Bear Creek Elementary School

Summary:

Bear Creek Elementary School is a highly-rated public elementary school in Boulder, Colorado that serves 342 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is part of the Boulder Valley School District, which is ranked 7th out of 115 districts in Colorado and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Bear Creek Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Colorado, with students performing exceptionally well on state assessments. The school has a more diverse racial makeup compared to many nearby schools, with a higher percentage of Asian and multiracial students. However, Bear Creek has a very low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting it serves a relatively affluent student population compared to surrounding schools like Whittier Elementary School and Horizons K-8 School. The school also maintains a lower student-teacher ratio than most nearby schools, which may contribute to its high academic performance.

Overall, Bear Creek Elementary stands out as a high-performing, diverse, and well-resourced school within the Boulder Valley School District. While the school's consistently strong academic results, diverse student population, and smaller class sizes are impressive, the low percentage of students from low-income families suggests that more work may be needed to ensure equitable access to high-quality education for all students in the district.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2500 Table Mesa Drive
       Boulder, CO  80305-5746


(720) 561-3500

District: Boulder Valley School District No. Re2

SchoolDigger Rank:
7th of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,675 Help


Students who attend Bear Creek Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Southern Hills Middle School
High:    Fairview High School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.3 Help
Number of students:  342

Racial breakdown:

White:
71.9%
Two or more races:
12.3%
Asian:
7.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Bear Creek Elementary School ranks better than 99.3% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 2nd among 32 ranked elementary schools in the Boulder Valley School District No. Re2. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.46. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (71.9%), two or more races (12.3%), Asian (7.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 4.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bear Creek Elementary School is 19.3. 33 elementary schools in the Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bear Creek Elementary School is $16,675. 25 elementary schools in the Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bear Creek Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Bear Creek Elementary School 7th of 935 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Bear Creek Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Boulder Valley School District No. Re2:

SchoolDigger ranks Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 7th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Bear Creek Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Bear Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 93.29 18th 808 97.8%
2005 93.50 7th 823 99.1%
2006 94.79 6th 829 99.3%
2007 95.07 6th 852 99.3%
2008 94.97 5th 849 99.4%
2009 93.52 13th 872 98.5%
2010 94.34 10th 925 98.9%
2011 92.64 19th 935 98.0%
2012 93.82 16th 935 98.3%
2013 95.60 5th 954 99.5%
2014 96.08 4th 962 99.6%
2015 99.57 3rd 938 99.7%
2016 99.59 4th 914 99.6%
2017 97.81 8th 929 99.1%
2018 97.23 14th 917 98.5%
2019 98.36 10th 965 99.0%
2021 95.42 32nd 710 95.5%
2022 96.53 17th 921 98.2%
2023 98.46 7th 933 99.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Bear Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.73 12th 690 98.3%
2019 98.18 4th 758 99.5%
2021 93.73 18th 351 94.9%
2022 96.29 9th 595 98.5%
2023 97.18 10th 642 98.4%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Bear Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 81.40 1st 110 99.1%
2023 65.38 29th 82 64.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Bear Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.29 20th 693 97.1%
2019 96.56 12th 764 98.4%
2021 90.18 36th 352 89.8%
2022 90.10 37th 594 93.8%
2023 97.13 8th 649 98.8%
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Rank History for White students at Bear Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.32 11th 337 96.7%
2019 94.17 13th 596 97.8%
2021 88.19 33rd 288 88.5%
2022 90.75 23rd 454 94.9%
2023 94.70 10th 525 98.1%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Bear Creek Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 324 2 16 5 3 n/a n/a 0 350
1989 335 3 21 4 1 n/a n/a 0 364
1990 360 2 21 5 3 n/a n/a 0 391
1991 350 3 21 9 1 n/a n/a 0 384
1992 353 2 21 8 2 n/a n/a 0 386
1993 286 3 11 8 3 n/a n/a 0 311
1994 260 2 10 7 3 n/a n/a 0 282
1995 236 0 10 12 3 n/a n/a 0 261
1996 236 0 10 12 3 n/a n/a 0 261
1997 290 1 17 12 4 n/a n/a 0 324
1998 317 1 19 8 4 n/a n/a 0 349
1999 313 1 22 5 6 n/a n/a 0 347
2000 300 2 24 8 7 n/a n/a 0 341
2001 313 2 31 8 8 n/a n/a 0 362
2002 292 3 29 7 5 n/a n/a 0 336
2003 292 3 29 7 5 n/a n/a 0 336
2004 299 3 29 5 7 n/a n/a 0 343
2005 289 4 30 8 6 n/a n/a 0 337
2006 300 3 35 6 4 n/a n/a 0 348
2007 286 4 38 10 4 n/a n/a 0 342
2008 297 4 45 11 4 n/a n/a 0 361
2009 300 6 41 12 3 n/a n/a 0 362
2010 283 5 46 15 3 n/a n/a 0 352
2011 280 1 30 22 1 1 32 0 367
2012 271 2 39 28 1 1 36 0 378
2013 295 2 32 23 0 1 38 0 391
2014 322 2 29 17 0 0 44 0 414
2015 316 3 31 19 0 0 48 0 417
2016 343 2 30 22 0 0 44 0 441
2017 337 2 32 26 0 1 40 0 438
2018 352 3 32 22 0 0 39 0 448
2019 332 3 35 19 0 0 36 0 425
2020 299 2 41 21 0 0 37 0 400
2021 257 1 33 14 0 0 38 0 343
2022 261 3 24 18 0 0 40 0 346
2023 246 2 27 25 0 0 42 0 342

