About St. Vrain Community Montessori School

Our Mission is Educating the Whole Child within an Authentic Montessori Program in a public charter school environment. Learn more about what an authentic Montessori program is.

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More About St. Vrain Community Montessori School

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 the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD). We have operational autonomy from SVVSD, which means we are governed by our Mission, Vision, and Charter in areas of staffing, operation, and educational programming.

SVCMS currently has 8 classrooms: 2 Primary classrooms, 3 Lower Elementary classrooms, 2 Upper Elementary classrooms, and 1 Middle School classroom.  We will grow to 10 classrooms at full build out (3, 4, 2, 1).

As a charter school, SVCMS operates within the limited resources of public school funding.  School funding for K-12 education in Colorado is inadequate. Therefore, we must continue to raise supplemental funds from grants, fundraisers and our family community to sustain our operation.  

As a school we 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 mean 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  years 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 Dr. Montessori’s Planes of Development. This means we have ages 3-6 in Primary; 6-9 in Lower Elementary; 9-12 in Upper Elementary; 12-15 in Middle School.

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. All 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 Lower Elementary students, SVCMS offer specials in the areas of Movement and Art classes. Music is integrated into the LE classroom. In the Upper Elementary, Movement, Art, Practical Life, and Peace are offered as specials. In the Middle School, Art and Movement are offered as specials.

Our middle school, 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 roughly follow 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, and we do offer a lunch program through SVVSD Nutrition Services.

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 CMAS 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 130 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 December 9, 2014

  • Opened August 2009
  • Charter school serving Preschool-7th grade in 2014-2015; will be Preschool-8th Grade in 2015-2016
  • Both full-day and half-day Kindergarten classes are offered.
  • Associated Pre-K program for 3 and 4 year olds
  • Opened our Middle School August 2014
  • Authentic Montessori education program
  • Attendance at the school is free for half-day Kindergarten and Elementary School.
  • Preschool and the additional half-day for full-day Kindergarten are tuition based.
  • 2014-2015 Enrollment: Approximately 220 Pre-K through 7th 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

  • Cognitive Development

  • Social Skills

  • Emotional Growth

  • Physical Condition
An Authentic Montessori Education offers
  • 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; 12-15

  • 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
A public charter school balances Authentic Montessori Methods with a standards-based environment by:
  • Viewing all students through the lens of Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development

  • Aligning Montessori curriculum to state standards, as appropriate

  • Monitoring progress to inform instruction and optimize outcomes
  • Participating in required assessments and accreditation processes

Our Vision

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 success with PK-6 students by implementing authentic Montessori secondary programs.


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