interests.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
We love Patchwork-- A beautiful environment with supportive, caring, educated teachers and administrators who have implemented a Reggio/free school curriculum very successfully. This school is a real treasure where young children can thrive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Love that the kids can engage themselves in what interests them. Super caring and supportive teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Patchwork helps your child bloom. My daughter was an outgoing toddler without much direction to a preschooler who is more focused on what she likes and how she can accomplish her dreams (a computer scientist princess astronaut that does art).

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
This is the most amazing learning environment for kids! The freedom they have to make choices and learn the way they naturally do its the most precious thing a child can get out of a school. They get a sense of self worth there!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
The Patchwork School continues to be a national leader in cutting edge education for young children. Blending philosophies, primarily Reggio Emilia and democratic education, they are looked to as *the* example for what is possible in early childhood education. -Isaac Graves Outreach Coordinator Alternative Education Resource Organization

- submitted by a community member

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The Patchwork School
1428 Main Street, Louisville, CO  80027
(720) 271-6729
Last modified The Patchwork School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
The Patchwork School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top