1. Why a house and not a different building?
We intentionally sought out a residential property because we believe that a home-like environment feels safe and nurturing, and fits well with our philosophy that school should be an extension of the home learning environment. The interior of the Schoolhouse is being converted to open the space, make proper ADA adaptations, and allow for flexibility in use.
2. What is a “small class size?”
At Micro, a small class size means 12 students to each licensed lead teacher. In the early years, there will be 12 total students, K-2. Then we will grow into a K-5 school with two teachers (one for the K-2 group and one for the 3-5 group) for a total school size of 24 students. Each class is also supported by a teaching intern and parent involvement.
3. Are you required to give standardized tests?
We are not required to administer any standardized tests. At Micro, each student is frequently evaluated by the teacher, themselves and other students. Assessments are made to ensure that each child is making progress, and quarterly narrative assessments help parents understand where their child is on his/her learning journey. The students build portfolios of their work to demonstrate their deepening understanding of the world around them.
4. Do you offer financial aid?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer financial aid at this time. When the school reaches capacity, we hope to have the resources to offer financial aid to families who would otherwise be unable to attend.
5. Do you offer extended care?
Options for extended care will be discussed to fit the needs of each class.
6. Can I see the school?
Micro’s Schoolhouse is located at 3719 Perry Street in Denver. The property is currently vacant and will begin its renovations in early 2016. Hardhat tours will be available by appointment throughout the construction process, and the project is scheduled to be completed by June 2016.
7. Is Highlands Micro School an "approved" school?
Yes. Micro exceeds all compulsory education requirements for the state of Colorado. Your child's attendance at Highlands Micro School fulfills all state educational requirements.
8. Can my child access public school district resources even though they attend Highlands Micro School?
Private school students usually have access to some public school resources. The superintendent of each school district has authority over granting services to students enrolled in independent schools.
9. Do you require academic testing as part of the application process?
No. Micro believes that each child arrives right where they need to be. Our teachers are able to meet each child where they are throughout the learning spectrum. However, we do want to ensure that a child is a good fit, and do require that families have their child’s current teacher complete an evaluation form so that we have as much information as possible to help us determine if Micro is a good overall fit. If an applicant has not had a prior teacher, we ask that another adult who knows your child well complete this evaluation.
10. Do you offer special services or behavioral support for students with special needs?
As a small school with just two to four full time teachers, we are not able to offer special services for severe learning disabilities, behavioral challenges or certain other student support needs. Because some needs become apparent only after a student has begun school, we maintain a resource list and will ensure that each student receives the support they need to thrive. We will determine our ability to serve students on an individual basis.