Elementary (ages 6-12)
Our Lower Elementary program is for ages 6 – 9. This program is focused on making sure that children in this age group are mastering the basic skills they need to be successful in all future applications. In lower elementary, children are immersed in an atmosphere where basic academic processes are taught in a way that intertwine and connect to real life. Through a blend of Culture, STEAM, Real Life Application, and Wonder Projects, students are able to utilize the academics that they are learning. Children are encouraged to express ideas and take the lead in developing their own individualized, interest-led work plan. In the afternoon, students participate in read aloud, journaling, lit circle, humanities, service and a rotation of focused topics that integrate STEAM. In the Lower Elementary we practice peace, courtesy, citizenship, organizational skills, self care and integrity.
Week In Review (Lower El) – Read more about a week of learning in Lower Elementary.
Our Upper Elementary Program is for children ages 9 – 12. This program is focused on encouraging creativity, determination, and responsibility. In this age group, children are beginning to develop more specific interests and show a natural entrepreneurial spirit. Students follow an individual, interest-led work plan.
Students in Upper Elementary are given more responsibility and are expected to be able to develop plans and complete tasks within a group and individual setting. The basic skills that were mastered in Lower Elementary are now extended and put into action through Real Life Application, Problem Solvers Group and Giving Back to the community. In the afternoon the Lower and Upper Elementary come together for read aloud, journaling, lit circle, humanities, service and a rotation of focused topics that integrate STEAM. Often times the Upper Elementary students become team leaders in the afternoon to help develop their communication and organizational skills. In Upper Elementary we practice peace, courtesy, citizenship, organizational skills, self care, integrity, leadership and communication skills.
Week In Review (Upper El) – Read more about a week of learning in Upper Elementary.
Campus Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
School Day: 8:30 – 3:30
Creative and Physical Expression are integrated into learning throughout the day. In addition, we have specific opportunities.
- Makerspace Mondays– We have a “maker” mentor available to the students. This is an opportunity to add tools and technology to any work, and especially the design-build stage of project-based learning.
- Private Music Lessons – We have a music teacher for violin, viola, cello, and piano. The students meet individually once a week and as a group monthly. The lessons are during the school day.
- Running Club – Meets every morning before school. This is an opportunity to balance the brain before learning – to wake-up for some and release energy for others.
- Studio Plus – This is an after-hours art club. Instruction by a professional artist.
BE Elementary offers a flexible, family-centered schedule. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. BE provides a three-day week work plan, and the student/parent creates the work plan for family days. Further customization and flexibility are available with one-, two-, or three-day week options.
- Private Facebook Family Group
- Week in Review Narrative
- Monthly Parent Ed
- Off-Campus Learning
- Parent Organized Meet-Ups
- Parent Student Teacher Conferences
Henry, age 10
Ian, age 12
Drew, age 10
Mia, age 9
Nathan, age 8
Joel, age 12
Nevaeh, age 9
Clark, age 6
It is a joy to teach in this environment!
Lower Elementary Learning Guide