Elementary School Curriculum
School is a time of tremendous wonder, discovery and growth for children in kindergarten through grade five. Our young learners engage in a comprehensive educational program that develops their thinking and communication skills and teaches them the joy of learning.
Exemplary elementary school curricula is delivered at Conant (K-4), Eastover (K-4), Lone Pine (K-3), Way (K-4), BHMS (5), EHMS (5), and WHMS (4-5). This includes instruction in language arts, math, science, social studies, Spanish, computer technology, art, music, and physical education. Faculty utilize multiple learning strategies to enhance children’s individual abilities.
Small class sizes provide an ideal environment for young learners to receive individualized attention.
All schools are NCA accredited. Conant, Lone Pine, and WHMS are fully-authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme schools, and Lone Pine also offers a newcomer’s English Language Learners program.
Conant - Primary Years Programme
Conant Elementary is a fully-authorized Primary Years Programme school of the world-recognized International Baccalaureate Organization. PYP instruction focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning, reflects real life and emphasizes the development of the whole student physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
Lone Pine/WHMS - Primary Years Programme
Lone Pine Elementary and WHMS are fully-authorized Primary Years Programme schools of the world-recognized International Baccalaureate Organization. In fact, Lone Pine was the first PYP school in Michigan. The PYP curriculum, with its international focus, helps children develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and culturally, and will best address the needs of the diverse student population
Eastover - Visible Thinking and Sustainability
Eastover Elementary is proud to feature two school-wide initiatives in its K-4 curriculum. These school initiatives provide students with challenging and relevant real-world learning opportunities, giving them the tools and motivation necessary to be lifelong learners, proactive citizens, collaborators, and leaders at home, at school, and in the community.
The sustainability initiative encourages students to make a difference and take ownership of their future. They learn how decisions can either help or hurt the environment. As part of this, students and faculty from Lawrence Technological University visit Eastover on a regular basis to help with projects pertaining to sustainability, engineering, architecture, and design. Another special component of our sustainability initiative is our student garden. All classrooms spend time planting and harvesting, making real-world connections to math, science, and social studies concepts.
The other school-wide initiative is Visible Thinking, a researched based teaching framework from Harvard University. It is a tool teachers use to help students think critically, creatively, and collaboratively. At the core of Visible Thinking are thinking routines that help students practice different types of thinking. Teachers and staff create inquiry-based learning opportunities that engage and motivate students, helping access higher-level thinking skills. Visible Thinking helps teachers integrate the development of students’ thinking with content learning across all subject areas.
Way - Visible Thinking
Bloomfield Hills Schools is proud to recognize Way Elementary as the first school in Oakland County to fully adopt Project Zero’s Visible Thinking out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Visible Thinking engages students in in-depth thinking, deepens subject matter learning, and provides a means for extensive student interaction. This research-based approach utilizes thinking routines that are integrated into and across all content areas. Through the implementation of Visible Thinking, Way has become a place in which a group’s collective, as well as individual, thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted. It is part of the day to day experiences of all group members - kindergarten through fifth grade.