The Academic Program is comprised of standards pulled from the Massachusetts Frameworks Incorporating the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, the Massachusetts Frameworks for Science and Social Studies and the Core Knowledge Sequence. Teachers use these standards to create and implement dynamic, hands on learning experiences for their students.

In kindergarten through fourth grade, our students are taught the four content area subjects (Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) by one classroom teacher. Teachers use these standards to create and implement dynamic, hands on learning experiences for their students.

Wonders Literacy Block:

Students participate in a daily 90-minute literacy block using the Wonders reading program by McGraw Hill. Each literacy block includes whole class instruction as well as small ability based reading groups. Students receive the benefit of both individualized and small group reading support to work on specific skills., as well as whole group learning.

Math:

Math Expressions Common Core focuses on the priority core concepts at each grade level, identified by the Common Core State Standards, to build in-depth understanding of major mathematical ideas through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples. Using hands-on and inquiry driven methods, Math Expressions Common Core teaches students how to represent solutions and explain their answers, developing their problem-solving and reasoning skills.

Science Curriculum:

The BFCCPS science curriculum is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Next Generation Science Standards. Through this hands-on curriculum, students become experimenters, investigators, problems solvers, and engineers within the life, physical and Earth sciences.

Social Studies Curriculum:

Students participate in thematic units of study for social studies topics in a spiraling nature from grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Technological resources, literature music and art are used to thoroughly study topics such as Egypt and Mesopotamia. Hands on projects are used as opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding on these topics.

For important webpages related to our Academic Program, please visit or Curriculum Links page.

In fifth and sixth grades, students are taught on a team, and begin to switch classes for the content area subjects. At each grade, we have one teacher that teaches math and science, and another that teaches ELA and history.

In seventh and eighth grades, the students are taught on a team of four teachers, each specializing in a content area. They rotate among the four teachers on a daily basis, and have the same four teachers for both grades.

English Language Arts:

Students participate in lessons of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and research skills. Teachers choose a variety of reading materials that align with the Common Core State Standards. Students have experience with novels, short stories, poetry, and various forms of non-fiction texts as well, including primary sources whenever available. Writing is integral to the success of our students, and takes place in every class that is taught at the school, from ELA to math, to French, art and music. It is expected that our eighth grade students will be able to independently complete various research projects utilizing a solid foundation of writing skills, including appropriately citing sources.

Mathematics:

Our students in fifth and sixth grades continue with the Math Expressions Common Core program. Math Expressions Common Core focuses on the priority core concepts at each grade level, identified by the Common Core State Standards, to build in-depth understanding of major mathematical ideas through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples. Using hands-on and inquiry driven methods, Math Expressions Common Core teaches students how to represent solutions and explain their answers, developing their problem-solving and reasoning skills.

Pre-Algebra and Algebra are offered for our seventh and eighth graders, respectively using the Holt program. We have also began offering an elective course in high school geometry for those students who qualify to take the extra math class. Students who enroll in Geometry take this class concurrently with their Algebra class.

Science Curriculum:

Our students participate in general science classes. The curriculum is designed to foster the scientific method, and allow for our students to participate in hands on, investigative activities in the areas of: biology, chemistry, physics, Earth and Space, genetics, and life sciences. Students participate in the BFCCPS Science Fair yearly, and each year are faced with unique challenges such as building a Rube Goldberg type machine that will turn the page of a book, or designing and building their own Roller Coaster. These projects foster an understanding of the scientific method as well as a student’s creativity.

Social Studies Curriculum:

Students participate in thematic units of study for social studies topics in a spiraling nature from grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Technological resources, literature music and art are used to thoroughly study topics such as Egypt and Mesopotamia. Hands on projects are used as opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding on these topics. Students in grade five study units around Ancient South Americans and the age of Exploration, as well Colonial and Early American history. Grade six focuses on World Geography, while grade seven focuses on Ancient Civilizations. Grade eight begins the year with an in depth study of World History, and includes American History and Government in preparation for their weeklong field trip to Washington DC in the Spring. All students in grades five through eight participate in a yearly Social Studies Fair, where different aspects of their curriculum are shared with the K-4 students in the building.

For important webpages related to our Academic Program, please visit or Curriculum Links page.