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K-8
Private
Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 426
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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350 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80230

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(303) 360-0803
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October 02, 2014
Stanley British Primary is a rich, exploratory K-8 school which celebrates each child's learning styles and curiosities and strikes a balance between the social-emotional and academic needs of children - difficult to find in schools today. Children are encouraged to ask questions, try things that push them out of their comfort zones and have the courage and confidence to speak up and voice their opinions, thoughts and wonders. Set on a beautiful, historic Denver campus, this community of teachers, parents and students are engaging, committed and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
Stanley British Primary School is where my son started at Stanley as a kindergartner and now an incredibly self-aware, empowered and academically resourceful and as engaged 5th grader. The intentional integration, social emotional development and academic instruction to teach the whole child. Stanley celebrates each students gifts and talents. Many schools purport to do this, but Stanley has been a pioneer of this approach for over 40 years. Stanley students can critically and creatively problem solve, connect their learning to the world around them, and effectively collaborate and communicate with culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students. Stanley diagnosed my son's dyslexia,provided resources in his learning and embraced this gift instead of label/isolate him. He now is learning to be a leader to help others be successful with different learning capabilities. My family is privileged to be a part of this special school - I wish every child could have a Stanley BPS education as it celebrates the individual child with a focus on the their gifts and talents. The head of school has integrity and leads rather than react and the students are taught to self advocate.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
Stanley British Primary School is an accredited K-8 independent school with approximately 435 students. My daughter started at Stanley as a kindergartner and is now an incredibly self-aware, empowered and academically resourceful and engaged 9th grader. The British Primary philosophy intentionally integrates social emotional development and academic instruction to teach the whole child. Many schools purport to do this, but Stanley has been a pioneer of this approach for over 40 years. Stanley students are fully equipped "21st Century Learners" - students who can critically and creatively problem solve, connect their learning to the world around them, and effectively collaborate and communicate with culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students. Stanley is an inclusive community that values all families and appreciates and celebrates the ways our differences enhance human connection and understanding. My family is privileged to be a part of this special school - I wish every child could have a Stanley BPS education.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
Speaking as the parent of a 7th grader and a graduate (10 years so far at the school), Stanley is a very special place for kids and families! Student excitement about learning is palpable, from the new kindergarteners making self- portraits to the middle schoolers confidently explaining their science fair projects. Teachers devote their attention not only to creating stimulating lessons leading to academic discovery and practice, but also addressing the whole child through building respectful classroom communities and helping kids to discover who they are as learners. Read Elizabeth Green's "Building a Better Teacher" to understand more about why the Stanley philosophy and approach to teaching works so well to prepare kids for life after middle school. Stanley encourages kids to be curious about the world around them and to pursue their interests, while also developing the skills they'll need after they graduate.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
Sending our three children to Stanley BPS is the best parenting choice we've ever made! Each child has been treated as an individual by the most caring, intelligent and dedicated teachers on the planet. The head of the school is brilliant, open and humble and has done an excellent job to ensure the sustainability of this remarkable place. When you walk into a classroom, you immediately notice the strong mutual respect between teachers and students. One result of this is a happy and engaged class (teachers and students) where students experience the joy and pride of discovery from having "uncovered" learning rather than having it "covered" by the teacher. This method requires truly active engagement by both the student and the teacher and you can witness it every day. I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
This school is great! Our children have been here for 2 years and they absolutely love Stanley. We initially were torn between public versus private, but we are so glad we chose Stanley. They have a real sense of community that fosters our children's creativity while also encouraging them to learn. We highly recommend Stanley!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
We have two children who attend Stanley British Primary School, one in 1st grade and one in Kindergarten. We heard about Stanley when our girls were still babies from close friends of ours whose children attended Stanley from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Stanley is a warm and inviting school - as a newer family to the school, we have been immediately included as part of the Stanley family. Our 1st grader attended Stanley for Kindergarten as well last year and she had an amazing first year. The teachers and interns are phenomenal - the children are truly listened to, cared about, and met on their own individual levels in all areas: socially, emotionally, and academically. Parent involvement is an integral part of the Stanley experience, and Stanley makes it possible for parents who work both in and outside of the home. We absolutely love Stanley!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
I am so impressed by Stanley and how it really stays true to the mission. My children are not only engaged in their own learning but they are intrinsically motivated! The love coming to school everyday and I attribute that to the amazing teachers and community!!! I feel so fortunate that we are part of this very special community!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
As a parent of two Stanley students, I do not understand comments about the headmaster and about the preferential treatment of "jocks". First, the headmaster is outstanding and one of the brightest educators I have known. Yes, the school does have to work within its own budget, and it is his job to be sure that happens. Within the Stanley community, he is revered and held in very high esteem. The "jocks" comment makes no sense at all -- maybe the person meant to review a different school? Athletics are embraced at Stanley, but there is a noncompetitive atmosphere and I cannot recall meeting any students who are intensely focused on athletics. As for the emphasis on test taking -- I am flummoxed by this comment. My kids have only ever been given one formal assessment test, and the teacher called to ask my permission first. Every teacher knows his or her students very well here and we feel fortunate to be part of it all.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
I have been a fan of Stanley BPS for many years but I feel I must add my voice to several here who have written about mission drift and a different direction that the school has taken in recent years. This was a school founded on the principles of love of children, love of learning, curiosity, curriculum skillfully interwoven, and teachers following the interests of the child. This is all eloquently stated in the school s materials. Sadly, very little of it holds true any more. There is now much more focus on adult-oriented goals, test scores, and top-down curriculum (as well as on fundraising). My middle school student, who began at Stanley with a joyous Kindergarten teacher, is overloaded with homework and tests. The school is no longer a place where individuals are celebrated nor where children are free to take risks to learn about themselves. They are getting pushed through the cookie cutter of traditional schooling and parents can find that option anywhere for a lot less money. There are still some good teachers at Stanley, but less curiosity. Take care to compare the information you receive with what is really happening in classrooms, particularly 3rd grade and up.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Stanley is a wonderful community of students, teachers, parents and administration. From top to bottom, Stanley is truly a "community of joyful, lifelong learners." There is support throughout the community and the administration is one that leads by example. I'm convinced that there isn't a happier place that exists. From the moment you walk into the school, it's apparent that the students and teachers are all thrilled to be there. Schools like this are rare and it's a privilege to be a part of such a beautiful family.

