Boulder Prep is easier to experience than to describe. If you would like to schedule a visit, please call us at 303-545-6186 or send an e-mail to info@BoulderPrep.org.
Why Boulder Prep?
In 1997 the founders of Boulder Preparatory High School saw an opportunity to create a charter high school that would use research-based, alternative strategies to create an innovative college preparatory program. The school would engage youth who were frustrated and disillusioned with the traditional high school environment.In the 21st Century we must put forward our best efforts to engage as many youth as possible in their education. Boulder Prep encourages and supports students to value the pursuit of education as a way to improve their own lives.
Boulder Preparatory High School is a Free-No-Fee College Preparatory Community that encourages the pursuit of knowledge and education as an intervention for youth, particularly those who may be “off-track.” We strive to graduate young people ready and eager to meet the challenges of college and adulthood with an appreciation of their responsibilities in the global community.
The vision of Boulder Preparatory High School is to have an environmentally efficient facility that provides resources for experiential learning. We will continue to serve between 100-150 students and provide a comprehensive college preparatory program on a Free-No-Fee basis. Our goal is to continue offering exemplary programs such as core classes, life skills, ACT, stories and service learning, and further develop our newer initiatives such as STEM education, academic intensives, after-school activities, and early college credit opportunities. Our faculty will receive competitive compensation and ongoing professional development in exchange for achieving excellence in fulfilling their classroom and community responsibilities. The administration will continue to promote the strengths of the staff using a collaborative decision making process that holds all members accountable.
What Makes Us Unique:
- An environment that fosters leadership and academic excellence
- An innovative college preparatory program
- A school that requires college acceptance for graduation
- A small community with an enrollment less than 150 students
- A student-to-staff ratio of less than 10:1 and a 17:1 student-to-teacher ratio
- A year-round block schedule with four 8-week blocks and a 6-week summer block
- A daily schedule with three 90 minute classes provides stronger focus in greater depth
- An accelerated program allows some students the opportunity to graduate in 2-3 years
- A Life Skills Program that complements the academics
- An accredited program that uses ACT, PLAN, and WRAT IV scores to provide accountability
- A curriculum based on Boulder Valley School District and State of Colorado standards
- An individualized curriculum and personalized interventions
- A program funded by Boulder Valley School District, grants, private and corporate donors
A Brief History
Boulder Prep was founded by five juvenile justice professionals as a way to help the large percentage of youth entering the juvenile justice system who did not have viable educational plans. Many students had been suspended, expelled, or had dropped out of school. In 1996 Boulder Prep started serving 12 students in the Probation conference room at the Boulder County Justice Center. The school was granted a charter by the Boulder Valley School District in 1997 and grew to 25 students. Enrollment increased by about 20% each year, and the school finally moved into a permanent facility in north Boulder. The school was created to primarily serve expelled, suspended, and adjudicated youth, but our target population has become broader to include any student looking for a smaller, more personalized college preparatory setting. We would like to thank and recognize Andre Adeli, Greg Brown, Tijani Cole, Roxanne Nice and Anne Williams for their contributions in creating Boulder Prep and being pioneers in alternative education.