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Fundraising at Mountain Shadows

Similar to many independent schools, Mountain Shadows’ tuition does not cover the entire cost of educating a child. As a result, we depend on annual fundraising, such as the Annual Fund in the fall, Colorado Gives Day in December, and the Spring Gala, to support the successful implementation of our mission. Proceeds raised support our general operating fund, facilities, educational programs, tuition assistance, and staff professional development.

The Colorado Childcare Contribution Tax Credit: More Than Half of Your Donation Could Come Back to You

The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit was established to encourage greater private support of Colorado child care programs, like those provided by Mountain Shadows. Colorado residents who make a monetary contribution to promote child care in Colorado may claim a state income tax credit of 50 percent of the total contribution, significantly decreasing the after-tax cost of the donation.

Tax Savings Example for a Gift of $1,000
Illustration - 28% tax bracket. Situations vary by individual.
Please consult with your tax advisor.
Child Care Contribution Tax Credit
50% Tax Credit
$1,000 Donation$1,000
Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit$500
Net Federal and State Tax Savings$173
Total Tax Savings$673
After-Tax Cost of Giving $1,000$327


  • Donors may not receive any goods or services in return for their contribution.
  • In-kind or stock contributions do not qualify for the credit.
  • Contributions may be made through December 31, 2019.
  • The credit shall not exceed $100,000 per year.
  • The credit allowed shall not exceed the tax liability for the year. Any excess credits may be carried forward for up to five years.

For more information about the tax credit, see the information sheet issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue:


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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.