- submitted by a teacher
November 18, 2013
As a parent of a young student, I have been so impressed by the intentional events to help our family become part of the community. We love the teachers, multi-age classroom, the ability to challenge my child at her academic level, and the social emotional curriculum. We could not be happier with every aspect of the school and look forward to our other child being part of this incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
The idea of this school is grand, but execution falls short. I am extremely frustrated with the headmaster who is unresponsive to parent concerns. There are some wonderful teachers and an equally wonderful parent community, but vision and leadership are lacking.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
If I had rated this school 11 years ago when our first child started here it would have been 5 stars, long story short awful administrators over dedicated, but frustrated teachers. They lost their vision and mission, so sad!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
As a first year teacher, I could not imagine a more supportive or engaging school to begin my career. Stanley's administration treats staff members with the utmost respect, allowing all teachers and staff members to take risks, challenge themselves, find joy in their work, and focus on the most important thing: the students. Many teachers have stayed at Stanley for 10+ years due to this environment and I cannot imagine a better place to teach or to send a child.

- submitted by a teacher
November 05, 2013
Stanley BPS has been an amazing school for both my children. The environment and community is so different than how we learned growing up. My kids are loved, honored and treasured by their teachers, staff and their diverse group of peers. They have learned to be confident in their strengths and to work on their weaknesses. Both my children take educational risks daily because they feel so comfortable and supported by their community. I truly believe the world would be a different place if the Stanley philosophy was widespread in current schools. Our family feels truly blessed and grateful to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
Could not be happier with this school. The staff and the community are amazing! The educational philosophy of the school provides the children with life long skills needed to make a positive impact in their community and the confidence to achieve success.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Stanley is a wonderful school with an incredible philosophy supported by amazing leadership, educators, staff and families. The school community is warm, friendly and welcoming as well as incredibly inclusive - embracing and celebrating diversity in its many forms. Parent involvement and participation is encouraged in both the classroom and the broader school - which is run very transparently. The thoughtful curriculum intentionally takes into account the development of a child as a unique individual, and supports an individual learning path, while also promoting working together in groups. Multi-age classrooms combined with exceptional teachers able to differentiate curriculum allows my children to learn at a level appropriate to them as individuals. In addition to a rich academic and arts education, social emotional programming is very thoughtfully interwoven into the school experience which results in an incredible sense of classroom and school community, and a sense of comfort and belonging for every child in the school. Happy children who love school and love to learn - what more could you ask for?

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
We love this school! Our children have learned how to be empathetic,kind and gracious. They trust their teachers,feel safe in the classroom and the playground,and have gained confidence beyond their years. The teachers and the administration are very warm and inviting. Coming from the public school system, this is quite a welcome change. The way the students learn is through uncovering material in creative ways that best align with their learning style. Children are encouraged to learn "by doing" versus just reading from a text or putting pencil to paper. Looking in to the middle school, we see the most confident,well-adjusted,kind and smart individuals. What more could we ask for?

