We believe in a welcoming and inclusive community where students, family members, faculty, staff and alumni work together to support and nurture students to be engaged, kind, resourceful, confident, empowered, well-rounded good citizens.
We believe children thrive when engaged, challenged and surrounded by peers and teachers who love school. Our research-based curriculum is infused with innovative strategies to support differentiation, skill mastery, hands-on projects, and a love of learning.
We believe that academics are only one piece of school and that students need tools, support and strategies to learn to problem solve, communicate, create resolutions, think critically, take risks, and fail forward. In our most recent survey 97.8% of our parents reported their child feels safe at BCD.
Small Class Sizes
We believe small class sizes allow our teachers to truly see, know, and love each student. It is essential in differentiating instruction. Our Board of Trustees mandates that sizes not exceed 18 in the Elementary School or 22 in the Middle School. Preschool classes range from 11-16 students with two full-time teachers.
Remarkable faculty and Staff
We believe that a caring and dedicated faculty and staff are the "heart and soul" of our school. Ours share a deep optimism for children and a love of their professions.
International, National and State Accreditations & Affiliations
We believe in continuous school improvement, and, as such, seek accreditation from organizations that focus on that process. BCD is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS), recognized by the Colorado Department of Education, a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are the only school in the world that meets the standards of all of these organizations.
Committed and Engaged Parent Body
We believe education works best when schools and families partner for the benefit of the students. Committed and engaged parents are keys to the success of those partnerships, and we encourage parent participation at every grade levels.
We believe that a safe, clean, and age-appropriate campus improves learning and enhances student engagement. 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.
We believe our graduates should be socially and academically confident, technologically savvy leaders who are prepared for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. They should strive to do their best and should act as honest, effective communicators who care about their communities. Our alumni matriculate at a variety of local public and private high schools along with out-of-state boarding schools. They typically enter into honors, AP and pre-IB courses and state that BCD prepared them exceptionally well for the social and academic rigors of high school.
We also believe that 3rd party assessment is crucial to the success of our students and our school. Annually, we assess our students to determine the progress they have made, to identify areas of strength and weakness, and to evaluate pieces of our program. We use the Educational Records Bureau’s (ERB) Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAAA) for Kindergarten – 2nd grade and the Comprehensive Testing Program version 4 (CTP 4) for 3rd – 8th grades as our assessment tools. We receive robust score reports on the student, class and school levels, which allow us to evaluate our progress and compare ourselves to leading independent schools throughout the United States.
BCD is a private school of approximately 350 students ranging from our 2.5 year old preschoolers through 8th grade.
Tuition for 2018-19 year ranges from $13,600 to $21,000. Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees in December.
BCD has a robust Financial Aid program and we highly encourage families to apply.
BCD was founded in 1988 but built and moved to its current location in 1998.
School hours are:
Middle School 8:00 am - 3:17 pm
Elementary School 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Preschool 8:00 am – 1:00 or 3:00 pm, with 3 or 5 day a week programs
Our extended day program runs every day 7:30-8:00 am and up until 5:45pm. We also offer after school classes in art, music, languages and other enrichment subjects.
Every Friday we have an All School Assembly where different grade levels offers performances or presentations. Performance is a cornerstone of our educational program.
85% 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 kind, tenacious, loyal, and determined.
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.
We offer four signature weeks: Science/Computer Science, Arts Week, Global Awareness, and Good Will week. Each week has special guests or activities for students and introduces them into the fields in more depth.
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.