Looking ahead to 23-24!

Posted March 22, 2023

In May 2021, the DPS Board of Education passed a resolution to have all middle schools and high schools (district-managed and charters) start no earlier than 8:20 a.m. each school day to support healthy sleep habits in adolescents. Click HERE to read about the benefits backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as answers to frequency asked questions.

  • The new Healthy Start bell times will go into effect for the 2023-24 school year.
    • DPS Transportation established each individual schools start times.
    • High Schools will be starting 1st at 8:20am-8:25am.
    • Middle Schools will start after to support bus capacity.


  • We will open the west Cafe doors at 8:30am to allow access to a traditional FREE breakfast.
    • Remaining entrance doors will be opened at 8:45 to allow students access to lockers before 1st bell rings at 8:50am.
      • Breakfast will not be available for those students who arrive later as we are discontinuing the grab-n-go delivery method.

At Bear Valley International School, we believe in providing the best possible learning environment for all of our students.  In order to do this, we strive to balance our classrooms based on a variety of factors.  

To accomplish this goal, we need to know which of our students intend to return to BVIS for the 2023-2024 school year. While this is not a binding agreement, it does help us plan and ensure the best learning environment for all of our students.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of your child’s learning and our school.

CLICK HERE to fill out the 23-24 Letter of Intent for your child** for the 23-24 school year!

**If you have more than one child returning next year, please fill out a separate form for each student.

23-24 School Calendar

Bear Valley will have a different calendar than the published traditional DPS. While it is not finalized just yet we do expect the below to be the staggered start dates to allow us to host orientation and culture building days!

  • 6th grade = Wednesday August 16th, 2023
  • 7th grade = Thursday August 17th, 2023
  • 7th grade = Friday August 18th, 2023