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Bellevue Children's Academy

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Our Mission and Goals Bellevue Children’s Academy provides a stimulating and balanced program that promotes excellence, as well as reflects high international academic standards. In a nurturing school environment, we emphasize the educational, social, and emotional growth of each child. Students develop a strong foundation for problem-solving and critical-thinking skills using our unique sequential school-wide curriculum. Students at BCA learn to become independent learners and thinkers throughout their courses of study. Bellevue Children’s Academy expresses the importance of working together with various identities, backgrounds, cultures, and ideologies to prepare students to become our global leaders. School Life Bellevue Children’s Academy offers a unique, high standard curriculum established by the school. To meet the needs that will arise in our children’s futures, our curriculum is set against international standards, not state standards. The founder of Bellevue Children’s Academy is aware of the differences in education systems and curriculum among countries around the world, especially those that achieve high academic success compared to the United States. We are proud to say that the students at Bellevue Children’s Academy are well-rounded, motivated individuals. Most students perform at or above one traditional grade level. Each year, our students continue to achieve the highest level of scores on standardized tests. During the 2011-2012 academic year, our elementary school students scored in the top 1% of all students who took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) nationwide. After their time at BCA, students continue on to outstanding academic programs. Many students go onward to Lakeside School, The Overlake School, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, University Prep, The Bush School, as well as a range of gifted programs at public schools each year. At Bellevue Children’s Academy our primary focus is on providing each student with a solid foundation in core subjects based upon traditional teaching methods and curricula. We do not follow trends. Pre-Kindergarten (Early Learning) In Pre-Kindergarten we will provide your child with the opportunity to grow and learn. While the program has a strong academic focus, it provides students with a well-rounded educational experience. Our Pre-K class size is limited to ten students. English instruction is focused on the foundational pieces of literacy. Teachers engage students in phonetics, vocabulary, writing, and reading comprehension instruction. Our mathematics curriculum builds the foundation for both computational and conceptual math. Students develop decoding, problem solving, and computation skills. Through interactive instruction, students gain skills in mental, verbal, and written mathematics. Social studies allows students to explore their interactions with other individuals and learn about the world around them. Our science curriculum is focused on natural and physical sciences. Through projects, experiments, discussions, and application students are engaged in the discovery of how the world works. Kindergarten through Fifth grade In Kindergarten through Fifth grade our curriculum is designed to foster growth and development in every aspect of our students. We strive to help students develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Students are urged to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas as they study foundations of our core academic subjects: English, mathematics, social studies, and science. The English curriculum focuses on all aspects of the reading and writing processes. Reading comprehension, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting are all important concepts of the lower elementary curriculum. In the lower grades, students are introduced to the basic functions and core foundations of mathematics. Our Kindergarten through Fifth grade students learn both conceptual mathematics and real-life applications. The intent of the social studies curriculum is to educate students on the interconnectedness of the world around them. By learning to make inferences, draw conclusions, analyze information, and identify patterns of historical and natural events, students gain important critical thinking and problem solving skills. The science curriculum aims to teach students about the way the world works across a broad range of subject matters. The introduction of the scientific method at an early age establishes a foundation for students to become active and constructive learners. The hands-on learning of educational materials aids in the development of inquiry and self-discovery skills. Sixth through Eighth grade (Middle School) In Middle School the curriculum focuses on the continued maturation and development of students. They not only engage in more challenging and rigorous academics, but learn about privilege and responsibility. Students begin to expand on and dig deeper into language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science, while further developing study skills and work habits. They are challenged by their teachers to think critically and inquire about the unfamiliar. Upper level students begin to fine tune their composition and literacy abilities. Through literature, writing assignments, and discussions, students strengthen both their verbal and written communication skills. Our rigorous and challenging mathematics curriculum provides them with the skills to advance at a faster than average pace. In studying the core concepts of Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry, students are challenged to push themselves to their highest potential. The Middle School humanities curriculum works to help students become aware and informed community members. While learning about past and modern events, students learn to identify cause and effect, think critically about historical significance, and analyze to make inferences and conclusions. Students study classical roots to increase understanding of work etymology and expand their vocabulary. Science for middle school grades is an extension of the foundations that were built in lower grades. Students use the scientific method as a base for their learning of the core sciences: Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. All our students also participate in six specialist classes; music, drama, art, physical education, Spanish, and computers with the exception of Spanish in Pre-Kindergarten. BCA Parent Association The mission of the BCA Parent Association is to enhance our students’ education by planning and implementing programs, events, and activities that enrich the educational, cultural, and social experience of all students, in support of BCA’s core curriculum. Some of the events sponsored by the BCA PA are: BCA Annual Auction, Cultural Fair, Oregon Shadow Theatre, Science of Wheels, Celebration of the Arts, and book fairs. Before and After School Programs Morning and Aftercare We are pleased to provide extended care at an additional charge for our students before and after school hours on most school days. Homework, study hall, playtime, and other activities are all part of our extended care program. Charges for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times are recorded and pro-rated at the same rate. Enrichment Classes Every academic school year, BCA offers three twelve week sessions of after school enrichment clubs. These optional, fee based programs are an excellent way for students to continue their education beyond the formal classroom. In the past such programs have included chess, jump rope, drama, and drawing and painting to name a few. Tutoring One-on-one private tutoring sessions with our teachers are available after school for students. Please note that there is a separate fee for this service.

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