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Excellence For All
What is Excellence For All?

In the spring of 2016, BPS made the decision to have the Charles Sumner Elementary School implement Excellence for All in the 4th grade. In this new model, all students have access to rigorous coursework in heterogenously grouped classes. This model is more in line with our vision of inclusion and our value of equity.

What makes Excellence For All an exciting opportunity for students?

In addition to more diverse classrooms that provide equal opportunities for all students at the Sumner, Excellence For All offers the same rigorous core content and more enrichment coursework for students. At the Sumner, we are pleased to offer the following to every 4th  grade student:
  • An ELA curriculum that includes project-based learning and substantial writing work from Expeditionary Learning.
  • A math curriculum that offers students opportunities to apply math skills in authentic ways and use exploration and discussion to foster a deeper understanding of math concepts.
  • Weekly specials for all students in art, STEAM, music, technology, theatre, physical education, robotics, and clubs.
  • AVID curriculum to support executive function and organizational skills.
  • Weekly social-emotional learning sessions using Second Step for our Social Emotional Curriculum (www.cfchildren.org/second-step) and Restorative Justice strategies. to support students with self-regulation, and stress management.
How does Excellence For All push already high-performing students with challenging work and engaging assignments?

Every classroom has a broad range of learning styles and current performance levels. Our teachers differentiate their instruction and design tasks so every student is challenged and pushed to their full potential. Through small group work, Universal Design for Learning, differentiated tasks, and individual student coaching, our exemplary 4th grade teachers ensure that every student gets the most out of his/her/their Excellence For All experience. Excellence For All prepares all students for success in the most rigorous secondary schools.

What happens in 5th grade?

Excellence For All continues in the 5th grade, with a rigorous curriculum offered to diverse, heterogeneously  grouped classrooms.  Our 5th grade teachers work closely with the 4th grade team to integrate the professional development the 4th grade teachers have access to including Universal Design for learning and ThinkCerca.

- adapted from BPS/Phineas Bates Elementary School