Curriculum & Instruction
Bloomin' Preschools Curriculum
The choice you make regarding your child's early childhood education is among a parent's most important. It's never too early or too late to research your options. Fortunately, Bloomfield Hills Schools operates three Bloomin' Preschools in Oakland County.
Our programs are child-centered and use the Creative Curriculum approach to teaching. Students flourish in supportive, engaging environments. Teachers communicate regularly with families, and encourage enthusiasm for learning, the pride of accomplishment and the joy of discovery.
Both Conant and Lone Pine are fully-authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) schools. The all-inclusive PYP is designed for students in grades Pre-K through 5. The Programme is based on inquiry and focuses on the total growth of the developing child, drawing on the research and best practices from a range of international schools. The PYP curriculum is developed to create relevant, engaging, challenging and significant work for young learners and its international focus addresses the needs of our diverse student population.
Bloomin’ Conant (ages 2 1/2 years to 5 years) is located at 4100 W. Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
Bloomin’ Lone Pine (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) is located at 3100 Lone Pine Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323.
Bloomin’ Fox Hills is a Visible Thinking School, purposely providing for deeper thinking and understanding. Visible Thinking is a framework and philosophy for our teachers and staff to use when creating inquiry-based learning opportunities that engage students in higher-level thinking skills.
Bloomin’ Fox Hills (ages 6 weeks to 6 years) is located at 1661 Hunters Ridge, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.
Infant Toddler Program
Our Infant Toddler Program features:
- Monday-Friday full-time care is available
- 1:4 staff to student ratio
- Open enrollment throughout the year, subject to availability
Our Preschool Program features:
- Part-time and full-time classes available
- Fox Hills
- 9:00a - 12:00p
- 9:00a - 3:00p
- Conant & Lone Pine
- 9:15a - 12:15p
- 9:15a - 3:15p
- Fox Hills
- Before and after care available
- 6:30a - 6:00p
- Open enrollment throughout the year, subject to availability
- Low teacher turnover
Our Summer Program features:
- Open Monday - Friday, 7:00a to 6:00p
- Monday-Friday full-time care available
- Preschool themed studies
FREE Preschool for 4 Year Olds
- Offered at Fox Hills
- 4-year-olds ONLY (must turn 4 by December 1st)
- Class runs late September to mid-June
- This program is made available through a Michigan State Grant - Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
- Open to all Bloomfield Hills School District Residents
- Limited availability for qualifying children
To inquire about the Great Start Readiness Program, please call us at 248.341.7950.
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. We teach the Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts and the Michigan state standards (content expectations) for all other subject areas. 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.
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. Way and Eastover are Project Zero's Visible Thinking schools.
Elementary learners attending Eastover or Way Elementary are developing lifelong thinking skills through the implementation of Visible Thinking, a research-based teaching framework from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Visible Thinking engages students in in-depth thinking, inquiry-based learning opportunities, and deeper subject matter learning. Thinking routines, templates to scaffold thinking, are integrated into and across all content areas. Through the implementation of Visible Thinking, Way and Eastover have become places in which a group's collective, as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the day-to-day experiences. In simplest terms, both Eastover and Way nurture a culture that values teaching for understanding, focusing students on the learning, encouraging deep learning strategies, promoting independence, and developing a growth mindset.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programmes
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programmes in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Conant Elementary, Lone Pine Elementary and West Hills Middle School are fully authorized Primary Years Programme (PYP) schools 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 beyond. It encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning. A school's implementation of the PYP helps children develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and culturally, and effectively addresses the needs of a diverse student population.
Middle School Curriculum
"Middle school is full of emotional change. By building bridges between school, home, and community, students develop skills important to healthy adolescent development." - Jason Rubel, EHMS Principal
Young adolescents discover and develop diverse interests and grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. The combination of a secure environment and knowledgeable staff nurtures that development through academic challenge and creative stimulation.
Students receive the personal attention necessary to encourage habits of good citizenship through an average class size of 25 and a student/staff ratio of 12:1. Core subjects of math, science, reading, writing and social studies are team-taught in uninterrupted blocks of time in a true middle-school format. Students benefit from the wide variety of exploratory classes in world language, practical and fine arts, music, health, physical education, and computer technology. Special enrichment and support programs are available for students who learn at their own pace.
Middle Years Programme
All of our middle schools are fully-authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme schools. The MYP is available to all students in grades 6-10 and provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum framework. The curriculum is designed around eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, mathematics, physical and health education, and design. The units of study begin with a guiding question, through which students can connect their learning to the world outside the classroom. The Programme requires students to participate actively and responsibly in preparation for their life in an ever-changing world.
In addition, West Hills Middle School houses our newcomer's English Language Learners program, and East Hills and Bloomfield Hills Middle Schools offer a Deaf and hard of hearing program.
A wide variety of clubs and athletics is available to all BHS middle school students and vary annually depending on student interest. Recent studies suggest that participation in such activities enhances a student's scholastic ability. We teach the Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts and the Michigan state standards (content expectations) for all other subject areas.
Clubs & Athletics
- Honors Band
- Computer Club
- Honors Choir
- Math Counts
- Science Olympiad
- World Language
- and more!
Bloomfield Hills High School Curriculum
- High School Opportunities
- High School Course Description Book
- 9th Grade Course Description Book
- Graduation Requirements - Class of 2018-2021
- Graduation Requirements - Class of 2022 & Beyond
Our Four Cornerstones (relationships, responsibility and ownership, authenticity, and innovation), provide the foundation around which our curriculum, instruction, collaboration, and interactions are developed. We offer 22 Advanced Placement courses, 19 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme courses, state-of-the-art performance and fine art venues, the study of 5 world languages, and a full range of extracurricular and athletic opportunities that reinforce the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
Bloomfield Hills High School offers a fully-authorized Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization. The MYP encompasses all Bloomfield Hills High School students in grades 9-10 and provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum framework. The curriculum is designed around eight subject areas. The units of study begin with a statement of inquiry, through which students can connect their learning to the world outside the classroom. The Programme requires students to participate actively and responsibly in preparation for their life in an ever-changing world. The capstone experience of the MYP is the Personal Project which is completed through the 10th grade year. This project allows students to integrate the philosophies of IB into a project that is personally defined and student-driven.
Bloomfield Hills High School offers a fully-authorized International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a challenging, two-year program in which students can earn an internationally recognized IB Diploma. This rigorous academic program prepares students for university life and encourages students to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other cultures.
Many colleges and universities across the world grant college credit for DP courses. Students can potentially enter an institution of higher education at a junior level.
The International Academy is a public, tuition-free high school for 9th – 12th grade students from 11 Oakland County school districts operating in a consortium. The world-recognized International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is the heart of the IA, providing a blend of rigorous academic standards, practical and career-related learning, and personal development opportunities. The IA is the only full IB public high school in North America. The exclusively college-bound student population is ethnically, religiously and socio-economically diverse, providing the 600 student body a global perspective and thoughtful experience.
Model Center houses a community of learners, providing BHHS students with the opportunity to pursue their passions in student-driven academic courses. Students form strong relationships and think creatively in a personalized, empowering environment.
Bowers Academy develops character, integrity, compassion for others and academic skills in students who thrive in a smaller environment. Founded to address the needs of at-risk students, Bowers Academy balances academic challenges with self-reflection, exceptionally small class sizes, and the unique learning environment of the Historic Bowers Farm. Bowers Academy has a remarkable 90 percent or greater graduation rate, with 91 percent of graduates pursuing higher education.