Mountain Shadows opened in January 1976 as an Elementary program in the basement of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Boulder.
Boulder, Colorado (Gunbarrel area of Boulder County)
Four miles east of downtown Boulder; 10 miles southwest of downtown Louisville; 11 miles west of downtown Erie.
Head of School
Ms. Liana Oram, appointed 2017
An independent volunteer Board of Directors governs Mountain Shadows. As a non-profit supported through tuition and charitable giving, the Board’s responsibility is to hold the school’s mission in trust for future generations.
The Head of School is the only employee of the board.
All programs are 5 days (half days available through second year Primary)
- Young Child’s Community/Toddler (12-3 years)
- Primary (2 ½ -6 including Kindergarten)
- Elementary I (First through third grades)
- Elementary II (Fourth through sixth grades)
All lead teachers in our classrooms are AMI trained. With three additional courses in administration, teachers are eligible for their master’s degree in education. Through this training, our teachers are bona-fide experts in child development. They respect your child’s individuality, they are patient, and they create inspiring classroom environments.
Hours of Instruction
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Year-round rolling admissions
Age-appropriate service projects are introduced in Primary and off-campus public service begins in Elementary
Begins in third-year Primary with local field trips.
First-sixth grade students initiate deepened learning with student-initiated going outs.
Elementary I students participate in a 2-night local overnight trip
Elementary II students rotate week-long overnight experiences
- A picturesque 12-acre farmhouse campus with an agricultural easement
- 40,000 square feet of academic classroom space
- 4,000-square foot multipurpose room with full stage and sound booth
- Two playgrounds
- Outdoor basketball court
Mountain Shadows dedicates itself to being a leader in environmental responsibility and is a an Eco Cycle Gold-Star School, recognized as cutting edge of resource conservation, waste reduction, and composting in addition to traditional recycling. The School maintains Zero Waste status in its classrooms, restrooms, and offices during annual audits.
Mountain Shadows’ goal is to demonstrate practices that are compatible with today’s lifestyles and important for students to understand as a viable lifestyle choice.