Boulder Prep Charter High School
Boulder, CO 80301
About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Boulder Prep Charter High School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Boulder Prep Charter High School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Colorado average is 17 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Boulder Prep Charter High School Reviews
It doesn't matter where the school is located or what the building looks like, it's what is going on inside that counts. The teacher's at Boulder Prep. are dedicated to the students. They go above and beyond what is expected of a high school teacher. The curriculum is set up so that students can actually participate in their studies while earning credits to graduate. My daughter likes the staff, her fellow classmates, and this is her first year to attend school everyday and enjoy it. I would highly recommend Boulder Prep. to any student who does not "fit" in a traditional high school.
The only good thing about this school would be the teachers. Sadly, most of these teachers have been "let go" because they wouldn't let themselves become the headmasters playthings. Speaking of this headmaster, he, on a daily basis, physically and mentally assaults the students. These are usually the students that are already on probation and can not stick up for themselves - say in a court of law - because everyone will believe the man with higher power and a law degree. I feel that with all the positive words about this school, I still need to leave a warning.
When our family was advised to enroll our son in this school, I was concerned - it certainly didn't match my expectations for a high school, based on my own experience. But we really didn't have a choice, as the tier-1 and tier-2 schools were clearly more interested in enforcing their rules and regimen than helping one more child in a sea of children gain his potential. Admitedly, my son, bored with the standard high school experience, chose to "spit in the wind" on numerous occasions which didn't fit the standard experience. My son was on the express train towards not graduating and likely living an unfulfilled life while getting in trouble with the law.
Yes, Boulder Prep is one of the last stops for kids at risk (possibly one stop past the point of no return for some) and it's not located in a lush paradise, but this school achieved success for my son, where the others had failed. It was a 180 degree transformation, my son connected with the life experience stories in the morning, finally started participating in PE, completed his reading and math on time, grew a strong interest in the sciences, and standardized test scores are steadily climbing to where our family always knew he could perform.
There are the same distractions as other schools, but it is in fact a learning environment that can connect to children that are having trouble living within the tight lines drawn at a standard school.
As we near the end of this journey for our first child, it's interesting to look back at the mix of teachers that had the pleasure of my son in their classroom, there was never a middle ground in parent teacher conferences ... either they loved him and he flourished through exposure to knowledge, or they purely hated him and they used administrative rules and false discipline to force him out - although he had more teachers of the first description, BVSD has given too much support through the years to the discipline based non-teachers (whether they live in a classroom or administration) and in that support they have created a low tolerance system that rejects the type of non-linear intelligence that transforms our world.
This schools charter should be revoked and the students returned to an actual learning environment. Look at its achievement scores and its teacher/student ratio. It is ia poor excuse for a high school and is located in an industrial/flex/office complex that is not fit for high school students.