Special Programs

University Hill offers a wide variety of special programs to support students and families. Below are a few of the offerings: 

Gifted and Talented

Documentos de GT/GT Documents​
At University Hill, the GT Advisor is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school.   The GT Advisor at University Hill is Jana Krutsinger who may be reached at Jana.Krutsinger@bvsd.org or at 720-561-2920.
The academic programming for gifted and talented students may include:
  • Differentiation within the regular classroom by classroom teachers and/or GT Staff
  • Math Differentiation such as:
    • 4/5 Compacted Math Class
    • 6th Grade Math
    • Math Tutor Support
  • Enrichment Activities such as:
    • ALP Exposé
    • Math Olympiads
    • Literature Club
    • Family Resource School After School Classes
The social emotional programming and support for gifted and talented students and their families include:
  • Second Steps and Mindfulness strategies
  • “Lunch Bunch” groups with GT Advisor for students to discuss ALP goals and social emotional issues.
  • Family Resource School Counseling Support

BVSD Talented & Gifted Information

Mexico Exchange Program

Mexico Exchange Programs: Students from Oaxaca and teachers from Mante (a Boulder sister city) stay with University Hill families and visit classrooms to take back ideas for improving educational experiences. Some of our students and teachers likewise visit schools in Mexico.​​​​​​ 

Imprenta Arco Iris/ Rainbow Press

The Rainbow Press Publishing Program has been a valuable part of University Hill Elementary for more than 40 years. This unique program gives each student a chance to develop their own story and create and publish a unique, hardbound, illustrated book. All aspects of the books are handmade in a collaborative project by the students, the Rainbow Press director, the University Hill faculty and many volunteers.
This program fosters creative writing and artistic skills by encouraging young students to write their own stories and publish them in books. The Rainbow Press also cultivates the students’ self confidence and ability to communicate orally and artistically and through the written word. 
Additionally, University Hill Elementary is one of the most socioeconomically and ethnically diverse public elementary schools in Boulder.  Rainbow Press provides a forum to celebrate that diversity by encouraging students to write in their native language and share that writing with their family, peers and teachers. This important program is immensely popular with the students, faculty and parents of the University Hill community.​


Student Council begins in 3rd grade at University Hill. Student representatives are elected by their classmates each semester. These students are involved in a variety of activities throughout the school year. Many of the projects focus on school climate, helping those in need, or in working on service projects within our community. Student Council has coordinated school wide can food drives; participate in the Boulder Rotary’s Share-A-Coat program; and organized Pennies for Patients. In addition to these projects, student council organizes fun school spirit days.  On these days, students might have special time for free reading, pajama day, or have crazy hair day.  For more information about Student Council, please contact Steve.Kless@bvsd.org.


The Garden to the Table Program focuses staff, students and families at Uni Hill on creating a school environment that promotes good health. The program is intended to improve students’ health by providing freshly prepared, nutritious meals in the lunchroom; we know that well-fed children are much better learners than poorly nourished ones. The project is also intended to improve students’ interest in good health by providing the tools to learn about it at its most inspirational levels. Working in the garden and kitchen gives children a sense of responsibility for creating something good. We will demonstrate through our kitchen, garden and curriculum that our own good health is tied directly to the health of the earth. This project is an educational process, designed to increase academic achievement and close the achievement gap through integrated units of study that are comprehensible, experiential and motivational. These aims will be accomplished through the following four components: ​

School Meals

Provide healthy, delicious and cost-effective meals that are cooked on premises by a skilled chef; source food from local suppliers and farms; work with local chefs and nutritionists to create menus and recipes; take students to farms where their food is grown; use produce from our own school garden when possible; involve students in the preparation of food to illustrate classroom curriculum.

School Gardens

Build raised-bed gardens in our school courtyard, and possibly on land adjacent to the playground; use gardens as a hands-on means of understanding lessons learned in the classroom—not only life-cycle lessons, but from literally all areas of the curriculum; use produce from the gardens in the school lunch program to help students see the fruits of their labor through from start to (almost) finish (see zero waste program below); connect with local gardening and farming experts to advise on garden design and growing programs; involve students in building, design and growing choices.

Integrated Curriculum Units

Support teachers in tying existing curriculum and standards into units of study related to school gardens, wellness and nutrition whereby students can gain the knowledge and motivation necessary for lifelong physical activity and healthy eating habits; use gardens and kitchen whenever possible to illustrate classroom lessons; consult with appropriate experts to achieve these goals.

Zero Waste Recycling Program

Implement a zero waste program supported by Eco-Cycle staff; show students the importance of waste in the life-cycle of all things; demonstrate that we can vastly reduce our waste products and in fact enhance life—that is, our health and the health of all growing things—by composting everything we can.


The Growe Foundation, has implemented many successful programs in Boulder County aimed at improving children’s health. Our Love of Children, which gave way to the Growe Foundation, will build the relationships between the Uni Hill community and the greater Boulder community that will ensure the necessary funding, materials and expertise to start the project and keep it going. The foundation will provide connections to experts as diverse as chefs, farmers, gardeners, business people, nutritionists, publicists and the media.

Family Resource School (FRS)

Family Resource Schools (FRS) is a joint partnership between the City of Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District serving children and families at five elementary schools in Boulder: Columbine, Creekside, Crest View, University Hill and Whittier International.

FRS is dedicated to supporting families capacity to raise healthy, well-functioning, and successful children through a broad array of prevention and early intervention services. These services are developed and delivered according to the unique needs of families in each school community. The program especially emphasizes outreach to traditionally underserved populations to increase access to basic services and engagement in school.
The essential framework of FRS:
  • Promote family self-sufficiency
  • Remove barriers to academic achievement 
  • Build on family strengths
  • Enhance academic opportunities at the school
  • Serve as an advocate for families
Services available through FRS include:
  • Case management and follow-up services
  • Counseling: individual and group
  • Referrals to service providers
  • Prevention/Intervention
  • Workshops, classes and school engagement for parents
  • Neighborhood outreach
  • Coordination of special events
  • Afterschool enrichment programs
Other services vary among the FRS Schools and can include/ support obtaining the following:
  • Academic training
  • Child care and child care subsidies
  • Basic needs and transportation assistance
  • Dental, medical and vision care

For further information on the City of Boulder's Family Resource Schools Program, please contact  Sharone Calles at: 720-561-2938  or by sending an email to: c.scalles@bvsd.org