The charter for Mountain Phoenix Community School in Wheat Ridge was approved for another three years.
The Jefferson County Board of Education voted unanimously March 9 to renew the schools charter application on a three year contract with the conditions that the school provide reports including analysis of testing data and narratives of steps to improve learning twice a year.
“I think this offers a great option for our students,” board member Ali Lasell said during the meeting. “I think you’re a solid school with a solid parent base.”
Mountain Phoenix is the only Jeffco charter school that follows the Waldorf education philosophy. Waldorf Education was founded in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1919. The system was created help post World War I children grow into adults capable of healing the ravages of the war and contributing to social renewal. The curriculum is designed to develop the full range of the children’s human capacities — intellectual, physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual.
Mountain Phoenix, which teaches preschool through eighth grade, was founded in 2007 in Coal Creek Canyon and moved to the Wheat Ridge campus at 4725 Miller St. in 2011.
“Thank you for listening to us and hearing our hearts for our school,” Elizabeth McCune, kindergarten teacher and parent told the board. “These are children that have loved their education at this school.”
In reviewing the charter renewal, the school district saw no concerns in the areas of enrollment, finance and budget, state waiver requests, district waiver requests, special education, safety and security, or governance.
The areas of concern, which triggered the conditions in the charter renewal, were around math and science scores. In math on the 2016 state tests, elementary scored in the ninth percentile and middle school scored in the 25th percentile. Math scores on state tests were below district scores in all levels except seventh grade, which was higher than average. In science, both elementary and middle school students scored in the 18th percentile, as compared to the rest of the state.