Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about Bedwell Elementary School. We have a talented and dedicated teaching staff and strong support from both our Home School Association and our Somerset Hills Educational Foundation. These partners help to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience.
Bedwell offers a rigorous academic program to our students in grades PK-4. We grow lifelong readers and writers through our partnership with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Students learn the rituals, routines and craft work that goes into becoming strong readers and writers. Students also work on different skills and strategies in Reader’s Workshop from decoding to inferencing, close reading to annotating text, among others. In Writer’s Workshop, students write across many genres and for different purposes and audiences. We utilize the Math in Focus program during math instruction. The genesis of this program is the strong mathematical traditions of the Singapore math methods. Through Math in Focus, students learn first the concrete representation of math concepts, followed by abstract pictorial interpretation and finally internalize the procedural elements of math concepts.
Our curriculum is highly differentiated, supported by technology integration and through cross curricular instruction. We teach science using Foss Science Kits and a variety resources to teach students about the different cultures and world around them. Students also take classes in physical education, general music, art, media studies, technology and academic enrichment. Our students and teachers are supported by academic support specialists, as well as, speech and occupational therapists.
Our strong academics are balanced by a rich character education program. Bedwell utilizes a Positive Behavior Support program rooted in recognizing the positive behavior from our students that, in turn, supports our school climate. Bedwell’s character education program was recognized as the 2010 recipient of the New Jersey School of Character award.