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PK-8
Private
Boulder, CO
Students enrolled: 340
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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4820 Nautilus Court North
Boulder, CO 80301

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(303) 527-3941
(303) 527-4944
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Map of Boulder Country Day address.

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December 11, 2014
BCD has been transformative for our middle school student. Coming out of public elementary, we knew we wanted a smaller environment for his middle school years where he would learn to better self advocate and hone his study skills. His and our experience has been excellent and we believe he is truly thriving at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2014
We have two kids at BCD, one in 8th grade and one in 5th. We couldn't be happier with the education and community of BCD. I have no doubt our 8th grader will be more than prepared for high school. He does have homework every night, but can manage this and have a full schedule of sports. His time management and organizational skills will be useful next year in high school and beyond. The teachers in both the middle school and elementary school are second to none. This is a school where my children are thriving and absolutely love it. They do not want to consider any other schools through 8th grade and trust me we have always given them the option. They are happy, well rounded and love learning. I credit BCD, the administration and especially the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2014
We just joined BCD this Fall and have two children in Middle School. Our children were previously at a private, IB, international school in France and they are extremely impressed with the academic level of their peers at BCD (they commented that "everyone there seems so smart and interested in learning"). This was a big transition for our children, who have never lived in the U.S., and the private attention and support that we have received from the school is incredible. We already feel that it is a wonderful, caring, engaging place for our children to be and we couldn't be happier with our choice! The community aspect of it is fabulous with my son reading to children in the lower school on Fridays (which he loves) and they have established school families that cut across grades allowing everyone to get to know each other. I would recommend BCD very highly.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
I am a middle school parent and my child has had an incredible experience at BCD. The quality of the teachers is outstanding, they care about my child, and they have gone the extra mile on several occasions to ensure my child's success. BCD's motto is respect yourself, respect others, and take responsisbility for your actions, and the school teaches these values with intent. Academically, my child is getting a first-rate education. Math and science are particularly strong at BCD as are the humanities. Middle school students take two languages (French or Spanish and Latin), and the exploratory program (think electives) offers middle school students choice in lots of different disciplines. My child has also enjoyed and benefitted from the 1:1 program. All students have a tablet and they can access their work from any wifi signal. Most important to me is the BCD community. It is welcoming, supportive, generous, and incredibly fun. It is not a chore to get involved, and the people I've met here are much more diverse than I thought they would be. If you are looking for a great middle school experience for your child, I could not recommend BCD more highly.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
Incredible school. As with many other parents, can't really think of any better situation for our elementary school child. She was average (or below average) in math at beginning of this (her first year) at BCD. Big surprise, the whole class uses a math textbook that's one grade ahead! No problem for our child; she not only caught up but is chasing 100% scores on math homework and quizzes. Was it easy and did it happen in the 1st week? Of course not, but she has systematically, with targeted help from teachers gone from barely "at grade level" in math to one year AHEAD in math. Class sizes are awesome, with 13 children total. Before, at public school the teacher was forced to spend much of her time on fewer than 5% of the class...so the average (or above-avg.) children were not led to their potential. With BCD's small class sizes, and a caring teacher it's AMAZING how much a child can learn. Our child does her share, too, with about 2 hours of homework a night but she's very happy and excited about school. Languages are great with French, Spanish & Latin required. Even in elem. her day is more like m.s. with visits to art lab, sci. lab, music and then back to homeroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
I'm an alumni of Bcd, and my time at Bcd was absolutely awful. throughout the years it has jut gotten worse. I have many times been harassed by teachers (NEVER BY STUDENTS). Teachers have even made me cry. Every student I have ever talked to has cried at least once from the harassment of a teacher. The bcd website is false advertising. the bcd community is a disgrace to the Boulder community. The Faculty is a disgrace. The academics were good but didn't prepare me at all for the life I would have in high school. I felt like I could never be myself do to the restrictions put on style, clothing, and person laity. Teachers would never help me work through a problem. At this point I would go talk to my parents and ask them to talk to the teacher. The teachers would lie to my parents time after time. I would never ever ever in a trillion years recommend this school to anybody unless they want to have a couple of depressed, unhappy children. In fact I wish there was an option to give this school 0 stars.

