Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 9904 West Capri Avenue
       Littleton, CO  80123-3535


(303) 972-2627

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
385th of 921 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,418 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  15.6
Number of students:  399

Racial breakdown:

White:
76.4%
Hispanic:
15.5%
Two or more races:
3.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  6%

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Compare Details Montessori Peaks Charter Academy ranks better than 58.2% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 54th among 97 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 55.46. (See more...)
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Compare Details Montessori Peaks Charter Academy is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2014 the calculated Average Standard Score was 88.66. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (76.4%), Hispanic (15.5%), two or more races (3.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Montessori Peaks Charter Academy is 15.6. 56 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Montessori Peaks Charter Academy is $7,418. 101 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Montessori Peaks Charter Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Montessori Peaks Charter Academy 385th of 921 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Montessori Peaks Charter Academy in the ranking list.)

Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 28th of 102 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 55.54 393rd 808 51.4%
2005 50.62 456th 823 44.6%
2006 55.53 400th 829 51.7%
2007 64.35 329th 852 61.4%
2008 65.76 304th 849 64.2%
2009 71.35 250th 872 71.3%
2010 71.53 263rd 925 71.6%
2011 74.81 225th 935 75.9%
2012 73.85 228th 935 75.6%
2013 75.69 217th 954 77.3%
2014 79.90 169th 962 82.4%
2015 60.66 323rd 938 65.6%
2016 36.28 545th 914 40.4%
2017 42.46 486th 929 47.7%
2018 50.55 410th 917 55.3%
2019 49.08 455th 965 52.8%
2021 58.39 321st 710 54.8%
2022 55.46 385th 921 58.2%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 67.37 103rd 336 69.3%
2005 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2006 72.29 90th 346 74.0%
2007 68.98 99th 360 72.5%
2008 55.29 166th 362 54.1%
2009 64.38 131st 377 65.3%
2010 77.02 80th 409 80.4%
2011 83.28 54th 422 87.2%
2012 87.13 41st 425 90.4%
2013 76.17 85th 454 81.3%
2014 88.66 36th 461 92.2%
2015 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2016 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2017 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2018 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2021 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2022 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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All ratings (Avg rating: 2.9)
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by a parent
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Open Quote After several years of trying to make it work we are leaving this school at the end of the year. There is almost a cult like feeling here, and there are groups (teachers, administrator, and select parents) who run it like a schoolyard mafia - everything is just fine as long as you do what they say and stay quiet. Found out they even edit the Facebook posts from others on their FB site to remove any negative comments. Like 1984 kind of creepy. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Open Quote Montessori Peaks does not differentiate for students with GT classification. The administration is very weak with communication. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Open Quote Both of my kids graduated from this school. The teachers and staff care so much. Can't say enough about it! Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, August 4, 2017

Open Quote We've had a wonderful experience experience at MPA. Both of my children are performing above grade level and love to learn. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, July 24, 2017

Open Quote This has been a questionable school for years... My kiddos left last year, and it is such a relief! The new principal is rude, and nowhere near up to being able to handle the job. If you have another option, take it. If you want Montessori, find a different school. Simple as that.

This school and their administrators offer excuse after excuse (even try to blame their problems on parents and students), just like another comment posted here blaming all of the complaints on a single person... sad and childish... but serves as evidence of how this school and the administration handles problems.

My personal experience is that after keeping my kiddos at this school for years, they're far behind their friends in the neighborhood. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Open Quote Not a good school. Poor teachers, and even worse principal. I had concerns about how little my children are learning, but always got told that I just didn't understand Montessori... Gritting my teeth because I am the product of a TRUE Montessori education. This school goes to great effort to fake a good appearance, but the ugly truth is just below the surface. I also must put in my 2 cents about the new principal - under-qualified, hotheaded, rude, and NOT LICENSED!!! To my horror, I overheard staff insulting FRL students (students who need help to buy lunches), and actually strategizing about how to keep them out of the school. My family and I are leaving this school... Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Open Quote Our kids had a wonderful experience in the P-K and Kindergarten classrooms. The teachers prepared them incredibly well for entering 1st grade...they were ready both academically and socially! Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Open Quote I am sad to say I have watched this school go downhill for years. The new change of administration looks like the final hole in the ship that will sink a once proud school. Our family is not going down with the ship, and this is our last year here. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, March 13, 2017

