Bixby School

Bixby School is a progressive school in South Boulder that serves preschool through 5th grade children and their families since 1970. Our mission is to compassionately empower children to develop their individual gifts and prepare them to make meaningful contributions to the world.
Bixby School has a strong sense of community and a long tradition of fostering curiosity in our students and collaborating with families in their educational journeys.  PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR CURRENT INFORMATION:

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Independent Private Schools Association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded1970
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$450
Summer Program Cost NotesSee website for current fees
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students102 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Bixby School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,965
Tuition Notes
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDanielle Hermon, Director of Admissions & Marketing


Total Sports Offered1 sport

School Notes

  • We Are Bixby and deliver our mission by-Deeply knowing and loving every student as a complete and whole human being.Giving every student what s/he needs through a customized educational experience.Teaching rigorous academic skills through meaningful activities and inquiry-based learning, which fosters critical thinking, compassion, curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. Academic growth is realized through a non-graded, non-competitive setting where children are intrinsically motivated to learn.Nurturing student agency and social responsibility.Learning by doing; we encourage children to take risks and use mistakes as opportunities for growth.Cultivating joy, vulnerability, movement, self-discovery, and adventure in each of our students and in the wider community.Providing challenges that promote each child`s intellectual, social/emotional, athletic, and artistic growth and the maximization of his/her potential. Bixby`s curriculum is informed by research and guided by Colorado State Standards, though our teachers have flexibility in how they reach those benchmarks.Fostering independence through an intentional balance of freedom and responsibility.Empowering committed, passionate, world-class educators to respond nimbly to what is best for their students.Offering a unique elementary schedule with small instructional groups and teachers who are experts in their subject areas.Caring about and connecting with parents to promote engagement and to protect family time: community events, morning greetings, open doors and open hearts, chef-prepared lunches, minimal homework in upper grades, swimming, artist-in-residence, music, sports, foreign language, whole-year/full-day unparalleled care for children.Serving a diverse population of children who are gifted, twice exceptional, typically developing, and those with mild to moderate learning challenges; we are not able to serve students who have significant behavioral or social/emotional challenges.Fostering a small and compelling community that is intentionally safe, inclusive, and authentic.

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  • Boulder
    Grades: NS-8 | 176 students
    1.6 miles
    5465 Pennsylvania Ave
    Boulder, CO 80303
    (303) 499-1999
    1.6 NS-8
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    5.6 miles
    4820 Nautilus Ct N
    Boulder, CO 80301
    (303) 527-4931
    5.6 NS-8
  • Boulder
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    3.2 miles
    1317 Mapleton Avenue
    Boulder, CO 80304
    (303) 447-2362
    3.2 PK-8
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    (303) 444-7697
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    24.6 miles
    55 Clermont St
    Denver, CO 80220
    (303) 399-8361
    24.6 NS-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
Our child has been a Bixby since preschool; we left briefly for 1st and 2nd grade in public school, then immediately went back - Bixby has instilled in our child an absolute love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and replies "Awesome" every day when asked how school was. Small enough to give each child individual attention, while providing a rich social environment. The outdoor space is truly unique and their emphasis on a whole curriculum including science and history is unparalleled in elementary school in Boulder. We love Bixby!
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Many schools are just now discovering what Bixby has known for almost 50 years; that kids love to learn, and that partnering with adults to discover their own passions, strengths, and journey is more effective than simply having academic content imparted to them. A paragraph of words can't portray the school-- you really have to see it to believe what they're doing there. After seeing Bixby, many parents say the same thing: "wow, this is the school I wish I had gone to". The program quality is extremely high, teachers are amazing, facilities are unique and extensive (you won't believe the play structures-- I don't think there's anything like them anywhere else in the county, maybe even the state-- Bixby takes play seriously!!) Music, art, and swimming are all part of the curriculum.
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Bixby School is more than a school; it's a community. The faculty and staff are extremely dedicated to their career, and it shows in the level of attention that is afforded each and every student. Children feel heard and respected, in a supportive and safe environment. My son has flourished under their wing. Bixby School is far and above the best primary school I've encountered. Lifelong Bixby supporter!
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Bixby is wonderful! All 3 of my kids have LOVED going to school there. My oldest just entered middle school and was really well prepared by his Bixby experience. He knows how to think critically and deeply in addition to all the usual academic skills. His two younger siblings are still thriving at Bixby. They love all the hands on work. The teachers are superb and really get to know each student deeply. The relationships are key. We love Bixby!
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This school has instilled a lifelong love for learning in me. I had some of the best teachers here. I have returned to campus and have to say it is still the most incredible school and community!
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This school is a gem! Engaged students who learn deeply and are challenged and nurtured at the same time. This school has been in Boulder since 1970 and many alumni still return to the school or send their children here. The school is in my opinion unmatched in program strength, community and student-centered best practices! A must see!
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