Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

BEES Curriculum is specifically designed with BEES students in mind.  Rather than using pre-packaged curricula, the educators at BEES, in conjunction with Teachers College - Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (TCCPET), have created curriculum for each content area. These curricula are guided by the requirements of the Common Core State Standards and the interests and needs of our students.


In English Language Arts classes at BEES, students will explore a variety of reading and writing genres through teacher-crafted units.  Each year builds on the learning from the year before, strengthening students reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, and expanding their understanding of what it means to be literate.  Portfolios assess the same standards in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, but with no repeat assignments!


Math classes at BEES emphasize problem-solving and math in real-life applications. Lessons focus on the understanding rather than the doing, which means using a variety of models to understand why the math works.


BEES Science classes use a variety of resources to teach content based on the Next Generation Learning Standards. Lessons emphasize science vocabulary to increase access to content and hands-on, lab-based practice to promote learning that lasts.

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum at BEES focuses on learning how the past affects the present. Teachers employ multiple modes of learning through watching videos, listening to music, answering Document Based Questions about primary sources, debating controversial questions and creating research projects.