Key Programmatic Features
- Learning in nature and at the Historic Graystone Mansion
- Small class sizes (8:1 student to teacher ratios)
- STEM + Art/Design curriculum
- Real-world learning
- Forest School
- Focus on social and emotional development
- Individualized learning
- Multi-age classrooms
- Robotics with the Colorado School of Mines
- Supportive environment for twice-exceptional students
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.
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.
STEM an interdisciplinary and applied approach to teaching four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Worldmind is working with Mathletes & Bookworms to create a robust STEM curriculum that integrates our real-world learning model.
“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
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 will be in partnership with The Craftsman & Apprentice, a local heritage-inspired craft workshop & retail space in Denver’s City Park West.
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.
Music & Performing Arts
In addition to our core Real-World STEM+Art/Design curriculum, Worldmind will offer special classes in music and the performing arts. Music and the performing arts are a powerful tool that supports learning in all areas. All students starting in kindergarten will participate in a music and the performing arts class once a week. Music and the performing arts will also be incorporated into other areas of learning.
Falling in line with our Real-World Learning that connects with the community, we will start by using a local library. All students starting in kindergarten will participate in a library elective twice a month which will focus on how to conduct research, the proper use of technology, and creative projects that fall in line with our curriculum theme.
Studies show that learning a second language improves the brain’s executive function and helps improve people’s thinking skills and memory abilities. Students starting in kindergarten will have a Spanish class twice a week.
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 will 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.
Worldmind Preparatory School
Kindergarten – 6th Grade
Monday – Friday 8:45am – 3:30pm
(Drop-off begins at 8:25)
- Application Fee – $75
- K-6 Year Tuition – $15,500
- Tuition Deposit – $1,000
Two payment plans are offered:
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.