School Details

Montessori School of Denver

1460 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80222
(303) 756-9441

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 303 students 8 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

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About this school

Montessori School of Denver is a private elementary school in Denver. The principal of Montessori School of Denver is Stephanie Flanigan and can be contacted at 303 children attend Montessori School of Denver and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Montessori School of Denver is 8:1. McMeen Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Multiracial 15% %
Hispanic 1% %
Asian 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    We feel so fortunate to have discovered MSD over 10 years ago. Our oldest son is currently in 8th grade and has been at MSD since he was three. We also have a 4th grade son who started MSD when he was a toddler. Both of our boys love their school. They love learning they thrive in the Montessori environment and they have great respect for their teachers and peers. Our boys are very different yet they both have been academically and socially successful at MSD. They are both confident self-motivated kind-hearted and committed to community and learning thanks to the support and education they are receiving. MSD is a great community dedicated to volunteering family support and creating strong foundations for it's children. The teaching philosophy at MSD it top notch and encourages students to build on their strengths as well as their challenges. Our boys know how to problem solve think globally and creatively while also developing a rich and diverse educational foundation in all subjects. We know our boys will one day leave MSD more than prepared to take on the challenges of their continued educational careers and their ever evolving lives. So grateful for MSD!

  • (9 months ago)

    MSD is an excellent school for a growing child. The kids develop a love for learning and for their community. The teachers adapt learning programs to individual student needs (versus forcing a one size fits all approach). We have been at the school for eight years and are very pleased. There are many long serving teachers and faculty members.

  • (11 months ago)

    Horrible School. As others said it's very cliquy. They don't accept "outsiders." The teachers are okay but don't really listen to you or address your concerns. The administration although they may listen don't care unless you are one of the Rich snobs that can give them more money. I and others I know also found when we left MSD that are kids were way behind their peers. My daughter was considered two grades below where she should have been. Don't go there it's a big waste of your money. There are far better schools in the Denver area!

  • (1 year ago)

    I can't say enough about the dedicated teachers and staff. Very supportive leadership teachers are caring and committed. The other day I saw teachers and kids playing together and enjoying each other. It takes a village and they have one!

  • (1 year ago)

    I love that MSD's elementary curriculum is 100% individualized. My 2nd grade son comes into the classroom each day to find a personalized lesson plan--with choices in place. He feels like he controls his learning yet he is held accountable and his success is measured in every minute detail of each discipline. His teachers have instilled in him the desire to push hard to learn more and he is always motivated to move ahead. (And I'd like to add that while the choice of the school is dependent on what's best for my children not for me personally I happen to adore the community which has been warm fun and inclusive.)

  • (1 year ago)

    Amazing school amazing teachers administration is adequate. I do wish there was more of a sense of inclusiveness with all families but that is okay! We are in the middle school now and LOVE the new middle school teacher! He understands middle schoolers and we have seen our daughter grow so much academically and emotionally!! Thanks!

  • (1 year ago)

    We had a poor experience with this school and our son now happily attends another independent school. The teachers and administration are not open to making changes or to accommodating the needs of individual children. The parents are very "social" in a cliquey sense and the entire atmosphere is false. Beautiful campus beautiful classrooms and library. Look underneath very carefully before you sign on for this place.

  • (2 years ago)

    To be brief the teachers are dedicated the administration is cold and quite full of themselves and the campus is beautiful.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at MSD several years and absolutely love it. The teachers are incredibly skilled and supportive and my son is learning things in kindergarten that my other son (who is in a HGT program at another school) didn't learn until later. The school helps facilitate a true love of learning and has a supportive community of engaged parents. The Montessori approach is amazing - we couldn't be happier and are planning on staying through 8th grade.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school look good but it is not a great school. If you have any issues the teacher and admin will listen but nothing will be done. The parent population is very cliquey and you can not voice your opinion. Your child needs to be the norm to do well here however if your child has any issues or need a little attention they will not receive it and they will be ignored.

