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Whittier Elementary School



Sarah Oswick



Address: 2008 Pine Street

City: Boulder

State: CO

Zip: 80302

Office Phone: 720-561-5431

Fax: 720-561-2480

Attendance Phone: 720-561-2465

Counseling Phone:  

Counseling Fax:  


Daily Schedule:

​​​​School Hours: ​8:00am - 2:45pm 

Office Hours: 7:45am - 3:30pm

*Elementary Specials ABC Rotation Schedule

About Our School:
The second school built in Boulder, Whittier International was founded in 1882 and is situated in the heart of the city. Whittier is a neighborhood school with an international focus, serving students from more than 20 countries. As an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, Whittier incorporates the BVSD curriculum, state standards and an internationally recognized academic framework. “Inquiry” is a primary strategy used to integrate higher-order thinking, questioning and application of content knowledge through science and social studies. In addition, students in K-5 are introduced to Spanish as a world language.

Program Characteristics:

Whittier offers a wonderful array of unique programs:
    IB/PYP provides all students with an internationally recognized, rigorous course of study including inquiry-based learning, character education, and exposure to Spanish as a world language.
    YMCA before and after school care is available on site from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a sliding fee scale.
    Three English Language Development teachers provide additional English language instruction for students not yet proficient in academic English.
    A Talent and Gifted educational advisor identifies gifted children and helps teachers provide individualized plans of instruction to challenge them.
    Literacy teachers  provide Leveled Literacy Intervention or Reading Recovery as targeted, small-group or individual reading instruction to students who need specialized instruction.
    Two Special Education teachers work with identified students to support classroom content and strategies instruction.
    Instrumental music is open to any fifth-grade student who wishes to learn to play an instrument.
    A school district social worker, district-funded counselors, and FRS therapist facilitate in-class discussions as well as small group and individual sessions related to student needs.
    Three computer labs ensure all students access and training in the use of technology.
    Physical education, music and art programs enhance students’ abilities to express themselves in diverse ways. The arts are seen as essential to child development.
    As a Family Resource School (FRS), Whittier supports the needs of families through an FRS Family Outreach Coordinator and our FRS therapist.

Special Programs and Opportunities
In addition to our curricular programs, Whittier International students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of other enrichment opportunities:
    Whittier Historians
    Hand Bell Choir
    Vocal Choir
    Jump Rope for Heart
    Action Fair
    Fifth Grade Basketball
    Spanish Language Classes
    Art Classes
    Crochet Club
    Homework Club
    Running Club
    Fifth Grade Outdoor Education
    Tai Kwon Do
    Hip Hop
    And others…..

Principals Message:
Whittier International is a vibrant neighborhood school with an international focus. Because Whittier International is home to students from more than 25 countries, it lends itself like no other to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Our diverse population and the IB curriculum create a uniquely rich school culture.

Whittier International is an authorized International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Program (IB/PYP). Our teachers have completed extensive IB training in the latest instructional practices, assessment and child development to bring your child an educational experience that is world-renowned.  We know that IB/PYP offers tremendous advantages for students, helping them to become “citizens of the world.”

IB/PYP provides a well-rounded program that incorporates the BVSD curriculum with an international focus. In kindergarten through fifth grade, students explore Spanish as a world language. In addition, our curriculum builds on state standards delivered through internationally developed, research-supported educational practices. “Inquiry” is a primary strategy used to integrate higher order thinking, questioning, and application of content knowledge through science and social studies. At the completion of “Units of Inquiry,” students participate in projects that promote responsible citizenship, applying content knowledge through community action. Character education is approached through IB Attitudes and Outcomes. Students regularly assess their ability to exhibit citizenship.

Finally, parents are actively involved at Whittier International. Volunteers are welcome in classrooms, helping to extend and enrich the curriculum. Programs such as Art Club and Vocal Choir are offered after school. We invite neighborhood families to join us for these as part of our learning community. As the principal at Whittier International, I hear everyone from staff to families talk about the positive atmosphere here. They describe Whittier as a "school with heart" where the environment is deeply caring. Our school's extremely high quality staff, dedicated to academic achievement for all, makes Whittier International a choice for close to 400 students.


Sarah Oswick, Principal

Points of Pride:

Mission statement:
​Whittier International’s civically-engaged people improve the world through intercultural understanding and respect. We all cultivate our unique abilities to discover and pursue our dreams.

Vision statement:
​Our school provides an international perspective and a creative, inquiry-based approach to learning. Through collaborative partnerships, we inspire and empower reflective, action-oriented, lifelong learners.

Academic Goals:

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12.9/1

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Enrollment FTE: 396

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School Code: WHE