Who We Are

Welcome to Boulder Country Day School.

Meet our Head of School

For nearly 30 years Boulder Country Day School has been at the forefront of education in the Boulder Valley. The hallmarks of our school - Community, Character, Academic Excellence, and Small Class Sizes - are the keys to our success and allow us to create an educational experience where children innovate, create, grow and thrive.

Our preschool and early elementary curricula model best practice. Preschool at BCD is literacy-based, and provides the right combination of academics, play and citizenship for our graduates to move easily into a challenging elementary experience. In addition to the core academic classes of Math, Literature, English, Social Studies and Science, all elementary students study two modern world languages, French and Spanish. And, the study of Latin begins in the fourth grade. Music, art, computer science, and physical education round out our students' elementary school experience.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) is the basis for our middle school curriculum. We are one of the few stand-alone MYP programs in the country. As an IB school, we seek to connect all subject groups: Humanities, Mathematics, Science, World Languages (2), Technology, Fine Arts, and Physical Education in a unique interdisciplinary way. Along with the core academic pieces of the IB program, our middle school students are expected to be responsible young adults by participating in community service, studying health and social education, developing their study skills, and seeking to discover their own unique potential. Our middle school students are young leaders and, as such, are also charged with living and modeling the core values of our school as outlined in our motto: Respect Yourself. Respect Others. Take Responsibility for Your Actions.

The Boulder Country Day challenge, Discover Your Excellence, recognizes that excellence is teachable, personal, and can be achieved in a variety of different disciplines - academic, athletic, community service, leadership, and more. Should you decide to join our family, I promise you that BCD will provide your son or daughter the right combination of nurture, structure, and latitude to live up to this challenge.

John H. Suitor III
Head of School

Head of School Profile

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  • BIO - John Suitor began his independent school career...

    at Foxcroft School, a boarding and day school for girls in Northern Virginia. During his 16 year tenure, he held a variety of different positions within the school, including history and math teacher, technology coordinator, athletic director, director of summer programs, chair of department of history and social sciences, and academic dean/dean of faculty. Following his time at Foxcroft, John served as head of school at Long Trail School, a 6-12 grade day school in southwestern Vermont. While there, he helped Long Trail become Vermont’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) world school. John believes very strongly in professional development and school improvement. To that end, he has served on state and regional independent school association boards or commissions in Virginia, Vermont, New England, and Colorado. A graduate of independent schools, John attended Hebron Academy in Maine. He lives in the Gunbarrel neighborhood of Boulder with his wife Gail and is the father of 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Madison, and Catherine.

Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Board of Trustees

Boulder Country Day, like most independent schools, is governed by a self-selecting Board of Trustees comprised of current parents, past parents, alumni, and community leaders. The Board’s primary role is to hold our school’s mission in trust for future generations of BCD families. In that role, the Board, while working closely with the Head of School and the administrative leadership team develops and reviews broad, long-range, institutional policy, ensures the school’s financial sustainability, plans strategically for the school’s future, and raises funds for annual and capital projects.

Chairman Fade Adesina Nadya Karim-Shaw
Trey Foskett Justin Astley Liana James
Vice Chair Rhett Bennett Matthew Nisbet
Jenny Schmidt Becky Boitnott Keri Shee
Treasurer Amanda Crisel David Wilson
Jay Champion Anna Forkner
Secretary Paul Kirby  
Shelly Cadora    
Boulder Country Day School    4820 Nautilus Court North • Boulder, Colorado 80301 • Phone - 303.527.4931 • info@bouldercountryday.org
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.