We support students as they become self-directed, independent thinkers by removing obstacles to learning and encouraging all students to challenge themselves and explore their interests.


  • Study skills, note taking, time management, organization, goal setting

  • 4-year planning based on strengths, interests, and college/career goals

  • Academic monitoring, support, and study time

Advanced coursework

Advanced Placement (AP) classes give students the opportunity to challenge themselves by pursuing college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit— while still in high school. Please see our course catalog under Docs/Downloads for a full list of AP classes offered.

University of Colorado Denver, CU Succeed Program is a concurrent enrollment program where students take CU Denver classes at a RFSD high school. Please see our course catalog for a full list of CU Succeed classes offered.

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) offers college level classes for concurrent enrollment in our school during the day and in the evening. Please see the course catalog for a full list of CMC classes offered. The CMC application and registration forms are available in Docs/Downloads. 

Self-directed study

  • Students may register for online classes through BYU Independent Study. Coursework is completed online and a final examination is administered at BHS. Please talk to your school counselor before registering.

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). We invite students to explore MOOC sites such as  edX, Udacity, and Coursera. If they find a course that they want to pursue for high school credit, they should discuss it with their school counselor.
  • Students are welcome to pursue project-based Independent Study. Interested students need to find an advisor for their project and submit a proposal to their school counselor.


Students should visit the test website for specific information on preparing for the following tests.

SAT - The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. All juniors take this mandatory test (without Writing) at the end of April at BHS for no cost. The College Board offers FREE SAT Practice Prep.

ACT - The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. BHS does not offer the ACT, but BHS but students can register through the ACT website to test at a different location in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Accuplacer - ACCUPLACER tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Over 1,500 institutions administer ACCUPLACER tests as part of the enrollment process. Students who have not taken the ACT need to take the Accuplacer test before registering for CMC classes to determine college readiness. We administer this test at BHS a few times a year. Students can also call CMC at (970)925-7740 to schedule a test.

AP - AP tests are administered at BHS in early May and cost about $95 per test. Students who are eligible for the RFSD Free and Reduced Lunch program pay $53 per test. The Pre-Collegiate Program pays for one AP test per Pre-Collegiate student. All students enrolled in AP classes are expected to take the AP test. Additionally, any student is welcome to take an AP test in any subject whether the class is offered or not. Students need to order and pay for their AP tests in February.

PSAT - This is a practice SAT test that assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college. Students in 11th grade who score high on this test may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program and other programs that use PSAT/NMSQT scores. We offer this optional test to freshmen (PSAT 8/9), sophomores (PSAT 10) and juniors (PSAT). It costs around $15.

SAT Subject Tests - SAT Subject Tests can complement or enhance your college admission credentials. Some selective colleges require SAT Subject Tests for admission. The best time to take an SAT Subject Test is right after you have completed an advanced course in that subject. We do not offer these tests at BHS but students can register through the SAT website to test at a different location in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Academic monitoring

Weekly eligibility report - A report listing students who are failing or close to failing is distributed to all teachers/advisors, administrators, and counselors every week.

Grade level focus teams - Teachers, administrators, and counselors meet monthly in grade level teams to discuss specific students and make sure that all students are engaing in classes and challenging themselves. The team implements and monitors interventions to support students in need.

Response to Intervention (RTI) - RTI is a multi-tier approach to identifying and supporting students with learning and behavior needs. Students are referred to RTI after interventions have been attempted in the classroom and the student is still struggling academically. The RTI team makes recommendations for interventions increasing in intensity. RTI can be used when making decisions regarding special education.

Student support plans

504 - A 504 plan lists the modifications and accomodations that will be needed for students with disabilities (physical or mental impairment) to have the opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers. Physical impairments can include illnesses or injuries; chronic conditions like asthma, allergies and diabetes; and learning problems.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) - All students who have a diagnosed learning diability and receive special education services have IEPs tailored to their specific needs and goals. The IEP helps teachers understand the student's disability and how the disability affects the learning process.

Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) - ALP is an individualized plan for identified gifted students. It is a written record of programming options and goals that support the student's strength area and guide academic planning.


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