Elementary Grades


Imagine a different kind of school. It is a place where children love learning and learn the skills the will prepare them for life; a place where the can benefit from individual attention, small class size, caring faculty, and a method of education t hat is truly responsive to each student’s needs and abilities. This is Bonita Country Day School.

Bonita Country Day School is known for excellent academics, personal attention for each student and strong partnerships between parents, teachers, students, and staff. At Bonita Country Day, learning is fun, stimulating, engaging, and meaningful.

We are teaching students how to think, not what to think. the curriculum focuses on preparing students for their future with an emphasis on knowledge, problem-solving, creative thinking, and a love for learning. Emphasized continually is respect for self and others.

” Growing up my family moved a lot and I attended many schools. Bonita Country Day School is by far the best school that I ever attended. I learned more at Bonita Country Day than anywhere else” B.M. BCDS Alumnus



Bonita Country Day School is a non-profit, nonsectarian educational corporation, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Bonita Country Day’s admission process gives parents time to explore the school’s philosophy and programs, and allows the school’s staff to get to know the prospective family and student.

A requirement for enrollment is that the children be fully potty trained and able to take care of their bathroom needs by themselves. Age requirement for enrollment is 2 1/2 years old by September 1st. Age exceptions can be considered on a case by case basis and are at the Director’s discretion. There is a non-refundable application fee of $75.00 due when the application is submitted.

Admission Process

  • Observe the class in action- Please call the school office to schedule a time for you to observe a class. Ideally observations are scheduled during the morning session.
  • Complete the Application for admission and return it with the $75.00 application fee to the school office.
  • Schedule an appointment for you child’s assessment. At the assessment, your child will meet with the director, Mrs. Catanzaro. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if your child will be a good “fit” in our Montessori Preschool.
  • When the assessment is complete, you will be notified of the determination.

Tuition and Fees

Annual Tuition: $8500.00
Books and Activity Fee $350.00
Active Military and Second Child Discount information available upon request
Application Fee: $75.00
Application Fee is non refundable.


Self motivation, completion of work in a timely manner, resolving conflicts independently, and developing a sense of being a lifelong learner remain goals for all grades. At each grade level, students will study science through class instruction and hands on experiments. Learning a second language has been shown to enhance children’s cognitive development. Thirty minutes of each full day are spent with a dedicated Spanish Teacher in the language classroom. Fine Art is considered an essential component of the curriculum of all grades. An art teacher instructs each class for an hour once a week.



1st Grade

The first grade program reinforces the foundation laid in kindergarten. In language arts continues in the four tier structure of Basil Reading Instruction, Reading Aloud, Phonics/Spelling and Writing to Read. First graders experience a variety of literary genres, read independently, in partnerships and begin to study parts of grammar. In math, first graders learn about place value, measurement and collecting, organizing data in various ways and solve single step word problems. Science and Social studies focus on core standards. Spanish is taught for thirty minutes, four days a week and Art once a week for an hour. Speech and Drama are included in the curriculum. Blanketing the first grade class curricula is an emphasis on the social environment within individual classrooms and the school as a whole. The six core values of respect, responsibility, trust, caring, and courage are expected to be practiced.

2nd Grade

The second grade program challenges and engages students, allowing them to strengthen and develop their skills, and emerge as fluent readers and writers. In language arts, second graders will be introduced to critical thinking skills by making interferences, predicting outcomes, and comparing and contrasting literature. They practice oral fluency and expression, continue studying grammar, and read and write in a variety of genres such as a narrative, prose, and expository styles. In math, children strengthen their abilities to compute using the four basic arithmetic operations, identify and discuss polygons, construct and interpret graphs and solve two step word problems. Social studies provides students the opportunity to explore, in long term units of study, topics such as ancestry, historical biographies and the rainforest. In Second grade, teachers become facilitators as the students are guided to become more active participants in their learning and to become more independent in both their academic and social lives.


