Beginning & Lower School Quick Facts

Beginning School (PS & K)

Classrooms

  • Preschool student-teacher ratio of 20:2
  • Kindergarten student-teacher ratio of 19:1
  • Three teaching assistants support PS and K
  • 20 students in PS and 38 students in K

School Day

  • 8:20 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Daily recess outdoors
  • Bring your own lunch or purchase school lunch

Teachers and Specialists

  • Homeroom teachers: literacy, mathematics, social studies 
  • Specialist teachers: woodshop, music, studio art, wellness, library skills
  • Full-time BLS counselor and learning specialist; literacy specialist supports K

Learning Spaces

  • Three large homerooms with distinct learning areas and kitchen
  • Covered outdoor space and dynamic playground
  • Dedicated art studio, woodshop, music classroom, mini-gym, shared library

Before and After School Care

  • Before care runs from 7:15-8:20 a.m. (included in tuition)
  • After care runs from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Lower School (1-5)

Classrooms

  • Student-teacher ratio of 21:1 plus teaching assistant or college intern
  • 215 students in grades 1-5

School Day

  • 8:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
  • Daily recess outdoors
  • Bring your own lunch or purchase school lunch

Teachers and Specialists

  • Homeroom teachers: literacy, mathematics, social studies 
  • Mandarin and Spanish teachers 
  • Specialist teachers: art, music, science, wellness, woodshop, technology, library skills 
  • Full-time counselor, learning specialist, math specialist; Literacy specialist supports grades 1-3 
  • Equity and Inclusion Office
  • Small, mixed grades meet with faculty advisors (known as C&Cs)

Learning Spaces

  • Two large homerooms with distinct areas for learning activities
  • Art studio, music and language classrooms, woodshop, and community library
  • Dynamic playground, Fir Grove, and orchard

Technology

  • Tinkering with Technology class
  • One assigned iPad for every student

Before and After School Care

  • Before care runs from 7:15-8:10 a.m. and is included in tuition
  • After care runs from 3:00-6:00 p.m.