What is Broomfield Academy and what age children does it serve?
Broomfield Academy is an independent nationally accredited private elementary school and middle school serving children ages 2 ½-14. Broomfield Academy provides individualized programming for children in academic preschool through eighth grade, allowing them to become exceptional, accelerated and creative students. The school is located in Broomfield, Colorado, USA and offers small class sizes, individualized student learning plans and an advanced curriculum. Through individualized instruction, the ceiling for performance is as high as individual students can reach through a combination of effort, ability, and instructional opportunity. The Jr. Kindergarten program offers full-day and half-day options – 2, 3 or 5 days/week. Kindergarten through eighth grade is a full-day program. Programming includes a before/after school program, art, music, technology, swimming, physical education, and Spanish language and Mandarin Chinese language instruction. The school is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Boulder Consortium of Independent Schools and the National Independent Private Schools Association. In recent Stanford Achievement Tests, most Broomfield Academy students have scored more than two years above grade level.
Why do families choose Broomfield Academy?
Most families choose Broomfield Academy because of the small class sizes and a strong focus on differentiation, acceleration, specialty and enrichment courses. Unlike in most other school settings, each Broomfield Academy students’ individual needs are fully assessed and a personalized Individualized Student Learning Plan (ISLP)
is created especially for them. The ISLP addresses the core learning areas, including reading, writing and math. Teachers use core academic materials that are challenging. Learning goals are set in each area, and when a student is ready, academic materials may be at a level that is one or more years above their grade level. At Broomfield Academy, we know that children love learning, but we also know that they can quickly loose this love when not challenged at an appropriate level. Our small class sizes allow teachers and staff to properly challenge and support to students. When Broomfield Academy students are assessed each spring, the majority of their results show that they are performing and learning two or more years ahead of grade level in language arts and mathematics. Student education is enriched through specialty classes, for all students during the regular school day, in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Physical Education (including swimming), Art, World Music and Technology. There are additional enrichments in the arts, PE, social studies and science through educational and fun monthly field trips and after-school enrichment classes (e.g. chess, piano, Capoeira, yearbook club, violin, Girl Scouts, dance). Broomfield Academy’s national accreditation is also an important part of the school’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
What is the average class size at Broomfield Academy?
Maximum class sizes range from 10-15. In addition to the core classroom teacher, there are learning specialists, teaching assistants, specialty teachers, parent volunteers and others that are involved in classes, assuring a very personal and individualized education for each student. Students interact frequently and closely with others in their class and those in other classes at Broomfield Academy. Generally, most students will get to know, learn with, and play with all of the students at the school. And, generally, every staff member and teacher gets to know every student at the school. As a result, Broomfield Academy students and families continue a long-standing tradition of being a very supportive of each other and being part of a caring community.
What are the school hours of operation?
School starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Parents of children in the full-day program park in the parking lot north of the school and accompany their children to a drop-off location at the north side of the school. Half-day Jr. Kindergarten starts at 8:30am and ends at 12:00 noon. The extended day program allows working parents who need additional care to drop off their child(ren) anytime between 7:00-8:30am and pick them up anytime between 3:30-6:00pm.
Is Broomfield Academy diverse?
Broomfield Academy is very diverse, with families representing many different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. The desire for academic, character and social excellence is a common thread shared by all school families.
Is Broomfield Academy accredited?
Yes. Our national accreditation is an important additional part of our being a “school of excellence.” As part of the accreditation process, the school participates in regular self-study, reviewing procedures, training, curriculum and adherence to school philosophy. In addition to regular reviews, there are third-party on-site visits and reviews conducted by outside advisors through accrediting agencies such as NIPSA
How qualified are Broomfield Academy teachers?
Our staff is exceptionally qualified. Each of the core teachers has between five and 30 years of professional experience in the field of education and teaching. They are licensed and certified – and many hold advanced degrees and certifications. Each year Broomfield Academy teachers participate in several days of in-service and continuing education training. The “School” section of this website contains individual teacher bio’s and photos.
What are the Broomfield Academy facilities like?
Broomfield Academy has a variety of buildings that work well for our small community. Throughout the five-acre campus, there is open space for running and playing. There is a full-sized soccer and running field, large playgrounds with two play structures (one for the younger students, one for the older students) swings and a sandbox/play area. Students enjoy learning about nature in the teaching garden. Another part of the main play area has basketball hoops, hopscotch, foursquare, tetherball and a large selection of bikes, scooters, tricycles and carts. In addition to having a lot of room to run and play, students have ample time to play with balls, hula-hoops and other equipment. The water in the swimming pool is kept at a very warm 90 degrees, making swimming fun for all ages. It is a salt-water pool (rather than conventional chlorine pool) which is much easier on the children's eyes, clothing and hair. Swimming is part of the PE program for all students.
