The mission of Mapleton Public Schools, an innovative, diverse, and deeply rooted learning community, passionately committed to the uniqueness and potential of each student, is to guarantee that all students can achieve their dreams and contribute enthusiastically to their community, country, and world through an education system characterized by:
- An unyielding commitment to academic success and personal growth;
- Learning opportunities that empower students to develop their talents and pursue their interests;
- Highly skilled, compassionate staff who believe they make a difference in each student's life;
- Small, safe, family-like environments of unwavering support where relationships ensure personal achievement; and
- A resourceful and responsive community working together to ensure that no obstacle shall impede a student's success.
Modern day Mapleton Public Schools, originally known as Adams County District 1, was established in 1955 with the merging of School District 1 and School District 16.
When the District opened Mapleton High School in 1956, the southern portion of the District was primarily agricultural, made up of small “truck farms” operated mainly by families of Italian and Japanese-American descent. By contrast, the north end of the District was primarily zoned for residential development.
Today, the portion of the District located south of 70th Avenue continues to be zoned for light industrial, commercial and agricultural development. The northern half of Mapleton is all residentially zoned.
In May 2003, the Board of Education directed the Superintendent of Schools to implement a plan that called for system-wide reform including establishing a choice-menu for small, personalized, academically challenging and relevant schools.
Ten years and more than 2,000 graduates later, this publication celebrates the Mapleton community’s courageous journey into education reform. We are honored to be part of the commitment to boldly embrace wholesale change and take tenacious action on behalf of our children long before the notion of education reform was popular.