My son just started pre k this year and it is amazing! MA is a community of families with gifted kids. I am So happy we found Macintosh. Without them my son would have to wait 2 years before he could start school. Mack loves, teaches and supports children and families where they are. The teachers and
... Read more staff are amazing. I would love for more families to come join our community and experience all MA had to offer! Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/04/13
For clarification, I am wondering if the following review (dated July 7th, 2013) is referencing the Boulder Mackintosh campus as these comments seem to be in alignment with some of the Boulder parent/student experiences there. From my vintage point, Littleton's campus has more tenured leaders, a collaborative,
... Read more experienced and supportive team of teachers, what appears to be positive cohesion and commitment within its parent community and increasing enrollment. Star ratings for my post are to reference Mackintosh Littleton's program as opposed to Mackintosh Boulder's program. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/24/13
Mackintosh is a strong choice in the early grades, but thin staffing, poor management, lack of leadership, and ignoring bad behavior in the classroom at the expense of the victims of bullies make it a place to avoid for parents of kids beyond early education. There are some wonderful teachers at the
... Read more school, but rising tuition costs (which have not translated into better compensation for them, BTW) have not been accompanied by improved instruction, more resources, or better technology, for example. The school has raised tuition it seems to counter declining enrollments. Our family has moved on, and our kids did get some good things from Mackintosh, but as the parent of a twice exceptional child and a "just gifted" child, in the end the school failed them both, and we are out 15k per year per kid. We could have been failed in the public school system for free. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/07/13
The Dec. 19 post confuses me. If you want a stricter admission policy in this economy, you should expect to be solicited for more fundraising. Private schools are desperate for enrollment. The previous administrator was also a business-savvy educator, who's only fault was that she sometimes told the
... Read more hard truth to people when children were being compromised. She is sorely missed by teachers and families alike. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/05/13
We have had our kids at Mackintosh for several years now and although there have been some good things, at this point we are frustrated, disappointed, and angry. For the 16k per kid we are paying in tuition, the lack of stability in classroom instruction, inconsistency in instruction, grading, and feedback,
... Read more and, in particular, resistance to and at best haphazard support of our twice exceptional child simply makes Mackintosh a rip-off. The school has a reputation for serving gifted and twice exceptional children, but this is only as good as the teacher du jour and the amount of attention the very thin staff has to pay to the new Boulder campus. The school is badly overextended and has lost its ability to deliver the most fundamental thing they promise- individualized rigorous education for gifted and 2e kids. This failure is partially responsible for my child now struggling to succeed in high school- she did not get the tools she needed for high school at Mackintosh. For 16k, our family deserves much better. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/25/13
While I agree that there have been some poor admission policies and that more attention needs to be given to hiring to ensure we get and retain the right teachers, none of that changes the fact that my child has THRIVED since transferring to Mackintosh. The IB framework fits well with the GTs drive
... Read more to learn deeply about a variety of subjects. The school has no issues differentiating & accelerating as needed for the individual child, and there has been a fundamental understanding of the social emotional needs of the gifted learner that has changed my chilld from being shy and afraid of not being perfect to an outgoing risk taker. I cannot say enough good things about what Mackintosh has done for our family. And to furter address the concerns with administration change, teacher qualification, and questionable admission standards in the past - I have found the new administration has recognized these concerns and is working to address them directly. From conversations I have had, it appears that while these concerns are true in part, it is a lack of transparent communication that has perpetuated the impression that the problems are continuing when in fact they are being addressed. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/03/13
I agree fully with the previous 3 reviews. Numerous reviews critical of the administration and management of the school as well as the practice of hiring non-GT teachers to replace the mass exodus were removed by GreatSchools. That being said, it is good to see the remaining teachers more relaxed and
... Read more eager to come to work due to the atmosphere created by the new administration. However, there is still a trend to hire teachers that are not trained in GT (just because one has previous experience at a private school does not make them GT trained) and many children have been accepted without any type of testing to show that a student is GT material. Finally, I know times are tough financially for everyone, but not a week goes by that my child does not come home with another request for money or a new fund raiser. I have no problem paying of a good education, but after shelling out $14k/year, it' s hard to fork over more money when I question the ability of some teachers to truelly teach to and understand GT children. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/19/12
I want to second the review below. There is not enough understanding of gifted learning or behaviors and classrooms that meet those needs. Varies widely across classrooms. I am concerned whether the school is consciously moving away from gifted ed with its recent change of leadership and the hiring
... Read more patterns in the classrooms. Gifted ed is not simply rich material, small classes and some ability grouping. These kids have special needs in acceleration and social/emotional areas. Unless the school decides to more closely tailor what it is doing to a thorough understanding of gifted ed, it is just another private school, and maybe a fine one, but not a gifted school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/11/12
This school has been through tremendous changes in the past two years. The new leadership was a much needed change, the continued IB curriculum is a constant under any leadership. Along with change there has been qualified Gifted and Talented teachers leaving with replacements with new and unexperienced
... Read more teachers in GT which leaves parents of GT children quite concerned of the direction of the school. Adding another campus to the school has diluted the focus much to parents dismay. 50% of my child's classmates left last year. Although the teachers and remaining staff are commited, there needs to be big changes in hiring and retaining qualified staff Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/21/12
This is an outstanding school. We have had our son here for 4 years, and it has been wonderful watching him grow and learn from the caring and sensitive teachers. All the kids are smart, whether or not they are twice exceptional. Parents should know that really what they are paying for is great teachers,
... Read more small classes, and a school philosophy of respect and openess that evident in the classroom and elsewhere. We were lucky to find this school, after years in the Jeffco school system, where kids were expressly taught to score well on the CSAP and classes were focused on making sure most kids were essentially performing at an average level. The only negative is that Mac ends at 8th grade, and finding a follow up school for your child of similar quality can be a challenge. Read less
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A school system may identify 10% to 15% or more of its student population as gifted and talented. A brief description of each area of giftedness or talent as defined by the Office of Gifted and Talented:
general intellectual ability or talent - high intelligence test score (usually two standard deviations above the mean), and high levels of vocabulary, memory, abstract work knowledge and abstract reasoning;
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Littleton schools — Mackintosh Academy is located at 7018 S Prince St, Littleton CO 80120. 7018 S Prince St is in the 80120 ZIP code in Littleton, CO Mackintosh Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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