Key Programmatic Features
- Grades 1-6
- Inclusive school
- Supportive environment for neurodiverse & twice-exceptional students
- Individualized learning
- Focus on social and emotional development
- Learning in nature and at the Historic Graystone Mansion
- Small class sizes (8:1 student to teacher ratios)
- Multi-age classrooms
- STEM + Art/Design curriculum
- Real-world learning
- Forest School
- Robotics with the Colorado School of Mines
We envision an inclusive community where all students have individualized learning plans tailored to their specific needs and aptitudes.
Social & Emotional Learning with Dr. Ali Hill
Mission and Vision Statements
Worldmind envisions an inclusive community where we celebrate our differences in safe, natural environments, and ignite a greater love and appreciation for ourselves, learning, and the world.
We reunite children with the natural world by creating mindful, interest-based outdoor experiences which spark engagement, development, awareness, and community through transformative experiential education. We intentionally link our students’ understanding of bio and social diversity, so they evolve into compassionate, self-actualized members of our local and global communities.
Worldmind incorporates an even balance of head (academic achievement), heart (character-building and well-being), and hand (problem-solving, creating, and idea development). This is accomplished through a carefully crafted curriculum that incorporates Real-World Learning. Real-World Learning lends itself to place-based and project-based approaches to pedagogy.
Real-World Learning also incorporates civic education. Through this innovative type of education, teachers can encourage students to see not only their home and school, but also the city and surrounding areas in which they are located, as a real world classroom. Teachers will assign projects that help students to map and engage with real world issues and initiatives in the community. This will be accomplished through multiple field trips throughout the school year. Field trips bring people together in ways that go beyond traditional classroom experiences.
STEM an interdisciplinary and applied approach to teaching four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Worldmind works with Mathletes & Bookworms to create a robust STEM curriculum that integrates our real-world learning model. Our math curriculum comes from EngageNY; these modules are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics.
“The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.”
– The U.S. Department of Education
Fostering Creativity with Parent and Engineer Hao Zhng
Worldmind uses the Orton-Gillingham literacy curriculum which helps teach reading more effectively. Orton-Gillingham allows children to break down how and why letters and words sound the way they do. Using multiple senses, children can better understand the rules of the English language. This is effective in the classroom because it allows educators to teach children in the way that each individual child learns best.
Library & Typing
All 3rd through 6th grade students participate in typing practice and library once a week. Falling in line with our Real-World Learning that connects with the community, we begin by using a local library and focus on how to conduct research, the proper use of technology, and creative projects that align with our curriculum theme.
Worldmind believes that learning about your mind and body and the connection between them is an important part of school. Students at each grade level participate in a mind/body connection class once a week. This program also incorporates outdoor recreation, yoga and mindfulness, rock climbing, bike riding, fitness, and nutrition.
Robotics and Coding
All Worldmind Prep students participate in our robotics and coding lessons that were created with the Colorado School of Mines. Megan Patterson continues to work with Mines students and staff to create more content for lessons.
Forest School is a unique learning philosophy that offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn personal, social, technical, academic and environmental skills in a natural environment. This part of our curriculum combines environmental education with forest school skills which include: fire skills (building, lighting, maintaining, cooking, putting out, and leave no trace), forest tools (using a variety of different tools to create with wood), nature art and design, and shelter building.
Two Worldmind teachers trained in the UK Forest School model lead this programming for our Worldmind Prep students in one 2-hour session per week.
Music & Theatre
Once a week, students participate in a theatre program that focuses on social and emotional learning. These classes are conducted by Mirror Image Arts.
Art and design are transformational problem-solving processes that help cultivate innovation and leadership. Our art and design curriculum draws from engineering and design concepts, combined with methods used in the arts, social sciences, and business. Art and design incorporated with a STEM curriculum set in the outdoors will elevate students’ thinking to new levels, and help them reach new academic and personal heights so that they emerge with a solid foundation for a happy, healthy, successful life.
Our art + design curriculum is in partnership with The Craftsman & Apprentice, a local heritage-inspired craft workshop & retail space in Denver’s City Park West.
All Worldmind Prep students participate in a Latin course twice a week. Latin is a highly organized and logical language that sharpens the mind, fosters mental awareness, enhances attention to detail, develops critical thinking, and increases problem solving abilities. Here are a few of the reasons that we chose Latin:
- Latin is the next step after phonics.
- Half of our English vocabulary is made up of Latin words and roots.
- Latin provides the root words for all of the modern sciences.
- Latin is the language of law, government, logic and theology.
- Latin is the most efficient way to learn English grammar.
- Latin is the best preparation for learning any language.
- Latin effectively develops and trains the mind.
- Latin aids the mind in other ways.
- There is no subject you can study that connects with every other subject more than Latin.
Worldmind Preparatory School
1st – 6th Grade
Monday – Friday 8:45am – 3:30pm
(Drop-off begins at 8:25)
- Application Fee – $75
- Worldmind Prep Year Tuition – $15,500
- Tuition Deposit – $1,000
We offer the following tuition payment plans:
One Payment – The tuition deposit is deducted from the total tuition and the balance is due August 5th, or on the first day of the month in which the student begins attending Worldmind, at a prorated rate. Payment methods include credit card with a 3% transaction fee, ACH transfer or check with no transaction fees.
Two Payments – The tuition deposit is deducted from the total tuition and the balance is divided into two equal payments due August 5th, and November 5th, or beginning on the first day of the month in which the student begins attending Worldmind and on the first day of a subsequent month to be determined by Worldmind. Payment methods include credit card with a 3% transaction fee, ACH transfer or check with no transaction fees.
Ten Payments – The tuition deposit is deducted from the total tuition, a service charge of $10 per month is added, and the balance is divided into ten equal payments, or beginning on the first day of the month in which the student begins attending Worldmind. Tuition payments are due the first day of every month, starting August 1, 2021, and ending May 1, 2022.
Deposits – A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per student is due upon acceptance into the school. This deposit will be applied to the tuition balance.