About our School
- At Belvedere, our mission is to create a community of globally-minded, life-long learners who are prepared to face the challenges of a 21st-century world.
- Our staff works collaboratively to engage students in challenging, real-world learning opportunities. Through these opportunities, students will become innovative thinkers and problem solvers who value diversity. They will use their knowledge to take responsible action and in doing so, help to create a better, more peaceful world.
Primary Years Program
Belvedere Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is a rigorous, internationally-recognized educational program for all students. It helps students to take an active part in their education, learn about the world around them, and use what they are learning to make a difference in the world. Through the PYP, students become globally-minded thinkers, inquirers, and problem solvers.
We embrace Responsive Classroom at Belvedere Elementary. Responsive Classroom is a way of teaching that creates a safe, challenging, and fun environment for all children. In addition to teaching academic content, teachers also teach students positive social discourse, such as how to take turns, how to listen and talk with others respectfully, and how to work effectively within a group. Responsive Classroom practices in place are daily morning meetings, the writing of Hopes and Dreams, student and teacher created rules for each classroom, interactive modeling of specific skills students need to participate in academic and social activities, positive teacher language, collaborative problem-solving, academic choice and logical consequences.
Additionally, the IB Learner Profile outlines specific attributes each learner strives to develop and internalize. Teachers connect these attributes to the curriculum, discuss the meaning, and provide students with feedback on how they are developing each attribute.