- We believe small class sizes allow our teachers
to truly see, know, and love each student. Our Board of Trustees mandates that sizes not exceed 18 in the Elementary School. Each classroom has a lead teacher and a shared assistant (if class sizes reach 17 or 18, an full-assistant will be assigned). Extensive Literacy Support & Daily 5
- Our Orton-Gillingham certified Learning Center
faculty provide literacy support in Kindergarten four days a week. BCD believes that early intervention for students is the key to lifelong academic success. Additionally, students in Kindergarten - 2nd grade begin every morning with a ninety-minute literacy block called The Daily 5
. (Boushey and Moser) Students select from five purposeful reading and writing choices and work independently toward personalized goals while the teacher meets individual needs through whole group, small group, and one on one instruction. BCD’s Learning Specialist Team also ‘flood’ the classroom to further reduce the teacher/student ratio. Go Math program
- Go Math!
was designed using the latest academic and scholarly learnings about what constitutes good mathematics instruction. Go Math! is based on solid development of conceptual understanding through hands on activities and manipulatives builds a strong foundation for number sense and numeracy. Studies performed by the Harvard University Center for Educational Policy show significant achievement gains through Go Math!
Exploratory Learning and Academic Choice - Kindergarten students develop independence and self-advocacy skills through scaffolded problem solving and age appropriate choices during 'exploratory learning time.'
- Our School Counselor and Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) work with classroom teachers to ensure the implementation of character development and inclusion activities and lessons. The School Counselor is also available for individual student consultation.Joy
- We never forget that learning should be joyful. Through thoughtful lesson planning and interdisciplinary curriculum, students are engaged in meaningful ways every day.