- submitted by a community member
March 14, 2014
My son in in first grade at BCD. He has attended BCD since preschool and my husband and I can honestly say that his (and our) experience has been consistently outstanding. Our son has struggled with learning to read and he has consistently received support, time, energy, and care from his teachers. He started off this year at one of the lowest reading levels in his class. However, the individualized support of his teacher and the entire BCD team has helped him move to exactly where he should be. This is amazing! What warms my heart the most though, is that he does not know that he struggles. His teacher supports all of the students in his class and tailors instruction to meet each child s learning style and needs. We could not be happier with our experience. BCD teachers are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I just returned from my daughter's elementary school teacher conferences. I chose BCD for their small classes, strong academics, and value of community and character. Her lead teacher is amazing! This teacher has the ability to push all levels in her classroom. It is so nice that my daughter does not have to leave the classroom to be enriched; she gets challenging work at her level right there with her peers. The BCD community makes all types of learners feel good about where they are at. No matter what level they are on, they are all valued and celebrated. The other thing they teach is self-awareness of how your actions affect others. This is no easy task in elementary school, and I was impressed when I saw my daughter's self-evaluation on her study skills and interpersonal skills. It showed me she really was developing an awarness about her own strengths and areas that still need some work. I look forward to seeing her continued growth.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
As a parent, I'm confused by the bad review. It has not been our family's experience. We have two students at BCD, one elementary school student and one middle school student. Our students have needed help on both ends of the spectrum this year. One is extremely bright and has been challenged at an appropriate level in the classroom, like the previous reviewer. The other has needed extra help in math. Her math teacher has provided unparelled help to support our daughter. The teacher sent us the sylabus each month with links to websites that would help our daughter prep for the topic before hand, or to use as extra help at home. She also invited our daughter to come in before school and during lunch to go over any questions she might have. We have seen our daughter's math grade go from a C in the first trimester to an A- this trimester. But best of all, our daughter no longer says she "can't do math." As for class size, our elementary schooler has 13 in her class with one lead teacher and a student teacher. Our middle schooler has only one class with 19 students and the rest are under 15. Our daughters have thrived at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I'm a student, and I just moved here. Nobody at this said, "Hey, look at the new kid" They were very welcoming; the frist day somebody asked me to play with them. Now, I have some great friends; it's the best school I have ever been to. GO BULLDOGS! -from a current student

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
We've known BCD for awhile now and it's not the same school it used to be. This school has become a disappointment. The marketing message is inconsistent with how they treat their students and the quality of teaching. Don't be fooled by talk of small classes and supposed caring of each individual student. Its marketing hype and the follow through is shallow. The teachers are quite busy, often unavailable to help, and don't really seem to care. I hear a lot of talk and see very little action in terms of giving individual attention, as marketed. In fact, many teachers seem stressed and unhappy with their jobs. Perhaps it's related to changes and turnover. It's definitely not worth the cost of tuition right now. You won't find a group of engaged children. They're mostly compliant, but that's about it. It's too bad, for $15k a year, it's disappointing that the quality doesn't match the price tag. Their marketing and branding is good, just don't have high expectations for you child's education with current staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
Evolves and adapts each year. I love this school. Just when I think it's perfect, it gets better. The emphasis on character and education distinguishes BCD from other area schools. If you want your child to have a rigorous educational experience, while demanding the best from them as people, send them to BCD.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
I am a student at Boulder Country Day and I love the school! All the teachers are highly qualified in their fields and are always there for you if you need help or just some care and support. It is an amazing place to get a great education, make life-long friends and become part of a community that will never fail to help you. I have been to both public, and private schools and would recommend this school over any other . The small classes and individualized learning approach make it possible for for anyone to reach their full potential.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2013
