BFSMS Elementary School is for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade. We focus on educating the whole child and the following is a snapshot of how we achieve this.
The foundation of the curriculum follows the Core Knowledge, not to be confused with Common Core. Core Knowledge is a project based, integrated curriculum, which enables students to create connections from one subject to another. For instance in 1st grade, the students may learn about Modern Day and Ancient Mexico. This subject is clearly covered in History and Geography but is also woven into Science studying the Geographical Features of the Earth’s Surface, linking back to Maya, Inca and Aztec Civilizations. It is then covered in Language Arts, with Hispanic Folktale, and in Music, teaching the students traditional Mexican songs and in Art, creating pieces of Mayan and Inca art. This approach allows each subject to build on each other, so the children can better understand and link the concepts.
We use Singapore Math, which focuses on students not just learning, but also mastering certain math concepts each year. This approach removes the practice of drills and places a greater emphasis on helping students understand the concept on a deeper level, not just memorization.
Additionally, we include STEM as part of the curriculum. Standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which are focused on together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is integrated with hands-on, problem-based learning.
The children also receive Christian teachings which are included as part of the core curriculum as well as attending Chapel on Monday and Friday mornings.
We also offer extensive Enrichment programs, which include:
- Computers and Technology
- Foreign Language
- Physical Education
- Hands-on science lab
The Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs is a fully accredited K-8 school through AdvancED (please note the Pre-K and High School are not included in this accreditation)