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Bear Creek Carnival
​​​​​Bear Creek Elementary School is situated on a hilltop at the base of the Flatirons, Boulder's dramatic rock formation, and we enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Boulder and the Colorado plains.  The impressive mountain backdrop is a daily inspiration reminding us that our tradition of maintaining a strong school community is the bedrock upon which we strive to reach high academic goals.  By enveloping children in a safe, nurturing environment and teaming with parents and the community to ensure learning for all students, we can inspire students to conquer their mountains and realize their dreams.

Bear Creek has been recognized as a "National Blue Ribbon School."  The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors both public and private K-12 schools that are determined by the U.S. Department of Education to be either academically superior or to have shown dramatic gains in student achievement. The Blue Ribbon designation is awarded to approximately five schools in Colorado each year, Bear Creek representatives were invited to Washington, D.C. for a national ceremony to meet with other Blue Ribbon schools and to share ideas that have led to school success.  Bear Creek has also been the recipient of numerous Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards and the Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards.
Program Characteristics
Bear Creek Elementary School is a dynamic, innovative neighborhood school that emphasizes the multi-faceted cognitive and conceptual connections among mathematics, science and music. Our focus content has students looking at interdisciplinary connections to enrich their learning and their lives.

A high priority is placed on a rich language arts experience as a solid foundation in literacy skills. Students are enveloped in an investigative and creative classroom culture that develops thinking skills and evokes the use of critical thinking.

The staff provides learning experiences that challenge students to excel to their maximum potential. We strive to stimulate intellectual curiosity and love of learning in children. During the acquisition of skills and knowledge, students are encouraged to ask questions, take risks, and be willing to make mistakes in their quest for greater understanding. The school helps students to develop successful relationships with peers and creates an environment in which students can feel both self-assured and accepting of others. Parent volunteers are a visible and valuable resource in our school and teachers build strong home-school bonds through personal contacts, reports, newsletters and conferences.

Fine and performing arts are integral parts of the education at Bear Creek. The school’s physical education classes place an emphasis on physical fitness, individual and team sports, and sportsmanship. Excellent media and technology resources are available.

Bear Creek provides support and assistance to meet the needs of all students. Special services are available for students who are talented and gifted, and students with disabilities. Bear Creek emphasizes the importance of respecting and valuing individual differences and appreciating cultural plurality.
Special Programs and Opportunities
Bear Creek offers a variety of co-curricular programs for students.  A partial list of these includes:
  • Field trips around greater Boulder County and Denver
  • Fitness Day in Physical Education
  • Choir opportunities including concerts and musicals
  • Leadership Opportunities:  Student council (grades 3-5)
  • Eco-Cycle Presentations
  • Girls Leadership Classes
  • Fifth Grade Outdoor Ed
  • Battle of the Books
  • Instrumental Music options for 5th graders
  • National Geographic "GEO" Bee
  • BVSD Spelling Bee
  • Spring Art Show
  • After school clubs and classes arranged by staff and Lifelong Learning

Garden to Table

Students planting

The Garden to the Table project  produces food for our Harvest Bar lunches, and our Green Star Schools goal of moving toward zero waste production.

International Culture Festival

International Culture Festival

Bear Creek celebrates the cultural diversity of our students, staff and families through food, song, dance, and education.

Bear Creek Carnival

Bear Creek Carnival

We learn together, we play together....WE ARE BEAR CREEK