Open Quote Great Job!! Wonderful school and staff. My kids have excelled at math and science because of the great staff. Most importantly, they learned things like being kind and good stewards. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Open Quote After having my child go through school here from K-6th grade, she has now moved on to do fantastically in middle school. She has made the honor role every time and is in advanced math classes. We loved our time at MPA and have had a wonderful experience. Close Quote


by a teacher
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Open Quote Our school is fantastic. I've been teaching at MPA since 2003. Our true Teacher/Student ratio, not counting Special Education, Music, P.E. or Art teachers, is less than 14:1. Every classroom has two teachers. We teach to the individual needs of every student, whether they are advanced beyond age peers, lagging, or typical. Our school has always used the best, researched-based curricula and teaching techniques. Multi-aged classrooms foster a sense of community and peace, and prepare students for the rigors and social challenges of middle school. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Open Quote I think Montessori Peaks is a great school that teaches children all that they need to know to prepare them for middle school. The teachers work very hard to keep the children engaged. They realize that every child is different and they work to promote the best abilities in each child. As a working professional, I am greatful that my children attend this school. I think the community supports Montessori whenever possible and support is what our school systems need. Teachers work very hard and we should recognize all the good that they do. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Open Quote We had to switch schools in elementary because my child had some anxiety/special needs. Our previous school was too academically rigorous and she wasn't thriving there. I love how they follow the child and teach at each child's own pace. It is such a loving community. They focus on not only the whole child but the whole family as well. Peace for all, the earth, each other, etc is a big theme throughout. The kids there are so smart and able to give elaborate oral presentations. We love Montessori philosophies and wish there were more middle school/high school options or would love if MPA went through 12th! Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, November 28, 2016

Open Quote After wasted years at this school, we have so much ground to makeup before our kids go to middle school. They were not prepared at all. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, September 16, 2016

Open Quote Nope. Nope. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Open Quote Someone should hold this school accountable. A few weeks into middle school after leaving Montessori Peaks and my kid is struggling to keep up. It is like he lost several years! Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Open Quote This school did nothing for my child. Not prepared for middle school at all. A waste of years. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Open Quote My children have gone to MPA for 3 years, and have thrived. We all feel that it has a warm environment with great teachers who are easy to communicate with. It's a wonderful community. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Open Quote My oldest has been with MPA for five years and is happy and learning advanced math, writing and loves to read.

My daughter has been at MPA for four years and loves going to school.

Both kids are very adept at "presentations" which just amazes me that they are learning presentation skills at such young age.

We feel very fortunate having found such a great school. Close Quote


by a teacher
Monday, May 18, 2015

Open Quote Find another option. Having worked at MPA for some time, this is not a place for kids. I am no longer willing to stay and watch what goes on here. This place operates like a used car lot, where we have been trained to sell a product we know is rotting under the hood. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, May 4, 2015

Open Quote They did not prepare my kid for middle school. This school talks big, but after my kid moved on, learned how much they had failed to teach. Almost every subject needed to be revisited for my kid. Especially math. The teachers always said he was doing well, so I did not think twice. It was only after he moved to a new school that I learned how much they had skipped. Very disappointed. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, March 23, 2015

Open Quote Scary problems at MPA.

I have had a kid at this school for years. We have had many problems with the teachers and principal. Every time, things were scuttled away, hidden, kids shuffled around.

