I'm not sure how they do it, but the staff at Bixby really know how to address individual learning styles for every student. Our child loves Bixby, as do we. As a parent, one thing I appreciate about Bixby is that it is not a hoity-toity school. I have no idea of the economic status of other families, but we are middle class and do not feel that we are outsiders. I did get that feeling when looking at other private schools in Boulder.
The compassion and dedication from the teachers is absolutely amazing and unsurpassed! These teachers are so engaged and effective. They truly know how to foster a love for learning and self-development
This community is a rare find! The teachers are absolutely amazing. Children are academically challenged and nurtured in their social and emotional development. The community is welcoming and engaged and truly wonderful. My son joined in third grade and the teachers and community at Bixby has gone out of their way to welcome him and help with this transition. My son's love for learning had started to disappear in our large class neighborhood school and he said the other night "At Bixby the teachers really, really care and the adults like children and I love learning and making friends there!". We are so delighted to have found this school and it is one of the few schools that truly understands the value of social development and individualized instruction. After 20 years in education research is can whole heartedly recommend this school!
No homework in K-3 grade, which is exactly right! Young kids should be playing, socializing and finding their passions in their free time, not doing worksheets simply for the purpose of getting them used to homework.
My kids thrive at Bixby! My daughter started at Bixby just this year in 3rd grade. As a quick learner, she was constantly bored in her 25-30 child classrooms at our neighborhood public school where standardized testing culture forced teachers to focus on the slower learners. She wasn't even 8, but was already seeing recess as her one opportunity for fun and creativity during the school day. Bixby has changed all of that! She comes home now excited about what she has learned and accomplished in her classes. She is seeking out academic challenges for the first time in years and she is developing the persistence and resilience she will need throughout her life. My son was fortunate to start Bixby in his last year of preschool. It's an amazing program that focuses on fostering independence and social and emotional development through play. He went through Bixby's Kindergarten program a year early and is now in 1st grade. His social and emotional growth at Bixby has been astounding, in large part because Bixby teachers focus on this important aspect of development as much as they focus on the academics. Both of my kids are thriving and developing into compassionate, passionate learners. Bixby gives kids the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to succeed not just in their education, but in life. This is what elementary education should be.
There are over 100 children at Bixby, each with their own learning style. The teachers at Bixby meet each of these children where they are and help them become the best version of themselves. This is not just effective, but exceptional!!
Because the classroom size is small at Bixby, the teachers are able to help the children truly master concepts during class time. Therefore, there is little need for kids at Bixby to struggle with worksheets and meaningless repetition at home; any homework given is meaningful and appropriate. Once the time is taken-- as it is at Bixby-- to help children truly understand a concept, and feel the joy and satisfaction that comes with that, there is little need to memorize and test children over and over.
At Bixby the kids are taught to know themselves, and to look for different ways their own abilities might lead them to solve problems. This gives them the ability to solve problems that may frustrate children without this emotional "toolbox".
At Bixby students are taught to respect themselves, each other, and their environment. This is done by incredible modeling from the staff, who, at every turn, embody these values themselves. It's no wonder the children pick up on it!