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PK-8
Private
Greenwood Village, CO
Students enrolled: 103
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6100 E Belleview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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(303) 771-3990
(303) 290-6462
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October 22, 2014
My son started preschool and every day he comes home mentally exhausted from everything he has learned. His teacher is wonderful, and engages the students by getting down on the floor to their level while teaching. He spends his day learning Spanish, French, science, numbers, letters, technology, writing his name, and other skills. He moves from room to room depending on the time of day or subject, so he is not kept in a single space throughout the day. At the end of each day, my preschooler is excited to tell me some of the things he's learned that day.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
Attending Beacon Country Day School for 10 years was a great experience. Accademically speaking I was fully prepared for high school. I do not think there exists a better family environment than what you will find at Beacon. Every student is known by every teacher and every child receives the attention, care, and patience necessary for them to learn and succeed. Kids learning at slower levels are taken care of by professors staying late and putting in extra hours to bring them up to speed. However, kids who learn at more rapid paces are not hindered by the teachers accommodations because they too are being pushed to take higher level courses that will challenge them. For example, at my time at beacon I never once had math class with kids in my actual grade because Beacon allowed me to take math classes with kids in higher grades so that I could learn at my own accelerated pace and continue to be pushed to learn more. Despite Beacon's small size I truely believe it is one of the best high school prepatory schools in Colorado and I will definitely consider sending my own kids there when that time comes.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2014
I enrolled my granddaughter in Beacon Country School mid year because she started crying on the way to her other preschool every morning! I toured Beacon and fell in love with the school. My granddaughter ended up being gifted and needed more of a challenge. This school changed all of our lives because she was more able to have interesting conversations and because she was so fulfilled!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
Beacon did a fantastic job with my sons, they are doing very well in high school and college. I was at the school for 14+ years and can say they really know what they are doing. It was good to leave the teaching to the professionals, so I could concentrate on what I know best. I especially liked their philosophy of teaching each topic at the level best suited to the child. They focus totally on the needs of the child, who always comes first. They provide a very nurturing environment and the kids do the best they can possibly do in any school anywhere. I would highly recommend them and would be glad to talk with anyone about the school. They have a very good middle school, which was a big plus for us and really know how to select and retain excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
My son just graduated from college. He still believes that Beacon gave him the step-up to perform well in high school and college. I wanted to give something back to the school so I decided to volunteer some time at the school. I had a chance to see the children at play and study. It brought me back to my son's experience. My favorite memory of Beacon was how happy the children were while at school. I always credited it to the openess and security they felt while at Beacon. There were no bullies. I was also very relieved how different his experience was in their middle school. When compared to my friends' children it sounded like a sanctuary. Educationally, children were always motivated to broaden their horizons. There were science and art fairs, debating contests for the upper levels, weekend field trips to places like science camp, Global Awareness Week where adults from other countries described their childhoods, speakers from different local community groups (e.g. Denver Zoo) and much more. Beacon was not simply instructional, something they did very well, it was a key to the lock of things to come. If I am an example, the parents were and stll are commited to it.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
My child has been at Beacon for four years, and everyday I am grateful and pleased we are part of the Beacon Family. From the specialized educational needs given for each individual child, the safe and caring environment provided for the students, to the knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm by which the faculty delivers not only educational material, but also encourages behavioral development focusing on the overall development of the child, I will be forever indebted. Beacon is an accelerated school, and as such they have an advanced curriculum, with a focus on preparedness. Recognition IS given to all children for making good choices, where they are praised thereby reinforcing positive behavior. Negative behavior is redirected and faculty works together with parents and the Wallaces to address and correct. The Wallace's bring decades of education and developmental excellence to Beacon, along with a genuine caring for each of the students and their families. I am a firm believer in "you get out what you put in", and with Beacon, the Wallace's put so much of themselves into this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
