Building Block School

  • Building Block School serves 84 students in grades Prekindergarten-6 and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The student:teacher of Building Block School is 42:1.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$175
Summer Program Cost Notes$175 2 days a week for 2 weeks

Student Body

Total Students84 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeBuilding Block School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio42:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,500
Tuition NotesPaid in three lump sums over the course of the year
Acceptance Rate
30%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorWren Hayes
Admissions AssociateDavid Hayes
Endowment Size$1.2 million

School Notes

  • Curriculum
  • The school will carefully curate a cohort of 15-18 students who will be supported by 3 teachers throughout the school year as they use Project-Based Learning to explore the 6 Cs:
  • CollaborationCommunicationContentCritical ThinkingCreative InnovationConfidence(As outlined in Becoming Brilliant by Kathy Hirsch-Pasek & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff)Within each of these 6 competencies are clusters of standards that are determined by the staff for each emergent project. The standards may reflect Common Core State Standards, local NH school district standards, as well as standards developed within the classroom community.These competencies are explored in three physical spaces within the school: Socratic Space, Tinker Lab, and Outdoor Classroom. Of course, learning does not only occur at school, and parents are welcome to add to the child`s digital portfolio at any time!What tools will be used to support the mastery of these competencies?The staff's training on Project Based Learning (PBL) comes from the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), the "gold standard" in PBL. One great challenge to this kind of self-reflection work is that students don't often practice thinking critically about these competencies. Metacognition, or "thinking about thinking" needs to be taught and frequently practiced. We will help students practice these skills by doing structured protocols from Visible Thinking Routines in the classroom (Harvard Project Zero). The teachers will be trained to initiate these routines throughout the day in order to encourage higher-order thinking skills during real-life conversation among peers. Combining these protocols, conversations with students, teacher-created rubrics and real-time, authentic portfolios, a child's progress is able to be monitored and supported.

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