Our Traditional lower school program includes Kindergarten through 5th grade and offers a prepared learning environment that supports the academic, social, and emotional development of each child. Educational standards not only align with Texas state standards, but surpass them, which provides the opportunity for students to achieve their maximum level of academic excellence.
Our instructional team consists of dedicated, creative, and energetic educators who are committed to implementing best practices to ensure student success. The team consists of the principals, teachers, academic support specialist, director of guidance, art and physical education teachers, and librarian. They take advantage of the many professional development opportunities and collaborate together to create a cohesive, aligned curriculum plan. This reflects an allegiance, on behalf of the educators, to academic excellence.
Small class sizes allow teachers to build a rapport with each student and determine each child’s learning style. This creates an environment that is both challenging and supportive, as teachers differentiate in order to meet their needs. Teachers recognize that inspiring and supporting students’ abilities fosters academic success which leads to a lifelong love of learning.
Robert M. Beren Academy students are active learners. When entering a classroom, you may observe students working independently to accomplish a task, reading and discussing text, working together to solve a challenging math problem, performing a science experiment, or jointly writing a story. Students are encouraged to work hard and will learn to think critically and resourcefully.
Robert M. Beren Academy's curriculum includes programs that have been nationally vetted and implemented across multiple school types in an effort to meet the needs of each child individually. Our teachers participate in regular training and mentoring, giving them opportunities for personal and departmental growth.
Our Columbia Reading Program is based on fluency and proficiency in comprehension. This national program begins in our First Grade classrooms and encourages mastery in reading by creating a differentiated learning environment, individualized skill building in the application of comprehension, and an overall love for reading.
The Collins Writing Program was introduced to our staff as part of their teacher in-service training prior to the start of the 2013/2014 academic school year. This phenomenal program crosses all grade levels and curriculum to instill fundamental and effective writing techniques that our teachers pass along to their students. Dr. Collins, the esteemed creator of this program and his team visited Robert M. Beren Academy on three separate occasions throughout the school year to provide full-day workshops enjoyed by all our teachers, grades K-12. Our teachers were challenged and enlightened with his teachings and practices and worked tireless to implement the acquired skills in their classrooms throughout the year. The knowledge gained from this incredible program that is applicable to both general studies and Judaic classes is designed to simultaneously improve students' thinking and writing skills through practical and effective measures.
Everyday Mathematics is a highly effective elementary mathematics curriculum and we are proud to have implemented this program in our 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade lower school Math Program. The emphasis of the teaching is for our students to go beyond computation and develop a greater level of critical and conceptual thinking. It enables the teachers to set high expectations and achieve great results.
Go Math! is a comprehensive mathematics program that we use for our 4th and 5th grade students to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. The program emphasizes essential questions and big ideas with depth of understanding as the goal.
We are confident your child’s experience at Robert M. Beren Academy will be enjoyable and rewarding.