Beacon drills the children with test strategies. The school has a large amount of children with speech problems, and the lower level teachers provide a great deal of negative attention, mostly forgetting to incentivize those children who are quiet and in need of positive attention to reveal their aptitudes. It is a provincial school run by the Wallace family, where teachers give privileges to their children in the school. The upper levels have very small classrooms which do not seem to provide any diversity of challenge. A year around open enrollment creates a climate of change. It is a good place for children whose parents are strict. BYW, very little parent engagement. Get ready to be in a small town suburban culture at Beacon!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
Joining the Beacon family has been such a positive experience for us! Now into our second year, we have three kids enrolled and each classroom they have been in has been staffed by bright, caring and engaging teachers. They have mastered the art of differentiation, allowing our children to work at their pace, and progress academically in specific subjects while nurturing their emotional development as well. Beacon is not your typical private school with the shiny exterior and brand new decor, but what you get on the inside is priceless. Having come from another local private school, we couldn't be happier with the way our kids are valued and nurtured at Beacon!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Beacon provides a very strong, personalized, curriculum for its students. Our child was given the opportunity to work with students in the next grade level in areas where he excelled, allowing him to remain challenged. The smaller class sizes allow teachers to work with students individually in determining appropriate lesson materials. The rigor of the curriculum and expectation of the teachers and adminstrators far exceeds what is provided to children in the Cherry Creek School District. We are very happy that we made the switch to Beacon midway through our child's elementary eduction and are thrilled that he has a school for the next many years that is comfortable for him, challenging for him, and making him excited about attending school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
This school has been wonderful for my child--small class size, so easy to the teachers (no appointment needed!). After a year at a public Douglas county school my child was a year behind in reading despite my concern expressed to the teacher. BCDS diagnosed the problem immediately and she is reading years above grade level now.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
One of very best schools! Great teachers, solid curriculum and wonderful environment for any child to grow.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Beacon has a great environment for children to learn at their own pace. It also has loving teachers who care about the success of each individual student.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
BCDS has revolutionized our family's life. My child said last night, "Dad, I love school nights." When asked why, he responded, "Because I know I get to wake up and go to school in the morning." I used to cringe when the phone would ring, because my child had so many episodes of "upset tummy", needs to come home from school, hates school, crying at school. And it's not that BCDS has lax standards- my kids are coming home exhausted- they are working HARD! Even having spent years in the "best" Denver area school district can't compare to the education you can get here. Our teachers are well prepared, education plans are truly individualized (it's not lip-service) and guess what? , there isn't any teaching to a test! Parents are welcomed here, and the kids are taught real empathy, not just and empty anti-bullying program. What more could you want? If you visit, you may notice that it is not as shiny and new as other fancy prep schools (or even other public schools). But take a close look at our kids faces, and listen to what they say. I bring my children here for their benefit , and I'm totally confident that this is absolutely the best place in the world for them.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Beacon is what it is first because of the faculty. They are fantastic. They are highly skilled, caring and devoted people. Not just at presenting material to kids, but in focusing on the individual child and what their specific needs are. They respect each other, and they respect the children. I could use all 1200 available characters telling you how wonderful they are. However, I'd like to brag on the kids for a minute. The kids that attend Beacon are also wonderful. Accepting, respectful, they have a desire to learn. Does everyone always behave perfectly...of course not. But the kids take responsibility in helping each other learn social skills. They are being taught effective ways to deal with their peers when stuff comes up and it is not just stuff the teachers preach at them. The kids actually practice, they help each other, they encourage better behavior. The cool kid isn't the one breaking the rules and getting trouble, the cool kid is the one who is striving hard to make themselves and the world they live in a better place. Beacon is one of the most comfortable places I have ever been and is one of my favorite places to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
We sent our son to Beacon's preschool program based on the reputation and reviews by parents in prior years. Unfortunately, our experience echoed that of a prior reviewer who mentioned that class size was supposed to be limited to 10 and quickly topped 20. As a result, our child did not receive the level of individualized attention we expected, and frankly, paid a premium for. With that said his preschool teacher, Linda Leslie, was wonderful, and celsrly tried her best given the number of students she was asked to carry. As the earlier reviewer mentioned, one of the junior kindergarten teachers was assigned to the class as well but I found he was quite detached and often did not know the days lesson plan or how the children were progressing. I was most disappointed with the after school program. If the Esther was nice the children played on the playground. In colder weather - the majority of the school year - children of all ages were crowded into a single classroom where the "teacher" assigned to them would turn on a television and then read a book or p,ay on the computer. Hardly a stimulating environment for gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
