Every child at Blandford has the opportunity to learn in an environment that respects differences and values each student’s culture. At Blandford, the community vision is to inspire and nurture the journey of life long learning for all. Open any Blandford School yearbook and the Blandford story unfolds. Among the pages are captured moments in time when students and teachers are engaged in the excitement of teaching and learning. This is what Blandford is all about: focused teaching and learning. The school vision incorporates an emphasis on life long learning and is enhanced by the school’s Community of Caring character building values of respect, responsibility, trust, caring, and family. Every member of the Blandford School community is connected through a common purpose that keeps the needs of the students at the center of the decision making process. It’s within this climate that Blandford School offers a safe and nurturing place for all students to learn and acquire proficiency in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical and Health Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. This vision for learning supports the goals articulated through the state standards and promotes high expectations about what students should know, understand and be able to do upon leaving Blandford. The vision exists at the core of Blandford School life and was adopted through shared leadership among the entire Blandford School community.
- 2007 National Blue Ribbon Award Winner
- Distinguished School 2006 and 2000
- Three parent visitation days are held annually. Tours of the classrooms were conducted by the principal and teachers.
- Under the direction of our Community of Caring Committee, monthly activities, such as school-wide flag salutes and dedications, and our Family Math and Literacy Nights, highlight our Community of Caring tenets: caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family.
- Our Gifted and Talented Education program includes training for teachers in differentiated instruction. Special projects are also held during lunch time for GATE students.
- Our sixth grade annually attends Outdoor Science School in the San Bernardino Mountains.
- We also stage a junior musical like “Annie” each school year.
Special Features and Programs
- Grades 2-4 participate in the M.I.N.D program: students learn piano keyboarding and temporal special reasoning through computer math games
- Students in grades 4-6 have the opportunity to participate in band or the string orchestra (violin, cello)
- Our Community of Caring projects, which promote the importance of family, are emphasized through Family Math and Literacy Nights, and many cultural events. During Family Math Nights parents are given the opportunity to play math games with their children and learn fun strategies to help their children gain math power. Family Literacy Night is a cozy time when students enjoy stories read to them by teachers as their parents listen and learn (through teacher modeling) how to enhance the love of literature.
- Teachers attend after-school training and grade-level articulation with grade-level team members on improving the writing process. Student writing is read and scored by rubrics by several teachers. Grade- level standards are examined and lessons that foster attainment of standards are developed and shared.
- Fourth through sixth grade students have the opportunity to participate in student government through an active Student Council.
- After school sports are offered (Softball & Basketball) to 4-6 students.