About Bullis Charter School

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.

Meeting Individual Student Needs

Bullis Charter School prides itself on meeting students where they are and moving them forward through innovative educational opportunities.
  • 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.

In addition, for students who may need additional support, we also have the Student Success Team (SST) Process, and can put in place a 504 Plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP) for students who qualify.  Below is a description of these more specialized services. For English Learners, BCS provides targeted instruction and all teachers on staff are CLAD- certified to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English. 
 
SST
The Student Success Team is a school-wide early identification and early intervention process. Working as a team, the student, parent, teachers and school administrator identify the student's strengths, assets, and deficits so that an appropriate improvement plan can be designed.  As a regular school process, the SST intervenes with school and community support and a practical improvement plan that all team members agree to follow. Follow-up meetings provide a continuous casework management strategy with a goal of maximizing the student's achievement and school experience.
 
A 504 Plan
BCS provides qualifying students who have disabilities with appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of such students to the same extent that it meets the needs of other students.  The 504 plan sets forth the roadmap for meeting those needs.  The plan may call for education in regular classrooms, education in regular classes with supplementary services, and/or special education or related services.
 
An IEP
BCS provides a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities. A free appropriate public education means that special education and related services are to be provided as described in an Individualized Education Program (an IEP).
 
The process of developing an IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities based on the child’s unique needs. The IEP guides the delivery of special education support and service for the student with a disability.
 
Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our school or Enrollment for information about how you can enroll your student at BCS. 


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