We visited several schools in the Denver area by far had the best experience at Beacon. The faculty, staff, parents and students were all very welcoming. This is my son s second year, he loves it! Not only does he always want to go to school, he never wants to leave! And best of all he is truly learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
This an absolutely wonderful school. The staff is amazing. The environment is loving and family orientated. The education is top notch. We could not have asked for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
Once you open the door, you will feel warmth and love from everybody . My daughter has been at Beacon for nearly four years now and we could not be happier. She is learning s0 much not only on the academic level but also on the social and emotional level. Beacon is just the best of the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
My kids have been at Beacon for nearly 8 years now, four in total, and I wouldn't change a thing. My kids have learned so much both on the academic level and the social level, I could not be more pleased with it if I tried. The teachers are terrific and the individual attention spent with each child is a god-send. There is not a kid at Beacon who isn't loved, taught, and respected by everyone there. The best part about Beacon is the fact that it just gets better and better from one grade to the next. The teachers just get stronger and stronger as the kids get older and smarter. From before school to after school the school is run professionally and responsibly and I have never been disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
As a former student, I hope the positive reviews for this school mean that they've improved since I attended in the nineties. Rather than being aimed explicitly at the gifted and talented, the school seemed to admit all the kids who didn't quite fit in at public schools and whose parents could pay the tuition each month. The pace matched that of the slowest student in the class, making it very frustrating for the children who had gotten the concept and were ready to move on. Because classes frequently ran over, there was little time to do work in class, leaving an amount of homework that surpassed anything I had to complete in high school, college, or graduate school. Since the staff took the concept of No Child Left Behind very literally years before the concept came about, students who started in 1st grade could expect to take French 1--the exact same class, with the exact same textbook--for eight years straight. When I finally did attend a public high school, I felt ill-prepared compared to my strictly public-school educated classmates. For parents in the Cherry Creek school district, I recommend keeping your kids there. They'll be more socially and academically adept in life.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2011
My child attended Beacon for preschool, and I must say that his preschool teacher was fabulous and I was impressed with what the kids learned during school hours. However, we were disappointed with the class size (we were told it would be around 10 students but it ended up being over 20 students). This left less opportunity for individualized instruction, and the teacher, while she did have a helper, seemed overwhelmed by the class size. In addition, we were very disappointed in the after-school program, which were run by teachers in other grade levels. During the after-school program, rather than engage the students, these teachers turned on television for the children while they themselves surfed the internet. (And needless to say we were concerned that these particular teachers would be our son's classroom teachers in future years at the school) Furthermore, the school's administration seemed disorganized - for instance, they quite often lost our paperwork or checks. Overall, I would say this is a pretty good school, but not necessarily worth the money compared to a high quality public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
Beacon has been a wonderful place for both of my children. The caring and highly quailfied staff make all the difference in the world. This school is truly about giving the kids what they need to be successful! We have been blessed to have our children there.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
My children have always been a few notches about grade level on standard tests. With small class sizes they get plenty of attention. When we first came to Beacon we were impressed with the pre-k class being heavy on good time tested phonic learning. They have a holiday program that reminds me simpler times. Unlike public schools that have to strip the curriculum of any religion; my child learned 1st grade geography through an interest in Santa! They even have Santa come to visit at the holiday party. I just miss that my kids are too old for it now. There are parties for every holiday (like almost one a month!) that parents are asked to volunteer for as well as lots of fields that need drivers so it's easy to be very involved in your child's school life. I can attest to the July comment make about getting ready for medication recommendations; and have talked to some parents that said is was the cause of some of the children not coming back to my children's class because they thought her child was too young to medicate; but I disagree the medications are used often on young kids these days. I have noticed that some of the younger grades this year only have 5 or 6 kids in them

