A new bilingual preschool program, a charter elementary and a program for teen parents and their children offer educational programs that many people in the community may not know about. These schools submitted the information below:
Monarch Montessori Public Charter School — New Bilingual Program for Preschoolers
Monarch Montessori of Denver is two schools under one roof; infants through preschool program and a free Denver Public School charter elementary. Monarch is launching its newest offering—a dual language (Spanish and English) track starting in the fall of 2018 for our preschool (3 to 5-years-old) program. The classroom will have two teachers with both native languages, teaching 90% Spanish/10% English in a full Montessori model with materials in both languages. The student composition is 50% students with native English and 50% native Spanish. The program supports native language development of Spanish speakers with an introduction to English, and second language development for English speakers. The program will move up into the charter elementary the following year. The division of language balances out as the children progress each level. Kindergarten and lower elementary will be taught in 60% Spanish/40% English and upper elementary will be 50%/50% split. The goal is full biliteracy and bilingualism by 5th grade. Monarch believes this dual language model will boost problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills—and as a result, improved academic achievement. To learn more or tour, visit our website at MonarchM.com. Monarch is located at 4895 Peoria Street.
Roots K-4 Public Charter School
Roots is a tuition-free public charter school in Park Hill that opened in 2015 and was rated green for academic growth last school year. The mission of the school is to cultivate the innate sense of wonder all children bring to school and turn it into a lifetime of opportunity. The school “lives and breathes” their GROW values (Grit, Relationships, Ownership & Wonder). They encourage a love of learning in every child, deliver a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, create a safe and predictable environment, and help each scholar discover his or her unique identity as a learner. Roots has a brand-new building with flexible instructional spaces, lots of natural light, and a staff that nurtures character growth and a close connection to home. The school is located at 3350 Hudson Street in Holly Square next to the Vickers Boys & Girls Club, Pauline Robinson Library, and Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center. For more information, visit www.rootselementary.org or call Simone (Family Engagement Liaison) at 720.593.1338
New Legacy Charter School Serving Teen Parents and Their Children
New Legacy Charter School (NLCS) serves teen parents and their children. Now in its third year, the organization was founded due to the disparity of higher teen pregnancy levels in Aurora and an obvious lack of services in the area. NLCS’s mission is to offer young parents a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education so they are empowered with the skills needed to raise healthy children and graduate prepared for success in college and careers. NLCS currently serves 90 high school students and 65 children through three main programs: 1) college prep high school that pushes students to reach beyond high school diploma or GED; 2) an on-site, high-quality early childhood education center (rated as level four by Colorado Shines), reducing a significant barrier to parents’ attendance; and 3) a hands-on parenting program to teach positive parenting skills. NLCS also offers an internship program and has a strong culture of health and wellness. As a public charter school, there is no tuition for the high school (regardless of where students live). The school is now enrolling for the fourth quarter that starts April 3. For children to attend the Early Learning Center, the program accepts CCCAP or private pay tuition. To visit or volunteer at the school, go to: http://www.newlegacycharter.org/volunteer/. New Legacy Charter School is located at 2091 N. Dayton Street in Aurora. Contact Julie Reyes at 303.340.7880 for more information.