  • (4 years ago)

    I didn't have a great experience with this school. There is no real solid academics to speak of. The main concentration is on social skills. Your child will be very polite when leavening the school but it doesn't go much beyond that. We are leavening MSD & to my surprise my child is behind in reading spelling & math. She was never exposed to Everyday Math & her new school is very involved in it. This whole summer I have had to do tutoring in reading & math. If you are looking into this school make sure you have your child regularly evaluated by someone outside of the MSD system. MSD is also huge on contributions. You will receive NUMEROUS e-mails and flyers about donations. It's over the top and they make you feel like it's mandatory. I would only recommend MSD for 3 yr. old to pre-school but then I would highly suggest moving to a different. school.

  • (4 years ago)

    We love MSD -- there is a great community the parents and staff are engaged and fun! And most of all it is a terrific place for developing curious minds. My two kids both very different learners have been challenged and supported year after year. My oldest now in 7th grade (MSD only goes through 6th grade) is probably at least two years ahead of his peers academically. But what we treasure is the love of learning our boys now both have.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am not a parent involved with other parents at the school to any great degree-that is an option at MSD but not a requirement for a positive experience. My 2 children who are very different learners have both had a wonderful education and have thrived in the loving environment of MSD. These very involved teachers know my children care deeply for them have expectations and tools to help them reach goals and love learning. This has been the best possible foundation for middle school and beyond. My son matriculated to a public environment and has thrived socially and academically.

  • (5 years ago)

    In a word AWESOME. My kindergartner just finished a year at MSD and he and his classmates were doing multiplication division and fractions.

  • (5 years ago)

    MSD is a great school. The teachers are awesome and so are the students. The teachers let you explore create and learn. I am in Upper Elementary our head of school is Stephanie Flanigan. Every day I love to go to school. they have classes and experiences you will not have at any other school.

  • (5 years ago)

    MSD falls short on 2 key factors. 1. All ages should receive 3 hours of uninterrupted work. At MSD they are really only getting about 2 hours in the morning with the rest of the time spent on the playground and line time. 2. Extended primary for ages 5 and 6 gives the advanced primary student more time for work in the afternoon with smaller peer groups. What really happens is your 5 year old who misses the arbitrary age cutoff is sent to another classroom to 'rest' with other kids some 4 year olds who don't require the sleep offered in the nap room. There is some interaction with an assistant and work is allowed but the teachers remain with the extended primary kids in their classroom. Short staffing results in too much play time and low quality rest/work time. Anti Montessori methods from an otherwise excellent school.

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved both our kids to MSD and are thrilled with the decision. In our experience three main things set the school apart 1. exceptional leadership - head of school is committed smart and engaged 2. Exceptional teachers / philosophy - each of the teachers we've had have been part of the school for years and are creative warm and dedicated. They always work to bring out the best in the kids 3. commitment to the mission - which is integrated into all activities and curriculum. This delightful school delivers on what it says and our kids are thriving!

  • (5 years ago)

    Our daughter used to fake every illness to get out of going to school. Since starting at MSD 3 years ago she is the happy energetic engaged child we were missing. The environment is structured yet individualized and kids are encouraged to find and explore their passions. Teachers are amazing. GREAT school - we couldn't be happier!

  • (5 years ago)

    When we were looking at schools for our child many folks suggested MSD- but honestly I wasn't sure about the 'Montessori' aspect. When I finally went to see the school all my preconceived ideas disappeared. Sending my child to MSD was the best choice I could have made this was especially true last year when she was diagnosed with learning differences. I had the support and knowledge of her whole teaching staff (and the administrative staff) and continue to have it everyday. And now with their support she is excelling and loving school. I love how she is not only learning how to read and write and do math but how they incorporate cultural and environmental and social ideas into everything. If you want a balanced compassionate child who knows how to deal with conflict and be confident - MSD is the school for you.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children have been attending MSD for the past 4 years. We found the school on a recommendation of an educational consultant who thought it would be a perfect fit for our eldest child and I am glad to report that it is! It is also a perfect fit for our 2nd child which is saying alot as they are polar opposites of each other. MSD provides a well rounded and positive and supportive educational environment where their students are not only learning to be good stewart of the world but have their math facts down too. The teacher staff is excellent and because of the low ratio of students to teachers you really have a team of educators in each class. The administration is highly accessible and knows each childs name (and parents as well). We love MSD and are thankful we found it.

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