Academics

At Boulder Creek Academy, your child is immersed in a nurturing learning environment where he or she makes the most of academic strengths while developing successful strategies to cope with academic challenges. The goal is to inspire your child and instill a sense of confidence in their academic ability.

Our varied curriculum provides your child with an opportunity to become more aware of and better understand his or her individual learning strengths. We also focus on empowering your child to develop insight into addressing and working through learning and social challenges. Students learn how to effectively communicate within the community as they develop greater social awareness and confidence.

Depending on your child’s needs, we accommodate basic skills courses, traditional college-preparatory high school curriculum, or a combination. Individual academic needs are met through various models, such as audible text, separate settings, extended time and assistive technology. Teaching methods include collaborative group work, role playing, and the Socratic process.

Students who need extra support participate in one-on-one reading development programs, content-area tutorials, specialized classes, and peer mentoring opportunities. They may also work with our Learning Center specialists. Learning Center work allows students to enhance basic academic skills.

Here is an example of the academic growth our students have seen:

Phoneme Awareness
Student progressed from:

  • 3rd grade to 9th grade level
  • 4rd grade to college level
  • 5th grade to college level

Oral Reading Accuracy
Student progressed from:

  • 5th grade to college level
  • 4th grade to 9th grade level

Spelling
Student progressed from:

  • 3rd grade to 7th grade level
  • 5th grade to 8th grade level

Reading Comprehension
Student progressed from:

  • 4th grade to 6th grade level
  • 7th grade to college level
  • 8th grade to 10th grade level

Our academic program is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and we have a state-approved special education program.

Learn more about our academic program:

Peek Inside a Classroom

Boulder Creek’s classroom instruction is built on the framework of brain-based learning, and incorporates strategies to enhance executive functioning, working memory, communication, and efficiency skills. Our teachers use a number of evidence-based plans to enhance students planning/organization, task initiation, working memory, self-monitoring, and cognitive flexibility through:

  • Use of graphic organizers
  • Explicit teaching of problem/story structure
  • Metacognitive questioning
  • Guided questioning
  • Color coding and sequencing

The key to our success at Boulder Creek is we teach our students to love learning by teaching them how to learn and communicate with other learners in the process.

Academic Phases

At Boulder Creek Academy, your child will progress through three academic phases:

Phase I – Orientation
Upon admission, we ease the transition by having your child work on our campus farm for two academic periods. Here, your child learns the value of a good work ethic, which contributes to their future academic success. They also participate in a Foundations of English class where we assess their skills, strengths and academic needs before they move into a full-academic schedule. During this phase, your child works on developing personal responsibility while learning and practicing interpersonal communication skills.

Phase II – Traditional Academic Classes
After Orientation Phase, your child will begin taking a full academic load in a traditional classroom. You can see a listing of our course descriptions here.

Philosophy of Learning

Boulder Creek Academy takes a cognitive approach to academic and social learning in order to differentiate instruction and provide for the socio-emotional needs of a diverse population of learners. Classroom instruction is built within the framework of brain-based learning, incorporating strategies to enhance executive functioning, working memory, communication, and efficiency skills. Through this multi-modal method of instruction, the curriculum provides opportunity for students to become aware of and better understand their individual learning strengths, while empowering them to develop insight on how to address and work through learning challenges. In addition, students learn how to effectively communicate within the community.

Teachers play a role in daily group therapy sessions to better understand and support their students’ growth. In the classroom, they encourage students as they explore relationships through cooperative group instruction, perspective shifting, and Socratic seminar opportunities. Curriculum introduces students to academic and social learning through a combination of teaching models, including (but not limited to) direct instruction, portfolio assessment, collaborative group work, induction, role playing, inquiry, presentation, perspective taking, and student/teacher generated activities. These approaches combine social, information-processing, personal, and behavioral systems families of models, and the multi-modal approach works, especially when combined with individual and group therapy.

Our guiding beliefs:

  • Student success depends on a strong, healthy sense of self
  • Every learner is capable of excellence in a stimulating learning environment
  • Learning should be active, not passive
  • The education process is best served when integrating new information with previous learning
  • Academic learning must exist in conjunction with social learning
  • Healthy relationships encourage success
  • Emotional management is necessary for academic growth
  • Students learn best where they are nurtured and challenged
  • Perseverance and self-advocacy breed success
  • Family education is integral to the long-term success of both child and family; a parallel education strongly supports success
  • The integrity of the teacher is as important as the content of the lesson
  • Experiential learning opportunities inspire learning
  • Development of personal and social responsibility creates a successful transition from childhood to adulthood

Grade Reporting

You will receive a weekly academic update on your child. This information includes a brief description of the course content covered during the week, a report of your child’s progress and participation. If your child is struggling, you can expect to find strategies that the teacher has been using to overcome the challenge.

Grading

Core, elective, and Physical Education classes provide grades (A to C- or No Credit) based on individual achievement. All other classes are based on group participation, and students receive either a Pass (P) or No Credit (NC). Only classes with letter grades (not those designated with a “P”) are included in calculating a student’s GPA.

Study Hall

Monday through Thursday, your child will engage in an hour-long mandatory study hall, monitored by teachers, to ensure that your child has additional resources available to accomplish assignments that were not completed during the class time provided.

Class Rank

Boulder Creek Academy does not rank students as freshman, sophomore, junior or senior due to the small size of our classes and peer groups.

Credit Acceptance Policy

We accept credits granted by educationally accredited institutions. Where possible and necessary, we will convert equivalent courses with different titles to satisfy specific requirements. If it is not possible to make such a conversion, such courses receive elective credits.

Transcript Repair

Your child will have the opportunity to re-take courses for which they received a “D” or an “F” grade, as long as the course is offered at Boulder Creek Academy. The previous grade is then expunged from the transcript.

Dual Enrollment

If applicable, your child will be offered the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses, in which he or she will receive both high school and college credit through a local community college.

Post-Secondary Planning

We will work with your child to arrange ACT or SAT tests, repeating tests if necessary. If your child is scheduled to obtain a diploma from Boulder Creek Academy, we will work with him or her to complete at least one college admissions application, admissions essay, and create a resume. We will work closely with you and your family’s Educational Consultant regarding post-secondary planning.

High School Graduation Requirements

Boulder Creek Academy requires the completion of 46 Carnegie Units to earn a high school diploma, which meets the State of Idaho requirements for graduation. Student academic plans are coordinated from enrollment.

Required Units:

Subject Credits Required
English 8
Speech 1
Science 6
Mathematics 6
U.S. History 2
U.S. Government 2
Economics 1
Humanities 2
Health 1
Physical Education 4
Electives 13
Total Units 46