At Mountain Shadows, we want to help you determine whether our school—and Montessori education—is the right fit for your child and your family. Our admissions process takes you on a journey to better understand our school and the Montessori method.

  • Explore our website, including the About Us and Programs pages
  • Call 303-530-5353 / 1-800-795-1153 or complete the online contact form to schedule a tour (adults only preferred)
  • Parents are invited to schedule a classroom observation (adults only)
  • Submit the Admissions Application, application fee, and records release form (if your child has attended other schools or childcare centers)
  • The school will contact you to schedule a readiness visit with your child and their prospective classroom teacher (as needed based on conversation with Head of School):
    • Toddlers: Parents meet with the YCC teacher to asses readiness
    • Primary children ages 3-4: Readiness determined by the Head of School
    • Primary children age 5: After school meeting with a Primary teacher
    • Elementary children: Shadow morning (attend class through lunch)
  • After the child’s visit, the school will notify you of your child’s admission status
  • Accept invitation for enrollment and reserve your child’s space or be placed in the waitpool
    • Return the signed enrollment contract
    • Return the partial or full payment of the tuition deposit

Admissions Application (click to download)

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School offers AMI programs for students 12 months to 12 years old.

...So, what is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale

AMI is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori's legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children's natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence, defined by...


Rigorous and extensive training

including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.


Three-year age ranges

within each classroom that allow children to work at their own pace and level of development.


Extended work time,

including a three hour uninterrupted work cycle.


Upholding international standards

through expert consultation every three years and regular and ongoing study of pedagogy and practice.

For your child, this means...


Whether it's digging in the dirt or discovering the universe.


Whether it's speaking your mind or learning to speak up.


Whether it's composing a song or coming up with a big idea.


Whether it's for ourselves or for others.


Whether it's work or play.

Critical Thinking

Whether it's studying science or solving a problem.


Whether it's doing your part or doing what's right.


Whether it's planning your day or preparing your own lunch.


Whether it's deciding together or sharing the work.


Whether it's supporting your friends or saving the planet.

This is what Mountain Shadows means for your child.