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
If you want your child in a top notch academic but still loving environment, Beacon is the place. Our son started in Pre-school, went through their JK program and is now in Kindergarten. He also attended their fantastic summer reading program and was reading at 1st grade level before K even started. The teachers are experienced, warm, responsive and the type of people you want guiding your child. The administration are experts in education, responsive, and caring. The administrators know every child's name. Their test scores are unbelievable. It is truly a top notch school. Before we committed to K we conducted an extensive review of all other public and private schools. Beacon came out on top...again. We are thrilled to have our son back for another year.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
Beacon is a great school, especially for little ones that are getting ready for our big crazy world. My daughter attended JK. We are very pleased with level of educaton, fun and caring environment, great lunches from catering company, all holidays, and performances for parents. The teachers are very responsive to any parent's requests. My child never walked out to the playgraond without jacket and hat in the winter like it happens in many other schools,. They even watch for snowboots and snowpants for cold and snowy days. So we didn't get sick this academic year. One remark though, kids could be gifted in any areas, but if they have any behavioral or attetion problems, get ready for medication recommendations. The schools likes very well behaved kids to go with the flow of very high level of expectation.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I have two children at Beacon. Each has different gifts. Beacon is able to create a meaningful and loving learning environment for each of them. The staff is highly qualified and administration is always available. My children are not just learning to be great students, they are learning to be well rounded, compassionate, and proactive young women.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
My daughter is currently attending JK at Beacon. This is a wonderful school. The teachers are extremely attentive, even to the very shy child. The curriculum is advanced and my daughter is learning so much and doing fantastic. I think the best thing I can say about this school is it is making my daughter love to learn. She is excited to go to school every day and when I pick her up she exclaims about how much fun she had. We also like the fact it is a non-religious school. If I could give this school 6 stars I would.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2010
My son has attended Beacon since Junior Kindergarten. He is now in 8th grade and will graduate this year. Beacon has: provided him with a great education (many times one on one), proven an awesome setting for him to grow personally without judgment, segregation or being subject to a predetermined clique, eliminated his chances of 'fading into the crowd' because of its size and warm, nurturing environment, given him the tools to become an expert at resolution, and forgiveness, by addressing situations when they occur. Beacon let's parents keep a pulse on their child s progress, or lack thereof, before it s too late, and has prepared its graduates for an exciting future, whether a high school with thousands of kids or a smaller community, the children have the skill set, maturity, work ethic and confidence to be successful. We love BEACON!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
This school is a very great and appropriate school.

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December 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
Beacon is a loving environment that allows kids to learn and excel at their own pace with great confidence. I have a junior kindergarten child that can't get enough hugs from the middle schoolers every day while being challenged academically far above her age. And I have a 5th grader that is young for his grade but is constantly asking for more and Beacon's teachers continually work to challenge him at a level far above traditional schools or even other private schools curriculm. At the end of the day, when the kids don't want to leave school because they love it so much, we feel good with our decision to have them at Beacon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Beacon is an excellent, warm, inviting, friendly school with a rigorous academic program. The teachers make learning fun and instill the desire to learn. Plus, these teachers are very involved with the children and know each child inside & out and are always available to speak with daily. Beacon is like a large family with children and parents fully involved in activities that support learing and after school fun activities. The children are very supportive of each other, respectiful and welcoming of new classmates. My child is very happy, loves to go to school and is excelling. My only complaint is that Beacon doesn't go to 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I have two boys that attend Beacon for middle school. The reason I like Beacon so much is that the small class sizes in the middle school allows the children to grow during these very formative years without all of the extra peer pressure and other outside influences that typically come with middle school. The academics are rigorous but fun and the kids can focus on their learning without worrying about fitting it. They are all so accepting and supportive of each other, and when a new child enters, they are all very warm and welcoming. My boys couldn't be happier. Our only regret is that they have to leave after eighth grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
