Boulder Journey School is a preschool located in Boulder, Colorado.
This preschool has an average Community Rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on reviews from 19 school community members.
Boulder Journey School has been great for our little girl. We attended after sharing a nanny for 2 years. I was worried about the transition between home care and full day school. She came in at 2 days a week at age 3 and then when she turned 4 we moved up to 5 days a week. She actually did better after we moved her to 5 days a week as there was less variety in her days and she knew exactly what was happening each morning. All of the teachers we have met have been wonderful and our daughter has thrived under their care.
Boulder Journey School is a great place for children. They have the opportunity to explore, create environments that suit their own desires, and be independent all at the same time. My child is very independent and I think Journey gives him the opportunity to embrace that and feel empowered. I have never considered what that means for a child, to feel empowered. I think Journey school encourages us as adults to consider the perspective of the world through our little ones eyes. It's a great place. I know my little guy feels very loved there and I know he is safe as well.
Boulder Journey School has been a great experience for entire family. Our daughter changed school at 3 years old and was immediately supported and accepted. She has struggled bathroom issues stemming from controlling her emotions and at her previous school we all felt guilt and shame about this. BJS has been a completely different experience!The staff has been dedicated to supporting her in overcoming this challenge. But more important than that, they see my child as a WHOLE child and she is not defined by this issue. Our guilt and worries about this disappeared when we joined the school and our daughter is thriving. The staff and school all understand that a child is more than their "problem" and that often the solutions to children's issues are relying on their strengths.
You can feel the difference the moment you walk into the school. It has been created with young children in mind - honoring them where they are and providing a place to nurture their beings. We have loved both the indoor and outdoor spaces for our children to grow and explore in. The teachers continue their education and view their place as a role in the community, not just a job. Our children have been challenged to grow who they are in relation to their friends, teachers and their work spaces. Manners and respect are encouraged, new ideas are explored and children are treated as individual people. If you are looking for a school with a standard approach to education, potty training, and play - this isn't the place for you :) If you want an environment that challenges you as a parent to look at things from a new perspective, a place where your child will be gently held accountable and hugs and genuine curiosity and interaction abound - then you may have found your fit.
"Please do something productive during the parent tour." The Director to the teachers Is this a fair representation of Boulder Journey School? Absolutely not. We should not be pretending to do anything other than our normal activities during parent tours.
A gem of a school with compassionate educators and a sense of nurture and collaboration with the families that is rarely found to this degree! Boulder Journey School follows the Reggio Emilia approach to education-this means there is lots of room for our children to explore, collaborate with others and contribute to the school community with his/her unique interests and personality. Teachers stay with the children for at least two years and parents and really bond with each other and their classmates. My sons have both attended the school and I can honestly say that no other preschool I have looked at as parent or as education researcher, has impressed me with their commitment to children, children's rights, teaching and learning in collaborative ways as much as this one. This school is even more than meets the eye. Ask about the studio for art, the music projects, the garden and when you take a look at the children there- I think it is clear that this is a special place. What is also unique is that Boulder Journey School is a great place from infancy to Pre-K. At each age and stage our children and family truly felt embraced and nurtured.
Please do your research! You are your child s number one advocate! Above all, young children deserve regularity in a loving, attentive and compassionate environment. Look beyond the flash of the interactive hallways, and classroom decorations. A seasoned parent will look past appearances/sales, what is at the heart of the teachers? Boulder Journey is a large school it is not a small cozy environment. Too many children fall into the shadows while educators focus on more outspoken children s interests. Boulder Journey is a school for both children and adults; this means an overwhelming amount of technology is present in the classrooms. Do you want your child exposed to this? I believe pre-school children should have their teacher s undivided attention; they should not be competing with a camera or computer screen. After pre-K parents must consider elementary school. If you desire a public elementary, seriously do your homework on Boulder Journey s constructivist based education, it is not for everyone. ~You have my best wishes and blessings as you ask these important questions in the name of your child's education and health!
After 3 children and 8 consecutive years of experience with Boulder Journey School, I can honestly say that my wife and I are fully satisfied with our BJS experience. Our children have very different personalities and each one of them has been embraced for who they are and thrived at BJS. They've been encouraged to explore their interests, work together with other children as well as work independently. They have always been encouraged to resolve conflicts with other children in a positive way. After reading some of the reviews here, maybe BJS isn't for everyone's child - and that's fine - no school can be everything to everyone. If you want your child to learn for themselves, be in a safe environment where they can explore their interests and be loved and encouraged, then you can't go wrong. The "It takes a village to raise a child" approach may not be for everyone. if you are looking for your child to be in a rigid, structured, militaristic environment, don't schedule a tour of BJS. If you want your child to be well prepared for Kindergarten/beyond and to begin developing skills for dealing with different kinds of people throughout their lives - your search is over.
Both of my children (who are practically polar opposites from one another) attended BJS and thrived there. They were both very well prepared for kindergarten and more importantly, for life. Creativity, leadership and social consciousness are all fostered through gentle guidance and encouragement. Teachers help the children see their own ideas as important and help them make them a reality. When I dropped my 2nd child off for her first day 4 years ago, I cried..not because I was leaving her there, but because my eldest wasn't there any more.
I am a parent who wanted my kids taken care of two mornings a week. It was refreshing that this school accommodated my needs. When my kids were there they were safe and attended to. They had lots of choices: crafts, theatre, free play, outdoor play, water play (in warm weather, of course). The teachers knew/know my children, and the school s efforts to establish community is effective. I really, really appreciate the staff s accommodating and respectful approach with me; I have called to report I am running late, or that I need drop-in care for two or three hours at the last minute; they accommodate my needs graciously; the additional time is added to my account with no lectures or warnings (billing & policies were disclosed when I signed my children up). The summer my son finished kindergarten, I signed him up for Boulder Journey School s school-age summer program. The flexible hours allowed me to continue my two mornings a week, and my son had fun going on age-appropriate day-trips with friends while my other child attended her regular class. Boulder Journey School is a safe, well organized, clean place for my kids to spend a few hours a week while I work.
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