From the start of National Jewish, part of the mission has been to reach out to school aged children that were missing school due to their illnesses. In 1932, an in-hospital school opened on the National Jewish campus for the youngest TB patients. From its inception, students have received individual and structured education programs to assist them in achieving academic and physical excellence and to prepare them to become independent, self reliant and responsible.
In the 1970s, Morgridge Academy (then known as Kunsberg School) was a patient populated school due to the longer hospitalizations. The school was staffed by Denver Public School teachers. In the 1980's, as the needs of the Denver community grew and health care changes took place, Morgridge Academy evolved to become not just an in-patient hospital school, but a separate building in order to provide educational services to students in the community. In the 1990's, Denver Public Schools stopped staffing the school, and Morgridge Academy became an Approved Eligible Facility School under the Colorado Department of Education.
In May 2013, Kunsberg School was renamed the Morgridge Academy to recognize the long-time support and commitment of John and Carrie Morgridge and the Morgridge Family Foundation. A renaming celebration took place at the school with the students, staff, and community members joining the Morgridge's for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Please see the video here. “Our gifts combine two causes we feel passionate about – education and National Jewish Health,” said Carrie Morgridge, Vice President of the Foundation. Read more.
Morgridge Academy is a very unique school in that we take a different approach to the learning process. Here at Morgridge Academy, we focus not only on the academic progress of our students, but also on their medical health, physical growth as well as their social and emotional well-being. Each of our staff members is versed in how to educate our students to make sure they are becoming lifelong learners in all aspects of their environment.