Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies is a focus school that opened in the fall of 1996. Our school features an Arts Integrated curriculum in which creative expression acts as a vehicle for academic engagement and learning. Our teachers and students honor many modes of expression and celebrate cultural diversity. The BCSIS focus program integrates the arts into a rich, meaningful academic curriculum. Our staff also implements Waldorf-inspired practices to further enhance our classroom environments. Teachers use stories, songs, movement, art, and music from around the world as tools for teaching math, language arts, science, and social studies. We emphasize the development of children’s sensitivity to the natural world and aesthetic beauty. Our science curriculum supports an understanding of sustainable practices, incorporating our school’s Garden-to-Table and Green Team programs. Seasonal festivals create a framework for celebrating the growth and development of each child.
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 EducationDear High Peaks and BCSIS Parents,
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 recordergrade. 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, 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,
Passageworks approaches are integrated through the grades, with an emphasis on entering the school community in kindergarten, and transitioning to middle school in 5th grade.
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).
Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS) is a holistic, arts-integrated school in which active involvement and academic excellence provide a foundation for learning and self-expression. BCSIS integrates several culture-building programs into our classroom routines which promote positive behaviors, independent decision-making, close and positive classroom environments, and effective problem-solving skills.
The BCSIS approach is inspired by the work of several leading educators and a variety of methods, including:
The multiple intelligences (Howard Gardner) and other applications of multi-dimensional whole brain/body learning
Waldorf schooling (Rudolf Steiner)
The student-initiated project-learning approach of integrated day programs
An understanding of diversity and multiculturalism
the skill-building techniques of traditional Western education
Thus, the program integrates a full array of movement and the arts into a rich academic curriculum. Teachers use stories, songs, movement, art, and music from around the world as tools for teaching math, language arts, science, and social studies. They weave the curriculum together with storytelling, music, painting, handwork, recitation, poetry, movement, drama, puppetry, and sculpting. The program also emphasizes the development of children's sensitivity to beauty of the natural world. Authentic, natural learning materials help develop this important connection to nature.
If you are new to our school, we’re so pleased that you’ve chosen BCSIS for your child’s primary school education. Our goal is to provide new parents with enough information to help ease the transition to a new community, so that everyone feels welcomed, understands how the school works, and how to get involved. Please come to events, introduce yourself in the hall, and let us get to know you. The benefits and friendships that this school offers your children and your family are multiplied when you are involved. We hope you take one of the many opportunities to truly make this school your school.
The Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies at Aurora 7 (BCSIS) provides a rich aesthetic environment in which artistic expression, active involvement, and academic excellence provide a foundation for the learning experience. A holistic approach addresses the head, heart, and hand of each child. Rhythm and sensitivity to unique developmental ages assure that students are held in a secure place where, through exposure to multicultural activities and creative projects, they emerge as self-defined, competent, and compassionate individuals.