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Community Montessori School

Joyful Learning for Life

Community Montessori is a 100% open enrollment, Montessori focus school in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD).  We are the only public Montessori school in Boulder Valley serving children ages 3 through 11 with preschool classes through 5th Grade.

Shannon Minch



Address: 805 Gillaspie Drive

City: Boulder

State: CO

Zip: 80305

Office Phone: 720-561-3700

Fax: 720-561-3701

Attendance Phone: 720-561-5408

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Daily Schedule:
  School Hours:         8:00am - 2:30pm
​  Office Hours:          7:30am - 4:00pm
  SAC Hours:             2:30pm - 6:00pm
  Half-day Preschool: 8:00am - 11:30am

About Our School:
​Community Montessori is a 100% open enrollment school in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) where the BVSD standards are taught using the Montessori Method and the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) plan uses the Nurtured Heart method by Howard Glasser.

Community Montessori is the only public Montessori school in Boulder Valley serving children from age 3 through age 11, preschool through 5th grade since 1995. As a public Montessori focus school, we are held accountable to the standards and achievement goals of BVSD.   Our children and families benefit from the wealth of special services and resources offered through the district.

Maria Montessori's theory of child development is based on three-year cycles.  The mixed age grouping of children at each level corresponds with this theory.  Children will usually have the same teacher for three years.  The Pre-K cycle is an integral foundation for the elementary cycles.

Children's House - Preschool through K (ages 3-6):
The carefully prepared Montessori classroom facilitates the preschool child's development of independence, concentration, coordination and sense of order.  Learning activities are hierarchical and move from the concrete to the abstract in the following curriculum areas:  Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts and Cultural.  Note that the Community Montessori Preschool and full-day kindergarten is tuition based with financial assistance available for those who qualify based on income.

Lower Elementary Grades 1-3 (ages 6-9), & Upper Elementary Grades 4-5 (ages 9-11):
The elementary curriculum offers a continuum that builds on the preschool experience and reflects a new stage of development.  The child learns through individual, or collaborative discovery of concepts by participating in experiential work in the following curriculum areas: Mathematics, Geometry, Language Arts, Science, Geography, History, Music, Art, Practical Life, Computers and Physical Education.

Program Characteristics:

​School Program / Instructional Characteristics

  • Individualized, integrated hands-on learning
  • Self-directed, child-centered learning
  • Teachers with both Montessori and state certification
  • Research-based instructional strategies and resources
  • Full complement of developmentally sequenced, manipulative, self-correcting, Montessori materials
  • Materials progress from concrete to abstract
  • Students progress through 3-year multiage class cycle with same teacher for cycle
  • Pre-K (ages 3-6), lower elementary (ages 6-9), upper elementary (ages 9-12)
  • Stages of development drive instructional techniques and resources
  • Inclusive of various leaning styles and learning needs.
  • Presentation of concepts corresponds to cognitive development
  • Reality-based early childhood education
  • Pre-K cycle integral foundation for elementary and beyond
  • 2 1/2 –3 hour uninterrupted learning blocks
  • Classroom instruction adaptable to specific student accommodations
  • Classroom environments are ordered and aesthetically pleasing
  • Students have access to outdoor environment for learning and observation
  • Focus on exploring resources beyond classroom walls
  • Respect for self, others and environment a central, core theme in every aspect of student’s experience
  • Self-discipline fostered through personal responsibility
  • Students are given specific freedoms within clear, safe and consistent limits
  • Parental involvement in classroom and school community is fostered and encouraged
  • Parent education on the Montessori model is provided
  • Administrators trained and experienced in Montessori method
  • Staff participates in on-going professional development
Highlights of the Montessori approach to learning:
  • It’s an individualized approach, which moves children ahead in areas of strength, and also gives children more time when developmentally needed.
  • It builds a nurturing community through multi-age groupings which fosters respect for self, respect for others and individual differences, and respect for environment.
  • The freedom within a structure encourages self-initiative, goal setting, independence, self-discipline and responsibility.
  • It’s a hands-on approach, which helps introduce children to concepts at an early age and sequentially moves them from the concrete to the abstract.
  • It’s a fully integrated and comprehensive curriculum, which stimulates learning through guided discovery.
  • It encourages children to follow their intense curiosity and interests to problem-solve, to think and to continue to love learning.
  • It focuses on life-life-long tools to learning in a non-competitive environment with extended, uninterrupted work opportunities.

