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Baywood Program

MISSION STATEMENT

Baywood School is a self consciously principled and caring community of students, staff and parents who share a
sense of common purpose and commitment to the learning of every individual.  We believe that learning is a function
of the whole child.  While we offer a rigorous, academic curriculum, we also provide learning experiences for our
children which embrace our diversity and include the fine arts, character development and social responsibility.  
Baywood's mission is for all members of the Baywood School community, students, parents, teachers, and staff, to work interactively towards a lifelong love of learning, in a respectful, safe, supportive and challenging learning environment.

OVERVIEW

Baywood's educational mission is implemented through a research-based approach with an emphasis on the standards and frameworks.  Keys to Baywood's success have been: 

  • Response to Intervention Program through which we analyze student data, identify academic and social/emotional issues and plan interventions;
  • Learning Center model with flexible grouping, reduced class size and continual staff development;
  • Lifeskills, a social and emotional learning program, integrated throughout the Baywood experience, that models good character and provides tools for empowerment;
  • Reflection and evaluation by the staff through the Grade Level Essential Agreements;
  • Community outreach programs destined to embrace our Latino Community. 

Baywood has a multi-media library, computer lab, physical education program, music and art programs and other enrichment opportunities.  Education is highly valued by our learning community, with fundraising efforts continuing to provide the intervention and enrichment programs necessary for development of the whole child. More than thirty PTA committees and our School Site Council work tirelessly to ensure success for all children.

ADDITIONAL TEACHING RESOURCES

The student/teacher ratio is set by the school district acting on State mandates and funding.  The Baywood PTA pays for certain academic aides and resource teachers.  This funding allows teachers to work with smaller groups of students in three ways:

a.     Rotating groups – Each classroom is split on a rotating basis. While half the class is attending PE, computer lab, or at the library, the other half of the class focuses on Math or Language Arts. This program helps our teachers cover the core curriculum and meet students’ individual needs.

b.     Learning Center pull out – This program assists students who need additional time to achieve their academic goals. The effect of Learning Center hours is to improve the student/teacher ratio during that time.

c.     Additional academic aides – These aides assist teachers with core curriculum instruction.