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Parent Education Events


Mackintosh Academy faculty have a wealth of expertise to share with parents. This free parent education series is designed to break through the classroom walls and bring our faculty’s expertise and insights to parents and community members.

The third event in our Staff Spotlight Speaker Series!

Have you wondered how much to step in to help your child, or how much to allow them to struggle – maybe even fail? Veteran Mack teacher Joe Pausback will share his insights on how allowing kids to develop grit and growth mindset can help them become more creative and emotionally resilient.

Joe Pausback, affectionately known at Mack as “Mr. P.,” has been a teacher for over two decades, and is the father of two high school boys. He will share his experiences both as a parent and teacher to illustrate how nurturing grit helps kids develop the resilience they need to take creative, positive risks. He will also discuss how a growth mindset can empower children – especially gifted kids who may be perfectionists – to develop stronger emotional resilience and self-esteem which exploring areas that may not come naturally to them.

Please click the RSVP NOW button below to receive the link to attend this free event online!

Upcoming events in this series will be posted on this page; check back or sign up for our email newsletter to be notified.



Admissions Events

Open House

November 12, 5:30 pm and December 2, 9:00 am.

Join us to learn about what bright, creative kids need from school, and how our inquiry-based International Baccalaureate program fits those needs. See our newly expanded campus and meet our staff who truly “get” gifted kids! Visit with the Admissions Director. In-person or virtual event format to be decided; please RSVP to receive updates.

RSVP requested; please call 303-794-6222 or email to let us know you’re coming.

Private Tours Available by Appointment

Reserve your spot today! Admissions events and tours fill up fast. Email our Admissions Director with your interest and date or use the contact form below.

Past Events

Below are some of our signature events that are open to Mackintosh parents, prospective families, and the larger community. Please stay tuned for our events schedule for the 2020-21 school year.

Genius Girls Gathering

FREE STEM Workshops for Girls!  February 22, 2020. 

Do you know a girl who likes to create, innovate, build, design, code, explore, or discover? Mackintosh Academy is hosting a gathering for girls just like her!

For girls ages 9 -13 & their parents, this FREE event will offer fun hands-on workshops and an interactive discussion led by women scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

The goal? To inspire and empower girls to maintain and grow their interest in science, design, innovation and exploration.

INSPIRE! interactive panel discussion with successful women scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs

EXPLORE! fun hands-on workshops in science, engineering, medicine, and design

IGNITE! a girl’s interest in creativity, innovation and scientific exploration

RSVP required. Please register to save your spot. Parents should select a PARENT TICKET and provide their contact information, and then add STUDENT TICKETS and names for all girls attending. (Parents are welcome, but not required to stay for the entire event, but please select a ticket so that we can get accurate contact information.)

Registrants will receive a link in mid-February to a form to select workshops. This must be completed by Weds. Feb. 20 at 9 pm.

Panelists include:

• Dr. Michelle Beutz, Pulmonologist, National Jewish

• Dr. Susan Brion, ER Physician, Swedish Medical Center

• Dr. Jane Bae,  Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Caltech

• Molly Brown, Senior Clinical Researcher, Childrens Hospital

• Theresa Juliues Caesar, Computer Scientist, Charles Schwab

• Dr. Cathy Olkin, Planetary Scientist, Southwest Research Institute

• Dr. Ashley Pacheco, Genetics and Genomics, CU Anschutz

• Casey Stock, Senior Sustainability Manager, DaVita

• Amy VanMatre, Computer Scientist and Entrepreneur, Envirtuo

What to Expect in the Middle Years!

When: Weds., Nov. 13, 4:00-5:30 pm
Who: All current 5th and 6th grade students and parents

“I’m the only kid in my high school who loved middle school.”
This is a recent quote from a Mackintosh alum. Come find out what the excitement is about!

Most adults, when asked, would not choose to repeat their Middle School experience. Find out why Mackintosh is the exception.

The transition to middle school is significant for all students and a key stepping stone on the path to high school.  As you and your child prepare for this transition, we offer a Middle Years information session to help you learn more about what to expect.  During this session we will share important research about the adolescent brain and how our program specifically addresses the needs of developing adolescents.  You will also get a sneak peek into the exciting Middle Years Programme.

This session is for all current 5th and 6th grade students and their parents as well as prospective families.   Childcare is free for younger siblings of current students; please notify our office manager if you need childcare for this event.

During this informative 90 minutes, we will cover the following:

  • Middle Years highlights presented by current students
  • Overview of the MYP and how it differs from PYP
  • Meet the MYP teaching team
  • Learn about the adolescent brain and what to expect as parents and as students in the coming years
  • Tour the MYP classrooms and social area
  • Q&A session with current MY students and alums who will also speak to the high school transition

Prospective families, please contact the front office to RSVP so we know to expect you!

The Mackintosh Experience

Taste of the Apple – November 21, 2019. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Try your hand at Shakespearean acting! Design a structure that can withstand an earthquake! Create artwork that incorporates mathematical principles! And MUCH MORE!

Be a kid again! Seize this unique opportunity to experience Mackintosh Academy’s integrative, inquiry-based learning as you take on the role of a student in the classroom.

Mackintosh’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning event will only take place one time this year! Reserve your spot now. Find out what learning is like in your child’s classroom, take a sneak peek at next year’s class, or simply experience the wonder of Mackintosh for the first time.

This event is open to current and prospective parents. Grandparents who will be attending the Grand Event on November 22nd are also welcome! Attend classes together or sign up individually to enjoy the full range of experiences. Childcare is available.