1354 Park St, Castle Rock, CO 80109

(303) 484-9286

Award-Winning Half-Day Preschool in Castle Rock, CO

Ivybrook Academy is an innovative early childhood school that provides half-day classes designed to embrace your child and unlock a world of purpose and possibilities. We offer a variety of sessions in order to accommodate the needs of every family!

Our hybrid curriculum combines progressive approaches to early childhood education which draws from the customized learning approach of Montessori, the experiences in Reggio Emilia, and Multiple Intelligence research. These philosophies are blended into our comprehensive half-day preschool providing a solid foundation for our children’s early learning years.

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Class Offerings

Two Year Olds
Monday, Wednesday, Friday Morning
Tuesday & Thursday Morning

Three Year Olds
Monday, Wednesday, Friday Morning
Tuesday & Thursday Morning

Monday through Thursday Morning
Monday through Friday Morning

At Ivybrook Academy, We Believe:

  • that a child’s unique voice must be heard and ideas should be honored as they actively participate in their learning.
  • in a multi-sensory, discovery-based approach to early childhood education.
  • that children’s interests should be respected as they learn to ask questions, find answers, and share their discoveries with others.
  • in a strong partnership between families and committed educators.

About Ivybrook Castle Rock

Mark Arbitrio, Castle Rock School Owner & Business Manager, and his wife Alison are thrilled to be the first to bring Ivybrook Academy’s award-winning approach to childhood education to Colorado.  Both children of career teachers, Mark and Alison grew up with a strong appreciation and passion for education and they have always had a history of developing strong relationships within their communities.  They are looking forward to starting their son Jackson in such a progressive program.

Mark and Alison were drawn to Ivybrook because they share the school’s belief that the unique voices of children must be heard and their ideas honored as they actively participate in their learning.  The Arbitrio’s feel that the blended Montessori curriculum and interaction with parents about the wonderful progress their children make daily through exploration is truly like a daily shot of professional adrenaline.  They look forward to growing with the Castle Rock community.

The Arbitrio Family

Shannon Harrell
Shannon HarrellPrincipal

Principal Shannon Harrell is an experienced early childhood teacher, coach/trainer, and administrator. She is a native of Colorado and has been in early childhood education for 28 years. Her passion stems from her respect for each child’s unique learning style and family dynamic. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Coaching Certificate from the Colorado Department of Education. Shannon and her husband, Mark, have four children, including a set of triplets, who all have different personalities and styles of learning.

She and her husband truly understand and respect the responsibility of parenting and feel blessed to both be in the education field. Shannon believes in meeting each child where they are academically, socially, and emotionally. Every child needs a safe environment where they can explore and learn, and Ivybrook Academy is the place where a strong education and freedom of individuality combine so that each child can thrive.

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