Bi-Cultural Day School, located in scenic Stamford, Connecticut is a Jewish day school which welcomes and celebrates the diversity of the Jewish community. Bi-Cultural’s reputation as a proven and progressive leader in secular and Judaic studies has consistently garnered national attention. The school was founded by a group of visionaries with Mr. Walter Shuchatowitz, as founding principal in 1956.
Today, over 320 students in grades Pre-K through eighth enjoy small classes, experienced and dedicated teachers, and outstanding facilities on a 13 acre campus. Bi-Cultural combines Jewish tradition and values with innovative curricula, cutting edge technology and extra-curricular activities to produce proud and self-confident American Jews who ultimately serve as leaders in their high schools, universities and communities.
Bi-Cultural hums with its own unique energy, one which visitors feel from the moment they step into the building. At Bi-Cultural, the air is filled with the song and laughter of happy children who take delight in learning, in Jewish tradition and in the friendships they make here. Little ones skip arm-in-arm down the hallways while middle school children chitchat at their lockers. Parents are always welcome at the school, where their involvement is encouraged by teachers and administrators. Visitors are invited to make an appointment to come see the school and attend our Early Childhood events.
Bi-Cultural’s academic program is one of proven excellence. Graduates go on to attend the top private schools, both secular and Jewish, a testimony to the caliber of the teachers and the curriculum. Students consistently score in the top 5% nationwide in standardized testing, qualifying to participate in the prestigious Johns Hopkins Talent Search.
The school’s graduates are desired by top high schools and colleges. Schools recently accepting BCDS students include Choate, Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich Academy, Hackley School, Horace Mann and Rye Country Day. Among private Jewish high schools, our graduates currently attend Ramaz High School, The Heschel School, SAR Academy, Jewish High School of Connecticut, Solomon Schechter of Westchester, Westchester Hebrew High School, to name just a few. Many also choose to attend area public schools. BCDS graduates emerge as top students and go on to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. With a strong Bi-Cultural foundation, the two most recent classes of BCDS alumni have entered such prestigious universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Barnard, Duke and Northwestern.
Small Classes, Individualized Attention
- A child-centered program with small group tutorials and one-on-one instruction which is employed to address individual needs, for both remediation and enrichment
- Staff holds Masters level certification
- Resource staff certified in several reading programs, including Orton-Gillingham
- Two school psychologists
- 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Science taught by specially trained staff beginning in Pre-K
- Special attention to transfers, who are assisted in making a smooth transition, with one-on-one Hebrew language instruction if needed
- Focus on student writing skills, with continuous tracking of student writing beginning in fourth grade to ensure progress
- Daily learning enriched by art, music, movement, drama, field trips, frequent guest speakers, school-wide events and social action projects which engage students of varied learning styles
Technology is cutting edge at Bi-Cultural, with Smart Boards in every classroom and staff trained to bring the vast resources of the Internet into the classroom to enhance the daily learning experience. An innovative program for 2012/2013 is providing every sixth grader with a specially-programmed iPad, creating a whole range of new learning tools at each student’s fingertips, seamlessly incorporating rapidly-changing technology into the classroom setting.
The Arts and Physical Education
The arts are an important focus, with music, studio art, dance and drama all integrated into the curriculum, and with additional opportunities in these areas after school. The school choir is a popular extracurricular activity, as is the drama program which culminates in an end-of-year, full-scale musical theater production that always dazzles and delights parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.
Bi-Cultural children also enjoy an exciting physical education program both in class and after school. Our after school programs give students the unique opportunity to explore special areas of interest such as fencing, soccer and wrestling. Gross motor skill development goes beyond the standard team sports to include introductions to golf, yoga, tennis and other individual life-long active pursuits. League competition in basketball, track and more are popular with students and the dedicated parents and siblings who cheer our athletes to victory. Instruction in nutrition and healthy habits is also part of the school’s program as we continue to educate the whole child.
Community Engagement and Leadership
From a student’s earliest days at Bi-Cultural, the Jewish values of chesed (kindness) and tikkun olam (improving the world) are part of the program. Community involvement and social action initiatives help Bi-Cultural children gain an appreciation for all the blessings in their lives and provide the opportunity to experience the joy and importance of helping others and doing good deeds.
Through unique experiences, including emphasis on public speaking and development of presentation skills, the school’s students emerge with the ability to become young leaders in high school, college and beyond. Students enjoy and learn from an array of field trips and guest speakers including but not limited to the school’s partnership programs with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Capstone Experience: A Month of Travel and Learning in Israel
Bi-Cultural’s renowned eighth Grade Israel Experience program takes the eighth grade class to Israel for a month of travel, learning and community service with mentor teachers and Israeli educator-guides, broadening students’ horizons and strengthening their connection to Israel. Parents and students comment on the incomparable educational and life experience this opportunity provides.
Parents looking for a school with a track record of academic excellence and with an emphasis on values, ethics and character-building will want to learn more about Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford. It is truly a place where a warm, welcoming atmosphere and honored school traditions combine with a cutting edge curriculum, technology and outstanding teaching staff to produce students who make their teachers, families and communities proud.