School Learning Plan
Beaver Acres Elementary School
Beaver Acres is currently the largest K-5 elementary school in the Beaverton School District, with approximately 750 students (approximately 700 students 2020-2021). It has been the privilege of the Beaver Acres staff and community to have three Independent Skills Center (ISC) specialized program classrooms for the past 20+ years serving students with special needs. During the 2019-2020 school year we had the opportunity to welcome 154 new students to our school; 120 of those as a result of the boundary change with Elmonica Elementary School. The leadership team and school staff were very intentional in planning for the transition of our new students and families, even hosting a separate open house event just for new families to familiarize them with the building and answer questions prior to the start of school. Creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment is central to every policy and practice at Beaver Acres.
Beaver Acres is a Title 1 school, with 58% of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. 32% of our students are English Language Learners with 29 different home languages represented. Our student mobility rate hovers around 18.2%. On our parent survey 78% of parents strongly agreed they were valued as partners in their child’s school. 19% of our students qualify for special education services.
Along with the rest of the Beaverton School District, we have recognized the need to further equip our staff with tools to support and nurture our students’ social and emotional learning. We have made huge gains over the last couple of years in implementing the following structures: morning meeting in each classroom each day, knowledge and use of the Zones of Regulation, fostering a growth mindset, “Peace Places” as calming spaces for students to regulate their emotions, professional development for staff, Harmony lessons, and conflict resolution lessons/problem solving for students.
We use the workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Focus on knowing the students well as learners, readers, and mathematicians continues to be a primary focus for designing and implementing instruction. The use of the IRLA for reading provides specific guidance on where the students are as readers and what strategies need more refinement. Authentic published writing and continual daily practice provide us with a roadmap for writing instruction. In math, we use the workshop model and mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting the individual learners. Each of these areas allows for conferring opportunities to set up individual goals, and strategic grouping during work time to link instruction to need.
In the 2018-19 school year, our attendance remained at 84%. In 2020-2021 we continue our co-teaching model during reading to support our students who are emerging bilingual students as well as students who are striving readers.
Academically, Beaver Acres students showed significant growth over time. In the 2018-19 school year in ELA, as measured by the OSAS, our median growth percentile was 47.5% of students proficient or advanced. In ELA, our growth level on the school report card was a level 3.
In math, as measured by the OSAS, as a school our median growth percentile was 51% of students proficient or advanced. In math, our growth level on the school report card was a level 3.
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.