Application Process

Our online application is the preferred method of applying. Please click here to be taken directly to the application form for completion. The non-refundable online application fee is $120.00.

Or, you may download the appropriate application from the below selections and send the completed application with the non-refundable application fee of $200.00 to:

The Office of Admission
Boulder Country Day School, 4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Preschool Application (No recommendation required)
Elementary Application
Middle School Application
Records Release Request Form
Teacher Recommendation Form - Elementary
Teacher Recommendation Form - Middle School
Boulder Country Day School celebrates, honors, and appreciates all forms of diversity in an environment of inclusivity. Individual differences are highly regarded, nurturing the human dignity of each member of our community.  Our intentional work to embrace and understand the value of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice affords the freedom for all members of our school community to flourish as unique, confident, compassionate, and ethical individuals. We affirm all people regardless of their age, disabilities, culture, ethnic origin, nationality, race, religion, creed, family, marital status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, military service or socioeconomic status.
Boulder Country Day does not discriminate on the basis of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

We offer admission tours most days from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm by appointment; please let us know when you are free and we'll do our best to schedule it during that time. Tours are for parents with or without your children and include a brief overview of the school, a tour and a time to ask questions. Tours typically last about an hour.

Admission Checklist

Fill out an inquiry form. Please click here for the form. You may also request a tour, with specific dates and times, on this form

  • Click here to be directed to our online admission application (preferred method) for a reduced fee of $120.00, or download and print the appropriate application and mail it to The Office of Admission with the application fee $200.00. 
  • Once the application is received, The Admission Director will contact you to schedule a shadow day and assessment (not necessary for preschool).
  • Have your current teacher complete and return Teacher Recommendations(s). Recommendations are optional for Preschool. One form is required for grades K-5th and two are required for Middle School (English and Math). See above links for the Elementary and Middle School forms. The online application will also offer you the opportunity to enter your teacher’s email address so a letter of recommendation can be sent directly to them.
  • Request that school records and standardized test scores be sent to Boulder Country Day (if applicable to applying grade). Click here for form.

Birth Date Entry Requirement

We use the Boulder Valley School District September 30th date as a "guide" to make appropriate admissions decisions and determine if a child is ready for our programs.

For admission into our preschool program (3-year-olds) we are - in general - looking for children to be three by September 30th of the year of entry, or turn three within a few weeks of that date. We know that children develop at different rates and birth dates alone do not always determine developmental readiness. If a child applies who has a birth date within a few weeks of September 30th, we will we invite a family to bring their child in to meet with our Preschool Director for an informal assessment. However, this assessment appointment does not ensure enrollment acceptance into the school. We will also assess students as they turn three during the year, if we have room in our program.

A child's birth date is only one of the factors the admissions committee takes into consideration when making an admission decision. Careful thought and consideration is taken with all candidates.

It is sometimes recommended, for a child with a younger birthday, to have a "gift of a year" and remain in the preschool another year before entering our kindergarten program.

For Kindergarten admissions we again follow the September 30th date as a guide and younger applicants are assessed to determine readiness. Furthermore, we assess all applicants to BCD who are not already enrolled in BCD's pre-kindergarten program.

Admission FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Is there an application deadline?

    Boulder Country Day uses a rolling admission policy. This means that we will continue to receive applications until our classes are filled.  While there is no deadline, we encourage early application to ensure there is a spot. To find out if there are spaces available, please contact the Office of Admission at
  • How do I get my child into the wait pool for the next school year if you are full?

    For the Pre-Kindergarten programs, the application date is one of the considerations that determines your child's placement in the program - the earlier you submit an application, the better chance you have of being admitted to the school. For other grades there are many considerations considered when taking a child out of our wait pool.  Because we do fill in many grades, early applications are always advised.
  • Once I submit an application, what is the next step?

    For all grades, the Director of Admission will contact you to schedule a student assessment and/or a classroom shadow visit for your child. The shadow visits take place in the child's current grade level class for either half a day to a full day with the exception of Preschool and Pre-K. Those visit are typically two hours.  Also, teacher recommendation forms from the current teacher (Math and English for Middle School applicants), school records, and any test scores must be submitted to complete the application file.
  • Which grades require a student assessment?

    Assessments are given for students entering Kindergarten through eighth grades. Please consult the Event section of the Admission web pages for dates and details.
  • What is evaluated in the student assessment?

    During its assessments, BCD is trying to determine if the applicant is ready for our learning environment and community. We want to ensure that if we admit the student, that they will thrive here. We assess each child's reading, writing, and math skills as well as various elements of social and emotional development. The goal is to assess "fit", both for BCD and the student.
  • How long does the assessment take?

    Assessments take approximately 1 hour.
  • When will I be notified if my child has been accepted?

    Because we work on a rolling basis, families will typically be notified within two weeks of their child's application completion and shadow visit/assessment.
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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.