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  • Preschool on Poze

    At Preschool on Poze, Mapleton’s youngest learners begin to build a strong foundation for their educational journey through caring, supportive, and expert early childhood teachers.  As a community leader in early childhood education, Mapleton proudly offers inclusive, engaging, and supportive toddler and preschool programs led by compassionate experts in early childhood education (ECE). Each preschool classroom is staffed by a highly qualified and licensed teacher to assure our early childhood education programming is grounded in education and every classroom experience is a learning experience. Our ECE curriculum is grounded in the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines, and we provide a compassionate, supportive and encouraging environment for students to practice and develop important social and emotional skills. 


  • Global Primary Academy

    Global Primary Academy is a PK-3 Internationally-focused school that is a part of the Global schools on the Broadway Campus. This small school gives teachers the time, space, and support to dive into content standards and focus on PK-3 academic success, with a heavy focus on early literacy. A student’s ownership of learning begins on day one, with opportunities to connect their learning to their community and world. The building was designed to bridge the comforts of home with the wonders of nature, to help our students become brave and curious learners. GPA is also home to the youngest Student Council in Mapleton! GPA students make seamless transitions to GIA for grades 4-8, and GLA, for grades 9-12.


  • Adventure Elementary

    Adventure Elementary is a PK-6 dual-language school that provides the unique educational combination of a dual-language learning environment (English and Spanish) with a strong Expeditionary Learning (EL) Education framework. Adventure Elementary provides an educational experience that values intellectual rigor, respect, and inclusion for the diversity of abilities and cultures, biliteracy, and service to our community. We are passionate about producing effective learners and ethical community members who contribute to a better world.  

  • Welby Community School of the Arts

    Welby Community School of the Arts is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) Preschool-6th grade school that uses the arts to inspire a love for learning and build a solid foundation for future academic success in each child. As part of the EL Education Network, students and teachers are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous, and meaningful, and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world. At Welby, Colorado Academic standards are enhanced with engaging artistic experiences, and student learning is enriched through visual arts, music, dance, and performing arts. The arts lens at Welby is driven by discovery. Students are supported in their creative adventures by high-quality teachers and encouraged to be curious. Each year, Welby students demonstrate their learning with a unique performance or showcase, including a variety of art (sculptures, 2D), music (Battle of the Bands, concerts), and performances (plays, film festivals), and more.


  • Trailside Academy

    Trailside Academy is a PK-8 Expeditionary Learning (EL) school that supports academic excellence through the following Habits of Character: accountability, perseverance, compassion, integrity, and advocacy. Expert staff in each classroom introduce students to rigorous and relevant content and encourage students to take ownership of their learning. From student ownership comes student pride in high-quality work. Trailside celebrates strong community and parent connections and offers many opportunities for families and community members to contribute time, knowledge, and enthusiasm.   

  • Valley View Innovation School - PK-4th grade for the 2023-24 school year

    Valley View Innovation School offers a differentiated Project-Based Learning model designed specifically to support and nurture students who are identified as gifted or are ready for advanced/accelerated classes. Grade levels will be added each year until the school grows into a PreK-8. Valley View features flexible and sophisticated designs unexpected in a PK-8 school, including creative and intentional deviations from traditional classroom settings and structures. This innovative setting empowers students to not just learn content, but live content. At each grade level, students build their academic year around three or more engaging, multi-disciplinary projects that rigorously address Colorado Academic standards. Fueled by each student’s engaging, thoughtful, and complex questions, projects come to life in one of six Immersion Studios – robotics, technology, culinary arts, art, music, and science. Projects incorporate more standards at one time and build cross-curricular connections. All interested students are able to attend Valley View. Students who have been identified as "gifted" or demonstrate advanced academic skills, will be eligible for an advanced or accelerated plan. 

  • Explore PreK-8

    Explore PreK-8 is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) Learning School where students live and learn by the motto, “the world is our classroom.” Explore’s unique placement on historic farmland encourages learning beyond the classroom walls, and the natural wonder of the environment around the school makes explorers out of every Explore student. Learning comes to life through community-based expeditions, which are long-term, in-depth studies that offer real-world connections and inspire higher levels of academic achievement. Strong community partnerships help students become active learners and leaders where they live.


  • Achieve Academy

    Achieve Academy is a K-8 Expeditionary Learning (EL) school strongly rooted in Leadership. Through meaningful community relationships, intentional service-learning projects, and a focus on student voice, all students participate in opportunities to explore, embrace, and enhance their leadership skills. Students master standards through in-depth explorations of leadership characteristics, as active members of their community.

  • Clayton Partnership School

    Clayton Partnership School is a K-8 University Partnership School where student learning is supported by best instruction, state-of-the-art teaching practices, and one-on-one attention. In each Clayton classroom, a master teacher is joined by university teacher cadets to develop both quality teachers and high-achieving students. Clayton’s building is designed specifically to enhance learning objectives and provides versatile, 21st-century learning spaces that support a variety of learning styles and teaching techniques. Clayton’s unique placement on Mapleton’s multi-age Skyview Campus prepares students for their future by promoting complex thinking and ideas, collaboration across age groups, and opportunities later in their academic experience.

