Academic Programs


In 2010-2011, BUSD implemented the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) in every elementary school.  This research-based literacy program builds on each child’s strengths as a reader to help them access more interesting texts. Components of our literacy program include one on one and small group guided reading, easily accessible “just right books” read every day in class and sent home every night, robust classroom libraries, and trained UC tutors in the after school program. Leveled book boxes and lists are available to help students and parents find “just right” books.  Additional writing and spelling instructional components support reading proficiency.

Teachers assess a student’s reading level regularly and report it three times a year to parents on the report card. Literacy specialists in every elementary school team teach in classrooms, work with small groups of students, and monitor student progress toward grade level proficiency. Parent liaisons reach out to families to help support literacy development in the home.

BAM uses District-adopted materials to support standards-based instruction in math, science and social studies. Science is taught by the classroom teacher in grades K-3. A science specialist teaches science in 4th and 5th grades.

BUSD has adopted the Common Core State Standards and more information about this can be found here: