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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What's Up in Mapleton!

  • 2021-22 Enrollment is Now Open!

    Full-day kindergarten, 1:1 technology, in-person learning at all schools and Mapleton Online (K-12)...It's possible in Mapleton! Enroll today!

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  • Discover, Choose, Succeed - virtually!

    Mapleton believes in choices for learning. We invite you to learn more about our schools by visiting our virtual enrollment fair. For the 2021-22 school year, Mapleton will be offering in-person learning for grades preschool - 12, as well as K-12 learning through Mapleton Online.

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  • It’s Annual Update time!

    If your child is requesting a different Mapleton school for August 2021, we strongly encourage you to complete the Annual Update during our priority placement window, Jan. 1 -31, for the best chance of placement into your first-choice school.

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  • Virtual Community Conversation town hall - Tuesday, March 16, 6 p.m.

    Join us on Tuesday, March 16, for our third virtual Community Conversation. Register today!

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  • COVID Dashboard

    The purpose of Mapleton's COVID-19 dashboard is to inform our community about our continued response to the pandemic by sharing reported confirmed cases, active cases, and cohort quarantines. The dashboard reflects information that has been reported to the district from staff and students and is updated daily. For updated county dashboards, please view Tri-County Health Department's Local COVID-19 Data Dashboards and COVID-19 Case/Testing Trends by School District Boundaries.

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  • On-demand construction updates! Watch capital construction meetings online!

    Moving into 2020, the projects funded with the 2016 bond are now more than two-thirds complete. To reflect the progress we have made, we are introducing a new format for our capital improvement public meetings that will allow us to take a deeper look at each project and explore our next steps as a district and as a community. Watch recordings of the meetings and find our schedule of upcoming updates.

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  • Community Resources to meet your family's needs

    Mapleton's Family Support page features community resources for food, housing, health care, and more. 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 February issue of the Learning Link, Mapleton’s family newsletter.

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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.