What grade levels do you serve? Our school is for students between the ages of 5 and 21, covering kindergarten through 12th grade with college assistance programs for students dual enrolled or those that need extended time to complete their high school diploma.
How much is tuition? Tuition starting July 1, 2016 is $18,915 per student. If your child requires one-to-one assistance throughout the school day, please contact us and we can discuss how to arrange for this need, as well as additional costs involved. We offer a monthly payment plan to all families for a fee to cover administration costs.
What is your classroom sizes and ratios? At Bolder Pathway School, classrooms are limited to 4 students at the elementary level and 6 students at the secondary level. We also offer a transitional elementary/secondary classroom for students who are not ready for the rigors and independence of middle school, but are doing the majority of their academic work at the middle level or for middle school students who are below grade level in academics by more than 2 years. This classroom has 4 students. Our overall staff to student ratio is 1:3.
Are you Accredited? As of January 1st, 2016 we have received Accreditation through the National Commission on Exceptional Schools. You can read about their Accreditation Standards here.
Do you require IQ testing? No. IQ profiles vary and a lower IQ is not always indicative of a child’s ability to learn. However, we do welcome these scores when they are available as another tool to help determine the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.
Do you teach social skills? At the elementary level, we have 20-30 minutes each day in which the students work on social skills. This class focuses on specific issues of the week that students may be having in the classroom or with peers, as well as developing opportunities for them to role play other difficult social situations. Furthermore, each day the elementary students have a team building opportunity where they work specifically as a team to accomplish tasks. The secondary students have elective classes in social skills when the teachers see a need arise. We also offer after-school social skills classes that run 6-8 weeks at a time and are open to the community.
How many students attend? As of February 1, 2016 we have 10 students with room for a total of 16 in our current classrooms. Upon completion of the remodel, we will have room for up to 48 students. For the 2016-17 school year we anticipate adding 1 primary and 1 secondary classroom, a total of 30 students. Since adding a classroom varies on costs of hiring staff and ability to find qualified candidates, the most important piece to your child’s success, sometimes we put families on a waiting list until we have reached the minimum costs to hire.
What is a 504 Plan and who do you provide them for? The 504 Plan is a federal document that identifies accommodations and modifications that are needed for students with disabilities to access academic curriculum. We offer these plans so that families that wish to return to the public school system have the documentation in place needed to do so seamlessly. Any family attending Bolder Pathway School with an identified learning, emotional, or physical disability is eligible for a 504 plan.
What curriculum and standards do you rely on? BPS uses the Colorado State Standards as their minimum learning standards for education. We have also added some additional rigors to our course content. Our curriculum is developed in-house and based on these standards. Our curriculum is also fluid and easily adapted for individual student needs.
What is your typical student? There is no typical student at BPS. Our students come from varied backgrounds and learning profiles. We have students that are Twice Exceptional and Gifted, on the Autism Spectrum, have ADD, Dyslexia, or other learning disability, and developmentally delayed, as well as students with mild emotional behavior disorders such as ODD, OCD, and Anxiety.
Do you offer a part-time option? Because of the high demand for so few spaces at our school, we are not able to accommodate part-time students.
Do students take tests or finals to demonstrate their learning? No, at Bolder Pathway School we focus on daily oral questions, class work, and project based assessments to evaluate student learning. This information is collected and placed in the student portfolio. As students transition to the high school level, we begin to actively prepare them for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT as well as college course work. We also use the KTEAII to currently track student progress from year to year in a standardized format. This test is administered by a staff member in a one-to-one setting.
Our family has summer plans scheduled already and it falls during normal school session. Can you accommodate this? Yes! Because each student is on an individual plan, we will simply continue with their academics at their pace and level when they return. Our year round program, with optional learning weeks, is built to be flexible for your child’s special needs. Our school year is 195 days per year, 23 days more than the local public schools, which enables us to be more flexible with learning sessions.
My child is in high school and wants to do work study. How would you accommodate this into your program? At Bolder Pathway School we love to collaborate with the community. There are many opportunities for your child to learn outside of our setting. We are committed to developing these relationships so that your child can spend part of the day studying under or working with a local business for elective credits. They would attend Bolder Pathway School for the rest of the day to ensure they meet the core curriculum requirements put forth by the state.