There is racism (and other forms of non-acceptance) in this school; and bullying, and tolerance for kids being bullied.
I am a Caucasian student that attended this school from K-8, but the racism I saw in this school has left me dismayed.
One thing to notice about this school is that the positive reviews, in my viewpoint, are misleading. They come from the handful of people that stuck around in this community, but once you get to know this place you'll realize that so many people leave it all the time - and with good reason.
Yes, this school does focus on character building, but what it doesn't say is that the majority of the students shrug it off and snort at the sound of it. The teachers are amazing, stellar, kind people; but the students that attend have a profound lack of appreciation and they are often bullying each other to a disgusting degree. I remember more than a few students being bullied so much because of their ethnic background that they left, were forgotten and never brought up again, even after some students offered to write apology letters. The school definitely tolerates racial bullying, and is not as diverse as they say it is, because by middle school, the number of people from non-Caucasian backgrounds drops to only three or four in the whole grade,. That's how bad the bullying is, and it is not limited to race. Sexuality, gender, socio-economic status, mental health, just being yourself... I've seen each and every one of these things be the subject of bullying many times over.
I would not recommend that you go to this school, or send your children to it; the administration paints a very deceiving picture, and they tend to focus more on how they try to teach character-building skills rather than how much the students actually use them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!