Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts

Academic Explorations, Compelling Topics, Real-World Learning

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    Welcome to MESA! 

    Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA) is an 8 -12th grade college preparatory school. As a member of the EL Network (formerly Expeditionary Learning), students at MESA are active learners who are challenged to take on meaningful, public and collaborative work. Service-learning, fieldwork, and character development are built into MESA’s curriculum. Students investigate real-world issues and use what they learn to make a positive change in their community. 

What's Up in Mapleton!

  • Schedule a tour at Valley View Innovation School!

    Valley View Innovation School (6951 Fox Way, Denver 80221) will open in August! Schedule your tour today to see what we mean when we say “Powered by Curiosity!”

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  • School choice just got easier with SchoolFinder!

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new enrollment tool, SchoolFinder! SchoolFinder highlights the important information a family needs when researching, discovering, and comparing Mapleton’s schools that are small-by-design. 

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  • Mapleton receives prestigious Cognia accreditation!

    Mapleton Public Schools received a six-year national and international accreditation term from the Cognia Global Commission. A systems accreditation by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means Mapleton has a nationally recognized mark of quality for our district and each school within our system.

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  • Building Mapleton's Future!

    The “Final Four” is a conversation focused on the repair and/or replacement of the remaining four buildings that have served us well over the years but have received modest upgrades and improvements. These buildings include: Achieve Academy, Meadow Community School, Preschool on Poze, and York International School.

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  • WATCH - Virtual Enrollment Fair

    Learn about our schools, hear from school directors, and learn how to apply for enrollment in the Mapleton school of your choice all online!Click here to visit the Virtual Enrollment Fair webpage!

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  • The Learning Link – Parent & Family Newsletter

    Check out the current issue of the Learning Link, Mapleton’s family newsletter.

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  • Mapleton's Irreplaceables

    Mapleton’s “irreplaceables” are the people who help Mapleton’s students achieve their dreams every day. They serve in many positions, from teachers to bus drivers, office staff to kitchen staff, custodians, health assistants, IT technicians, and more. To show our appreciation, we are asking you (yes, you!) to share a message of gratitude about a Mapleton irreplaceable in your life.

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  • Performing Arts School on Broadway video

    We are excited to announce the opening of our brand-new 7-12th grade school, the Performing Arts School on Broadway! Check out the trailer for our new school below. Enrollment begins in January!

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Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts Mission Statement

  • Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts is a community of students, staff, and parents dedicated to academic exploration and discovery. We ensure all students excel as critical and creative thinkers who positively engage in the community through a system characterized by:

    • Rigorous core content viewed through the lens of the arts;
    • Compelling, inquiry-based learning expeditions;
    • Deliberate character development Service learning; and 
    • A culture that fosters both risk-taking and reflection.

Address

  • School Address:
    8980 York St.
    Thornton, CO 80229

    School Phone Number:
    303.853.1270

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School Hours

  • School Hours:
    8:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

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