Montessori Academy Of Colorado

2500 Curtis Street,
Denver, CO, 80205
Tel: (303)623-2609
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 Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 1
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Any that can be integrated fully.
Year Founded 2002

Student Body

Total Students 199 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Montessori Academy Of Colorado Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
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

Extracurriculars

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),

School Notes:

    Nido·        
    • 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.  
    • Toddler·        
    • 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.
    • Primary·        
    • 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.
    • Elementary·        
    • 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.     

    Profile last updated: 01/17/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is La Academia At The Denver Inner City Parish (1.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Bright Horizons Montessori At Denver Place (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Clever Kids Learning Center (1.1 miles away)
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  • Denver Bright Horizons Montessori At Denver Place
    Montessori School
    999 18th St N Terrace Ste 350
    Denver , CO , 80202
    (303)293-2743
    Montessori School
    0.6  mi  |   students  |  Gr.  NS-K
  • Denver
    Annunciation    
    (Roman Catholic)
    3536 Lafayette St
    Denver , CO , 80205
    (303)295-2515
    (Roman Catholic)
    1  mi  |  193  students  |  Gr.  KG-8
  • Denver
    Clever Kids Learning Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    Po Box 25466 Denver Fed Center
    Denver , CO , 80225
    (303)236-9400
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1.1  mi  |  101  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Denver
    Loyola Grade School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2350 Gaylord St
    Denver , CO , 80205
    (303)355-9900
    (Roman Catholic)
    1.3  mi  |  92  students  |  Gr.  K-7
  • Denver
    Escuela De Guadalupe
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    3401 Pecos St
    Denver , CO , 80211
    (303)964-8456
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    1.3  mi  |  107  students  |  Gr.  K-6

School Reviews

  • Recommended July 09, 2012 - We have been very happy with MAC. The facilities are great, including spaces devoted to art and music. The teachers and staff are committed and work hard to make the program rewarding and fun for the students. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended July 09, 2012 - The distinction between "day care" and "school" is the biggest difference for me since Henry started at MAC. The seriousness with which the staff takes the Montessori approach is meaningful, and before exploring our options when moving to Denver, I hadn''t known much about how Montessori worked. I couldn''t be more pleased with the outcomes so far and my family intends to pursue Montessori education for as long as is practical for our child(ren). - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended July 09, 2012 - We love MAC! Our son has been in the Toddler Community for almost exactly a year now. He loves to go to school. He comes home with lots to say about his friends and teachers, what went on in "specials," the work he did during the day, etc. His relatives are amazed at his independence, self-confidence, and manners. I recommend MAC because of the community, the parent involvement, the teachers'' love and respect for the children, the level of training (and ongoing training) of the teachers, the spacious and well-prepared classrooms, and the weekly art and music classes (with teachers who have music and art degrees!). - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended July 09, 2012 - We have had our child at MAC since she was 18 months old. We cannot say enough about MAC and the wonderful influence it has been on our child. Similar to other parents, I toured several schools and did not find any that felt the same energy or feeling that we encountered at MAC. Our child loves to be there. They potty trained her within 2 weeks of being there at 18 months. We even left for a short period when we got into a highly regarded ECE program in Denver. We lasted two weeks before we returned to MAC. Honestly, I would be hard pressed to find a better place. We certainly have found a great variance with Montessoris. MAC is social, incorporates other activities such as music, arts and dance which children love. She has thrived there! It will be a sad day when we have to leave MAC, but we are staying as long as we can! - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 20, 2012 - Both my husband and I work, so choosing where our child would spend her day was the paramount decision as new parents. We toured several Montessori schools and at MAC we found the ratio in the classrooms to be the best and the environment the most inviting. In addition to feeling warm and nurturing, the interactions between caregiver and child are quite respectful. The setup of the room provided all the children, even those from 3 months old, with opportunities to explore and develop, and the schedule of daily activities, like buggy rides, water days in the summer and snack time for older kids, provide the children with structure and consistency. Our experience with MAC continues to be great. Most important, our daughter likes being at MAC. The staff is also an invaluable source of parenting help and we enjoy talking with the other families. There is a sense of community here. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 20, 2012 - Both my husband and I work, so choosing where our child would spend her day was the paramount decision as new parents. We toured several Montessori schools and at MAC we found the ratio in the classrooms to be the best and the environment the most inviting. In addition to feeling warm and nurturing, the interactions between caregiver and child are quite respectful. The setup of the room provided all the children, even those from 3 months old, with opportunities to explore and develop, and the schedule of daily activities, like buggy rides, water days in the summer and snack time for older kids, provide the children with structure and consistency. Our experience with MAC continues to be great. Most important, our daughter likes being at MAC. The staff is also an invaluable source of parenting help and we enjoy talking with the other families. There is a sense of community here. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 01, 2012 - MAC is a stellar school. I got teary when I did the initial tour at 20 weeks pregnant (and it wasn''t just the hormones) - it was a place with which I could truly imagine co-parenting our daughter. Yes, my husband and I are her parents, but they are there, guiding her and helping her grow into the fantastic two year old she has become. I can''t say enough about the thoughtful curriculum, the weekly art and music (and host of other "specials" - yoga, ballet, spanish, etc.), and the high ratio of teacher to student. I especially loved their embrace of "alternative" choices our family has made, such as cloth diapering and excellent nutrition. We LOVE MAC! - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 01, 2012 - My child was enrolled at 13 weeks and MAC has provided a safe and engaging environment that has enabled him to develop extraordinary social skills at an early age. He is approaches new environments and social situations with gusto. He is comfortable in all social settings; visits to new homes; restaurants, and; the ever dreaded airplane flight. I truly believe his outgoing nature and friendly demeanor can be attributed to his interaction with the excellent staff and other children. He loves it there. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - MAC is a wonderful place that my wife and I trust to care for my daughter. When we moved to Denver, the staff at MAC was extremely helpful in helping us secure a spot and helped us transition into the Denver community. Our daughter is at home there and adores all the staff and other students. I highly recommend MAC to anyone who wants their child to grow to be independent thinkers. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - Our child started school at MAC when he was 18 months. He''s now over 3, and we are amazed at how much he has learned and grown. MAC has helped him truly develop his potential, not only academically, but also as a responsible, polite, and friendly child. MAC provides music and art once a week, and the Montessori materials in the classroom are high-quality. We have been very impressed and happy with the care and education our child has received at this school. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - The programs are excellent at MAC. My preschooler is fully engaged in his classroom (which constantly focuses on different interesting topics and shifts the curriculum). There is also music and art. The facilities are very nice. And the staff is incredibly responsive to parents. - Posted by Parent

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