As a parent of a first-grader at Beacon Country Day School, I am extremely pleased with my child s progress and our overall experience with the school. Located in Greenwood Village, this Blue Ribbon school is in close proximity to virtually any south Denver neighborhood. The teachers are excellent and caring, and while they utilize modern tools, metrics and techniques in teaching, they are still fully involved in teaching core fundamentals and good citizenship. As a private, non-profit school, don t expect a lot of gratuitous fluff this school is focused on education; you can expect a level of teaching that is top notch. Also, the small class sizes allow for considerable individualized attention. In existence since 1954, this school has had the benefit of time to perfect its legacy of providing a REAL education without any of the superfluous politics, posturing, or distractions that are present in so many other private (and some public) schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
Teachers and staff consistently go the extra mile and work well as a team. The Beacon team seems to have mastered the ability to balance challenging curriculum with a positive, nurturing environment where children develop the knowledge and self confidence to achieve their best results. Beacon is a not-for-profit organization where the focus in on providing the best possible education for students.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2009
Great school. Teachers are warm and teach to gifted population, they will adjust where needed for your child in all areas. Teachers are very responsive to parents. The only downside to this school is that there are no facility resources. The library is parent run and there is not a person responsible for keeping walks free of snow in the winter. Usually the teachers or parents end up doing it. If you can get past that, Beacon is a teriffic school. Also, class sizes are small, but that has turned out to be a downside for us since there are few boys in our classroom so there aren't many choices for playmates.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
We love this school. We transferred from another school midyear last year, which could have been really tough. The administration, teachers, students and parents made the transition wonderfully easy. My son loves his school! The administration is second to none, very visible and involved, very accessible and quick to respond to any special needs or concerns families have. The teachers are outstanding. Parents are not competitive with each other like at some schools, and there is a strong sense of mutual respect and caring among families. This school is more traditional and structured than other schools for the gifted, which is wonderful. There is high teacher accountability. My only regret is that I did not find the school sooner!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
I have 2 children at Beacon and have been there for 7 years.It is wonderful.They have a great curriculum, a caring community of parents, and teachers that understand how each child learns.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
I have two children at Beacon, one in elementary and one in the middle school. They have both flourished academically, socially and emotionally. It is a academically challenging atmosphere that is also fun and warm and nurturing. The teachers are wonderful and very knowledgeable about both academic content and learning styles. The kids are smart and kind and very welcoming! The principal is an expert in gifted education and really cares about each individual child. I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
Beacon is an excellent school! My child is very happy at Beacon. I have a child in Kindergarten and am very happy with the teacher and the school overall. The school is challenging and has a warm and caring environment. My child looks forward to going to school and loves the computer class! This is a very special school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
Both of my children go to Beacon Country Day School (BCDS). BCDS focuses on the whole child. The small class environment is great. The school provides opportunities along the way that keep the children engaged and challenged.

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May 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
BCDS is a BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL under the Leave No Child Behind, and is accredited by NCA. Offering a completely enriched and accelerated program for bright and gifted students, children achieve on a very high level while learning to love learning. In addition to a complex academic curriculum, music, PE, art, drama, French, enrichment, expository writing, computer science, student council, science, social studies, and extra curricular activities are offered. Parents may be involved if they wish. A warm, supportive and positive environment is provided and a wonderful community of children, parents and faculty is present. Children learn in a low pressure environment with high expectations and love learning, which is joyful! All faculty are licensed and care deeply about the children. Beacon is a school with a heart, and values each child. An IEP is created yearly as part of the accountability program.

- submitted by a administrator
February 23, 2004
Beacon is far and wide one of the best learning environments I've ever seen. The staff works together incredibly well & my daughter can't wait to go to school each morning. She is a four year old who can keep up intellectually with her 8 year old cousin & she loves learning. The small classes, loving teachers, accessability for parents & warm, comfortable, safe atmosphere are worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
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Beacon Country Day School
6100 E Belleview Ave, Greenwood Village, CO  80111
(303) 771-3990
Last modified Beacon Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Beacon Country Day School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top