The Breakwater Youth Corp (BYC) is hard at work!

The Breakwater Youth Corp (BYC) is hard at work!

The BYC has been hard at work this summer, bringing the Breakwater spirit to new spaces and projects on campus, as well as working to maintain and improve the special places we call home. This program offers a great way for our alums, qualified current students, and Portland area youth to give back and stay connected to our community, as well as learn how we keep our facilities maintained, safe, and beautiful over the summer.

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A Day in the Life: 8th Grade Costa Rica Adventure

A Day in the Life: 8th Grade Costa Rica Adventure

Costa Rica, Day 2
We woke up this morning at La Ensenada, an arid but lush ranch next to the Pacific Ocean's rolling waves. We woke in the early light of day because of the howler monkeys bellowing.  Not one but two troupes of monkeys were calling in very close proximity to our cabinas. We quickly located the two troupes and, together with a group of friendly birders from Europe, watched the monkey drama play out….

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Join the Breakwater Youth Corps (BYC)!

Join the Breakwater Youth Corps (BYC)!

Learn essential job skills, give back to the Breakwater community, and have some fun with your friends this summer, through The Breakwater Youth Corps. The BYC is an opportunity for eligible current students and high school-aged students to provide service to the school and, if applicable, earn a little income. The program runs in two week sessions throughout the summer.

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Support the Breakwater Fund

Support the Breakwater Fund

Breakwater is sustained and energized by the shared vision of parents, grandparents, teachers, alumni and friends working together to provide an optimal learning experience for each child. We rely on the generosity of the extended Breakwater community to support teaching and learning by offering both volunteer and financial support.

Learn more about supporting our programs and people.

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Mathematics in First and Second Grade

Mathematics in First and Second Grade

Student 1: My mother was in the Civil War.
Student 2: No, she couldn’t have been in the Civil War.
Student 1: Well she didn’t fight in the Civil War, she just helped.
Student 2: [to the teacher] How long ago was the Civil War?
Teacher: About 155 years ago.
Student 2: I don’t think your mother could have been in the Civil War. But maybe if she was an older mother.

How much older? Find out how our teachers use “teachable moments” like these as well as structured, thoughtfully pre-planned activities to optimize math education.  

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