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About Us

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

~Dr. Maria Montessori

Welcome to Buena Vista Elementary where we “Find the Key, Unlock the Potential!” 

Buena Vista is a public Montessori school located on the west side of Colorado Springs, serving students age 3 through 5th grade.   All of our students attend on a Choice Permit, and our staff, students, and families form a tight-knit community in which every child is known and nurtured. 

We are proud to be Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education for academic achievement and growth.

As a Montessori school, we:

  • Emphasize development of the whole child.
  • Implement a rigorous academic curriculum.
  • Teach standards in the context of individual interests and needs.
  • Allow students to independently explore concepts using specially designed, hands-on materials.
  • Support peer learning and leadership through multi-age classrooms.
  • Foster concentration through uninterrupted work periods.
  • Develop human beings who think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly.

We also provide a wide array of field trips, after school activities, and fun family events. 

We would love to have you join our Buena Vista family and to have the opportunity to Free your Child’s Potential! 

Our enrollment slots fill up quickly, so fill out a choice application to be placed in the lottery for open spots. 

Use the button below to submit a Tour Request Form.

Link to request a tour of the school

Someone from Buena Vista Elementary School will be in contact with you shortly via email to schedule a tour date and time. If you have any questions, email or call (719) 328-4100.

Interested in learning more about our program?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Updated March 2023

Enrollment Priorities

Students entering the Primary program who are children of District 11 employees or siblings of current students, have priority enrollment. Otherwise, there is no preference given and all applicants are treated equally.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions, 719-328-4100.

Specific questions regarding our program can be emailed to Catherine Neumann at

To begin the enrollment process 
start a District 11 Choice Application

Meet the Principal

Ms. Angie

My name is Angela Prochnow and I am thrilled to be serving as the principal for Buena Vista Montessori School. At Buena Vista it is our vision to provide an academically, socially, emotionally, and culturally rich learning environment where all students learn to their full potential and become responsible, productive, and engaged community members. While we know there will be challenges, we are hopeful to get back to our Montessori structures and routines that make Buena Vista a truly amazing school community!Our vision is to free each child’s potential.  

We are a public Montessori school located on the west side of Colorado Springs just minutes from downtown, serving students age 3 through 6th grade.  

At Buena Vista, students explore their world using all five senses and master skills and concepts through the use of manipulatives.  They experience freedom within limits and a sense of order as they learn from each other in multi-age classrooms.  They apply their learning to the real-world through our interdisciplinary curriculum, and the uninterrupted work periods give them the opportunity to develop concentration and pursue their interests.

We value the whole child and support our learners in a joyful learning environment where independence, respect, and responsibility are encouraged.

You can find out more about our school by clicking on Academics at the top of the page. 

Thank you for your interest in Buena Vista Elementary!