Preschool through IB Middle School

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in Boulder Country Day School. At BCD, we believe that students should be engaged 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 innovative academic curriculum in a caring and 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 6 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
  • Once I submit an application, what is the next step?

    For all grades, the Office of Admission will contact you to schedule a student assessment and a classroom shadow visit for your child. Shadow visits range in length depending on the age of the student but are required for all. Preschool hosts group playdates as well as individual shadows. Also, teacher recommendation forms from the current teacher are required for Kindergarten - 8th grade students and all preschool applicants who are already in daycare. Middle School requires two recommendations from the Math and English teachers. School records, and any test scores must also be submitted to complete the application file.
  • Which grades require a student assessment?

    A shadow visit is required of all applicants. Academic assessments are required only for Kindergarten through 8th grade applicants.  
  • 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 their own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, engaging academics 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.