Non-Religious Private Schools in Boulder County

Non-Religious Private Schools in Boulder County

There are so many different parenting styles. Just like no single child is alike, no parenting style is alike. Luckily, there are so many different amazing private schools in Boulder. There are plenty of ways to accommodate diverse values and learning styles in our city. Here is a complete list of all the non-religious private schools in our beautiful county:

 
 
 
 

Boulder Valley Waldorf School

Grades: PreK-8

Boulder Valley Waldorf was voted the best private school in Boulder in 2021. Waldorf School curriculums are designed to help build children into adults that are resourceful, can think for themselves, and are excited about learning. Their preschool and kindergarten programs focus on play-based learning. These classes are stimulating and fun. The elementary school takes a relationship-based approach. This blends character building and academics. Their middle school curriculum is rigorous. It places value on independent thinking and taking responsibility for your learning. The campus sits on a beautiful 38-acres and includes indoor-outdoor classrooms.

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Mackintosh Academy

Grades: PreK-8

Mack is a place for extremely gifted and creative children. It’s one of the only schools in the area that offers the International Baccalaureate Program. Their IB program is focused on design, innovation, and sustainability. Graduates of Mackintosh Academy leave with all the tools they need to be compassionate and socially responsible adults. The teachers at Mackintosh believe that learning isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Classrooms are responsive and flexible to each student’s learning style.

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Boulder County Day School

Grades: PreK-8

Country Day Schools have strong reputations nationwide. These schools utilize a trifecta of educational rigor, pleasant learning environments, and a strong community. Boulder Country Day School’s motto is “Respect yourself. Respect others. Take responsibility for your actions”. This mantra (combined with a critical thinking approach to learning) creates graduates who are resourceful, confident, and empowered.

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Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Grades: PreK-8

Country Day Schools have strong reputations nationwide. These schools utilize a trifecta of educational rigor, pleasant learning environments, and a strong community. Boulder Country Day School’s motto is “Respect yourself. Respect others. Take responsibility for your actions”. This mantra (combined with a critical thinking approach to learning) creates graduates who are resourceful, confident, and empowered.

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Bixby School

Grades: PreK-5

The Bixby School has been part of the Boulder Community since 1970. It has a strong reputation around Boulder as a great educational institution. Students at Bixby wreak the benefits of small class sizes (only 8-10 students per class!). Bixby from other private elementary schools is that they don’t emphasize homework. Bixby teachers believe that there is great value in out-of-school activities and family time. For that reason, they don’t typically assign homework. Bixby believes that childhood formative years are important. They take time to nurture social-emotional learning as well as academics.

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September School

Grades: 6-12

September School is a private middle and high school. Their thing is relationship-based education. They recognize that adolescence is an extremely difficult time. They bring individualized attention to every student. Each student is greeted with guidance, respect, and hospitality when they enter the doors. Their curriculums focus on diversity, inclusion, teamwork, and communication. This approach sets them up for success and happiness in their adult life. They also have experiential lessons to set them up for success in the “real world”. This includes internships, community service, local and global field trips.

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Alexander Dawson School

Dawson School is a K-12 private school that sits on a picturesque 107-acres. When arriving at Dawson, you’ll drive through a grand archway onto a tree-lined drive. Dawson finds that their pristine physical spaces make their students excited and engaged about campus life. Dawson emphatically enrolls International Students and a section of campus even includes “language cottages”. There are also six fields, two gyms, a woodshop, a ceramics studio, and a full theater. Students at Alexander Dawson thrive in Arts, Language, and athletics.

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School

Mountain Shadows is the only AMI Associated Montessori School in the state. As a result, all teachers are AMI trained. Mountain Shadows has a 7-acre farmhouse campus with plenty of play space for the children. This is a zero-waste campus (including classrooms, restrooms, and offices).

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Boulder Montessori School

Grades: 18 months- 6 Years Old

Boulder Montessori is nestled at the base of the foothills. All teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society. Teachers are specially trained. They teach children how to exercise independence, decision-making, and build cooperative relationships. Boulder Montessori works with children 18 months to 6 years old.

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Desiderata School

Grades: 4-12

You’ve heard about tiny homes… what about micro-schools? Desiderata is considered a micro-school. It’s a throwback to the education of years past. It’s a thriving re-imagined one-room schoolhouse. It’s been nationally recognized for its alternative style. Homework is not required. Students complete their work at their own pace, then move on. If students require more time to master a subject, they are given as much time as they need. Community activities also count towards school requirements. Desiderata has onsite classes, but also offers satellite programs for parents wishing to homeschool.

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Friends School Boulder North

Grades: PreK-8

The Friends School teaches students how to use their passions to make a positive difference. The values at Friends School influences everything from teaching style to playground games. It’s a creative, challenging, and safe environment. Small class sizes allow teachers to get to know each student individually. They make sure every single student is seen, known, and loved.

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Watershed School

Grades: 6-12

Watershed School is adamantly against memorizing answers for standardized tests. Students never sit in a fluorescent-lit classroom wondering “when will I ever use this in real life?” Watershed students learn by going off-campus. They work with experts and create solutions to real-world problems. They learn economics by starting a small business. They learn algebra and calculus by helping engineers solve problems. The result means that students love learning and look forward to coming to school every day. There are outdoor classrooms, design labs, and spaces to create art. As a requirement, students spend 15-25 nights away every year. This includes backpacking trips and international adventures.

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