BCD is a private school of approximately 350 students ranging from our 2-1/2 year old preschoolers through 8th grade.
We are the only school in the U.S. accredited or certified by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS), the Colorado Department of Education, The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the International Baccalaureate Foundation (IB).
Small class sizes are a hallmark of BCD. Our Board of Trustees mandates that sizes not exceed 18 in the Elementary School or 22 in the Middle School. Often, classes are smaller. Preschool classes range from 11-16 students with two full-time teachers.
BCD was founded in 1988 and moved to its current location in 1998.
BCD is situated on 5.5 acres campus located in the Gunbarrel neighborhood of Boulder. The campus nestles up to the Twin Lakes open space.
BCD specializes in a challenging, differentiated curriculum.
BCD offers world language instruction in Spanish, French, and Latin. Three year olds through 2nd grade study both Spanish and French. Once in 3rd grade, students choose to focus on either Spanish or French. Latin is introduced in 4th grade and continues through 8th grade.
The Middle School offers 7 levels of math for the three grades with average student to teacher ratios at 10:1.
BCD graduates typically matriculate into the following High Schools: Fairview, Boulder, Niwot, Dawson, Silver Creek, Regis, and Holy Family. Most of the students are placed in IB or AP Programs. We host a High School Fair annually in October that draws 70+ public, private and boarding schools and is open to the public.
School hours are:
Middle School 8:00 am - 3:17 pm
Elementary School 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pre-school 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, with 3 or 5 day a week programs.
Every Friday we have an All School Assembly where different grade levels offer performances or presentations. Performance is a cornerstone of our educational program.
BCD has a robust Financial Aid program and we highly encourage families to apply.
90% of all 5th through 8th grade students participate in team sports. We have a no-cut policy so all who want to play can and will.
Our school mascot is the bulldog whose name is Kersey. Bulldogs are tenacious, patient, friendly, and determined.
Child care in our extended day program runs every day until 5:45pm and we offer after school classes in art, music, languages and other enrichment subjects.
Science week is held every fall with special guests and experiments. All 3rd through 7th graders participate by creating science projects (participation for students in K - 2nd grade and 8th grade is optional.) BCD students regularly place highly at the state competitions.
Each BCD 8th grader conducts a year-long Capstone Community Project, a year-long research project aimed at helping students explore an area of interest, contemplate the relationship of the project to the community, and presents their findings and experience before their peers, parents, and other guests.
BCD has a dress code for Kindergarten through 8th grade students. We believe that student dress should embody our motto of respect for self and others.
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BCD looks at each child in terms of the whole person, not just the academic piece. We also give them the social skills they need to prepare them to succeed in life."
We do test our students in grades 3rd - 8th. The name of the standardized test used is the Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (CTP4); however, it is most commonly referred to as the ERB. This is a reference to Educational Records Bureau, the name of the company that created and scores the test. Children in Kindergarten - 2nd grade are assessed using the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (also created and scored by ERB) to monitor progress and prepare them for the concept of test taking.
We review the scores of our students individually and by grade against two normative groups - national norms (a random sampling of all types of schools in the nation) and independent school norms (which are among the most selective norms of any standardized test). We meet our goals if our students test well above the national norm and at or above the independent school norm.
In general, students at BCD score at or above the norms of leading independent schools throughout the United States. We see variance by student and by subtest, and we are careful to monitor those variances to evaluate if we need to make any changes in our curriculum; however, our results over time have consistently placed BCD among the highest performing schools in the United States.