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Parent Education Events

Mackintosh Academy faculty have a wealth of expertise to share with parents. Our free parent education series is designed to break through the classroom walls and bring our faculty’s expertise and insights to parents and community members. We also invited noted experts on from the community to speak.

Upcoming events in this series will be posted on this page; check back or sign up for our email newsletter to be notified.

Nurturing the Creative Spark in Your Gifted Child – February 10, 6:30 pm

What does creativity look like? How do gifted children in particular express their creativity? How does this change as they grow and mature? How can parents nurture their child’s creativity?

Drawing upon her doctoral research, Kayla Steffens will explore these questions. She will examine three conceptualizations of creativity: general, domain-specific, and the Amusement Park Theoretical Model. These models will be used to discuss the life of a creative person and the association between giftedness and creativity. Parents will leave with tools to support their child’s creativity and some suggested readings.

To learn more or to RSVP, please click here.


October 12, 2021, 6:30 pm via Zoom. Our school psychologist Denise Sironen will speak on helping kids with anxiety and stress.

When kids are anxious, it’s natural to want to help them feel better. Especially now, during the pandemic, if you or your children are feeling worried, learning how to deal with that anxiety in a healthy way can help the whole family be more resilient, both now and into the future. During our hour together we will learn about the psychological and physiological components of anxiety and some specific parenting strategies and tips for helping kids cope with their stress and/or anxiety.

More about Denise: Denise Sironen, School Psychologist & Social Emotional Learning Coach, has spent her career working with students and staff in a school mental health capacity.  She has twenty-eight years’ experience as a licensed school psychologist working with all ages of students. Denise has also worked as a district coordinator of behavioral and mental health services. In addition to her work at Mackintosh, she provides training for teachers and parents around social-emotional issues, runs parenting classes and is a certified parent coach. Denise earned her Master’s in Educational Psychology and her Bachelors in Psychology, both from the University of Colorado.

Please RSVP and reserve your spot here

Admissions Events

Open House

October 26, 7:00 pm.

Join us to learn about what bright, creative kids need from school, and how our inquiry-based International Baccalaureate program fits those needs. See our newly expanded campus and meet our staff who truly “get” gifted kids! Visit with the Admissions Director.  RSVP requested; please call 303-794-6222 or email to let us know you’re coming.

Private Tours Available by Appointment

Reserve your spot today! Admissions events and tours fill up fast. Email our Admissions Director with your interest and date or use the contact form below.

Past Events

Below are some of our recurring signature events that are open to Mackintosh parents, prospective families, and the larger community. Please stay tuned for our events schedule for the 2021-22 school year.

Genius Girls Gathering

FREE STEM Workshops for Girls!   

Do you know a girl who likes to create, innovate, build, design, code, explore, or discover? Mackintosh Academy is hosting a gathering for girls just like her!

For girls ages 9 -13 & their parents, this FREE event will offer fun hands-on workshops and an interactive discussion led by women scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

The goal? To inspire and empower girls to maintain and grow their interest in science, design, innovation and exploration.

INSPIRE! interactive panel discussion with successful women scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs

EXPLORE! fun hands-on workshops in science, engineering, medicine, and design

IGNITE! a girl’s interest in creativity, innovation and scientific exploration

What to Expect in the Middle Years!

“I’m the only kid in my high school who loved middle school.”
This is a recent quote from a Mackintosh alum. Come find out what the excitement is about!

Most adults, when asked, would not choose to repeat their Middle School experience. Find out why Mackintosh is the exception.

The transition to middle school is significant for all students and a key stepping stone on the path to high school.  As you and your child prepare for this transition, we offer a Middle Years information session to help you learn more about what to expect.  During this session we will share important research about the adolescent brain and how our program specifically addresses the needs of developing adolescents.  You will also get a sneak peek into the exciting Middle Years Programme.

This session is for all current 5th and 6th grade students and their parents as well as prospective families.  

The Mackintosh Experience

Taste of the Apple

Try your hand at Shakespearean acting! Design a structure that can withstand an earthquake! Create artwork that incorporates mathematical principles! And MUCH MORE!

Be a kid again! Seize this unique opportunity to experience Mackintosh Academy’s integrative, inquiry-based learning as you take on the role of a student in the classroom.

Mackintosh’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning event is open to current and prospective parents. Experience what it’s like to be a student in the Mackintosh classroom..


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