Who are Birches students?
Birches students have a passion for learning that permeates every aspect of their lives. They are intelligent, curious children whose zest for gaining knowledge about the world around them is matched only by their desire to be good peers, friends and citizens of the world. Birches students often ask questions and would prefer to solve problems in a hands-on manner rather than simply being told the correct answers. They are independent thinkers, but also welcome the guidance that comes from thoughtful teaching.
Who are Birches families?
- Birches believes that educating the whole child can only be done in close collaboration with parents. Parents are engaged in their child’s school life, both through communication with teachers and staff, and through support of their child's interests at home. Birches is a community of learners: students, teachers, staff, and parents.
What is "Nature-Based"?
Birches believes that enjoyment and exploration of the natural world is a critical component of a well-rounded childhood. Most of our academic times are spent inside the classroom but nature drives many of our themes, encouraging stewardship, exploration and appreciation of our natural world. Our staff and students also just enjoy being outside. We play in the woods every week and do activities like nature journaling, igloo building, tree climbing, gardening and much more! Our partnership with the Lincoln Land Trust has also afforded us new curricular opportunities like our recent work with the pollinator meadow in Lincoln.
How often are Birches students outside?
At least twice a day, all year (50+ minutes/day). Each week, students have playground time, physical education, nature hikes and occasional reading and writing sessions outside.
What is the average class size?
- We have about 15 students in multi-age classrooms with two master teachers per classroom. This is a ratio of students to full time teachers of 8:1. If you add our specialists who teach yoga, music, Spanish and art, our student:teacher ratio is 4:1. Due to our small class sizes, we can meet our students where they are, both academically and socially and can make more meaningful connections with each child and family.
What are school hours?
- The school day runs from 8:15am-2:45pm M, T, Th, F.
- Wednesdays are a half day from 8:15am - 12pm (we follow Lincoln public schools in this regard).
- School doors open at 7:45am for students to arrive and settle in to their classrooms.
Do you offer After School?
- Yes! We offer an After School Program each day until 5:15pm as well as seasonal enrichment electives such as lego robotics and dance classes.
Do you have a Physical Education Program?
- Yes! In addition to yoga and nature walks, teachers lead team sports instruction, drills and games on the field in Pierce Park.
Can my child participate in town sports?
- Yes. Birches students (both Lincoln residents and non-residents) can participate in sports and other activities through the Lincoln Recreation Department. Many students participate in Lincoln sports or sports in their own towns.
WHAT towns do Birches students come from?
- Our students come from Lincoln and 12 surrounding communities. We do help facilitate carpooling when possible.
What special area instruction is offered?
- Birches offer Spanish, yoga, music, art, science and technology (in the older grades).
Are you a Waldorf or montessori school?
- Although we share some educational ideas with the Montessori system such as the multi-age classroom, we are not a Montessori school. Montessori schools believe the teacher's role is to step back, intervening if necessary or to introduce a new "work."
- We share some educational ideas with the Waldorf system, such as emphasizing the importance of nature and the arts. But again, we are not a Waldorf school. We believe that technology, when applied intelligently, is an important learning tool and can greatly enhance education.
Do you have more questions?
- Call us at 781-728-5438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to answer questions!