Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts

Academic Explorations, Compelling Topics, Real-World Learning

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    Welcome to MESA! 

    Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA) is an 8 -12th grade college preparatory school. As a member of the EL Network (formerly Expeditionary Learning), students at MESA are active learners who are challenged to take on meaningful, public and collaborative work. Service-learning, fieldwork, and character development are built into MESA’s curriculum. Students investigate real-world issues and use what they learn to make a positive change in their community. 

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    Discovery Month 2023-24

    Enrollment in Mapleton starts with Discovery Month! The whole month of January is filled with opportunities to get to know our schools. Check out the calendar of events. Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year opens on Feb.1!

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    Universal Preschool Program

    Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) will fund up to 15 hours per week of high-quality, voluntary preschool for every child in Colorado for the year before entering Kindergarten (Pre-K). Families will apply for preschool through the Universal Preschool Program (UPK) family portal beginning January 17.

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    School choice just got easier with SchoolFinder!

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new enrollment tool, SchoolFinder! SchoolFinder highlights the important information a family needs when researching, discovering, and comparing Mapleton’s schools that are small-by-design. 

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    Join us for a virtual Community Conversation!

    Join Mapleton's Board of Education and Superintendent Ciancio for a virtual conversation about our schools and our community. The conversation begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. Join here!

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  • Thank you for investing in Mapleton!

    Mapleton's Mill Levy Override passed with more than 56 percent of the voters saying YES to Mapleton! Learn more about what the mill levy will fund.

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    Celebrating 10 years of Mapleton Reads!

    This year, Mapleton's community reading program is turning 10! Celebrate by reading along with us! Learn more about the two amazing titles selected this year.

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    Join the Mariachi Club!

    The Mapleton Public Schools Mariachi Club is looking for new students to join their program! The club is open to all 7-12th grad students, including beginners. Meetings begin next month on Monday, January 18!

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    Introducing MealViewer!

    Mapleton now offers MealViewer, a convenient online service that allows you to view your student's daily meals online or on the MealViewer app. Learn more!

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Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts Mission Statement

  • Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts is a community of students, staff, and parents dedicated to academic exploration and discovery. We ensure all students excel as critical and creative thinkers who positively engage in the community through a system characterized by:

    • Rigorous core content viewed through the lens of the arts;
    • Compelling, inquiry-based learning expeditions;
    • Deliberate character development Service learning; and 
    • A culture that fosters both risk-taking and reflection.

Address

  • School Address:
    8980 York St.
    Thornton, CO 80229

    School Phone Number:
    303.853.1270

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School Hours

  • School Hours:
    8:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

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