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Charter School Information

The Colorado Charter Schools Act was enacted in 1993 to enhance educational opportunities for students in Colorado by giving parents, teachers and community members an avenue "to take responsible risks and create new, innovative, more flexible ways of educating all children within the public school system." The Act seeks to create an atmosphere in Colorado's public schools where research and development in developing different learning opportunities is actively pursued.

Charter schools are non-sectarian, non-religious and non-home-based; schools governed by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members within a specified public school district. A "Charter" is negotiated between a Charter School and its school district, which allows a Charter School to operate free from certain specified school district policies and state regulations.

Charter schools are subject to the same or higher student performance standards as other schools in the district, as mandated by state law. Charter schools provide an effective means for more students to meet Colorado content standards by utilizing time, resources and instructional strategies in more effective and efficient ways.

Montessori Peaks Academy was Jefferson County's first public Montessori Charter School, opening its doors in September 1997.

Montessori Peaks Academy does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or age in its programs or activities. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should first be directed to the MPA Board of Directors designated representative. Further inquiries may be directed to the Executive Director of Employee Relations 1829

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