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The McClelland School

Private | PK-8 | 140 students

We are best known for outstanding academics.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $67,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $580.

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 8, 2014

We are so fortunate to be a part of the McClelland school family! Teachers who care and challenge students daily, while making learning fun. Parents who are involved and committed to getting the best education possible for their children. Students who are excited about school and learning, and treat others with respect and love! The environment is safe, nurturing and guided by the wonder inherent in all children to explore and learn. Truly a close knit, school family, we are so glad to be a part of!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

We have been at The McClelland School for 3 years total. It is such a family oriented learning environment. From the small class sizes to the thematic lessons to the life long experiences, my children are getting a great education. The staff cares about the students and teaches them in a way that learning is incredible fun. The investment in my students' education is well worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We love, love, love McClelland! McClelland has awesome faculty, great students, and a very caring parent body. We couldn't ask for more! My children love school, have no problems with children "bullying" and are excelling across the board in all subjects. Teachers are accessible to communicate with, always know what is going on with your student and have a passion for teaching. The Headmaster has an open door, deals with any issues that arise immediately and truly cares about the school as a whole and knows each student by name. If you are looking for excellent education in the Pueblo area, look no further. You've found the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

We have two children and McClelland and will have three next year. One of the things we appreciate most about McClelland is that it is a community, not just a school. Your child is known by all teachers in all grades and they are able to interact with children at different age levels; sometimes being a mentor to a younger student and sometimes learning from older students. McClelland also strives to develop the whole child, a child who is curious and interested in learning, not just able to regurgitate facts for a test. They know every child's strengths and weaknesses and they help children become well rounded people, who contribute to society. It is a wonderful place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

McClelland isn't just a school, it is a community. It is a community of administrators, educators, parents, and students. My family has been a part of this amazing community for 3 years, now. What I appreicate most is the way that each child is seen as an individual. In the small classroom settings, each child can be challenged, and no child has to work at getting attention from their teachers. On the contrary, their teachers not only know their learning style, but also their personality. The parents are welcome and encouraged to visit at any time during the day. Parents are not seen as an interruption, but as an essential part to the learning process. The best compliment to McClelland comes from both of my boys (Pre-K and 3rd grade) who look forward to the end of summer, so they can return to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

McClelland is a unique learning environment. My children started school at McClelland in 3rd and 5th grades with children who had been going to school there since they were 4. The entire community welcomed them and 3 1/2 years later we couldn't be happier. The education they are receiving is not only excellent, it is unique. The small class sizes mean that the teachers truly know your child as the individual s/he is and they celebrate and challenge that. And that's not just in the "basics." They are both in Middle School now and the music, art, and PE programs are amazing. McClelland School teaches the whole child. You will NEVER see a class being taught to a test. The teachers are constantly looking for new and different ways to teach and ways to get the kids involved in their education and their community. Can't say enough good things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

We have had our daughter at McClelland for 2 years now and we really enjoy it. Greatest teachers ,Staff ,students and parents. Their curriculum and environment is something you won't find anywhere else and we are happy to be apart of it . Also every student wants to be here and they hate to miss a day. My daughter cries when sick and we make her miss a day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

Our son has been in the pre-school for two years and loves it. It is a very interactive school with lots of opportunities for parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

We've been at McClelland more years than I care to count. We've seen many changes and moves forward. We love the school, teachers, curriculum, environment, and staff. It's a community that I cannot put into words, you'll have to experience it for yourself, and I hope you will.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

We have been at McClelland for 9 years now, and we are very happy. The teachers are phenomenal and care so much about our kids. We are lucky enough to have music, art, gym and Spanish when so many other schools are losing these very important classes. Not only do our children receive a wonderful education at McClelland, we also know that they are in a safe and nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

In short, two reasons this school is great. #1 Academics are challenging and prep students for success in high school. #2 Students are taught to work cooperatively with their peers and adults. In more detail: When students are testing 2 to 4 grade levels higher than their grade, it is fantastic. And the students we send to high school are on honor roll or high honor roll. My daughter, who just graduated 8th grade, started high school in a sophomore math class, honors English, and honors history. My other daughter, a 7th grader, is excelling in math, English and science. To top it all off, the students all get along. There is no bullying and children will work on compromise to resolve disagreement rather than arguing. During these time, teachers generally only have to monitor the situation rather than get involved. No doubt the best all around school in Pueblo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

McClelland is a special place that welcomes diversity and whose staff and faculty work to earn the respect of the community. It's a warm, safe and nurturing environment for students who are given the freedom to 'think and do' in order to learn. Maybe most important, McClelland produces kids who are thoughtful and nice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Excellent school and amazing teachers! We are so pleased with how well our children thrive at school. We wouldn't go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I have worked at this school many years. I have seen students and alumni graduate with honors and go onto higher levels of education with great rewards. Best school in town!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

A great community. Students at McClelland are confident and yet humble learners. A wonderful place to work.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 5, 2007

The beste school in Pueblo Colorado. Excellent staff, teachers are supportive and involved in every child's academic success, outstanding leader in children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

The McClelland school has been an excellent experiance for myself(a student). The teachers truly care about their students. McClelland believes in integrity and hands-on experiances. Overall McClelland is an excellent experiance for all students pre- 8th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2006

Fantastic school, fantastic value. Our child has been at McClelland for 7 years, and she still loves it so much, that she gets sad about summer vacation! Great and caring teachers. Excellent and creative curriculum. Terrific art, PE, music, drama, and language enrichment. The chance to have a preschool-8th grade experience in a warm, safe, exciting, and challenging environment is so rare these days. The older graduates of McClelland I know have done exceptionally well in academics, sports, and life after moving on to high school and college. We feel very lucky to have a place in Pueblo where our child is happy, safe, challenged, and energized about learning. Friends of ours in other cities cannot believe the amazing value of McClelland, as they pay 3-5 times as much for similar quality and worse student-teacher ratios! If you are moving to Pueblo with kids, you cannot go wrong with McClelland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

Our experience with McClelland School has only been in their Early Childhood program, but I have to say I'm very impressed. There's an excellent child-to-teacher ratio, the field trips are interesting and enriching and the atmosphere is warm and secure. Play and art are encouraged and lots of time is devoted to each, which I think is very appropriate for his age. At the same time he's learning phonics, counting, math and other subjects that should prepare him well for kindergarten. All in all a pricey, yet excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 62%
Hispanic 15% 29%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 4% N/A
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jo Nesbit-Director of Admissions
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (719) 584-2793

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent's Association
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • McClelland is Pueblo's only private, independent school. We are accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools as well as the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. McClelland students are a remarkable group . They are confident and yet humble learners and regularly go on to leadership positions in high school, college and beyond. Our alumni regularly tell us that the foundation they developed here allowed them to confidently move forward in their academic careers.
School leaders can update this information here.

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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
25
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
25

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Fountain Valley School
Colorado Springs School
St. Mary's High School
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415 E Abriendo Ave
Pueblo, CO 81004
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Phone: (719) 543-5271

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