WELCOME UNIVERSITY HILL EAGLES
Founded in 1906, University Hill is one of Boulder's oldest elementary schools offering one of the most unique educational settings in the district. We implement BVSD curriculum based on the Colorado Academic standards through a dual-language program that promotes biliteracy, bilingualism, and biculturalism. Students learn academically challenging content while building literacy in two languages - Spanish and English. We aim to have 50% of our students whose home language is English and 50% whose home language is Spanish. Our staff is equally diverse and many have come to us from countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Spain, and Peru. Our proximity to the University of Colorado provides us with a wealth of resources and opportunities to extend student learning beyond the classroom walls. Equity, diversity, respect and understanding are the cornerstones of our school community. This school also offers free and tuition preschool classes that have a focus on both academic and developmental learning standards.
BVSD Board of Education President Nicole Rajpal has been actively involved in the school district since her children were BVSD kindergarten students. Now her kids are in middle and high school and over that time Rajpal’s positive impact on the students and staff experience in BVSD continues to grow.
On February 1, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) hosted a group of leaders from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and nearly 60 educators from 19 other school districts in the state to discuss practices and approaches for supporting newcomer students.
Wanda Vasquez Garcia has been a music teacher at Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer for the past five years, but her love for music began at a very young age. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, her father, a librarian for the National Symphony Orchestra in the Dominican Republic, played a crucial role in her musical upbringing, opening doors to opportunities that she might not have otherwise encountered. Bilingualism and her multicultural background serve her well in her role as the music teacher at a dual language school. Now, her mission is to extend those possibilities to her students, helping them grow and learn through music.
Jorge Chavez was recently elected to the BVSD Board of Education in December 2023. He brings a unique blend of expertise in sociology and criminology to his role. Currently serving as an associate professor at CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development, Chavez's academic focus on social issues seamlessly aligns with his responsibilities on the School Board.