Does Broomfield Academy have an open or closed campus?
Gates and doors are closed during the school day for safety, with students expected to remain with their classes until their family has arrived at the end of the day. Families must sign in with the front office if they are coming late or leaving early. In addition, staff and students practice safety procedures regularly through safety and fire drills. The campus is “open,” however, for family members wanting to volunteer or visit while school is in session. Although parents are not left alone with students while on campus, family members often enjoy coming for lunch with their children, going on field trips and volunteering in the classroom.
Are there sports opportunities at Broomfield Academy?
All Broomfield Academy students play a wide variety of sports during Physical Education classes and on our large soccer field during recess. Summer / extended offerings typically include volleyball, basketball, swimming and soccer. After school there is a very popular Capoeira (Brazilian martial art and dance) class for both boys and girls. In addition, many school families gather together to participate in community recreation center sports and activities. In the middle school, students are given the option to participate in intra-school sports programs (e.g. soccer, volleyball, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee) with other private schools in the area.
When do Broomfield Academy students start language study?
All students at Broomfield Academy learn Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, at an age-appropriate level. In our upper grades, we are often using middle school and high school-level teaching materials.
When do Broomfield Academy students start to use computers?
There are computers in all classrooms and in the technology lab. Age-appropriate formal instruction with computers starts in Jr. Kindergarten. The “Curriculum” section of the website contains more information on the Broomfield Academy technology curriculum.
What middle and high schools do Broomfield Academy students attend after graduation? How do Broomfield Academy students do in other settings?
Middle school at Broomfield Academy starts in the fifth grade, providing a gentle transition for children. Most fourth graders at Broomfield Academy continue at the school through middle school. Broomfield Academy families choose a variety of options after graduation. About a third of Broomfield Academy graduates continue in the more challenging local private high schools that have similar educational philosophies. Approximately one-third of graduates move to the more challenging public or charter schools. About one-third chose the larger area public schools that have acceleration options. During a student’s final years at Broomfield Academy, the Principal, teachers and support staff work closely with each family to research, tour, assess and recommend the best high school options. We are proud to report great success for Broomfield Academy graduates following graduation. Nearly 95% of Broomfield Academy graduates continue to receive academic honors at their new school. Most take honors, advanced placement courses or other specialized electives. Our graduates actively participate in their high school through leadership positions, the arts and sciences and athletics.
When is the best time to apply to Broomfield Academy?
Earlier is better. Some families even choose to enroll 1-3 years ahead of time to reserve a space for their child. New applications are accepted throughout the year. There is rolling admissions for the current school year and families are encouraged to apply for the upcoming fall during the Open Enrollment period (October to mid-February). In late-February we begin to make class assignments for the fall. Once your child is enrolled, your family will have first priority for admission in subsequent years.
Once I submit an application to Broomfield Academy, what is the next step?
The Principal or School Administrator will contact you to schedule a half-day or full-day visit and a student assessment. The student visit takes place in the child's current grade level class. Age-appropriate reading, writing, and math skills are typically evaluated, as well as self-control, maturity, manners and the ability to listen and follow directions. Teacher recommendation forms from the student’s current school, school records and any test results must be submitted as part of the application file. Following the student visit, assessment, and receipt of a complete application packet, the Principal will make an admission determination and inform the family. Then, once your registration deposit is received, your child is enrolled!
How do I know that my child will fit in well at Broomfield Academy?
As part of the admission process, you will schedule a half-day or full-day visit for your child. This visit enables us to get to know you and your child better through informal observations, and formal and informal assessments. This visit helps us to assess each child both academically and socially. It also gives you some time to spend at the school, to observe classes, talk with teachers and to ask any questions you might have.
How does Broomfield Academy handle special needs students?
All students join us for a half-day or full-day visit and are assessed at that time, prior to admission. We work with families to determine if we can accommodate any particular disabilities or unique needs a child has prior to enrollment. We create Individualized Student Learning Plan and Accommodation/Modification Plans as appropriate for that particular student. Our teaching staff has training in differentiation techniques, working with students who are gifted and/or especially creative and in helping each child to reach their maximum potential in a supportive and enjoyable learning environment.
Where do Broomfield Academy families typically live?
Geographically, most students come from Adams 12, Jefferson County, and Boulder Valley School Districts. The majority of our families live in Broomfield, Thornton, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Erie, Niwot, Westminster, Boulder, Brighton and north Denver.
How to I get to Broomfield Academy?
Our five-acre campus is tucked into a residential area of Broomfield, just north of 120th Ave., south of 1st street. To find Broomfield Academy, follow the directions found by clicking on this link
or click here for a map
. Remember to follow the sidewalk on the south side of the school towards the flagpoles. Staff and enrolled families park north of the school, off W. First Ave. If you get lost, just call us at (303) 469-6449.
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