The school overall performs well. There are very bright children despite poor performance from many staff. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1998 59 0 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 65
1999 166 4 6 11 1 n/a n/a 0 188
2000 203 4 8 14 0 n/a n/a 0 229
2001 214 3 7 16 1 n/a n/a 0 241
2002 283 1 12 30 0 n/a n/a 0 326
2003 283 1 12 30 0 n/a n/a 0 326
2004 350 2 13 32 1 n/a n/a 0 398
2005 385 3 19 38 1 n/a n/a 0 446
2006 384 1 14 42 0 n/a n/a 0 441
2007 387 1 19 46 1 n/a n/a 0 454
2008 428 3 23 44 0 n/a n/a 0 498
2009 412 3 17 34 0 n/a n/a 0 466
2010 448 3 18 35 0 n/a n/a 0 504
2011 457 0 17 28 2 2 6 0 512
2012 434 2 19 46 1 3 11 0 516
2013 436 2 20 49 0 3 16 0 526
2014 440 3 21 45 0 3 21 0 533
2015 444 5 21 55 1 3 21 0 550
2016 448 7 25 54 2 2 19 0 557
2017 422 4 25 60 1 5 22 0 539
2018 412 4 20 65 3 4 20 0 528
2019 394 4 18 49 4 4 16 0 489
2020 366 3 16 64 4 2 21 0 476
2021 305 2 11 62 3 1 15 0 399

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 65 5.1 12.7 3.1
1999 188 12.7 14.8 0
2000 229 17.5 13.1 0.4
2001 241 14.0 17.2 0
2002 326 16.8 19.4 0.3
2003 326 16.8 19.4 0.3
2004 398 18.6 21.4 0.5
2005 446 20.1 22.2 0.2
2006 441 21.2 20.8 4.1
2007 454 21.4 21.2 5.7
2008 498 22.8 21.8 7.2
2009 466 26.2 17.8 4.5
2010 504 26.4 19.0 8.1
2011 512 26.4 19.3 9.2
2012 516 26.8 19.2 8.9
2013 526 24.5 21.3 7.8
2014 533 21.2 25.1 7.3
2015 550 26.0 21.1 4.7
2016 557 23.0 24.2 5.4
2017 539 23.0 23.4 7.8
2018 528 23.4 22.5 8.7
2019 489 23.3 20.9 6.3
2020 476 23.1 20.5 4.8
2021 399 25.5 15.6 6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 65 5.1 12.7 3.1
1999 188 12.7 14.8 0
2000 229 17.5 13.1 0.4
2001 241 14.0 17.2 0
2002 326 16.8 19.4 0.3
2003 326 16.8 19.4 0.3
2004 398 18.6 21.4 0.5
2005 446 20.1 22.2 0.2
2006 441 21.2 20.8 4.1
2007 454 21.4 21.2 5.7
2008 498 22.8 21.8 7.2
2009 466 26.2 17.8 4.5
2010 504 26.4 19.0 8.1
2011 512 26.4 19.3 9.2
2012 516 26.8 19.2 8.9
2013 526 24.5 21.3 7.8
2014 533 21.2 25.1 7.3
2015 550 26.0 21.1 4.7
2016 557 23.0 24.2 5.4
2017 539 23.0 23.4 7.8
2018 528 23.4 22.5 8.7
2019 489 23.3 20.9 6.3
2020 476 23.1 20.5 4.8
2021 399 25.5 15.6 6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $00 (0.0%) $7,418 (100.0%) $7,418

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Montessori Peaks Charter Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 455th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 385th of 921 Elementary schools
 5.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)44.448.9
 4.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.347.9
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.340.7
 0.6%
3rd Grade Math (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)31.542.2
 10.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)45.747.4
 1.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4139.4
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)55.160.4
 5.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)5653.4
 2.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4844.1
 3.9%
4th Grade Math (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)20.422.9
 2.5%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.538
 0.5%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.630.7
 2.9%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)5345
 8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.653.3
 0.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.445.4
 3%
5th Grade Math (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)25.830
 4.2%
   5th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.439.4
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.734.9
 0.8%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)72.467.7
 4.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.550.6
 0.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)43.643
 0.6%
6th Grade Math (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)48.325.8
 22.5%
   6th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)3530.2
 4.8%
   6th Grade Math (Colorado)29.526.3
 3.2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)5454.9
 0.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.750.2
 1.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.2
 2.6%
All Grades Math (Montessori Peaks Charter Academy)29.330.5
 1.2%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.837.4
 2.4%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.731.5
 3.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students489399
 18.4%
African American42
 50%
American Indian43
 25%
Asian1811
 38.9%
Hispanic4962
 26.5%
Pacific Islander41
 75%
Two or More Races1615
 6.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients6.3%6%
 0.3%




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