An integrated curriculum promotes the development of literacy in all forms. Through oral storytelling, recitations of poems and songs, reading, writing, mathematics, and the sciences our curriculum empowers students to express their ideas through different languages and modalities.
Our constructivist teaching model at BPCA truly puts each child at the center of our work. BPCA educators are highly trained and work in a collaborative partnership to ensure individual and small group attention is given to each child as they grow and develop within each subject and specialty area. For our foundational early childhood years, nature- and- play based instruction, exploratory and creative based learning environments, and our summative portfolio assessments are just a few of the hallmarks of our teaching philosophy. For our lower elementary years, our students begin to see the world through a global lens and examine the arts, culture, science, and math within the context of Self and Others. They begin to build a sense of responsibility, citizenship, and stewardship.
The beauty of learning at BPCA is that the curriculum is dynamic and adaptive within the seasons and developmental milestones that our students reach in cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Educators set curricular goals and implement projects, activities, and units of study with their students’ abilities and interests in mind. We integrate themes and topics across curricular areas, overlapping and connecting one subject area to the next. BPCA’s educators strive to present new ideas that build on concepts familiar to students, while encouraging them to stretch their educational experiences.
At BPCA, we believe that the years between two and twelve are the most crucial for cognitive, social, and emotional development. As such, we carefully craft our curriculum so that students are able to be challenged, to pace themselves, and to excel in ways that fit their own unique development. Strong relationships between our students, community partners, parents, and faculty are essential to children’s development. We believe that it is important to instill a sense of empathy and understanding by encouraging self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independent thought and action, and critical thinking, while fostering social-emotional and intellectual growth.
Our academic year for early childhood and upper elementary programs runs from August – May. Our office hours reduce during the summer, June – early August.
SCHOOL HOURS OF OPERATION:
(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Our Nourishing Food Program
In keeping with a wholesome atmosphere for the children, we ensure that snacks are of the highest quality. Where possible, we purchase organic whole foods. Snacks are seasonally designed in a weekly rhythm. We provide the student with a fat, protein, and carbohydrate to fuel their bodies and minds.
Our active and participatory model of teaching extends into our pocket prairie restoration where the children help seed, tend to, and research the diverse fauna and flora in a ⅓ acre of native blackland prairie within the four acres of outdoor learning environments.
Spanish instruction for students during the school day is supported by research that points to the benefits of learning a second language early in life.
Scientific inquiry enables students to gather, create, invent, and engage in hands-on learning and problem-solving that empower them to meet the evolving needs of the 21st century.
Project-based learning across all subject matters encourages students to collaborate, research, experience, and discover, leading to a deeper understanding of their communities and cultures around the world.
Recognizing that students learn with their whole bodies, art, music, movement, and drama classes celebrate the arts and connect us to the world in which we live.
Outdoor time at least twice for a total of two to three hours per day acknowledges that time spent outdoors boosts a child’s happiness, health, confidence, and resilience.
A school-wide environmental education and biology program explores the natural world and all the awe and wonder the living earth inspires.
Our Community Collaborations Program culminates in the creation of interactive exhibits, shared with parents and guests once a year. We celebrate the families and cultures within the school through art, history,1 and science.