Elementary School at BVP
Our Elementary Model – grades K-4
At BVP, we believe college begins in kindergarten. So, from the very beginning of their journey scholars learn about the colleges and universities that their teachers attended. They take field trips to college campuses and are taught to take great pride in the colleges that their classrooms are named after.
In every BVP elementary school classroom, scholars have the opportunity to work in small groups with their teachers, with their whole class, and independently throughout their day. These various opportunities teach our scholars to collaborate as well as develop their own independent skills. In grades kindergarten through 1st, scholars have co-teachers to provide the additional support necessary for our youngest scholars.
In early primary grades (K-2), we focus heavily on literacy, numeracy, technology, and inquiry-based science. We also build in an hour of enrichment (art, music, or physical education) daily. Our teachers use the Wilson FUNdations curriculum to focus on phonics, word study, and handwriting. In these grades, scholars also begin laying the foundation for comprehending texts through daily exposure to rich and diverse literature. In upper primary grades (3-4), scholar schedules include informational texts inclusive of world history and current events.
All About Time
Time is not a commodity at BVP; time is golden. We have a longer day, a longer year, and we tap into Saturdays and school breaks.
There’s no time to waste, and that is perhaps one of our most deeply held beliefs.
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So where does all this time go?
At the elementary level:
- 100 minutes of mathematics, focused on fluency, problem solving, and content
- 150 minutes of English Language Arts, grounded in textual analysis, author’s craft writing, and word study
- 40 minutes of science and technology, with the balance of time devoted to inquiry — in other words, being a scientist and doing science
- 25-30 minutes of history in grades 2-4, rooted in the exploration of primary source documents as well as informational and literary texts to construct meaning about the past
- 1 enrichment block daily, rotating between art, music, and physical education and health
- Curriculum supports conversations about diversity with supportive texts and content
- Lunch, breaks, town hall, and morning meetings
Somehow, it isn’t enough. Even with all of this time, we continue to see scholars who need more support. We also see scholars who can be pushed to truly phenomenal heights, and we want that time with them, too.
We want to spend more time analyzing text at deeper levels, supporting writers to better articulate their ideas, offering opportunities to invent new pathways to solving mathematical problems, exploring our scientific experiments further.
We believe in capitalizing on every single moment with scholars and extending the learning when scholars are not with us. That’s where homework comes in. We have big goals for our scholars, and the bar is high in order for our scholars to compete in today’s global economy. Knowing that, we can’t stop the learning when the school bell rings.