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Bear Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 350 15.8 22.1 n/a
1989 364 14.8 24.5 3.6
1990 391 16.4 23.8 3.3
1991 384 18.6 20.6 5.5
1992 386 16.9 22.8 3.1
1993 311 14.7 21.2 6.8
1994 282 15.2 18.6 5
1995 261 13.3 19.7 3.4
1996 261 13.3 19.7 3.4
1997 324 17.3 18.7 2.8
1998 349 18.1 19.3 2.3
1999 347 16.4 21.2 2
2000 341 18.9 18.0 3.2
2001 362 18.7 19.4 1.4
2002 336 17.9 18.8 2.7
2003 336 17.9 18.8 2.7
2004 343 18.5 18.5 3.5
2005 337 19.6 17.2 3.6
2006 348 19.0 18.3 4.3
2007 342 18.4 18.6 5.6
2008 361 19.3 18.7 3.3
2009 362 19.6 18.5 5.2
2010 352 19.8 17.7 4.8
2011 367 18.2 20.0 3.5
2012 378 18.1 20.8 2.6
2013 391 19.7 19.7 4.3
2014 414 21.0 19.6 3.4
2015 417 20.0 20.8 3.6
2016 441 21.0 21.0 3.4
2017 438 21.3 20.5 3.7
2018 448 21.2 21.0 2.9
2019 425 21.8 19.4 1.9
2020 400 22.4 17.8 2.3
2021 343 20.2 16.9 2.3
2022 346 19.9 17.3 4.3
2023 342 17.7 19.3 4.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Bear Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 350 15.8 22.1 n/a
1989 364 14.8 24.5 3.6
1990 391 16.4 23.8 3.3
1991 384 18.6 20.6 5.5
1992 386 16.9 22.8 3.1
1993 311 14.7 21.2 6.8
1994 282 15.2 18.6 5
1995 261 13.3 19.7 3.4
1996 261 13.3 19.7 3.4
1997 324 17.3 18.7 2.8
1998 349 18.1 19.3 2.3
1999 347 16.4 21.2 2
2000 341 18.9 18.0 3.2
2001 362 18.7 19.4 1.4
2002 336 17.9 18.8 2.7
2003 336 17.9 18.8 2.7
2004 343 18.5 18.5 3.5
2005 337 19.6 17.2 3.6
2006 348 19.0 18.3 4.3
2007 342 18.4 18.6 5.6
2008 361 19.3 18.7 3.3
2009 362 19.6 18.5 5.2
2010 352 19.8 17.7 4.8
2011 367 18.2 20.0 3.5
2012 378 18.1 20.8 2.6
2013 391 19.7 19.7 4.3
2014 414 21.0 19.6 3.4
2015 417 20.0 20.8 3.6
2016 441 21.0 21.0 3.4
2017 438 21.3 20.5 3.7
2018 448 21.2 21.0 2.9
2019 425 21.8 19.4 1.9
2020 400 22.4 17.8 2.3
2021 343 20.2 16.9 2.3
2022 346 19.9 17.3 4.3
2023 342 17.7 19.3 4.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Bear Creek Elementary School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $13,114
2020 $14,253
2021 $15,812
2022 $16,675

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Bear Creek Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 10th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 7th of 933 Elementary schools
 0.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Bear Creek Elementary School)86.775.5
 11.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)59.258.5
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.9
 1.4%
3rd Grade Math (Bear Creek Elementary School)85.579.2
 6.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)54.860.2
 5.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4140.4
 0.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Bear Creek Elementary School)81.494.2
 12.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)64.461.6
 2.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4843.8
 4.2%
4th Grade Math (Bear Creek Elementary School)68.684.6
 16%
   4th Grade Math (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)49.349.9
 0.6%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.632.7
 0.9%
5th Grade Science (Bear Creek Elementary School)88.587
 1.5%
   5th Grade Science (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)55.753.9
 1.8%
   5th Grade Science (Colorado)35.933.9
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Bear Creek Elementary School)86.183.1
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)65.267
 1.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.8
 0.6%
5th Grade Math (Bear Creek Elementary School)86.192.2
 6.1%
   5th Grade Math (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)53.259.1
 5.9%
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.736.5
 0.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Bear Creek Elementary School)84.884.1
 0.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)61.160.8
 0.3%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (Bear Creek Elementary School)80.486.3
 5.9%
   All Grades Math (Boulder Valley School District No. Re2)5050.6
 0.6%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.732.9
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students425342
 19.5%
African American32
 33.3%
American Indian00
Asian3527
 22.9%
Hispanic1925
 31.6%
Pacific Islander00
White332246
 25.9%
Two or More Races3642
 16.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients1.9%4.4%
 2.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Bear Creek Elementary School

Students who attend Bear Creek Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Southern Hills Middle School
High : Fairview High School

Students at Bear Creek Elementary School are 72% White, 12% Two or more races, 8% Asian, 7% Hispanic.

Yes! Bear Creek Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 7th of 935 Colorado elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 342 students attended Bear Creek Elementary School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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