  • Meadow Community School

    Meadow Community School is a K-8 Nature and Science school grounded in ten common principles: 1) Learning to use one’s mind well, 2) Less is more: depth over coverage, 3) Goals apply to all students, 4) Personalization, 5) Student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach, 6) Demonstration of mastery, 7) A tone of decency and trust., 8) Commitment to the entire school, 9) Resources dedicated to teaching and learning, and 10) Democracy and equity. Meadow’s strong and supportive relationship with the local community encourages students to explore the world, starting in their own backyard. From conservation to computer science, students master content standards by focusing on real-world challenges and expanding their own creativity. 

  • Monterey Community School 

    Monterey Community School is a K-8 school that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.  Monterey is based on principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness, and upon the powerful premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader.  Through a program called Leader in Me, Monterey students will learn the skills to become self-reliant, take initiative, prioritize their time, be considerate of others, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life. This helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond. 


  • Mapleton Online

    Mapleton Online is a K-12 school that offers flexibility through synchronous and asynchronous classes, opportunity through a robust menu of electives, and rigorous academics through highly skilled teachers and strong family relationships. Students are supported in becoming self-directed, independent learners, and have access to high-quality technology to support them at each level of their academic career. Students are also invited to participate in district in-person programs, including field trips, Performing Arts, Athletics, JROTC, and other extracurricular activities.

  • York International School

    York International School is a globally-minded K-12 school. As an active, rigorous learning community, students focus on college and post-secondary preparation from kindergarten to 12th grade. Student learning is enriched in this K-12 environment with opportunities for older and younger students to interact and learn from one another, after-school enrichment programming, and diverse student leadership clubs and groups. All students have the opportunity to take foreign language classes, music, art, and PE in grades K-12. Students are also given the chance to take unique electives such as Design, Aviation, Psychology, Business, Photography, and numerous art offerings. York high school students are offered the opportunity to take AP and college classes. Successful York students are highly active learners and well-rounded students with a strong commitment to academics and the York community.  


  • Global Intermediate Academy

    Global Intermediate Academy is an Internationally-focused school on the Broadway Campus. Students have access to courses in a foreign language, design technology, physical education, visual arts, and performing arts. Students also participate in a variety of athletic and academic clubs, including Mapleton’s only chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Academic success is made possible by strong parent support and community engagement. GIA staff work alongside parents in making learning meaningful for students, and helping students realize and celebrate their contributions to the world by continuing to ask the question, “how are you taking action today?”


  • Performing Arts School on Broadway

    The Performing Arts School on Broadway is a new 7th through 12th-grade school that pairs rigorous academics with performing arts through an educational approach rooted in innovation, imagination, and intention. Students will have opportunities to master geometry through construction and set design, bring history to life on stage, study science through sound and music, and push their creativity through technical art. Mapleton’s Black Box theatre, dance studio, music rooms, and auditorium will often serve as the classroom. Class environments support and encourage each student’s artistic growth and discovery.


  • Academy High School

    Academy High School is a 9-12 STEM school located on the Skyview Campus. Students develop powerful problem-solving and critical thinking skills through coursework that exposes them to engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer sciences. Students work to master core subjects with an emphasis on science, technology, math, and engineering. Students are encouraged to research, learn, and apply new material through hands-on projects, activities, and problem-based learning. We believe that these courses are essential in preparing students to pursue post-secondary education.

  • Global Leadership Academy

    Global Leadership Academy is a 9-12 Internationally-focused leadership school that is a part of the family of schools on the Broadway Campus. At GLA, student leadership opportunities are woven into the daily schedule, in and outside of the classroom. Students receive rigorous instruction daily, with access to AP classes, a Design Studio, and concurrent enrollment. All students are valued as leaders and are empowered to use their voices to improve their school community through restorative justice practices and partnerships with GIA and GPA as mentors.

  • Mapleton Early Career Prep High School

    At Mapleton Early Career Prep, students experience a college-preparatory environment by balancing classes, workshops, independent, project-based learning, real-world learning through professional internships, and access to college courses. Students create an individualized project curriculum, internship learning goals, community-focused learning opportunities, and a college readiness plan. By their senior year, MEC Prep students have learned to become problem-solvers, lifelong learners, and cooperative members of the community, preparing them for college and beyond.

    MEC Prep Vision Statement: We are an inclusive community working to find our voice, realize our potential, and positively impact our world in the courageous pursuit of our dreams. 

  • Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts

    Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts is a 9th-12th grade Expeditionary Learning (EL) school, recognized for its emphasis on the visual arts. From animation to advertising, photography to pottery, the visual arts are woven into the delivery of all content standards. MESA students demonstrate achievement every day in the following areas: mastery of knowledge and skill, character, and high-quality work. Community partnerships help students experience and explore the value of and opportunities within a mastery and passion for the visual arts. Students graduate from MESA with a portfolio of work to support them in their post-secondary adventures.

Young Adult

  • North Valley School for Young Adults

    North Valley School for Young Adults offers students ages 17-21, a new educational pathway to success by providing an opportunity to get back on track, earning high school and college credits, as they prepare to graduate with a high school diploma. Students are supported in achieving their post-secondary goals through expansive career exploration opportunities and on-site experiences with local businesses and organizations. North Valley provides a place for students who may have encountered obstacles to high school success and are ready to recommit themselves.  Students contribute to a positive school community culture through their voice, leadership, attendance, and active participation in the classroom, school, and District activities.