CURRICULUM

Students at Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View (BMPV) are provided with a rich dual language experience.

BMPV’s early childhood program features full Spanish immersion in six mixed-age classrooms of three and four-year old’s. Teachers utilized Creative Curriculum to deliver highly engaging, thematic units incorporating all the components of early literacy, mathematics, language, science, social-emotional skills, and the arts. In kindergarten through second grade, students alternate between English and Spanish teachers every other day and in grades three through five, students switch between Spanish Literacy, English Literacy, Math and Science in our departmentalized program. Key elements of our curriculum include Responsive Classroom, Eureka math, Teachers College Units of Study in Readers and Writers Workshop, FUNdations word study program, and DCPS Social Studies and Science Units. Teachers collaborate in grade level teams and with special education teachers, a speech and language pathologist, an occupational therapist and mental health providers to reach the needs of all of our learners. Students also have weekly time in art, music, physical education, mindfulness movement, and project-based learning where they engage in activities aligned to grade-level instruction.

OUR APPROACH

Bruce-Monroe ES at Park View is a preschool to 5th grade elementary school in the Columbia Heights/Parkview neighborhoods. Located in the historic Park View building, Bruce-Monroe ES at Park View provides a dual language program (English/Spanish).

OUR VISION

We envision multicultural students who are successful global citizens nurtured in our safe, innovative, and academically rigorous bilingual collaborative

OUR STORY

The historic Park View School building was built in 1916 and has been recognized as a historic landmark (read the entire landmark application here). The school is an example of the Collegiate Gothic style of architecture, favored by Municipal Architect Snowden Ashford, the building’s architect. The design is notable for its broad window areas and distinctive limestone trim. The building has also earned praise for its unique dedicated auditorium – a rarity for DC Elementary schools, put in place so the building could serve as a community center for civic, social, and recreational activities in addition to its function as a school building.

The Park View school building was modernized in 2012 to include state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with smart boards and new lighting. The modernization team also fully updated the climate control system with central heating and air conditioning, along with electric, plumbing, and other systems work. The newly modernized facility has the capacity to serve 450 students and boasts a spacious dedicated auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, computer lab, and nurse’s office. Our library is well-stocked with books thanks to the generosity of the Target Foundation, and is open for programming and student visits throughout the school week.

Our students experience outdoor play at the newly renovated Park View Recreation Center and playground, which is located directly adjacent to the school-building and includes a full size basketball court, multipurpose field, and play equipment. Students also have access to the school playground, which was renovated in 2012 and is located on the corner of Warder and Newton.

Our school has a strong partnership with Park View Recreation Center. During the day, we extend our campus to include the Park View Recreation Center. With access to their basketball courts, soccer field, playground, and field house our students enjoy recess time across the way. Working closely with the recreation specialist and roving leaders, day time programs for community families and afterschool programs for students are arranged to meet academic and personal needs.