Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in Boulder Country Day School. At BCD, we believe that students should be challenged through experiences offered in an atmosphere of encouragement, joy and high expectations. We understand that children taught by energetic, inspiring and creative teachers, who care deeply about each child's progress and development, are more likely to flourish. And, we recognize the importance of offering children the opportunity to thrive in a 21st Century learning environment where innovation, creativity, and critical thinking are front and center.

BCD is the only preschool-8th grade school in Colorado that is accredited or certified by the Association of CO Independent Schools (ACIS), the CO Department of Education, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the International Baccalaureate Foundation (IBO). Since 1988, BCD holds firm in its commitment to helping each student discover his or her own excellence.

Selecting a school is one of the most important decisions you will ever face and you will want to consider all of your options to do that decision justice. With this in mind, I hope you will consider Boulder Country Day School. Our challenging academic curriculum in a caring and character-building environment helps to develop well-informed, well-prepared and thoughtful students who have a decided advantage as they face the increasing challenges of life beyond 8th grade.

In this Admission section of our website, you will find our Inquiry Form, our Application for Admission, together with various forms to guide you through the admission process. To learn more, please join us for a school tour where you can see for yourself what an inspiring and wonderful community Boulder Country Day School truly is.

I look forward to meeting you!

Warmest Regards,

Susan Boyle
Director of Admission & Marketing
Boulder Country Day School

Admission FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Is there an application deadline?

    Boulder Country Day uses a rolling admission policy. This means that we will continue to receive applications until our classes are filled.  While there is no deadline, we encourage early application to ensure there is a spot. To find out if there are spaces available, please contact the Office of Admission at
  • How do I get my child into the wait pool for the next school year if you are full?

    For the Pre-Kindergarten programs, the application date is one of the considerations that determines your child's placement in the program - the earlier you submit an application, the better chance you have of being admitted to the school. For other grades there are many considerations considered when taking a child out of our wait pool.  Because we do fill in many grades, early applications are always advised.
  • Once I submit an application, what is the next step?

    For Kindergarten and grades 1-8, the Director of Admission will contact you to schedule a student assessment. At this time you may also schedule a classroom shadow visit for your child. These assessments are usually about 60 minutes in length. The shadow visits take place in the child's current grade level class for either half a day to a full day with the exception of those entering 6th grade.  We have rising 6th graders shadow up in the Middle School. Also, teacher recommendation forms from the current teacher (Math and English for Middle School applicants), school records, and any test scores must be submitted to complete the application file.
  • Which grades require a student assessment?

    Assessments are given for students entering Kindergarten through eighth grades. Please consult the Event section of the Admission web pages for dates and details.
  • What is evaluated in the student assessment?

    During its assessments, BCD is trying to determine if the applicant is ready for our learning environment and community. We want to ensure that if we admit the student, that they will thrive here. We assess each child's reading, writing, and math skills as well as various elements of social and emotional development. The goal is to assess "fit", both for BCD and the student.
  • How long does the assessment take?

    Assessments take approximately 1 hour.
  • When will I be notified if my child has been accepted?

    Because we work on a rolling basis, families will typically be notified within two weeks of their child's application completion and shadow visit/assessment.
Boulder Country Day School    4820 Nautilus Court North • Boulder, Colorado 80301 • Phone - 303.527.4931 •
Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. BCD is a top-rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, rigorous curriculum and a focus on community, our preschool, elementary and IB middle school teachers strive to create a well-rounded educational environment that balances traditional subjects with the arts, world languages, athletics and project-based learning.