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Peak by the Numbers
Number of Students: 71
Number of Full-Time Teachers & Staff: 8
Number Adjunct Teachers: 6
History of The Peak School
Late in 2011, several parents and educators met weekly around a kitchen table and developed the idea to bring an educational choice to Summit County. Even with good public schools nearby, these individuals recognized that one size does not fit all. They were tired of losing dedicated staff and close personal friends who left the community in search of an educational alternative for their middle and high school students. At that table, an idea was nurtured and developed and The Peak School was born.
When Peak opened its doors to students for the first time in August of 2012, the school was housed in rented space in the historic Colorado Mountain College, now the Breckenridge Community Center. Twenty-three students in grades 6 through 8 joined three full-time teachers, several part-time staff, and an army of volunteers for the first year of The Peak School.
Following its successful first academic year, in 2013 The Peak School purchased the Summit Daily News building at 40 W. Main Street in Frisco to serve as the school’s permanent home. Teachers and students creatively defined four classrooms and a large community room in the former home of a local newspaper. In the school’s second year, the community doubled in size totaling 48 students and six full-time teachers. School leadership recognized the rapid growth of the school as evidence of the need for an independent educational option in Summit County. In the spring of 2014 a committee of students, teachers, parents and staff devised plans to renovate the building, adding 5 new classrooms and 5,500 square feet of usable space for the following school year.
In the fall of 2014 Peak welcomed eleven full-time staff and 63 students to its community in its newly renovated home. Peak’s third school year also marked the inception of the upper school. Peak continues to have small class sizes, enabling teachers to personalize instruction and ensure that students receive individual attention. Our teachers are experts in their fields, and our staff consistently provides innovative instruction across the curriculum that emphasizes “doing,” rather than rote learning. Our belief in independent curriculum empowers a deeper way of learning, and we are committed to coaching students to develop themselves as learners and citizens.
In spring of 2015, Peak welcomed a team from AdvanceEd, an international accrediting organization, for two days to observe classes and conduct interviews to evaluate the school’s leadership, curriculum, policies, procedures and fiscal viability. Accreditation is a seal of approval by an outside body that ensures that The Peak School delivers what we advertise: high quality academic and extracurricular programs in a safe and nurturing environment. On June 30, Peak received our official accreditation from AdvancEd, allowing for access to some grants and helping to attract international students. Accreditation is issued in five-year increments and the school will undergo a continuous improvement process outlined by AdvancEd.