Multi-Aged Classrooms

The Crestone Charter School is set up in multi-age classroom cultures. Some of the reasons for doing this are:

  • Children learn from each other, regardless of age.
  • Intellectual abilities grow at different rates depending on subject area and are not necessarily linked to age. For example, a ten-year-old child might be reading very advanced literature and doing mathematics with much younger children.
  • Multi-age classes allow more chances to find natural learning groups.
  • Our society exists without recognition of age except in broad ranges. It makes little sense to isolate children by age.


For all these reasons we do not refer to children as graded.
Class    Comparative Grade Levels
EARLY ELEMENTARY: K-1
PRIMARY: 2-3 
INTERMEDIATE: 4-5
MIDDLE SCHOOL: 6-8
LINK (HIGH SCHOOL): 9-12

We seek to place a child enrolled in our school in the classroom in which they will thrive. This decision is made based on the child’s social, emotional and academic development by the teachers and parents together and can change during a school year.