Academic Programs

BAM offers a rigorous and inspiring curriculum in arts and academics. The school community values learning experiences in all domains, and consistently pledges funds and instructional time to incorporate visual arts, performing arts, and physical education into a comprehensive education program.

BAM teachers recognize the diversity of learners in each classroom, and have committed to ongoing professional development to promote academic achievement for all students. We invest in programs, materials and services to ensure this outcome.

At BAM, you will discover –

Highly trained literacy coaches who provide extra support to students and ongoing professional development for teachers
On-site counselors to support the social-emotional needs of students and families
Arts specialists who provide visual and performing arts instruction
PE coaches who support games at recess and physical education for all students
A Universal Learning Support Systems (ULSS) specialist who provides additional support for struggling students
Committed families, students and staff who work together to create an lively and engaged learning community!

In 2010-2011, BUSD implemented the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) in every elementary school.  This research-based literacy program builds on each child’s strengths as a reader to help them access more interesting texts. Components of our literacy program include one on one and small group guided reading, easily accessible “just right books” read every day in class and sent home every night, robust classroom libraries, and trained UC tutors in the after school program. Leveled book boxes and lists are available to help students and parents find “just right” books.  Additional writing and spelling instructional components support reading proficiency.

Teachers assess a student’s reading level regularly and report it three times a year to parents on the report card. Literacy specialists in every elementary school team teach in classrooms, work with small groups of students, and monitor student progress toward grade level proficiency. Parent liaisons reach out to families to help support literacy development in the home.

BAM uses District-adopted materials to support standards-based instruction in math, science and social studies based on the Common Core State Standards. More info here!

1st-5th graders at BAM have science classes with a dedicated science teacher. Check out her blog here!