The Bellwether School
Ages: 3 - 12
The Bellwether School is a progressive, independent, co-educational school for students in early childhood through sixth grade. The key themes that are covered at the school are:
- Love of Learning
- Inquiry and Critical Thinking Skills
- World Citizenship
- Sustainability and Earth Literacy
The core curriculum covers these areas:
- Social Studies
- Language and Literacy
- Mathematical Thinking
- Scientific Inquiry
- Social and Emotional Development
- Artistic Expression
- Service Learning
- Physical Development
See how the curriculum is applied across the various programs (Preschool, Primary, Elementary I, Elementary II).
Reviewed on 01/11/2017
Preschool is a HIDDEN GEM! We were drawn to Bellwether's philosophy and history in holistic education, but admittedly a bit nervous about sending our 3-year-old to a small school that covers Pre-K - 6, but it has been the biggest surprise and delight for us. The preschool classroom itself is a safe, nurturing space and we found that he actually really thrived with schoolmates of all ages and he looked forward to entire school get-togethers....more
Reviewed on 01/06/2017
My boy is who he is in a large part because of Bellwether. The best school EVER!
Reviewed on 03/10/2016
The Bellwether School is an amazing place with exceptional teachers and leadership. We transferred to Bellwether after three years at another area independent school and our year has been transformational! My son went from hating math and writing to loving and excelling at both. There is a culture of respect and caring here that is unmatched. The relationship that the teachers cultivate with each student (and their parents!) is at the...more
Reviewed on 01/16/2013
This is the kind of school that every child deserves. I have watched my student flourish, begin feeling confident again as a learner, and find life-long friendships. In a world where people are constantly reminded what they are doing wrong, Bellwether is the kind of place that tells you everything you are doing right while working on the areas that aren't your strongest. It is full of fun, laughter, challenge, academics, play, magic and...more
Reviewed on 03/28/2012
Can't say enough good things about Bellwether. It is a magical place where kids are encouraged to think critically and creatively. My child loves school and has developed a true love for learning.
Reviewed on 02/09/2012
My daughter had an amazing experience in the Preschool Classroom at Bellwether. The teachers appreciated my "spicy girl" for her enthusiasm and energy while also providing the guidelines and expectations that she needed to learn how to be a friend and how to work through tough social negotiations.
With 30+ years of combined experience, Heather and Mike nurture each child's social-emotional and intellectual growth in their...more
Reviewed on 01/24/2009
Our son attended The Bellwether School from second through sixth grades. Even though he moved on to another fine school after graduation, we still miss Bellwether!! At Bellwether he blossomed into a confident, caring, human being. One of the things Bellwether does so well is nurturing a child’s individual personality and at the same time teaching him to be a viable community member. This is an experience that will continue to mold him...more
Reviewed on 12/17/2008
To find a school that is so responsive to each individual child (not to mention each individual parent!) is something to be treasured in todays society of large institutional type educational programs.
My son spent six years in the Elementary program of The Bellwether School and thanks to this individualized (as well as holistic) approach to education, he is an independent, self-confident, motivated, passionate young...more
Reviewed on 12/17/2008
The Bellwether School strives and succeeds at bringing a quality educational experience to children of all ages. My son has been in the pre-school for two years and is thriving! In addition to the typical emergent curriculum, the students are offered Spanish, music and art on a weekly basis. The teachers truly care and are accessible. There is a strong sense of community comprised of educators and parents. Students appear to actually...more
Reviewed on 10/08/2008
The School works hard at teaching sustainable living to children and succeeds! However the predominant population of students are those with learning issues and parents who do not wish to have their children go through a public school system that would "categorize" their children as such (which is fine). The disconnect happens with the teachers and directors (there are two), who do not have special ed training for the high number of kids...more