The Partnerships in Education Program (PIE), is a district-sponsored program established in 1982, which forms collaborative arrangements between schools and organizations including businesses, government agencies and military commands, as well as service, educational and cultural community organizations. Partnerships focus on human resources rather than the donation of funds. The PTA has a volunteer who acts as a liaison between business partners and the school to promote and expand our relationships. For more information see: www.sandi.net/depts/comm_relations/pie.html
Our business partner is Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC).
The San Diego Unified Schools CHOICE program provides students with the opportunity to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. The school CHOICE program allows students to apply to any school, (based on available space), within the San Diego Unified School District, with the exception of Magnet Schools.
For more information see: http://enrollmentoptions.sandi.net/catalog.html.
Class Size Reduction
District Literacy Framework
All students, grades K-5, participate in the district-wide literacy program. Three hours of the day are dedicated to literacy development through a balanced approach of reading, writing, and word study instruction.
Gift and Talented Education (GATE) is a California Program which provides challenging curriculum and instruction to identified students. Students are identified by district psychologists who administer tests to all 2nd graders and students who are new to our school in grades 3, 4 and 5. The results determine placement in the GATE program for the following year and through grade 12. GATE cluster classes contain groupings of gifted and high-achieving students in a classroom with a GATE certified teacher. All third through fifth grade classes at Bird Rock Elementary are GATE classes. Watch for GATE Committee meetings or GATE reports on the Governance Team agenda.
A district-sponsored program brings an instrumental music instructor to the school twice a week to give lessons to interested 4th and 5th grade students.
We are proud to have a school library containing a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials. The library provides resources to teachers and parents, and teaches students library and research skills.
No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a federally-enacted law governing elementary and secondary education. It affects states and school districts in four basic ways: Greater accountability for results, increased district flexibility for spending federal money, expanded options for parents and increased emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
These changes support the district's current focus on delivering a strong standards-based educational program designed to improve student achievement in the gateway skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. For more information see: http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml?src=pb.
Every classroom participates 60 minutes per week in our outstanding physical education program. While actively participating in age appropriate physical activities, students are taught sportsmanship skills. Additionally, SPARK, a new P.E. program adds 200 minutes of P.E. every ten days for our students.
San Diego Police Department Programs
Our SDPD officer will visit all classrooms to deliver a program regarding child safety. At the lower grades the program addresses proper emergency procedures, stranger danger and bullying. At grade 5, topics also include the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Special Education and Supportive Services
Parents may request that a district psychologist and resource specialist evaluate their child for learning disabilities. Requests are to be made to the principal. The IST (Instructional Study Team) will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine the appropriateness of the request.
The Learning disabilities resource teacher serves as a member of the Instructional Study Team to assess the academic needs of students. If students qualify, a program is designed to meet their needs.
The school psychologist serves as a member of the Instructional Study Team to assess the academic and emotional/behavioral needs of students recommended by their classroom teacher.
The district counselor assesses emotional and behavioral issues of children and how they impact their attainment of educational goals. He/she may see students in a small group setting or individually on a short-term basis.
Speech & Language Specialist
The speech and language specialist assesses children who require additional support in developing communication skills appropriate to their ability/age level. If the student qualifies, the speech and language pathologist creates an individualized program for the student and provides the needed support.