Bullis Charter School (BCS) is an integrated K-8 public school that emphasizes individualized learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) curricula, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), an enriched curriculum during school and optional after-school programs, and national best practices with a focus on 21st century skills for academic excellence.
Every student benefits from integrated S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) curricula, with access to the MakerSpace and a FabLab outfitted with state-of-the art tools that promote scientific modeling and computer programming. Through the Project-Based Learning and Design-Thinking processes, students are actively engaged in their learning and are provided ample and meaningful opportunities to develop 21st century skills while addressing real-world issues.
Every student participates in drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music, art, and physical education as part of the core program at BCS. Our Visual and Performing Arts Program was one of only 14 in the state to receive the Exemplary Arts Education award from the state of California in 2014. In addition, all students participate in a variety of elective classes with a focus on "educating the whole child"and allowing students to discover new passions as part of the core curriculum.
BCS offers an integrated Foreign Language Program, the first of its kind in a Los Altos public school, with offerings in both Mandarin and Spanish.
The Middle School Program (Grades 6-8) offers block scheduling, more opportunities for individualized learning, and "intersessions" where students move beyond the classroom and engage in active learning in the real world. Read more about the BCS Middle School here.
Every student has Focused Learning Goals (FLGs) based on his/her unique needs, with goals ranging from core academics to developing social and organizational skills. In 2014, our FLG process was recognized by the California Distinguished Schools Site Visitation Team as a signature practice.
Every student possesses individualized academic objectives exceeding state standards. The curriculum, teaching style, and textbooks are designed and chosen from the best practices in elementary education across the nation. BCS’s API score of 990 in 2013 confirmed its position as the highest performing public school in Los Altos; and since opening its doors eleven years ago, the school has ranked in the top three elementary charter schools in the state of California.