I have a daughter in the Middle School at Boulder Country Day. She has thrived there since Pre-K. The class size, teachers and the ability to get involved and really be a part of the community are what she likes best. The faculty and staff know the kids and are always there for them before, during and after school. This is a place where the kids are challenged and can reach their potential everyday. The Middle School exploratory classes that the kids get two times a day let them experience new areas of interest like photography, drama, art, yoga, sports, technology, etc. With regard to the core classes, Math, Science, Language, History and English I have no doubt that when she graduates she will be prepared for her high school years. Last year the school added STEM to the curriculum. My daughter loved it and cannot wait for what she will do in STEM next year. As a parent, at this school for the last 9 years, I have seen this school grow and change in so many positive ways especially in technology and the arts. Lastly, I cannot say enough about the faculty at this school and their level of education, experience, commitment and knowledge of their subjects.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2013
We have had both of our kids at BCD since we moved from the Bay Area. The academics at this school are more advanced than our school in California and the teachers are very on top of how the kids are doing and communicate well with the parents. Our kids are also very happy with the school and are excited to go to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
My family moved to Colorado in 2011 when our only daughter was entering 6th grade, a very difficult age for many, especially entering into a school with children who have known one another for some time. Our daughter can be an introvert, rather shy at times, but we've seen such a boost in her confidence, her happiness. BCD made all the difference in the world to her transition. The children and parents welcomed her with open arms. The teachers and staff have done wonders to build her confidence and have helped her grow into a beautiful and thriving individual. We couldn't be more pleased with this gem of a school and would encourage any parent who wants to make a small financial sacrifice during these very important years to do so and know with confidence you're making the right choice for a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Boulder Country Day School is an amazing community, with loving teachers whose commitment to excellence and education give students the love and desire to learn and the safety of a close caring community to be themselves. I am grateful to be part of this wonderful community. I love every day at BCD!

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2013
A family. This community cares about one another and does its best to create an excellent learning experience for the students.

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2013
the kids love it! great community of families/parents! we have great traditions and very qualified teachers!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
The most impressive school I have ever known. My 2 girls love going to school every day and have found a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
We have 3 children at BCD and it is a fantastic independent school. The academics are strong and the community that is surrounds our children is even stronger. No school is perfect, but this school is close. We have been at the school for 4 years and plan to be there until all of our kids finish middle school. The middle school continues to grow in size, technology and community. Character development of our children is a cornerstone of BCD's fundamentals. Who doesn't want to have civic-minded, smart, caring children? And the teachers are amazing! They are passionate about what they do and love their jobs. If you are looking for a strong preschool, elementary or middle school...you should absolutely visit Boulder Country Day.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2013
I was a student at BCD for 8 years, when I transferred out. The entire time that you are at the school, you are told how advance and smart you are and how easy high school will be. In truth the school, especially the middle school, is overrated. There is no preparation given to students as far as going into an IB program in High School even though it is an IB middle school. The language department is the worst. I took French at the school since I was in kindergarten and when I transferred to a BVSD public middle school, I was behind students who had started the language the year before. The history department is a year behind all other school, and so is the english department. The parents and the fact that you are in an unsocial bubble are a whole other battle. Now that I am a senior, I look back and I am so happy that I got out of the school when I did. When I got to high school, I was in such a better place than the kids who had stayed at the school, because honestly almost every kid ends up at the same high school. Don't listen to the hype of this school when there are much better public school options.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2013
My son is at BCD and we all LOVE it! He is a gifted student, and we looked at many options before choosing BCD, and wow, did we make the right choice! BCD understands both the academic and the social needs of gifted kids. Other schools wanted to put him in a class with older students (which would not have worked for him socially), BCD has him in a class with his peers, but they make sure he is learning at his level. The very low student to teacher ratio means that he gets individual attention during regular class time so he can move forward at a pace that works for him. Further, the additional resources at BCD mean that he gets extra attention in math and reading. On a social level, the kids are not taught to compete with each other - instead, they learn to accept each other as they are. There is no judgment attached to being different - so the kids don't pigeon hole each other (the "smart" kid, the "slower" kid - you hear nothing like that at BCD), they just accept the differences among them as things that make them all unique. BCD also teaches him to come out of his shell - he has made great friends, and LOVES going to school. BCD knows gifted. We are so lucky to be there.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
