Welcome to the

Homeschool Enrichment Programs at

Montessori Peaks Academy

Second Choice applications are open for the 20-21 school year.

Current students, please use JeffcoConnect to put in your intent to return.

Please contact Jana Betlach for questions. Tours are suspended at this time.

We are happy to share our program information all year long.

phone: 303-972-2627 x500 or email jbetlach@jeffcoschools.us


Ms. Jana BetlachHomeschool Director/Volunteer Coordinator

Welcome to the MPA HS Programs!

Welcome to Montessori Peaks Academy Homeschool Programs!

We look forward to meeting you! We offer a one day a week enrichment program for Kindergarten through 8th graders.

We have two different programs to choose from, with the intent to fit the unique needs of our homeschool community. Our Options Programs are on Tuesdays K-2, and Wednesdays 3-5th and 6-8th graders .

The Friday Connections Program is for 1st-6th graders. Detailed descriptions are below.

Every school day is from 8:30-3:30. All students receive music, art, physical education, and library time to check out books. We also have a myriad of after school activities that are available to all students in the main building.

This page has lots of information, please scroll down for current updates, some shared resources, and more!

Summer has officially began and we will miss all of you so much. As we make solid plans for next year we will post them here. Please keep checking your emails and this website for summer updates!

MPA Homeschool Mission

It is the mission of the Montessori Peaks Academy Homeschool Programs to share a Montessori philosophy enriched and prepared environment with homeschooled students and their families. To activate the curiosity of learning and foster group and peer to peer communication and deep thinking skills. To offer experiences that are more difficult to provide in a home environment, while encouraging social, emotional and academic support for the growth of the whole child.


MPA Homeschool Vision

It is the vision of the MPA HS Programs to honor the homeschooled child and share in their growth and learning using an inquiry based approach to the Montessori philosophy.


Sharing Online Learning Resources-

There are some extra fun online opportunities right now. I will be adding to this list as I find free sites.

Time for Kids is free right now! https://www.timeforkids.com/teaching-materials-1/

DanceMat Typing https://www.dancemattypingguide.com/dance-mat-typing-level-1/

Vooks.com- $ Read books aloud online, they are also waiving fees and opening up availabilities.

Yousician.com- $ An app for music lessons, free to sign up as a music teacher.

http://stories.audible.com/start-listen- Listen to audio books

Bee The Scientist- https://www.facebook.com/beethescientist/ Facebook page

Options Description

Students from K-8th grade attend one day a week from 8:30-3:30. The Options Program offers multi-aged grouping in a Montessori environment. Tuesday is K-2nd grade, max of 20 students with 2 instructors. Wednesday has 2 classes; 6-8th grade and 3-5th grade. Both have smaller class sizes. The days consist of a Dalcroze Music class with our own Ms. Lori Forden, along with art lessons and physical education time. Nature walks and nature explorations are enjoyed each week when the weather permits. Options students in the lower grades study themed units encompassing each academic subject. We strive to help students activate their previous knowledge and build with our presented units. We implement activities that are difficult to administer at home providing a school-like comfortable learning environment.

Our 3rd grade+ students participate in 1/2 a day of project based learning; choosing a project, developing a plan of action, budget, proposals, and at the end of the semester, completion. The rest of the day is filled with art classes, nature exploration, Montessori materials and more.

In our programs all children are respected as individual young people and invited to explore their learning styles and preferences. We work with our students with a constructivist exploratory form encompassing the Montessori philosophy of learning.

Connections Description

Students from 1st-6th grade, attend on Fridays each week. They receive supplemental Montessori lessons on a themed unit of study, music class, art and PE along with library time. The day is from 8:30-3:30, including recess/outdoor organized gross motor skills.

Connections students enjoy a one day a week school enrichment program to be social, explore learning in a group environment and having a community of similar students. We encourage individuality and recognize the value of their homeschooled education. We encourage learning exploration with in a themed unit.

School Behavior

Each Enrichment Program encourages a Growth Mindset way of thinking, participating in class and with peers. Our behavioral expectations for all people at MPA fall under our school 5 Pillars of behavior; I will show.... 1) Kindness 2) Integrity 3) Respect 4) Effort 5) Safety


Homeschool Programs Staff

  • Jana Betlach: HS Program Director/ MPA Communications Coordinator

Jbetlach@jeffcoschools.us

303-972-2627 x 500

  • Cherie Day: Primary Options and Lower Elementary Connections Guide

Cday@jeffcoschools.us

303-972-2627 x 501

  • MelissĂ© Segesman: Primary and Secondary Options Guide

Msegesma@jeffcoschools.us

303-972-2627 x501

  • Lori Forden: HS Music teacher/ Secondary Options Lead

lori.forden@jeffco.k12.co.us

The HS Primary (K-2nd) students on a sunny walk to get the wiggles out>

Connections Lower El. (1-3 grade) students nature journaling.

Mr. Tyler is our MPA music guide and works with our Connections HS students each week.

School mascot Dewey running in Dewey's Dash in October, '19. MPA raised $45,500 for our annual school fundraiser.

Recent Love Letter~

I wanted to let you know (again) how much my family appreciates our son's fabulous teachers and your great program. He came home and told us that his teachers were really happy he came and stayed all day with a big smile on his face. I tell them lots how we adore them but I wanted to make sure you know that your program is really loving and wonderful. We are so happy to be part of it. ~ Primary HS Options Parent

Our website is listed on the homeschoolmom.com website.