Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts

Academic Explorations, Compelling Topics, Real-World Learning

  • Welcome to MESA! 

    Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA) is a 7 -12 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. 

  • NEW Start and End Times

    Students will begin and end school on a staggered schedule to support social distancing and avoid students gathering in large groups.

    7th and 8th grade: Start at 8:00 AM Dismiss at 3:15 PM

    9th grade: Start at 8:10 AM Dismiss at 3:25 PM

    10th, 11th, and 12th grade: Start at 8:20 AM Dismiss at 3:35 PM

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Mapleton News

  • Board approved calendar updates, including extended breaks

    Mapleton’s Board of Education unanimously approved a calendar change request to extend Thanksgiving and winter break for students. The new calendar extends Thanksgiving break for students by one week, meaning there is no school for students Monday, Nov. 23 – Friday, Dec. 4. Students will return to remote learning on Monday, Dec. 7. Winter break is extended by three days, meaning there is no school for students Monday, Dec. 21 – Friday, Jan. 8. Mapleton fully intends on reopening schools for in-person learning, as well as continuing with online learning, on Monday, Jan. 11.

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  • Remote Learning in Mapleton - Information for Families

    Mapleton has many resources available to help support a successful remote learning experience for your family.

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  • Community Resources

    Mapleton's Family Support page features community resources for food, housing, health care, and more.

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  • Low-Cost Home Internet Options

    Learn more about options for your household to connect to the internet!

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  • Technology Support for Mapleton Families

    Having technology issues? Click here to learn how we can support your needs.

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  • Mental Health resources for students and families

    If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, please contact Safe2Tell at 877-542-7233

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  • The Learning Link – Parent & Family Newsletter

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

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  • Mapleton Connects

    How are you staying connected to your community? In these extraordinary times, we are all discovering new ways to make valuable, and often virtual, connections. Mapleton Connects is a new opportunity for you to find your place in Mapleton Public Schools. Whatever your interests, Mapleton Connects can help you become a part of something bigger by building beneficial relationships between our schools and our neighbors. We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe, healthy, and strong. Let’s explore it together through Mapleton Connects!

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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.


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

    School Phone Number:


School Hours

  • School Hours:
    8:00 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.