My children attend BCD and I couldn t be happier. The academic and character education have been amazing. My boys are both challenged and supported and have been able to grow and develop in an environment that is nurturing. I m most excited about Boulder Country Day s plans to implement a 1:1 program next year. To see our children using state of the art technology in the classroom and learning not only the tools but organizational and time management skills that are enhanced by technology, will be a dream. BCD is an amazing place

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
I am a parent of a middle school student at BCD and my son has loved the transition from elementary to MS. He is enjoying the independence and responsibility of changing classes as well as the variety of exploratory classes to choose from. One of his favorite classes thus far is STEM - integration of science, technology, engineering and math. He was so excited to go to school today to make his STEM presentation on Malaria!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
I'd like to see more reviews from middle school students. Other kid 's reviews usually determine if a middle schooler would be happy and feel challenged and respected as an individual. please don't go on about being prepared for high school but how you feel as an individual in the school. When I toured the middle school kids seemed unusually quiet. We are perspective parents.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2012
I went to BCD from 1st grade and finally, to my delight, graduated in eight grade. You may be thinking this review is just some dumb child's way to get back at BCD for "trying to make them learn stuff," by no. I am writing this review to explain what BCD has done wrong. I will admit they did give me a good learning experience and elementary school was fine, but once middle school began it all went downhill. On multiple occasions I would be pulled out of class for something as trivial as having my cell phone IN MY LOCKER or having the wrong uniform. Rather than be kind and considerate and simply issue a warning, they would be angered by my idiocy to even think about doing such a thing at the prestigious BCD. After a few of these happenings, I would become frustrated and eventually it turned into a full blown war between teacher and student. Another problem was they would tell the student one thing and when a parent comes to meet about these occurences, they would full blown lie through their teeth. One other issue was the teachers would not communicate. What one teacher said was fine, another teacher would give you a detention for. BCD is looking for a child without personality.

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2012
We have had our son at Boulder Country Day for 8 years now. He is going into the 7th grade of the middle school and we have no concerns at all about the recent changes in staff. People retire. People move out of state. People take different jobs for different reasons, personal & professional. We have total faith in the teachers and leadership team of BCD . I appreciate that change can be a concern, but what never changes at BCD is that a top notch education supported by a character building environment for the students will always be the number one priority of the Boulder Country Day Staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
A couple negative reviews of BCD on this website gave us pause before sending our oldest daughter. Thank goodness we chalk them up to 'different strokes' because words cannot convey how pleased we are with the quality of the education she's receiving now. What really delights us is that it's not just academic but cultural and multidimensional in every way. I'm so happy to have the principal Mr. Shields and her teachers in her life as role models. We'll be sending our youngest daughter next year also. The expense is a struggle for us but BCD remains an unqualified bright light during difficult times. My wife and I are deeply grateful to the BCD team and so thankful we took the chance.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
We joined BCD last year with one of my 2 daughters who loves challenge but she is shy. I can't tell you how happy we are with the results, I wish we had joined CBD earlier. My daughter refers to BCD as "a wonderful place". The teachers are excellent, they work on the kids weaknesses and keep working on their strengths. Our daughter is flourishing there. She is not only challenged academically, but she is also learning to be very responsible, organized, social, and comfortable to speak in public. She is participating much more in class. Before, she wouldn't even blow a candle in public for her birthday cake. The school principal, Mr. Shields is a great leader. Kids love him and you can tell that he loves his job and wants the best for the kids. My daughter had trouble in her previous school connecting with kids. Now at BCD she comes every day with a big smile, telling me all the things she learned, improved, and the games she played with the rest of her classmates at recess. As a result, we are moving our second daughter to BCD as well! For us, this is an investment in our kid's future.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
