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Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS) at Aurora 7
 

3995 East Aurora Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 720.561.6500
Fax: 720.561.6501
Attendance: 720.561.6502
Website: p12.bvsd.org/bcsis/

Daily Schedule: 8:20-2:55
Enrollment (FTE):  270
Funded Headcount:  294
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16.4/1
Principal:  Phil Katsampes

Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies

 

 

 About Our School

 
Points of Pride
  • BCSIS is an arts-integrated focus program in which hands-on learning, parent and community involvement, and academic excellence provide a foundation for growth.
  • Children develop confidence, imagination, creative thinking, risk-taking, and problem-solving through challenging activities that are integrated with the arts.
  • BCSIS values multicultural education, a central component of our curriculum. Students develop an appreciation of diversity and community awareness.
  • BCSIS incorporates storytelling, music, painting, handwork, poetry, puppetry, drama, and sculpture.  Environmental appreciation is a deeply engrained value.

Academic Goals
The BCSIS Academic Goals are focused on the area of writing. Our specific emphasis is building our students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of writing mechanics, conventions, and paragraph writing. BCSIS will work to increase the Weighted Index for all students taking the 2009 Writing CSAP by 6 points. In addition, in order to close our achievement gap, BCSIS will increase the School Median Growth for students receiving meal assistance by 14 percentile points on the 2009 Writing CSAP.

School Profile
BCSIS is a school created by parents and teachers to present the world to children through imagination and authentic experiences. The curriculum is designed to balance state standards with a carefully thought out educational program that fully integrates the arts with instruction. We use beautiful, natural materials and honor the rhythm of the day and of each child.

After kindergarten, the teacher remains with his or her class through grade three. Students then receive a different teacher to take them through grades four and five. This allows strong connections to be established between the school and home as the developmental changes of early childhood are experienced in both settings. The success of our school is possible only by working together as a community of parents and teachers.

Teachers work to apply current, research-based instructional strategies to ensure that children maximize their learning. It is important that our teachers have time for continued professional study and collaborative planning, so the week includes long days Monday through Thursday and an early release each Friday. Special education and talented and gifted programs enter into that collaborative planning.
 

 School Mission and Vision

 

The Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS) provides a rich aesthetic environment in which artistic expression, active involvement, and academic excellence provide a foundation for the learning expression. A holistic approach addresses the head, heart, and hand of each child. Rhythm and sensitivity to developmental levels 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.

MISSION: The BCSIS approach is inspired by the work of several educators and a variety of methods, including 1) Rudolph Steiner and a Waldorf-inspired curriculum., 2) Howard Gardner and the theory of multiple intelligences and other applications of multidimensional whole brain/body learning, 3) integrated day and student-initiated project-learning approach, 4) multiculturalism and a curriculum that embraces the people of the world, 5) Western education and the skill-building techniques of traditional approaches, 6) arts-integrated curriculum and how we make learning meaningful to children’s daily lives


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