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 Development 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.