Enrolling my children at BCD was one of the best decisions we have made as parents. The teaching staff is excellent and the small class sizes allow them to be creative with assignments that both challenge and excite my kids. My son's second grade teacher recently implemented job assignments for everyone in a literature group. One job is to connect text to his or her own experiences. Another job is to find words that are unfamiliar and share the definition. Another job is to draw a picture related to the reading and another job is to summarize the reading assignment in 3-4 sentences to the group. I love the way they are so creative with learning! Teachers are also helping to organize a book club for the students outside of school. The math program can not be compared to any school in the area or region. Blown away by what my second grader is doing! I also have a child in the preschool and I am just as pleased with the staff and teaching there.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
We have two middle school boys who started BCD this year and we could not be any happier. Their first day was so welcoming from the other students and they were put in a two week class to teach them study skills and organizational skills to help them start off to be successful. They have a great cross country, soccer and basketball program that has taught them leadership skills and built their confidence. The best thing we have to say that has impressed us the most about BCD Is the AMAZING TEACHERS. The teachers have made this transition so easy for our children. They are always available in mornings before school,after school , during school and will take the time to help with any questions big or small. The middle school director is involved with the children and has open communication with the students and parent anytime. We moved our children from a school where they were struggling and not happy learning. Their grades last year showed this. Both our children has made scholars with their first report card from BCD and they love learning again. THANK YOU BCD!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
As the parent of a recent BCD graduate, my son was enormously well-prepared for the workload he is now facing in high school. BCD does an excellent job teaching academics as well as helping the kids develop a strong work ethic. If you are looking for a place to coast or just get by with minimal effort, then BCD is not the right school for you. If you want your child to learn how to successfully manage/organize his/her workload AND get a top-notch education, then BCD is a great choice. Our second child is currently in the sixth grade and we couldn't be happier knowing how well prepared she will be for the big next steps in her life.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
6th graders DO NOT have only one hour of homework a night. If you look at the number of classes with homework every night this is impossible. Also, I haven"t met one child who gets it done in 1 hour. If you want to have any extracurricular activities or social life this is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
This is our second year at BCD and my son loves school! His teachers are supportive and friendly and truly meet him at his indivdual level each day. He comes home singing songs, talking about music and science, and raving about his friends. I cannot imagine finding a better school for him or our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
We are true fans of Boulder Country Day School! As much as we enjoy living in Boulder, we considered moving back to California where our family lives. We stayed in Boulder mainly because of our love for BCD! BCD masters the delicate balance between an outstanding and top-notch education and a fun and friendly environment. We are pleased with BCD's advanced math program, small class sizes, foreign language offerings, and above all the quality of teachers that BCD attracts. Our children are happy learners thanks to BCD!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
My family moved to Boulder a year ago. In that year we have looked at many of the wonderful schools that Boulder has to offer for our two young children. Boulder Country Day has stood out among the rest. On the tour that we took of the school, my husband and I were both impressed with the teaching staff, facilities, and the curriculum. I want to express my joy and relief at finding such an exceptional school as Boulder Country Day where my children will learn French, technology, music and art even in Preschool!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
We enrolled our two children in the middle school. I had a son that did very well academically, but socially it was too small. There were 5 boys in his 8th grade class. There was a lot of unnecessary busy work that would keep him up until midnight drawing a report cover. My daughter had quite a different experience. Academically, again, a lot of work to nowhere. However, the focus on dress code was enormous. Everyday she would be told her skirt was too short, her shoes were wrong, her jacket was the wrong color, etc. My son could wear any color hoodie, pants down to his knees, etc. On free dress day, the faculty would lecture the girls about tight fitting clothes, but the boys never received any discipline regarding dress code. There needs to be some equality in the discipline both for dress code infractions and behavioral problems. This school needs to update its policies!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