Principals Message:
Community Montessori is a Montessori focus school in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). It is one of the few public Montessori schools in the country. The school began as a grassroots effort by committed educators and parents. We started with four classrooms and have expanded to full capacity. The school is filled with joyful learners who celebrate diversity. The school is successful due to the passion, commitment and dedication of the entire community.

The BVSD standards are taught using the Montessori Method. We are driving our instruction with formative and summative assessments as well as the student’s love of learning and supporting the child’s exploration of the curriculum. The teachers at Community Montessori not only have incredible skills but big hearts and great compassion.  They are constantly growing as professionals to do what is best for our students.

Our goal is to reach all students and facilitate their growth. Our Montessori focus allows for differentiation and individualization for each student. When a student has learning differences that need a more targeted or intensive approach, we have excellent interventionists to support the student and help build their skills and knowledge.

As we are an open enrollment school, our parents make a choice to send their children here and are dedicated to ensuring the success of our school. We have teachers who value our community so much that their own children attend our school. Parents are active in volunteering to support our teachers and our students. Volunteering can be weeding in the garden, reading to students, providing food for classroom pets, helping with classroom tasks and fundraising to name a few. We appreciate any support that parents provide. Mostly, we appreciate that they share their children with us.

Our culture is built upon respect. Respect for self, others and the environment. Our students embody the meaning of respect. The older students work with the younger students. They show a selfless concern and care for each other. Our students love this school so much that they come back to visit the staff and let us know how they are doing. Our sense of community is engrained. Our student body is very diverse. We celebrate and embrace diversity as a part of the multicultural essence of Montessori. We follow the Nurtured Heart method by Howard Glasser as part of our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) plan. It is a positive approach which supports a healthy, safe learning environment where students can thrive.

Lastly, we are a school where children love to work and learn. When you walk in our building you feel the warmth and kindness from every staff member. Our students find meaning and take ownership of their learning. Our parents have a giving nature. The name Community Montessori​ truly illustrates what it takes for a school to be successful; a “community!”
Shannon Minch, Principal
Community Montessori

Points of Pride:

​We are a school where children love to work and learn. When you walk in our building you feel the warmth and kindness from every staff member. Our students find meaning and take ownership of their learning. Our parents have a giving nature. The name Community Montessor truly illustrates what it takes for a school to be successful; a “community!”

Mission statement:
Our mission at Community Montessori is to foster achievement and the joy of learning by providing a public Montessori education to a diverse population of students in BVSD.

At Community Montessori We Believe:
  • That the whole child should be nurtured through education-mind, body and spirit – not just academic
  • In honoring a student's individual and unique developmental timetable and learning style by providing differentiated instruction, self-directed, independent learning choices, opportunity to work at one's own pace and rhythm and the freedom to pursue interests
  • That each child has a right to respect in a safe and nurturing environment that challenges their learning potential
  • That parents are in partnership with teachers, students and staff forming a community that works and plays together where each child feels needed, connected and cherished
  • In nurturing respect for the natural world by providing outdoor learning areas and experiences
  • That cooperation can and should be fostered rather than competition
  • That teachers work in collaboration with students toward setting goals and facilitating learning
  • That students are encouraged to be responsible through intrinsic rather that extrinsic means
  • In gripping the child's fascination through the whole, big, fantastic, universal picture then examining the detail
  • That problem solving is a communal effort, including discipline
  • That we are preparing children to become lifelong learners
  • That the school staff models respect, cooperation and lifelong learning
  • In a multicultural curriculum where diversity is not only respected but celebrated
  • In an integrated and spiral approach for implementing curriculum
  • In the value of a common educational philosophy
  • That diversity is our greatest strength in building a full and varied community.

Vision statement:
​​The Community Montessori graduate:
  • has developed a respect and responsibility for self, others and the environment;
  • has attained the skills and commitment to make a worthwhile contribution to society;
  • and is a life-long learner.

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School Code: CME