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2017 Family Favorites: Education

Here’s a look at the schools and educational services our readers trust the most.

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Childcare Center (Multiple Locations)

Top Five

Gateway Academy

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Hope Montessori Academy

La Petite Academy

Primrose Schools

The Goddard School

The Winner

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The Goddard School

Twenty-one metro locations

800-GODDARD | goddardschool.com

Every Goddard franchise delivers F.L.E.X. curriculum focused on developing seven learning domains. The program supports cognitive and social development through fun activities, and its child-focused lessons are always administered by talented, accredited teachers, and supplemented with unique enrichment offerings.

Childcare Center (Single Location)

Top Five

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Gateway Academy at Ken Caryl

Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School-Age Summer Camp

Larks Preschool of Wash Park

The Goddard School in Broomfield

The Goddard School in Castle Rock

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The Winner

Gateway Academy at Ken Caryl

12633 W. Indore Pl., Littleton

720-981-4044

gatewayacademy.com/schools/littleton-co-ken-caryl

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Experienced teachers guide infants, toddlers, and preschoolers though age-appropriate lessons rooted in play. With monthly themes and daily activities focused on phonics, literacy, math, Spanish, and art, Gateway Academy at Ken Caryl graduates are set up for success. Freshly prepared snacks and meals are included with tuition. Before and after care and summer camps are available for kids ages five to 12.

Foreign Language School

Top Five

Denver Language School

Global Village Academies

Great Wall Chinese Academy

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International School of Denver

Montessori del Mundo

The Winner

International School of Denver

7701 E. 1st Pl., Denver

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303-340-3647

isdenver.org

For multilingual, multicultural international education, our readers trust International School of Denver’s dedicated faculty to convey a broad, balanced, and rigorous curriculum. The experience begins with language immersion in French, Spanish, or Mandarin from pre-K through fifth grade, followed by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, designed to maximize the benefits of the bilingual brain.

Preschool

Top Five

Clayton Early Learning

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Denver Christian School Preschool

Larks Preschool

Platt Park Children’s Center

The Goddard School

The Winner

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Denver Christian School Preschool

3898 S. Teller St., Lakewood

303-733-2421 | denverchristian.org

This nondenominational parochial preschool is committed to excellence in academics. That commitment starts in preschool, with standout teachers and an integrated curriculum taught in a nurturing environment for young learners ages three to five. Through play, students hone their fine and gross motor skills while developing social-emotional abilities, pre-reading skills, and creativity.

Private School

Top Five

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Denver Christian School

Front Range Christian School

Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School-Age

Summer Camp

Nativity of Our Lord

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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

The Winner

Denver Christian School

3898 S. Teller St., Lakewood

303-733-2421 | denverchristian.org

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This K-12 college preparatory Christian school reflects a theologically diverse student body united by an overarching commitment to academic excellence. Whether a student is tackling a tough math problem with teacher help or participating in an after school club, mediocrity is not an option. This is evident in the school’s stellar standardized test scores, graduation rates, and college admissions results.

Special Needs Resource or Organization

Top Five

Anchor Center for Blind Children

Consultants for Children

Developmental Pathways

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Families Forward Resource Center

Laradon

The Winner

Laradon

5100 Lincoln St., Denver

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303-296-2400 | laradon.org

Founded by parents of children with special needs, Laradon was the first charitable organization in the region to offer support and education to kids with developmental disabilities. The center aims to support independence, maximize kids” full potential, and provide superior services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Education offerings are supplemented with community living and employment programs for adults.

Tutor or Academic Enrichment Program

Top Five

Kumon

Mathnasium

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Silicon STEM Academy

Sylvan Learning Center

Young Rembrandts

The Winner

Silicon STEM Academy

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4201 E. Yale Ave., Ste. 130, Denver | 303-800-0011 | siliconstemacademy.com

Silicon STEM Academy is renowned for its top-notch after-school programs and summer camps, with lessons in computer programming, 3D game design, digital media, and robotics. What you might not know, though, is that this workspace also offers private tutoring in all subjects for middle and high school students, along with comprehensive SAT and ACT prep classes.

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