This is the most amazing school we have ever attended. The teachers are fantastic- they both push and nurture. I was shocked at how well they knew our kids and how soon! We have also experienced the generosity and kindness of the BCD community first hand. The IB program is wonderful, the science and math outstanding, and the language arts is incomparable.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
I have two children at BCD: one in the preschool, the other in elementary school. Both are warm, loving environments in which my children are thriving academically and socially. My kids are safe and loved every day. A small teacher to student ratio ensures no one falls through the cracks. Strong network of parents. As for the "playground" comments: this is not unique to BCD. But, I can assure you, if that parent had a conversation with his/her child before it spun out of control and followed up with a conversation with the principal and the teachers, it would have stopped--immediately. It sounds more like a parenting issue than a school issue. No school, no matter how perfect, can replace or supplant the role of parent.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
I think there are a number of things wrong with this school. First I feel that Boulder Country Day School operates on a kind of one-size-fits-all approach and doesn't take into account a student's individualism. It strives for excellence, but ends up seeming very average. The school isn't very progressive, especially in a town like Boulder. I get the feeling that the school works hard to impress families, but behind the scenes they don t follow their own ideals. I don't think that they are truly dedicated to the best interests of the children. It's either that or maybe they try, but their own priorities get in the way and so the students pay the price. I do not feel that it is a safe place for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
We could not have been more excited about BCD preschool at the beginning of last year. We were taken in by the excellent open house, the beautiful sentiments about the children, the school's commitment to social and academic excellence. That was why we kept excusing our child's accounts of what was going on at school as settling pains and childish exaggerations -- long after we should have taken action. Specifically, what we discovered once we began to talk with other parents was a consistent pattern of hazing and taunting by a few children, behavioral problems in the classroom that were allowed to impact the entire class, and surreptitious playground bullying out of the teachers' eyesight. These problems can happen anywhere, but BCD did not address them when it could and has tried very hard to avoid owning up to its responsibility. Just be aware. And be open to what you hear.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2010
Wow! I just attended the BCDS open house for the newly expanded middle school-- it was fabulous! A great new building for a terrific program--wonderful teachers. The IB program is impressive and everyone was so nice and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2010
Sending our children to Boulder Country Day School has been by far the best decision we have ever made for our children. I only wish we had done the move sooner. As we begin to look at High Schools, I realize that our children are prepared to excel at any competitive High School they wish to attend. The school has fostered their love of learning and the faculty has become family. With the direction of the current Head of School, Administration, Faculty and Staff I have no doubt that BCD will continue to be a leader in education. How often do you hear middle school age children exclaim that they love their school? I hear that very often at my house. BCD has become a second home for our children and in my opinion that is how it should be.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2009
Boulder Country Day has come a long way in the past 5 years and is now, without dispute, one of the finest schools in the Boulder/Denver area. Their attention to individual child/family needs, focus on high quality academic standards, creativity in curriculum design, course content and in-class delivery are second to none. After sampling both private and public schools in the greater Boulder area, and having come from one of the finest school districts in the country, we found BCD to be the most open to working together as a team to ensure our children's needs were met. BCD has exceeded my expectations and I strongly recommend all parents who are dedicated to helping their child succeed in life to seek out a partnership with Boulder Country Day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2009
Reviews like this scare people away from what is one of the highest quality, best value schools not just in Colorado but in the region. There is nothing here to substantiate these claims. I suggest strongly you read all reviews for more thoughtful comments.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
Boulder Country Day truly provides students with a well-rounded edcuation that is exceptional. BCD students learn foriegn language (French, Spanish and Latin!), take courses in art and pottery, engage in computer lab, science lab, PE, musical productions, the list goes on and on... BCD is a place where school is fun and meaningful, teachers are passionate and engaged, and students are excited about learning.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2009
BCD is a wonderful, complete, and challenging educational experience, and my wife and I couldn't be happier. We have three kids there now, all in Elementary, and we look forward to our eldest transitioning to Middle School next year, especially after that school's recent expansion and energetic new leadership. If you're looking for an independent (private) school in the Boulder/Niwot/Longmont area, I am confident you will be extremely pleased with what BCD has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
