Why PS - 8th

by intention

Boulder Country Day has intentionally chosen to focus on preschool through eighth grade and we believe it is among our greatest assets.  We firmly believe that a PS-8 school environment offers distinct advantages during the most critical years of a child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development. 

From the teachers we hire to the welcoming and safe campus environment to the curriculum we teach; our configuration allows us to focus on the unique needs of children ages 2 ½ - 14 without the distractions and very different social and academic pressures faced by high school students. We provide a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment where children and young adolescents feel safe taking risks, developing leadership skills, exploring new activities, and challenging themselves to go further than they ever thought possible. At BCD, we celebrate children and childhood, making it a wonderful place to grow up.

Our size and our structure allow us to:
  • Balance intellectual maturation and social-emotional growth in an environment that is both nurturing and academically challenging.
  • Know each student’s gifts and challenges and recognize individual development patterns.
  • Offer age-appropriate activities that make it possible for children to stay children a little longer.
  • Provide real leadership opportunities for young adolescents. At a time when they are typically feeling caught in the middle between childhood and high school, students in both our 5th and 8th grades are school leaders and role models for younger students.
  • Mentor and model appropriate risk taking in a nurturing and supportive child-centered environment.
  • Hire faculty who understand the developmental needs of the children they teach and who believe that the relationships they foster with their students, both in the classroom and out, are crucial to each child’s confidence and success.
  • Develop a strong sense of community among our students and parents and allow for parent participation in many school activities.
  • Help students to discover themselves as learners, artists, and athletes before they make informed decisions about high school.
  • Children change dramatically in the elementary and middle school years.  A high school that seemed ideal when the child was five or six may be entirely inappropriate in light of a student’s interests and abilities at age 13 or 14. By eighth grade, our students – along with their parents and teachers – understand their strengths, learning style, and interests, and are well equipped to make the right decision about the “best match” high school. 

We maintain strong connections with the local public and independent schools in our area as well as a range of boarding schools around the country.  Each fall we host a high school fair with over 60 high schools in attendance and our Head of Middle School helps our families manage this important selection process. The net result is that our graduates attend public and private high schools, near and far, secure in the knowledge that BCD has prepared them well.
Finally, in the spirit of school improvement and to ensure we continue to offer the best possible experience for our students, we send our alumni surveys (at the end of 9th and 12th grades) to learn from their experiences and to provide us with the data we need to make certain that each of our graduates has the opportunity to discover their excellence in high school and beyond.

A Leadership Story

Celebrating excellence. First Grade Teacher, Holly Lerner, noticed her students struggling at recess with the process of forming teams and playing fair. Instead of lecturing them, she sought a creative solution. With the help of Tricia Pezdek, Head of Middle School, 8th grade students were recruited to visit at recess and share their wisdom. What a great collaboration! Everyone wins. First graders are led by older students whom they admire and the older students are fulfilled through showing leadership. We are grateful to our amazing teachers, Ms. Lerner and Ms. Pezdek, for seeking out the creative solution that supports students first. We are grateful for their commitment to excellence.
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 knowledge based units.