Modeled after McAuliffe International, McAuliffe Manual is an IB candidacy school and has received Innovation Status from DPS and the The Board of Education. The school offers students a challenging, well-rounded liberal arts education based on learner-centered classrooms, character education and international-mindedness. McAuliffe Manual earned its Green SPF rating in 2017, ranking in the top 10% of all Denver middle schools. Click here to view our SPF report.

Serving a founding 6th grade class of 100+ students in the 2016-17 school year,  this new school will add one grade per year for the next two years until it accommodates 6th through 8th grades.

McAuliffe Manual provides a safe and intentional learning environment where all students are able to excel in academics, personal conduct and service to community.  It 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 allowing teams compete with other middle schools in the Denver Prep League.


McAuliffe International Schools develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people through the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, parents and community. All members of the McAuliffe International School community will excel in academic achievement, personal conduct and service to the community.


McAuliffe Manual is dedicated to providing students with an outstanding liberal arts education with an international focus. By developing strong learning communities centered on core values and shared commitment to academic excellence, 100% of our graduates will be prepared for high school, college, and beyond. Through the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, parents and community our graduates will be inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are prepared to live the life they dream of and leaders of the future. McAuliffe Manual will increase the number of students in poverty, students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners that enter high school at grade-level. McAuliffe Manual is a diverse community that has a relentless focus on academic excellence and embraces culture, language, innovation, arts and athletics. 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.

About Christa McAuliffe  ChristaMcAuliffe

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.

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