Grades: NS-1 | 112 students
The Montessori Academy of Colorado is a high standard urban Montessori school that offers a full-day, year-round innovative student and family educational experience.
MAC serves students ages 8 weeks through 1st grade.
We will phase our growing elementary program and have kindergarten through 5th grade by 2017.
We strive to be a dynamic school that honors the diversity of our staff, students, and families. Our organization was founded by parents who sought a traditional Montessori education for their children that still met the needs of working parents.
MAC is the incredible result of the efforts of those parents.
It is our goal to meet the needs of every child enrolled in our school.
We invite you to come and see the magic for yourself. .
|School Type||Montessori School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||American Montessori Society (AMS)|
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-1|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Any that can be integrated fully.|
|Total Students||112 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||50 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||2:1
National avg.: 13:1
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition rates vary based on the age group of the student as well as the program in which the student is enrolled. All tuition rates are provided on our website.|
|Admissions Director||Jaclyn Greenbaum|
|Admissions Associate||Amanda Herman|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||7 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Art (Included w/ Tuition), Ballet, Hip-Hop Dance, Martial Arts, Music (Included w/ Tuition), Private Piano, Yoga Ballet, Hip-Hop Dance, Martial Arts, Private Piano, Yoga, Art (Included w/ Tuition),
Music (Included w/ Tuition),
- The Nido classrooms have 9 children each ranging in age from 8 weeks to 18 months; the teacher to child ratio is 1:3 with a Lead and two Co-Teachers.·
- The Nido program strives to foster independence, physical development, and language development for the infants. This is achieved by having an open, safe classroom where the children are not inhibited by items such as playpens and walkers. This is also achieved by teaching the child how to soothe himself without the use of a pacifier.·
- The children sleep on futons instead of in cribs. This allows the child to understand that sleep is a choice that she makes for herself instead of something that is forced on her by an adult putting her into a “container”. Children fall asleep and wake up feeling self-assured and independent.·
- The parents and the teacher must work together VERY closely during this time in order to ensure that there is consistency between home and school.
- The Toddler classrooms have 15 children each ranging in age from 16 to 36 months old; the teacher to child ratio is 1:5 with one Lead and two Co-Teachers.·
- In the Toddler Community one of the major areas of focus is toilet training. The teacher and parent will partner together to determine when your child should begin. The children wear underwear throughout the day in order to begin to understand their own bodily functions. The children have numerous opportunities for group and individual toileting throughout the day. ·
- It is of the utmost importance that the children at this age be provided with clothing that allows them independence. This means that they are able to put on and remove every article of clothing on their bodies with little to no assistance from an adult.·
- Language development is essential at this age. Teachers do many lessons involving language and they are always encouraging the children to use their words to communicate their needs and feelings.·
- Children in this community will begin participating in “group time.” This is a time of day when all of the children gather with the lead teacher and enjoy doing the calendar, singing songs, and reading stories as a group.
- The Primary classrooms have 25-27 children each ranging in age from 2.5-6 years old; the teacher to student ratio is 1:10 with one Lead and two Co-Teachers.·
- Primary children have developed a great deal of independence. In this age group, parents drop their children off at the classroom door, allow them to enter the classroom, independently change into indoor shoes and put away their belongings.·
- Children work both independently and in small groups. They are free to choose where they want to sit and what work they want to do. At this age a child may choose to observe the work or lesson of another child without interacting directly with the material.·
- Group time occurs twice daily in the Primary classroom. This is a chance for the children to sing songs and read books as well as get lessons in Grace and Courtesy from the teacher. Many classrooms use group time as an opportunity to present Spanish lessons as well.
- As MAC’s newest program, the Metropolitan School Project (“The Met at MAC”) combines Montessori and Place-Based educational philosophies, seamlessly blending the independent, small group and experiential learning of both philosophies in a dual-language classroom. One teacher always speaks English, while another always speaks Spanish. Students experience Montessori work cycles in the mornings, and extended Specials classes, Community Experiences, PM Enrichment, and gross motor time at local parks in the afternoons. ·
- The Montessori work cycle resembles a Primary work cycle, but students work in small groups more often than independently; developmentally, these students are ready and able to work collaboratively towards problem-solving and group learning.·
- The Community Experiences involve students working cooperatively on a project outside of the school, such as a study in neighborhood development, or awareness of the environment. The class walks and/or uses RTD transportation to commute to destinations all around Denver.·
- Extended Specialsinclude Art, Music and Drama and Physical Education ·
- PM Enrichmentcontains one or more of the following areas: discovery, creativity, personal expression, culinary arts and skills building.
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