ACADEMICS

Our Approach

Anne Beers’ early childhood initiative offers a full day of learning for our preschool scholars seeking a head start on their academic journey. Our curriculum is facilitated in self-contained classrooms by certified teachers and support specialists who teach Spanish, science, music, health, physical education, art and library media services to all students. Differentiated Instruction, learning stations and teaming are integral parts of our instructional program. Students use Lexia and ST Math to support learning online, and they receive frequent progress monitoring and other support through iReady (math) and mCLass (reading).

In addition to our rigorous academic curriculum, Beers offers an afterschool program, supplemental services and enrichment activities.

 
TEACHING ACCOUNTABILITY
Ms. Valyncia Hawkins
Beers Teacher and Alumnus
One of the reasons our young scholars are so successful is that our staff is committed to incorporating our values into every learning experience. It is not enough that our students achieve academic excellence; they must also understand the long-term value in taking responsibility for their personal growth as young leaders. As the saying goes, "teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."




Making Progress

Our 2017-18 Goals

DC Public Schools will continue using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to assess students near the end of the school year. Anne Beers Elementary School is a Title 1 school. "Title 1" is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

Our students continue to show progress, however we are not content and will never be until every student is proficient or better. We will continue with all other initiatives that have been effective in our school (i.e., Fundations, Guided Reading, EdMark, Tools of the Mind (PK only), ABA, Lexia, ST Math, Junior Great Books, DIBELS/TRC, inquiry-based mathematics, improved attendance and new this year Reading Inventory). 
We have several initiatives aimed at improving student performance and teacher effectiveness. Family engagement efforts will continue through our partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation through home visits and Academic Parent Teacher Team Meetings (APTT). Strengthening the connection and support of student learning at home is at the core of this effort. We look forward to working with our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)  as we move Beers further in our quest for academic and social success. We welcome our families and appreciate your support as we work together to grow and develop our children into world class citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.

Specials

  1. Health & Physical Ed
    The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate students who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Students receive a minimum of 45 minutes of Health & PE a week.
  2. Science
    Next Generation Science Standards focus on science and engineering practices and emphasize critical thinking, designing solutions to real-world problems and project-based learning.
  3. Arts
    The arts program focuses on developing students’ creative capacity, reflective mindset and critical thinking. Students engage in programs that allow them to use the arts as a language, communicating their ideas in musical, visual and physical ways.
  4. Social Studies
    Drawing on strategies such as paideia seminars, simulations, object and image analysis and primary source interpretation, students are immersed in disciplinary literacies of the social studies and engaged in rich, compelling discussions.
  5. World Language
    Our world language programs aim to prepare students to become global citizens who effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences. Beers scholars receive a minimum of 45 minutes of Spanish instruction per week.
Beers Scholars at Work
Beyond the Textbook
In 2003, Beers was designated as the District’s first and only NASA Explorer School and has since advanced its efforts to include a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We maintain a high-quality academic program by ensuring all resources, services and support go directly to our students.

Our team of certified instructors adheres to Common Core Standards, flexible and small grouping, collaboration, frequent assessments, data analysis, higher-level questioning, deep understanding, blended-learning and reteaching to support student learning. Intervention and remediation are also provided to students who demonstrate the need for additional support. Together, our team employs the use of data to inform all decisions
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