Modeled after McAuliffe International, McAuliffe Manual offers students a challenging, well-rounded liberal arts education based on learner-centered classrooms, character education and international-mindedness. Our school provides a safe and intentional learning environment where all students are able to excel in academics, personal growth and service to community.
Beginning with a founding 6th grade class of 100+ students in the 2016-17 school year, McAuliffe Manual will add a grade each year as it works toward accommodating 6th through 8th grades in the 2018-19 school year. In 2017, McAuliffe Manual earned its Green SPF rating , ranking in the top 10% of all Denver middle schools. Click here to view our SPF report.
Our school at-a-glance:
- IB candidacy school
- Innovation Status
- A rigorous and holistic education through core content areas (math, language arts, social studies, science), and elective coursework (world languages, technology, physical education, visual and performing arts)
- Full array of extracurricular activities and athletics (Denver Prep League and Club teams)
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.