Breakwater’s toddler through eighth grade structure is among our greatest assets. It allows us a carefully constructed continuum of academic and social preparation where skills intentionally build on one another. Faculty communicate and collaborate within and across all grade levels allowing teachers to really understand each child as they progress. With Step Up Night (Thursday, March 2) we invite current families to join us in building strong, effective partnerships in support of the amazing children we serve. Learn more...Read More
The 5th grade’s upcoming trip to Mt. Cardigan is one in a series of overnight trips at Breakwater that in recent years have begun in third grade. The goals of our outdoor, overnight programming are both immediate and far-reaching, including team-building, improving group-process and conflict resolution skills, developing self-confidence, environmental awareness, resilience, empathy and sense of place in the world. And, of course: to have an incredible amount of fun! Learn more ... about Mt. Cardigan and other annual overnight adventures!Read More
Breakwater believes that the diversity of our school community enhances our ability to implement our Mission. We are fully committed to developing a continual, productive dialogue that encourages students and faculty to talk openly and effectively about complex, sensitive and sometimes difficult issues. To open an intentional dialogue around how teachers and administrators actively acknowledge and support each child, faculty recently engaged in two professional development trainings around culture and gender diversity. Read more...Read More
How do citizens make a change in their community and the world? How does an idea become a law? How do social movements work? These are the big questions many of us are thinking about in 2017. The 7th and 8th graders at Breakwater are doing more than thinking - they are engaged in an integrated, immersive Civics Unit, and one student is speaking up in the greater community for a cause. Middle School teacher Jed Bloom and 8th grader Johana Rivera tell us more...Read More
In the John Knight Curiosity Lab, students are encouraged to ask how does it work, why does it work that way, and how could it work. In development at Breakwater, the Curiosity Lab is a physical space designed to not only spark imagination, but scaffold it to help learners develop key readiness skills such as STEM, grit, resilience and self-confidence, and a broader curiosity mindset that prepares them to be active contributors, creators and entrepreneurs. Curious? Read more about Breakwater's tinkering program and the Curiosity Lab...Read More
We strongly believe enrolling a diverse and talented group of children and their families benefits all in our school community. Nurturing tomorrow’s successful and innovative impact-makers depends on recruiting and developing a diverse student body today. Toward this goal, we provide need-based financial assistance to qualified K through 8 families. Aid applications for returning families are due by February 17. Due dates for newly applying families roll with the admissions process. To learn more about the why's and how's of Breakwater's financial aid, and for forms and instructions, click through...Read More
In response to the growth of our exceptional program and the needs of our community, Breakwater's early childhood division will add a second toddler classroom for the 2017/18 school year! Grounded in intentional, integrated and research based teaching, Breakwater’s toddler program guides young children through play based, emergent curriculum rooted in a celebration of the natural world. This is the "Breakwater Way" for our youngest friends. Read on for more information about our program and application instructions…Read More
The Breakwater Way at work! This week, students at all grade levels are sharing with each other and the school community some of the learning experienced over the last few months in interactive, curated “Showcases”. Both the process and product are on display. We do so because we recognize the high value in the process of learning, not just in the products!
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Beginning with the chime of the singing bowl, calm instruction guides students to “...find your mindful bodies, with long spines, sitting like royalty with your crowns on your heads, notice your breath… ” Focus is brought to where students are in the present moment, and how mindful attention boosts each child’s sense of agency and well being. Working in partnership with colleagues Danielle Gorman is bringing mindfulness practice and music to Breakwater’s toddler through grade four students. Read more...Read More
See the Breakwater Way at work! December 14-16 of Showcase Week students, families and extended community travel between classrooms for a glimpse of the magic behind the doors. Students at all grade levels, toddler through 8, share with the community both the process and product of their learning in interactive, curated “Showcases”. Why do we make learning visible in this way? Read more...Read More