McAuliffe International School is an authorized IB World School offering the Middle Years Programme and serving 6th through 8th graders in the Stapleton / Park Hill shared middle school boundary of Denver. The school opened in the 2012-13 school year.
The school provides a very structured and intentional learning environment where all students are able to excel in academics, personal conduct and service to community. McAuliffe offers a rigorous and holistic education via elective coursework in world languages, technology, physical education and the visual and performing arts in addition to the core content areas of math, language arts, social studies and science.
In addition to academics, McAuliffe provides students the opportunity to participate in a full array of extracurricular activities and athletics where teams compete with other middle schools in the Denver Prep League.
The Board of Education for Denver Public Schools has granted McAuliffe International School innovation status. MIS offers a longer school day (8 hours) and a longer school year (195 days) than a traditional public middle school (7 hours a day and 171 days a year).
All members of the McAuliffe International School community will excel in academic achievement, personal conduct and service to the community.
McAuliffe International School is a rigorous, high-performing middle school that prepares all students for success in high school, college and life. McAuliffe International School develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people through the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, parents and community. In order to accomplish this mission, McAuliffe International School:
- provides a rigorous and challenging learning environment enabling each child to reach his or her full academic potential.
- empowers students to be: open-minded, reflective, creative, and critical. Students are encouraged to take risks intellectually and to become lifelong learners.
- develops caring and principled students who show empathy, compassion and respect towards the feelings and needs of others. Students demonstrate a personal commitment to service and make a positive difference in the lives of others and the environment.
McAuliffe International School was named after Christa McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher in New Hampshire who was selected out of 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space. On January 28, 1986, she and six other crew members boarded the Space Shuttle Challenger. Only 73 seconds after take-off, the O-ring on the shuttle’s right solid rocket booster failed. The leaking rocket fuel quickly ignited and all seven crew members were lost. It was later determined that the O-rings were likely affected by the cold temperatures on January 28th, which were 15 degrees cooler than the next coldest launch day. NASA had planned for McAuliffe to give science lessons in space that would be televised for American children. Christa McAuliffe’s legacy continues through numerous schools and scholarships named in her honor.