Brass City Charter School

Our Programs

A core component of our program is expanded learning time. Expanded learning time can raise achievement by ensuring students have more individualized learning time, more time in which students can examine topics in greater depth and in varied ways, and exposure to critical classes such as science, social studies, art, and music  as well as other enrichment activities.

BCCS’s regular school year is 190 days – the day starts at 7:30 am and ends at 4:15 pm. For Summer 2017, BCCS will provide books for summer reading and writing activities, as well as access to digital programs for reading and math.

BCCS class sizes are small, general 17 children per classroom. Each classroom in grades Pre-K through 1st has a teaching assistant in addition to the lead teacher

Our program reflects our belief that our curriculum and pedagogy must help our students become thinkers and problem solvers. Our choice of the following core curricula aligns with this goal.

Language Arts: Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Their mission is “to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers” and we embrace their approach in order to help our students fall in love with reading and writing in order to learn to engage a text deeply and inquisitively, and to express themselves skillfully.

Core Knowledge: Listening and Learning Strand

 The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read‐alouds.

Math: Math in Focus

Math in Focus is an authentic Singapore Math® curriculum, with problem solving as the center of math learning and concepts, and taught with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences.

Science

In collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center we have developed an inquiry based science program. Based on previous research and evaluation, it is anticipated that in addition to improving student’s science inquiry and content skills, the program will support key areas including language, literacy, math, and social abilities.

Music

We are very proud of our new music program: MAC – music, arts, and citizenship. Its mission is to develop the next generation of engaged citizens through rigorous music and arts education that fosters creative expression, self-efficacy, collaborative learning, and social responsibility. Each student receives daily music instruction – chorus for pre-k and K and violin, viola and cello for the older students - that fosters these goals. Ensemble work and performance experience are key components of the program.

Social-Emotional Learning

An essential element of our mission is based on the belief that it is our responsibility to educate the whole child. This year we have entered into a collaboration with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to further enhance how we address children’s non-cognitive development which is foundational to each child’s success and well-being.

Pre-K

Reflecting Core NAEYC principles, we aim to create a caring community of learners, by teaching to enhance development and learning through intentional planning and implementation which is informed by ongoing assessment, as well as to establish strong reciprocal relationships with families.