Frequently Asked Questions about Mackintosh Academy
What type of tour is best for me?
We offer three different ways to get to know Mackintosh. Some of our parents choose to attend more than one type of tour.
Open Houses: These offer a relaxed opportunity to hear more about our program and gain an overview of the Mackintosh community. You will attend a formal presentation along with several other parents, participate in a Q & A session and then be given a school tour by one of our middle school students. RSVP required.
Personal Tours: Personal tours are scheduled with our Director of Admissions. The tour will be tailored to your child(ren)’s age(s) with a dedicated time to talk about your child and their individual needs. Schedule permitting, you may also have the opportunity to meet with our Head of School to discuss school philosophy. Personal tours are by appointment only.
Taste of the Apple: In October and January each year, we hold a special event called Taste of the Apple. This event is for both current and prospective parents. At the Taste of the Apple, you will have the opportunity to experience Mackintosh as if you were one of our students. You will choose from a number of possible classes and participate in the inquiry process. This is a great opportunity to meet current parents and to experience a learning environment that is likely quite different from your experience as a student. Registration is required for the event.
The deadline has already passed – Can I still apply?
After the application deadline, Mackintosh accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants who have completed the process and are considered to be a good fit for the school are placed in a wait pool until such time as an opening becomes available. Available openings are filled with best fit candidates. We encourage families to complete applications as early as possible to provide the best opportunity for enrollment in the next school year.
What types of testing are required?
Students entering grades two and up are required to submit cognitive testing. The preferred testing is the WISC-V. The WISC-V is administered by a number of Colorado professionals. For a partial list of professionals in our area, contact us. Mackintosh may also consider a separate body of evidence including school-administered testing, previous acceptance to a gifted program or other standardized tests measuring cognitive capacity.
How many students are in each grade?
Class size varies depending on grade level. Current class maximums are noted below:
Pre-Kindergarten: 15 students – two teachers
Kindergarten: 15 students – two teachers
First and Second grade combined class: 24 students – two teachers
Third and Fourth grade combined class: 24 students – two teachers
Fifth and Sixth grade combined – two classes: 17 students each – three teachers (combined)
Seventh and Eighth grade combined – 25 – 30 students: two teachers
What are the age requirements for your Pre-K class?
Students must be 3 ½ years of age by September 1st. On very rare occasions, we may accept a younger three-year-old who demonstrates the stamina and maturity for our program. The majority of our Pre-K students are four years old by the beginning of the school year.
How do I know if my child is gifted?
This is a good question! There are a number of indicators of giftedness, one of which is cognitive testing, required for applicants entering grades two and above. Chances are, if you are asking this question, you may have already seen some signs. Gifted children often process information more deeply and with intensity. We are looking for students who are curious about the world and who make connections. These children are always asking questions and may be very passionate about an area of interest.
What should we expect during a visit day?
Visiting students are invited to join in on daily activities to the extent that they are comfortable. Visitors will typically be asked to complete a small math assessment and provide a writing sample. We will also assess reading levels through a reader interview or reading sample, depending on the age of the applicant. The primary goal of the visit is to see how the child fits in our learning environment. The child’s sense of belonging is just as important as the teacher’s evaluation of fit. Many of our visitors go home having found their “people” and begging to return!
How can I afford an education at Mackintosh Academy?
At Mackintosh Academy, socioeconomic and ethnic diversity are important to us, and we understand that affording an independent school education is a significant investment for many families. We offer tuition assistance to as many students as possible. Approximately one third of our population receive some form of assistance. Families are encouraged to apply for assistance early. Tuition assistance is based solely on demonstrated need. Please see our Tuition Assistance and Scholarship pages for more information.
Investment in a Mackintosh education is a choice that we believe pays large dividends. The majority of Mackintosh students attend high school having developed a strong sense of self and having been nurtured in a caring community where their strengths are celebrated. Fostering a love for learning and developing solid critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills set the foundation for lifelong journey, preparing our children for a world that needs them. Many of our families make personal financial choices to make this investment, such as forgoing family trips and drawing on the resources of extended family.
Where do Mackintosh graduates attend high school?
Mackintosh prepares students for a wide variety of high school experiences. Each year we have a high school fair and spend time meeting with both parents and students to help them identify the best fit for the next step in their educational journey. Approximately one-third of our students choose to continue in the IB program by attending a high school that offers the IB Diploma Program (examples include: Littleton HS, Dakota Ridge HS, Lakewood HS). Another third select an independent high school (examples include: Regis Jesuit HS and Colorado Academy). The remaining students choose to return to their local high school or choose from the wide array of charter and specialty schools in the area (STEM School, Denver School of the Arts, Douglas County Early Colleges Program).
Where do Mackintosh students live?
Mackintosh families come from all over the Denver area with a concentration from southern neighborhoods. We have families coming from as far away as Golden, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora and Conifer. Our parent council community works to provide parents with carpooling options at the beginning of the school year.
Do you have after school activities?
Yes! We offer a wide array of organized activities outside of school hours including choir, fencing, art, board games, cooking, and homework club. Activities vary by trimester and are priced separately.
Do you offer before and after care?
Yes. Mackintosh’s before care program begins at 7:00 and after care is provided until 6:00 pm. Before and after care are billed separately. The current rate is $10 per hour.
Do you accept students with learning differences?
Approximately 25% of Mackintosh students are considered twice-exceptional. These children are identified as gifted with a learning disability. Mackintosh will provide a written Classroom Accommodation Plan for students with diagnosed learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia or ADHD. Mackintosh teachers are also prepared to address the needs of students with sensory processing, auditory processing or visual processing challenges. Mackintosh provides a part time learning specialist on staff. Children who need support services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy or tutoring, will need to access these resources outside of school.