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
We have had all of our children at Stanley. Unfortunately, over the past several years we have seen a steady decline in the quality of staff and more importantly the quality of leadership. The past head of school and founder was a brilliant woman with her mind only on the best for the children. She had created a beautiful community of commitment to that ideal. However, the new headmaster is interested only in money, and focuses on that end. They are now plagued by turnover of great teachers replaced by mediocre new college grads and families leaving in droves. Sorry to say we are among them. We are not rich, we are academicians and there is no room for us in this community.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
Our girls love Stanley. They are excited to come to school every day. The teachers are incredible- very caring and supportive, and they know each child very well.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
We decided to send our son to Stanley after visiting many other private schools and considering our local public option. The school was just what we were looking for- non-pretentious, warm, happy students and parents. We've now been there for five years and we have found the experience to be very postive for us and our child. The teachers are caring and responsive to our input. If you are looking for a private school that cares about academics and character and does not feel elitist, Stanley is the place.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2012
This school is very bad. We paid a hundred grand, and watched our son be bullied after repeated attempts to have it stopped that fell on deaf ears. They only cater to the rich and the jocks. The education is a joke. Your kid will not be prepared for advanced education. STAY AWAY. No leadership or direction, just bullies and jocks. No room for creative types or non-jocks. No room for your kid if you don't make big money.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
I am the parent of two Stanley students who are different in personality and learning style and I love the fact that both are served so well at Stanley. The school really lives its commitment to serving the whole child- academically and social/emotionally, and we love the inclusive, non-pretentious community. Teachers are extraordinarily committed to each child's success.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
We have seen such growth in our child over the five years she's been at Stanley. She has such wonderful confidence about her as she prepares to move to high school. We couldn't be more pleased or appreciative of all that Stanley's teachers have done for her.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
Stanley is a warm, welcoming community. It has a strong emphasis on what they deem "social and emotional development" and this has become a growing part of the curriculum over the past few years. I think as a result, the academics have suffered and higher performing children aren't sufficiently challenged. The math program has specifically fallen short and while the school has endeavored to strengthen this area, I've yet to see broad-based improvements. Additionally, there is an apparent reticence toward testing, so reports of successes/shortcomings tend to be more anecdotal than quantitative.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
We are so lucky to have SBPS value my unique, creative, active son. The teachers go so above and beyond what is expected, and truly provide individualized learning! Each child is respected for their individuality, and their uniqueness is embraced! Academic wise we are very impressed! We couldn't have picked a better school, and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 01, 2008
Average. most teachers are good. as a former student i have no axe to grind, i got a good education, and made friends but i have seen a lot of my classmates doing very badly in later years because they were not taught skills like respect (teachers are called by first names) and responsibility for work (You get lates and eventually AP's and stay after, the only problem is a lot of kids didn't mind AP's and did not turn homework in) Stanley accepted everyone for who they are, the slacker, the athlete the hard worker and that's not bad but it did not push them to be more. My friend was the slacker and she had 13 AP's and had no motivation. she was fine doing exactly her standard of work and proceeded to have all c's and d's in high school. It could have done her better.

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2008
My family has been blessed with having Stanley BPS as the K-8 school for both of our daughters. The relationships that your child and your whole family makes with the faculty and staff is incredible. Stanley BPS's commitment to your child is what every child should experience in education. You will want to check this school out for your child!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
This is our first year at Stanley British Primary, and we love it! Our children transitioned to Stanley without complaint and seem to be thriving there. The school has a strong sense of community--and great parents. In fact, it's the first school where we seem to be making real connections with other families. Also, there's good (and getting better) racial diversity at all grade levels and in the teaching staff. The head of school promised the parents that all of the children would be loved there. What a commitment!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
Stanley British Primary is a wonderful school. The school emphasizes child driven learning. Instead of trying to make children conform to one particular standard it tailors it's teaching method to fit the unique interests and talents of each of its students. The teachers are warm, patient and creative. The classrooms are multi-age and bustle with activity. If you are looking for traditional - this is not it! A high level of parent involvement is not just requested but required. The school definitely requires a big commitment but is well worth it for a parent who values creativity and individuality. The schools stated goal is to create a community that is passionate about life long learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
My kids love this school, its fun, has good teaching methods, the teachers are awesome, ect. The thing I love most is that the teachers and kids create freindships, and kids of different grades get to know and care for one another as well. The kids are also given space to express their creativity, even in their last year, it's great! And many of the students get excepted to schools which specialize in the arts. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
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Vision We envision a community of joyful, lifelong learners prepared to make a positive difference in the world.? Mission Our mission is to engage, challenge, and inspire children to reach their potential and develop their own voices within an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative community that values distinct contributions and abilities. We prepare teachers to implement our vision, mission, and values, and we share our educational approach with the larger community.

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Stanley British Primary School
350 Quebec Street, Denver, CO  80230
(303) 360-0803
Last modified Stanley British Primary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Stanley British Primary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top