Castle Pines Academy growing strong
By Lisa Crockett
Castle Pines Academy (CPA), a private preschool, kindergarten and childcare center in Castle Pines, started with just 15 students when it opened three years ago. Today, roughly ten times that number of children attend classes in nine classrooms and the school has earned a “Best of the Best Preschool” award in Douglas County in 2012.
“All of our classrooms have a main teacher who has either a degree in early childhood education or elementary education,” said Nicole Wissman, center director at CPA. “There are two teachers in every classroom to help with classroom management and to make sure that our children are getting their needs met.”
Teachers bring their own unique methods and educational philosophy to their classrooms, including “Love and Logic,” and the Montessori approach. All classrooms have monthly themes on topics interesting to preschoolers like dinosaurs, weather, shapes or insects.
Parents are an important part of the community and culture at CPA, said Wissman.
“We have parent teacher conferences twice a year,” she said. “And we have an open door policy; we encourage parents to come observe and participate in our day.”
Castle Pines Academy offers programs for infants through school-age children, including a summer program. CPA is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tours for prospective families are available and the school is currently offering free registration and the fifth week free for all new families.
For information about Castle Pines Academy, visit www.castlepinesacademy.com or call 303-814-1444.