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Berry College Elementary & Middle School

Berry College Elementary and Middle School is a lab school and an integral part of the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. BCEMS models constructivist educational practices for the community at large.

We operate within the School of Education's design and its unique commitment to education as exemplified by:

  • depth and integration of a constructivist model of theory and practice,
  • a commitment to the authentic assessment of student learning,
  • an adherence to application-level practice of new-found knowledge via experiential activities and projects,
  • a quality, hands-on service learning model,
  • the teaching of social justice as a core principle of democracy,
  • a mutually engaged learning community of children, families, teachers, administrators, student teachers, student workers and department faculty.

At BCEMS, master teachers engage in collaborative research, teaching and study on a regular basis.  Our student teachers are careful observers of children's learning and document their work in modes that are accessible to their instructors and head teachers.  The BCEMS facility also provides a wealth of opportunities for mentoring and service by Berry College student workers.

Our main goal is to help students acquire the best foundation skills available for high school, college, and life success.  Our core competencies prove to be: academic excellence, individual attention enhanced by one of the lowest adult-to-student ratios in the country, leadership skills development, and a safe, secure environment in which kids can thrive. 

We interact with members of the College for advice, resources, support, and encouragement. Berry College itself provides our buildings and grounds, the upkeep, technology support, public safety, access to an array of resources and the wonderful environment of woods, trails, and open space on Berry College’s 27,000 acre campus.

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