Now Enrolling for 2016-17

Salida Montessori Charter School is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 school year. Applications are due at 3pm on Friday, January 29 and may be obtained by attending an information session, visiting the school’s website, emailing, or calling 719-539-4887. SMCS is a public charter school that serves students in Kindergarten through 8th grade as well as preschoolers via its tuition-based preschool program.

Parents of students entering preschool, Kindergarten and 1st through 3rd grades are invited to attend an informational session Tuesday, January 12, 5:30-6p.m. at 1040 “I” St. to learn more about the school. Parents of students entering 4th through 8th grades are invited to attend an informational session Thursday, January 14, 5:30-6p.m. at the school’s “E” St. facility, located directly across from the Salida Library on 4th St. between “D” and “E”. Childcare will not be provided at the meetings; however, parents may keep children with them.  

Easy Way to Contribute!

Have you heard of AmazonSmile?  It is a super easy way for you to contribute money to the school, simply by shopping on Amazon, through their special site,  Below you can read more about it and follow the link to sign up.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

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Public Information Meeting & Applications

Salida Montessori Charter School Holds Information/Application Meeting

Salida Montessori Charter School will hold a parent information meeting Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at 1040 I St. Parents considering enrolling children at SMCS can see a Montessori classroom, learn about the charter school and pick up an application.

Applications must be picked up in person. Parents considering enrolling children at SMCS who cannot attend the meeting should email or call Courtney Landry at 207-1687 no later than Tuesday, February 17. Applications are due Wednesday, February 18 by 5 p.m. If applicants exceed available spaces, a lottery will be held Monday, February 23.

To see updates on SMCS, visit the website news page, follow the Facebook page, or email and request to be added to the email list.

Hoping to see you all soon!




We are so pleased and thrilled to announce that on January 13, 2015, CSI voted to APPROVE our charter!  There are some firm conditions that we need to meet, and we feel confident that the milestones are very attainable.  We aim to hold a public meeting by early February 2015 to discuss our school plans, lottery information and to answer questions.  We will let you know when the meeting is scheduled.  Keep checking back with us. 

Salida Montessori Charter School Steering Committee

Update for our Application Process

Ok, so we have finished our many revisions of the application, and submitted the final document to the Salida School Board, right on time,  in July of 2014!  Hooray!  We are so excited to finish this phase of the process.  

Right now the School Board is reviewing our application with the help of their District Accountability Committee.  They have three months, from the date of our submission, to finish this process.  During the three months of review, they will hold at least two public meetings to discuss the option of a Charter Montessori school, and to try to gauge public opinion.  (We will let you know as soon as the meeting dates and times are made available.)  This is not a proposal that will be voted on by the community at large, so these meetings will be very important to show the District that we do have lots of support.  In other words, PLEASE ATTEND EACH MEETING and show your support.  It can not be stressed enough how much this step is vital to our application; and we really want a great turnout to ensure that the School Board knows that this school is wanted.  The grueling work of writing the application is complete, but we truly need more than just our group to show up at each of these community meetings.  We can not thank you enough, in advance, for coming out and supporting the proposed Salida Montessori Charter School!!


Where we are in the process

Hello to everyone finding this blog!


We are a group of parents and community members hoping to bring a Charter Montessori school to Salida, Colorado.  We have been working tirelessly from the Spring of 2013, in conjunction with the Salida School District, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools, to create a cohesive and comprehensive application for consideration.  Currently, we have completed our application and it has been submitted to the league for review.  Once we receive the application back from them, we will make changes, and hope to submit the application the the Salida School District in July 2014.  We intend to keep everyone abreast of our progress on this blog and website.

We would love to answer any questions, feel free to contract us for more information.  


If you would like to help in any way, we would appreciate any help.