April's Feature School-DCS Montessori Charter School
DCS Montessori Charter School
● Jeromy Johnson, M.Ed., Head of School - Castle Pines
● DCS Montessori Charter School
● 311 Castle Pines Pkwy., Castle Pines, CO 80108
DCS Montessori School is a Preschool through 8th grade Montessori Public Charter School approved by the Douglas County School District on June 17th, 1997.
Twenty years ago, a group of parents from Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Castle Rock, Colorado met with a goal to start a Montessori Charter school in Douglas County. A committee was formed and a Charter proposed by many dedicated founding parents and volunteers. A site for the school was selected. Materials were ordered and staff were hired. On June 17th, 1997, DCS Montessori Charter School was born.
The school officially opened in the fall of 1997 with 130 students with two Primary classrooms, two lower Elementary classrooms and one Upper El Classroom. The school was located in Highlands Ranch and the classrooms were in trailers. The following year additional trailers were added as well as an annex in Castle Rock. As interest and enrollment grew, it was clear that a formal building for the school was necessary. In the fall of 2000, our current facility opened. Then, in October of 2002 the school added the current gymnasium, serving kitchen, and a multipurpose room. The multi-purpose room later became our 7th Primary classroom and is now our beautiful Art classroom.
In 2012, we expanded to include a Montessori middle school including 7th and 8th grade. Our Middle School campus opened with the main building in March of 2014. We have since expanded the middle school to include a science/industrial arts building and, more recently, are completing our Greenhouse. The Montessori Middle School curriculum has grown to include practical life, planning space research, inspiring historical research, designing/building classroom tables, relationships with local businesses for science engagement, financial planning, and student leadership. Our Middle School is outscoring local schools in the majority of academic engagement categories on state testing.
Our main campus is housed in a 50,000 square foot facility that provides ample space for indoor and outdoor education, creativity, and collaboration. The outdoor area of our school is a designated wildlife habitat and always provides for interesting nature walks for our students. We are currently a school of approximately 540 students, ages 3 to 14, who receive an education which is based upon the pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori where students learn to respect themselves, others, and the environment.
DCS Montessori Charter School is an example of what can happen when a community joins together to accomplish its goals. Please come by to tour our facility and meet the folks who make a difference.
DCS Montessori is honored to host the Colorado Montessori Association Spring 2017 conference on Saturday, April 29th. The theme is Montessori Awakening: The Unfolding of the Human Being. For more information on the conference, click here.
“Young people must have enough freedom to allow them to act on individual initiative. But in order that individual action should be free and useful at the same time it must be restricted with certain limits and rules that give the necessary guidance.”
Programs offered at your school (ages, classes, etc):
3-year-old and 4-year-old Preschool, Kindergarten through 6th grade Elementary School, 7th & 8th grade Middle School, Before School Care, After School Care, After School Programs, Summer Camps
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Website: DCS Montessori Charter School
How to submit your school as a Featured School
We are continuing our “Featured School” section of our website and invite all of our member schools to consider being “featured” on the homepage of our website for one month.
We are particularly interested in showcasing any aspect of your program that would be of particular interest to other Montessori educators. Do you take your students cross country skiing? Do you have a farm-to-table program? Do you have a well developed art program? A parent- infant program? Have you just added a middle school? What makes your program unique or special?
Please send us the following:
Fill out the Featured School Form
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