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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.

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