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History of Montessori Peaks Academy

MPA was founded as a Jefferson County Public Charter School in 1997. The school was the idea of a small group of parents who envisioned Montessori methodology as an educational choice within the public schools. As a charter school under contract with Jefferson County School District R-1, MPA follows all legal requirements as established in C.R.S. 22-30.5- 101/209, as well as applicable policies and regulations established by the Colorado State Board of Education and Jefferson County School District. In May of 2005, the school received a five-year extension of its charter from Jefferson County School District.

The school's curriculum is based on the Montessori methodology and philosophy created over one hundred years ago in Europe by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman medical doctor in Italy. The philosophy, which she developed through years of scientific research and observations of how children learn, adheres to the education of the whole child: academically, physically, emotionally, and socially, through use of hands-on manipulatives. The concept is to encourage students to become self-motivated learners who closely interact with other people and their environment.

Montessori Peaks Academy Mission Statement

It is the mission of Montessori Peaks Academy to achieve high standards of individual excellence by guiding the whole student through an exceptional learning experience based on the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori.

Montessori philosophy and methodology is based on the education of the whole child. This not only includes cognitive and academic development, it also concentrates on the emotional, physical and social development of the child. The children become self-learners and structure their own curriculum, working with and absorbing information at the time they are ready. The children cultivate their own natural desire to learn.


  • To foster the eager, autonomous, and individualized learning of all students.
  • To enable students to develop their intellectual, physical, and social potential to the fullest extent possible.
  • To facilitate the development of each student's independence, responsibility, and respect for others.
  • To help students make smooth transitions from concrete learning to abstract thinking.
  • To allow students to attain mastery of basic skills and knowledge.
  • To encourage students to develop strong proficiencies in problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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