Program Characteristics

  • The instructional philosophy at BCSIS is inspired by the work of several leading educators and a variety of methods including: Arts Integration, the Multiple Intelligences of Howard Gardner, Waldorf Education and Rudolph Steiner, Integrated Day, and Traditional Western Education. We utilize the arts as an interwoven, intentional strategy for strengthening imagination, deepening academic comprehension and meaning, and promoting self-expression and individual creative style. In addition, we also offer an English as a Second Language Program for those BCSIS students who are learning English. Our ESL Program will be fully integrated into our Arts-Focus Curriculum.
  • Our program integrates the arts into a rich, authentic curriculum. Teachers use stories, songs, movement, art, and music from around the world as tools for teaching math, literacy, science, and social studies. The school emphasizes the development of children’s sensitivity to the natural world. To that end, classrooms are equipped with materials from nature rather than synthetic materials, and children work with natural fibers such as wool, silk, and cotton. They also sculpt, paint, knit, sing, and learn to play musical instruments, beginning with the recorder. Seasonal festivals create a framework for celebrating the growth and development of each child. These festivals include: a fall evening Lantern Walk, a winter festival of stories and music, and a spring festival of May Pole dancing and planting.
  • In order to build strong and bonded classroom communities, as well as deep connections between home and school, the children remain with the same teacher from first through third grade. Students then receive a different teacher to take them through grades four and five.

Special Programs and Opportunities
BCSIS is an integrated program where we create classrooms with “extended walls” that offer a variety of learning opportunities. The following is a small representation of these offerings:

Field Trips: Boulder Public Library District Art Show, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Phoenix Goldmine, Denver Zoo, Gross Reservoir Water Study, Whole Foods Grocery, Arvada Center for the Arts, Frasier Meadows Senior Center, Dairy Center for the Arts, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Eco-Cycle, Fifth Grade Outdoor Ed Week at Cal-Wood.

Special Programs and Assemblies: BCSIS Rose Ceremony, Fall Lantern Walk, Spring Flower Festival, BCSIS Spring Carnival, Imagination Makers Theater Company, Waste-Free Lunch Week, Sister-School Program with Rock Foundation School in Uganda, Odd Girl Out Student Workshop and Parent Evening, Poetry Café Event, Chinese New Year Parade, Reading-to-End-Racism Program, Fourth Grade Science Fair, Student Performance at CU Shakespeare Festival, Passageways Transition Program.

In addition to school-wide and classroom opportunities, children are welcome to participate in clubs and activities offered at different times during the school year. These opportunities include: BCSIS Robotics Club, Intramurals and Field Day, Chess Club and Chess Classes, Africa Club, Science Fair, Bunraku Puppetry, Kids on Canvas Art Classes, Cartooning for Kids, and a BCSIS Music and Dance Group (Jazz Mountain).