3rd Grade

Third graders complete the transition from a more developmental environment into one that is more traditionally academic while engaging in challenging, experiential learning projects across the curriculum. They participate in cooperative and collaborative learning activities designed to develop their social and academic skills. 

The language arts curriculum encompasses both a traditional approach to grammar and writing as well as a more progressive approach with projects extending from the novel studies. Students solidify literacy skills, in addition to constructing genuine responses to literature.

The writing program, one of the hallmarks of the third grade program, is integrated extensively throughout the curriculum. Students practice writing in a variety of genres, where they learn the writing process. Writing is an essential skill that transcends all academic disciplines.  Excel Math is used as a way to explore math concepts such as place value, positive and negative numbers, measurements, decimals and fractions.

This exploration of math concepts is supplemented with skill building activities to assist students in making calculations transparent so that they may more fully focus on their problem solving skills.  The social studies curriculum includes the study of Native Americans, communities, and government.  Students study the ways various groups of people lived, how they interacted with others, and how geography shaped their lives.

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade program focuses on discovery: discovering learning styles, becoming self-aware of how you learn best, what skills you need to improve, and how your actions impact a group.  In language arts, students explore a variety of genres through both whole class novels as well as small groups. Developing the ability to critically analyze a work of literature is the core to the program as students learn to examine an author’s purpose, style, and tone.

Students become thoughtful readers who have transitioned from learning to read to reading to learn.  Excel Math curriculum becomes more complex, capitalizing on the students’ higher level thinking skills. Fourth graders continue to master the concepts of large numbers positive and negative numbers, measurement, decimals, fractions, geometry, patterns, functions, sequences and algebra. 

In social studies, students focus on the history of California, its regions, and the people who settled here, how they integrated with others and how geography shaped their lives.

5th & 6th Grades

Every student will develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors needed in order to be a responsible, productive citizen and a lifelong learner in a diverse and changing global society.  In Language Arts, students will read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature. They will develop their abilities to discern main ideas and concepts presented in texts, identifying and assessing evidence that supports them. They will also draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and knowledge.

Students will write narrative, expository, persuasive and descriptive texts, as well as develop the skills needed to edit and revise their writing to improve its meaning and focus by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences.  Using Excel Math, students will increase their facility with the four basic arithmetic operations applied to fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers. They will learn to use common measuring units to determine length and area, and use formulas to determine the volume of simple geometric figures. Students will learn the concept of angle measurement and use a protractor and compass to solve problems. They will also learn how to use grids, tables, graphs, and charts to record and analyze data. 

In Social Studies, students will study the development of the nation, with an emphasis on the people who were already here, when and from where others arrived, and why they came. Students will learn to recognize that ours is a nation that has a constitution that derives its power from the people, that has gone through a revolution, and that experienced a conflict over land with the original inhabitants. They will also develop a fundamental understanding of how the principles of the American republic form the basis of a pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured. 

Extended Care

Extended Care is provided before and after regular school hours for parents who are working or traveling to and from work during those hours.  Extended care before school begins at 7:00 am until class begins and after school from the end of class until 6:00 pm.  Students are supervised, on campus, by a qualified child care professional.  You will need to provide a snack for your child in extended care after regular school hours. After a snack, children are encouraged to work on homework.  If homework is completed or if there is no homework, children will have free play.  Outdoor activities offer an opportunity for physical exercise and indoor activities are to be respectful of children still working on homework.  On Fridays, children will need to have a lunch, if they are in after school extended care.  Before school, an adult must sign the child into extended care and notify the child care supervisor that he/she has done so.  After school, an adult must make contact with the child care supervisor and sign the child out of extended care.  All children will automatically be signed into extended care if not collected within the ten minute grace period after dismissal, and parents will be charged accordingly.  Extended care fee is $5.00 per hour.

Enrichment Programs

A variety of enrichment programs are offered, on campus, after school.  Each program is presented by a qualified private contractor, who sets fees and class schedules and to whom payments are made.

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