Bell's School was founded on the principle that children do not develop skills at the same rate. Therefore, individualized teaching is a necessity. Each child is encouraged to develop at his or her own speed. Our programs are designed to maintain the natural love of learning born in every child. Group work allows flexibility for individual preference and creativity.
Our developmentally appropriate curriculum has opportunities for children to grow at their own speed through stretch activities that are challenging but do-able. Teachers look for continuing opportunities to foster self-esteem in every child. When the teacher respects and listens to the child, the child builds the self-confidence and self-respect which are the foundation for social interaction and persistence in the face of setbacks and optimism.
Our classrooms are set up to provide opportunities for children to use their thinking and problem-solving skills to make decisions for themselves.
We follow the Bank Street Curriculum which allows flexibility for both teacher and student. As part of that we track the development of each student through a portfolio gathered by their teachers.
Parents are informed of classroom activities, learning units and what to expect in the week ahead through weekly newsletters from the teachers.