Mackintosh Academy – Boulder

Our Mission & History 

Mackintosh Academy was established as a nonprofit independent school in 1977 by Eve Mackintosh, an influential leader in gifted education in Colorado. The Academy now has two campuses, one in Littleton and our campus in Boulder that opened its doors in 2011. Mackintosh Academy - Boulder (Mack Boulder) has two divisions, Lower School (K-5), and Middle School (6-8), that serve 155 total students with 37 faculty and staff. Mack Boulder operates with a highly supportive, independent Board of Trustees.


Mackintosh Academy’s mission is to nurture the keen minds and compassionate hearts of the gifted child in a responsive and caring community of learners. Our students mature into confident, healthy human beings inspired to contribute to a world that needs them. In addition to being Colorado’s first independent school for gifted learners, it is Colorado’s only independent school that’s an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school with both a Primary Years Programme (PYP) for K-5, and Middle Years Programme (MYP) for 6-8.  As an authorized IB World School, Mackintosh Academy’s mission also aligns with the IB program’s mission, “to create a better world through education.”


Business Operations Specifics

While the story of Mackintosh Academy comes to life through our students and our staff, numbers fill in some important details about our operation:

  • $3.8 million annual operating budget, 71% from tuition, 26% from donations, and 3% from other sources 
  • $650,000 provided annually in tuition assistance to students + $180,000 provided annually to cover tuition for Mack Scholars
  • $580,000 achieved of cash reserve goal of $800,000
  • Two clean audits achieved in past two fiscal years since establishing financial independence from Littleton (prior to that partnered in eight previous clean audits)

Additionally, we have developed strong supports for our highly talented and committed educators and staff members that set Mackintosh Academy apart:

  • Faculty/staff wages place them among the highest paid independent schools educators in our local area.
  • Faculty/staff have a 401K featuring a “double down match” benefit (i.e., 3% employee matched by 6% employer)

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