My child is in the BCD Middle School and I must say that BCD is handsdown the very best school in the area. Our son attended a near by private school and we were very disapointed! BCD has been so wonderful with truely challenging classes, amazing teachers and an excellent sports program. If anyone spends the time to truely compare BCD with any public or private school in the area one will clearly see that BCD is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
Hit or miss depending on the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I've had 4 children attend BCD for over a decade. Each child enjoyed his/her experience at BCD until the Middle School. We have never attended public school in Boulder, but have many friends that have made the transition successfully through the years. The elementary school is a great place if you like structure, traditional teaching styles and the uniforms. The teachers have been good, but not excellent. The middle school is too small, with a poor english/ literature program. The math program has gone through a big transition, and is still working out it kinks. There are more options for the excellent student and the struggling student in a public school setting.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
Pros: Solid math instruction. Nice facilities. Cons: Lack of timely, consistent communication from key MS instructors; Pompous, disingenuous principal leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
The school has potential to be a good school, beautiful facilities and great teachers. However, the school day is bogged down with music, choir, art, French, reading buddies, and assemblies every Friday. There is not enough time in the day for classwork, so it is all expected to be made up at home. There is an emphasis on bland worksheets and rote memorization. This style did not work for my daughter who learns through visualization and hands-on projects. She loves to write and wants to be a doctor. This school is weak in both creative writing and science.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2009
Small classes, great teachers and a very nice and safe campus are just a few of the things that attracted me to BCD. The kids really love to come to school each day. As a newcomer to Boulder I found it to be one of finest in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
I am very intimately associated with Boulder Country Day School in several aspects and would highly recommend it to anyone with students at any age level. The closeness and accepting attitude of the BCD community is something that is not easy to find, and the quality of the teaching staff is far and above the best that I've seen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2009
I have been asscociated with the school for over two years. The faculty is exceptional and the leaderships at the school has drastically improved during that time. The children at BCD work hard and are happy. What more could you ask for as a parent!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
I pulled my kids out of this school. It is terrible. The atmosphere is very rigid and doesn't allow for any creativity. The faculty is joyless.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
We had a terrible experience at BCD. The administrators and a few parents were cruel, heartless to the teachers and to my young children. Notice the high turn over of teachers and families. BVSD contains so many quality schools. I don't understand how any caring parent could send their children to this overpriced and mediocre private school. I cannot recommend BCD.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2009
Our child described her 1st grade experience at BCD as 'the eternal rollercoaster of blah.' This is not a place for kids who thrive on creativity and thinking 'outside of the box.' This school is lacking soul...reminded me of the movie, 'Pleasantville.' Parents not welcome, poor teaching methods, curriculum based on work books, rampant bullying in and out of classroom...A fellow parent accurately described BCD as 'a school teaching yesterday's CEO's.' If they did as good a job teaching as they do marketing, this might be a better school. This school experience was so awful that we walked away half way through the school year!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
BCD has a new mathematics program, introduced in 2007-2008. The curriculum and teaching methods were scrutinized at every grade level. Each child from 6th grade on is offered an individualized math learning plan. Pre Algebra (regular or advanced) is introduced in 6th grade. Middle School students take Algebra and Geometry. BCD now offers accelerated math classes and summer school Algebra. BCD has had some problems in the past, but the school has improved so much in recent years and is currently the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
Now that my children are high schoolers I realize the deficiencies in BCDs Math and Spanish programs. My kids needed to work very hard to catch up to the standards for IB 9th and 10th grade classes in these subjects. French, History, English and Science programs are strong as are the sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
I have one child in the preschool and one in the elementary. I am ecstatic with the school. A ton of parents who are involved, dedicated teachers, a great headmaster. If you're looking for the latest 'trends' look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a first rate classical education BCD is fantastic

