Academics

Elementary

Founded on fundamentals. Driven by creativity.
The BCD Elementary School is a place of discovery, of challenge and support where tradition meets innovation and creativity. Our commitment to small class sizes (average 14-15 with a maximum of 18) ensures that teachers truly know and meet the needs of each student and enhances our rigorous yet balanced curriculum. Our excellent faculty prides themselves in being current with research based instructional theory and practice. Our Learning Center staff partners closely with elementary classroom teachers to support the diverse learning styles of our students by using a variety of grouping strategies for teaching math and language arts.

In addition to the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, social studies and science taught by the homeroom teacher, elementary students also receive instruction in technology, art, science lab, library, physical education, music, band, and world language. Students take both French and Spanish from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. In 3rd through 5th grade, students will focus on either Spanish or French as their chosen language. Students are introduced to Latin starting in 4th grade.

Character Education

Character education is essential in every student’s overall development. Students participate in guided discussions, activities, and role playing exercises that encourage them to treat others kindly. Philanthropy and community service projects connect students to various charitable organizations. Students actively participate in age-appropriate service projects.

Special Programs

Science Week: Each December BCD holds a school wide science fair. Students grade K-8 participate by doing an individual science experiment. All experiments are displayed in the gym during science week and are judged by scientists from the area. Science week includes special speakers and programs for students during the school day. A family science night features student experiments, speakers, and programs for the whole family. An assembly to celebrate Science Week is held on Friday and top experiments are recognized.

Musical Productions & Assemblies

Elementary students participate in musical performances, plays and assemblies held throughout the school year. Each student can expect to be on stage performing several times during the year. Each grade takes part in a musical performance where music teachers work with homeroom teachers preparing the events. Parents are always welcome.

Classroom Events

Throughout the school year each grade holds special events which are related to units of study. Students may present research and writing projects to each other, another class or grade level, or parents.

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  • I have a nice teacher and I feel smart


    I am a Bulldog
        - Elementary Student

ABCs and 123s of Choosing a Kindergarten

 
There are numerous Kindergarten options available for children and parents. Today, more than ever, parents carefully examine their many choices: open enroll or neighborhood, public or private, full day or part day, morning or afternoon, academic or play-based…So what should a parent look for in a Kindergarten program? 

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  • Consider the length of the program.

    Many public schools are forced by budget restrictions to offer a part-day program for Kindergarten students. And, for many parents a part-day program may feel as though it is best. However, parents also need to recognize that it is very hard for teachers to accomplish curriculum goals and help students meet objectives if they are only at school for 2 ½ hours per day. The reality of a part day Kindergarten daily schedule is that everything is crammed into a fast-paced block of time that often does not honor the true nature and needs of young children. In addition, the cost of extended care either before or after a part day Kindergarten program is often significant.
  • Every child matters.

    No child should ever fall through the cracks… Instruction in core subjects such as math and language arts and literacy must be balanced. If your child is a wiz at in a particular subject area, the teacher should challenge him further. On the other side of the coin, if your child struggles he should be supported using a variety of teaching methods and materials to ensure that he not only learns – but truly understands – the concepts.
  • Teachers have support.

    Does the lead classroom teacher have the support of resource teachers to help ensure that student needs are met? Do teachers have time to collaborate with one another? Do teachers work as a team and share ideas? Do students have opportunities to work one-on-one time and/or in small group time with a resource teacher? All of the above help teachers to ensure that they meet every child’s needs.
  • The school has an organized after school program.

    If you know that you will need to use a school’s before or after school program (also commonly known as Extended Day or KinderCare), check out the program. Does the program seem organized? Are classes held afterschool that might interest your child? Is the program easily accessible to families and easy to use? Can you have your child drop in, or is a reservation required?
  • When considering the choice of a part-day or full-day program, parents need to do what is best for their child.

    However, they must also need to consider the benefits a full-day program provides: more time and opportunity to “play” with language and literacy concepts as well as to explore subjects in depth; a more flexible, individualized learning environment; and more individual and small-group interaction with the teacher than is possible in most half-day classrooms.
  • Consider the atmosphere of the school and classroom.

    Are you greeted warmly when you visit the school? Do the children seem happy, excited to learn, and eager to be there? Teachers and administrators must create and support a love of learning and excitement about school that will help propel students through many more years of learning.
  • Small class size is critical.

    Small class size helps to ensure that your child’s Kindergarten teacher truly knows your child. Small class size coupled with in-depth knowledge of your child means that teachers are better able to tailor curriculum to meet the needs and learning style of your child. Many educators talk about the need for differentiating instruction (i.e. tailoring teaching for individual students). However, reality often does not provide the time or resources for this to happen in classrooms with large numbers of students. When class size grows, even the best teachers are forced to teach to the median learning level of the students.
  • Teachers support and nurture students as they learn to navigate socially.

    Academics are important, but strong social skills are critical to success in today’s world. Whether a person is five-years-old and knocking over another child’s block tower, or is 50-years-old and irritating co-workers at the copy machine – it is the same thing. Social skills, and the life lessons that accompany learning what works and what does not, are a cornerstone of success today. Look for a curriculum that focuses on supporting development of the whole child and is committed to teaching character development. (I’m not sure how to best say this…)
  • The curriculum and schedule is balanced.

    Just about every adult can recall the drone of Charlie Brown’s teacher (Wa-wa, Wa-wa-wa…) and the image of students being sucked into a void of boredom. Kindergarten is about learning academics – but it should also be exciting! Look for a balance in the daily routine. Ideally, students should experience a blend of teacher directed and child initiated activities; activities for the large group, small group, and time to work individually or one-on-one with a teacher; time indoors and time outdoors; time to be focused and put pencil to paper and time to just play and have fun. A balanced Kindergarten program will offer challenging academics and variety of enrichment classes (i.e. “specials”) such as art, computer, music, choir, foreign language, physical education, and science lab.
  • Trust your instinct when you visit.

    One of the most important factors to consider is the feel of the classroom and the sense that the children are actively engaged. It is critical that teachers create this foundation through joy, enthusiasm, and a nurturing passion that reminds us all of our most nostalgic memories and positive experiences in elementary school.
     

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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 his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, rigorous curriculum 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.

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