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St. Vrain Community Montessori School is a public school of choice in the St. Vrain Valley School District. SVCMS is the only tuition-free Montessori school offering an elementary program in our district.
SVCMS is a charter school, which means we operate under a contract with our school district. We have operational autonomy from our district, which means we are governed by our Mission, Vision and Charter in areas of staffing, operation and educational programming.
SVCMS currently has 6 classrooms: 2 Primary classrooms, 3 Lower Elementary classrooms and 1 Upper Elementary classroom. Our growth plan calls for this to grow to 10 classrooms at build out (4,4,2) and we intend to fulfill our vision of opening a Middle School Program to serve our now 4th years when they reach their 7th year.
As a charter school, SVCMS operates within the limited resources of public school funding. This funding is going down, not up, and is expected to continue to do so next year. Therefore, we must raise supplemental funds from grants, fundraisers and our family community to sustain our operation.
We also must take a conservative approach when managing our finances. This means we set priorities for resource allocation and we can’t be all things to all families. What we can be is an Authentic Montessori School that educates the Whole Child.
When we say Authentic, we think about the things that most Montessorians value highly:
Our Guides (teachers) are credentialed for the ages they are teaching.
In most classrooms, we have a Lead Guide and a Guide. Our Lead Guides have significant lead teaching experience in Montessori programs. Combined, our Lead Guides have almost 70 of teaching experience. Our 2nd adults, or Guides, are also typically credentialed (or working on a credential) Montessorians, though they may be newer to the field.
Our classrooms offer a 3 Year mixed-age grouping according to Montessori’s Planes of Development. This means we have 3-6 in Primary; 6-9 in Lower Elementary; and we have just opened our first Upper Elementary to meet the needs of our community, which now has 4th years. This classroom will serve 9-12 year olds as our students age.
A full compliment of Montessori Materials is offered in each of our classrooms. During our first three years of operation, the Colorado Department of Education funded us with over 3/4 of a million dollars in start-up funds, which was used primarily to outfit our classrooms with beautiful Montessori materials of the highest quality and made to the original specifications of Dr. Montessori’s blueprints.
SVCMS protects the uninterrupted 3 Hour Work-Cycle every day. Our mornings and two afternoons in the Elementary are kept free for this important work of the students.
A beautifully Prepared Environment that meets and adapts to the needs of each child and its community of students. This ensures students’ needs for Freedom, Structure and Order, Beauty, Nature and Reality, as well as Social Interaction and Intellectual Stimulation are met.
We embrace a Partnership with Families. You know your child best and are the best one(s) to support us in ensuring your child’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs are met.
Our Peace Curriculum ensures we inspire our students to embrace the Montessori imperatives of demonstrating respect for self, others and the environment. We teach the Petals of Peace, which include Inner Peace, Peace within our Community (classroom, school), Peace within Humanity (a global view) and Peace with Nature.
At SVCMS, we educate the Whole Child, which means we view not only the typical academic areas emphasized within Cognitive Development, but also the student’s Social Skills, Emotional Growth and Physical Condition as important areas that our program must nurture and develop.
For elementary students, SVCMS offer “specials” in the areas of Movement and Spanish. Art and Music are integrated into the classroom.
Our elementary and full-day kindergarten students attend school from 8:30am to 3:30pm daily. Half-day kindergarten students attend from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and preschool students typically attend mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We follow roughly the same schedule as the St. Vrain Valley School District, though we do not observe Late Start days. We do not offer transportation to/from school, we do offer a lunch program currently provided by Revolution Foods.
All SVCMS Lead Guides are considered “Highly Qualified” under No Child Left Behind, which is required of all public school teachers in Colorado. We administer required student assessments, such as CSAP, in addition to using those progress monitoring tools typically found in Montessori Elementary Schools. We offer Parent Guide Conferences twice per year.
We are a small community of approximately 110 families and we offer many opportunities for our families to be active members of our school community. These include many types of volunteering, as well as social opportunities offered in conjunction with our Parent Volunteer Organization.
This page last modified January 26, 2012.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT
ST. VRAIN COMMUNITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL (SVCMS)
charter school serving K-3rd grades in 2010-2011
- Grades 4-6 will be added over next three years.
full-day and half-day Kindergarten classes are offered.
Pre-K program for 3 and 4 year olds
Montessori education program
at the school is free for half-day Kindergarten and Elementary School.
and the additional half-day for full-day Kindergarten are tuition based.
- 2010-2011 Enrollment: Approximately 138 Pre-K through 3rd grade students.
2014-2015 school year, SVCMS expects to serve 270 PreK-6th grade students
St. Vrain Community Montessori School
Educating the Whole Child within an Authentic Montessori Program in a public charter school environment.
Educating the Whole Child means addressing
An Authentic Montessori Education offers
- Cognitive Development
- Social Skills
- Emotional Growth
- Physical Condition
A public charter school balances Authentic Montessori Methods with a standards-based environment by:
- Teachers credentialed for the level they are teaching, who have the ability and dedication to put the key concepts into practice
- A partnership with families
- A 3 year mixed-age grouping based on Dr. Montessori’s Planes of Development: 3-6; 6-9; 9-12
- A full complement of Montessori Materials in every classroom
- An uninterrupted work-cycle, everyday
- An atmosphere that encourages social interaction, peer teaching and emotional development
- Viewing all students through the lens of Dr. Montessori’s Planes of Development
- Aligning Montessori curriculum to state standards
- Participating in required assessments and accreditation processes
- Monitoring progress to inform instruction and optimize achievement of outcomes
SVCMS students will develop their intellectual, social, emotional and physical capabilities in order to embrace the world as it is and can be. We will build on our PK-6 program by implementing authentic Montessori middle (12-15) and high school (15-18) programs.