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2008
My child is in kindergarten at BCD. It is the best school for her since she is quiet and needs the individual attention and small intimate environment the school provides. She would be lost at our local public school. I agree that BCD is not for every child. It is not a Waldorf school. There is a lot of sitting and a ton of sugar. However, if you are looking for a quality academic school, then BCD is your best option in Boulder. The Carden reading method is introduced in preschool. Most children are reading or are close to reading in preschool. The French language instruction supplements reading development. The children are at least two grade levels ahead of the public schools in math and science. Finally, the headmaster, a former elite marathoner, intends to formalize a nutrition policy for the 2008/2009 school year along with other positive changes.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
I have 2 children at the school and have been extremely impressed from start to finish. The headmaster is highly involved and knows all the children by name. The teachers are exceptionally caring and motivated. A great experience all round. I should also point out that one of my children is in the same classroom as the disappointed parent who posted a review on March 4th. My child has had a wonderful time in that class - gaining in confidence and skills.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
We love BCD and have had only positive experiences with teacher and administrative communications regarding our child's needs!!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
My children have attended BCD for close to seven years now and, quite simply, the institution can not be matched within its geographical area. Its classical approach to a rigorous academic curriculum is superb. And with the IB program in the middle school, students excel at all other educational institutions upon graduation from BCD. With small class sizes and the limited influence of outside social pressures that are so prevalent in schools today, we can not commend the staff and administration enough for making BCD what every parent dreams of for the education of their child.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
BCD is a wonderful school with small classes and warm caring teachers. The teachers get to know each child in thier class and work closely with the families to enable the success of each student. This was recently evidence by 90% of the students who joined the Niwot High School IB program achieved the honoor role. The leadership of the school, under Mr. Shields, Head of School, is first rate. Faculty morale is high. There is a great deal of passion and energy in the parental community directed towards making the school a wonderful place for children and families.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
This is our first year at BCD and I have major issues with 1) excessive amounts of candy and junk food provided by the teachers and other parents to my children without knowing in advance or being asked 2) too much media - videos at a minimum once a week and generally more frequently, sometimes 2- 3 in one day! 3) lack of communication from the teachers to the parents 4) lack of awareness of what my children are doing (my daughter comes home frequently having wet herself and her teacher has never ONCE noticed!). An expensive school not in tune with current trends (e.g. health, media's negative impact on kids, and teacher's out of touch with their students).

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2007
Both my boys have been a part of BCD since pre-school! Each year things just get better! I love the uniforms, the teachers, the classmates and families. My boys NEVER not want to go to school! This is a great place to watch your kids grow into amazing young people!! This is what every school should emulate, we are so blessed to be a part of this incredible community!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
My child has gone to this shool for two years. The music, art and theater programs are stellar. Itis quite challenging academically, but really fun for him as well. Money well spent!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2005
My kids attended this school for several years, and it's only gotten worse with time. The elementary school has major communication problems with parents, assigns homework sometimes without explaining the lesson, and promises academic excellence but doesn't deliver. Numerous parents besides us have complained that, when they finally pulled their kids from BCD, they were actually BEHIND in reading, writing, and mathematics when they enrolled them in PUBLIC SCHOOL--this despite all the material trappings and claims that BCD's kids test so high amid low teacher to student ratios. Save your money. This place does a great dog and pony show, but that's all it is: show. Find a charter school with standards; you'll be better off.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
This school is not worth the money. There is no parent involvement in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
This school is superb. I have two children enrolled and their progress and excitement about learning is wonderful. The Carden principles which are applied to their early learning provide an excellent base and push the children's reading, writing, and analytical skills.

- submitted by a parent
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Boulder Country Day
4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, CO  80301
(303) 527-3941
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