Program Characteristics

Program Characteristics

  • Small group literacy instruction provided one to two hours per day by classroom and literacy teachers using Guided Reading Plus (K-3), CLIP (1), SOAR (3-5), literacy circle instructional strategies (4-5) and Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop.  Assessment of reading and writing skills occurs three times per year. A Response to Intervention model is utilized to monitor student progress in reading and to provide intensive interventions for students not reading at grade level. Instructional materials include guided reading leveled books, junior great books, real world non-fiction books, and non-fiction magazines and other quality literature to support content area learning.
  • Investigation math materials are used for grades K-5 with supplemental instruction as needed. Individual Math Recovery instruction is provided for selected first grade students.
  • Science exploration is done through district curriculum and FOSS science units correlated with the International Baccalaureate transdisciplinary units of study.  Partnerships with Cal-wood Outdoor Education Center (experiential natural science learning) and the University of Colorado’s School of Engineering (experiential physical science learning) enhance the science program.
  • BVSD history and geography curriculum is incorporated with International Baccalaureate transdisciplinary units of study. Civics and economics learning through district curriculum including Small Sense, Mini-Society and Ameritowne experiential learning, as well as an online weekly student savings program partnership with Washington Mutual Bank.
  • Instructional technology opportunities in classrooms (two to four computers per room), and in a completely renovated computer lab.
    Physical Education, Music, and Art are also integrated with International Baccalaureate transdisciplinary units of study.
  • BVSD preschool program services 30 students and Headstart services 15 students.

Special Programs and Opportunities

The following is a sample of the many extra-curricular activities in which our students and/or families can participate. Many of these programs are part of the Century 21 “Dragon Discovery” program that provides free after-school classes and enrichment activities. Classes are offered for two hours once per week for six to eight week blocks with a snack and optional transportation home.

Assemblies and Full School Programs
Annual Student Art Show
Colorado Ballet
Colorado Opera
Colorado Symphony
Kaiser Health Program

Field Trips
Arvada Center
Butterfly Pavilion
Calwood Outdoor Education Center
Chautauqua Park
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Natural History

Fine Arts
Arts and Crafts
Art Mural
Bead Making
Jazz Dance
Leadership and Community Service
Leadership Team
Project Yes

Science and Math
Challenge Math 24
Math, Engineering, Science
Achievement (MESA) Club
School Newspaper
Science Exploration
Health Fair

Sports/Physical Activities
Fitness Club

Parent Programs
Adult Family Literacy
Love and Logic Training