The Path to Success in Castle Rock, CO

Primrose School of Castle Rock prepares children for the future

Sarah Kuta
On Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 14:58
Primrose School of Castle Rock prepares children for the future

In 2000, Shawn and Linda Batterberry took a leap of faith. 

That was the year the couple decided to open a Primrose School in Lone Tree, CO. 

Unable to find quality child care for their own kids, the Batterberrys wanted to make a difference in the lives of other families. Shawn had been a high-school principal in Denver, and Linda had just left the corporate world after 12 years to raise their three children. 

So, why not open a school? Or maybe two.

The Primrose School of Castle Rock, where the Batterberrys live, soon followed in 2007. 

“The kids really do get a head start here,” says Shawn, who graduated from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. “Elementary schools know when our kids come in that they’re Primrose kids because of their background. We want the teachers to say, ‘That is a Primrose student.’ We actually hear that a lot.”

Not only does this private preschool provide children in Castle Rock with top-notch lessons in reading, writing, math but they are taught curiosity, confidence, compassion and creativity, helping them develop into well-rounded students. 

“The amount that children absorb and learn by the time they’re 3 years old is critical, so it’s very important that we give them that foundation to set them up on the road to success,” Shawn says. “Their brains are like sponges – they just soak up information.” 

Primrose School provides children in Castle Rock with top-notch lessons to become well-rounded students.

Primrose Schools are located in 29 states serving more than 55,000 children nationwide, and each school is independently owned and operated. They make up a system of 400 accredited private preschools across the country for infants through kindergarten. 

Children as young as 6 weeks old can begin their development at Primrose, which also offers after-school programming for older children that includes homework help and activities in music, drama, sports and more.

Primrose’s curriculum is unique in that it combines modern child development research with the wisdom of renowned early-education philosophers like Montessori, Gesell, Piaget and Vygotsky. The school’s “Balanced Learning” approach makes learning fun by incorporating purposeful play, which helps build children’s confidence and get them excited about school.

At Primrose, parents can rest assured that their children are learning in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. The caring teachers and staff focus on students’ social, emotional, intellectual and physical well-being. 

The curriculum itself is designed to help students develop into confident, happy adults by incorporating important life lessons and themes like friendship, honesty and gratitude.

On top of that, the Batterberrys treat every student and their parents like family.

“We’re making a big difference, and that’s the best part,” says Shawn. “You see these children grow and learn, and it’s really neat.”

Learn more at Primrose School of Castle Rock.


Sarah Kuta is an award-winning Colorado writer and editor. She regularly writes about travel, nature, education, personal finance and other topics.