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The Patchwork School

Private | PK-5 | 70 students

We are best known for alternative philosophy.

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $346,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,150.

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Posted December 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted February 28, 2011

Very involved parent and teacher community that is dedicated to democratic learning and self-guided education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted April 30, 2010

My son loves this school - it's a great, non coercive learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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!!!


Posted 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


Posted April 21, 2010

This school has been wonderful for my granddaughter. Lots of learning experiences and socialization.


Posted 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


Posted April 17, 2010

They're unique style and care for the next generation sets them apart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 16, 2010

I love the amazing community - people who really care about each other and enjoy spending time together!
—Submitted by a teacher


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  • Elizabeth Baker and Michele Beach
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1428 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027
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