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“BCD looks at each child in terms of the whole person, not just the academic piece. We also give them the social skills they need to prepare them to succeed in life.”– BCD teacher
Boulder Country Day School values enrichment education as a vital part of our school experience. Whether bringing topic specialists, community leaders, artists or athletes to campus or having our students leave school for field trips and overnights, our goal is to help our students make genuine connections between their classroom learning and the community around them. Experiential, hands-on learning that connects to classroom studies is one of the many pedagogies employed at BCD and one that we use to diversify our robust curriculum.
BCD’s Preschool through 8th grade classes participate in carefully chosen and organized field trips every year. These trips provide added value by helping students make meaningful connections outside of their daily learning. Trips are linked to classroom activity whether it be a preschool trip to the pumpkin patch, a 2nd grade trip to the Butterfly Museum, a 3rd grade trip to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the 5th grade viewing of BCD parent-made movie Chasing Ice or the Middle School trip to the Da Vinci Exhibit in Denver. Field Trips are also a great way for BCD parents to get involved with BCD as they are often invited to accompany students on the trips.
In addition to guest speakers and day trips, BCD also provides opportunities for extended enrichment for students in 4th-8th grades. These trips, support classroom learning and create real-world connections. These trips also provide opportunities for team-building, leadership training and character development.
Fourth graders attend a one-day program at Cal-wood. Students may participate in the Pioneer Days program that extends the literature genre of historical fiction/westward expansion, or they may do Pond Studies, which provides hand-on experiences extending the science curriculum. Team building activities and hiking round out the day.
In November the fifth grade classes enthusiastically participate in an overnight trip to Cal-Wood Education Center. Cal-Wood is 15 miles northwest of Boulder, and is at an elevation of 7,800 feet. It is a private outdoor learning center with over 1, 000 acres of land available for student educational opportunities.
While there, students participate in a variety of activities. They experience life at a traditional Native American tipi, learn how to navigate using a compass, and work cooperatively to solve group challenges. During the evening sessions, students participate in storytelling, and each cabin group creates and performs a skit that explains a question from nature. This is a fabulous experience for our fifth graders and they look forward to this event every year with great anticipation.
All middle school students attend outdoor education together and spend three days and two nights at the Covenant Heights Science School camp just outside of Estes Park. While there they study topics which correlate to their grade level science classes. Sixth grade students study earth science, seventh grade students investigate topics in biology and eighth grade students spend their time learning more about physical science. This outdoor program takes place in October and allows students to experience and hike in our wonderful Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to the extended class work, students experience team building activities and community interaction.
The eighth grade takes a one week journey to Washington, D.C. in April to visit the nation's capital and to learn more about the history of our nation through the use of museums, monuments, and historic tours (Mount Vernon and Gettysburg). The trip is managed by the Smithsonian Travel, is attended by all our students, chaperoned by members of our faculty and is a fantastic educational experience for all.