BLE has a focus on disciplinary reading and writing across the curriculum. Explicit reading instruction and frequent opportunities to engage with authentic texts allow students to deepen their understanding of the discipline and its specific reading demands.
Explicit writing instruction and frequent opportunities for practice allow students to develop critical thinking skills and apply knowledge in specific disciplinary settings.
Civics/Social Studies/ History
Students in kindergarten through third grade are introduced to a study of history, geography, civics, and economics. Students learn basic concepts of chronological time, physical and human geography, citizenship education, and economic choices. The content studied in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades are divided into three distinctly different curriculums, including their specific State Studies, World History, and United States History to 1865. The curriculum taught in BLE Academy aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL).
Students in grade 7 use skills for historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since 1865. Students in grade 8 examine the constitutions of their specific state and the United States; identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens; and describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels.
The four standard required courses include:
World History and Geography I - from ancient times to 1500
World History and Geography II - 1500 to contemporary times
Student State and United States History
Student State and United States Government
Each of these courses is based upon a program of studies (POS) aligned with state and national standards. Project Based Learning (PBL) tests are administered at the end of the World History and Geography I, World History and Geography II, and the student's state and United States History courses.
BLE K-12 mathematics provides professional development, facilitates curriculum development, and disseminates and implements K-12 mathematics instructional programs and materials for general and special students.
Our standards and goals provide students with the opportunity to develop the mathematical understandings needed to pursue higher education and to compete in a global, technology intensive society. These goals include: becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, and making mathematical connections.
The mathematics curriculum is being enriched and expanded to include extensions that allow students to develop critical thinking skills and develop a deeper understanding of mathematics that will better prepare them for upper level mathematics in high school and beyond. The current learning gaps that exist in compacted mathematics, created by selecting only certain standards, are being closed allowing students access to all standards. Our goal is to create customized mathematical learning plans that allow each student to learn this subject at a pace that works for them.
Our K-12 science curriculum is for students to learn the content and processes of science. Students can explore and make discoveries, identify relationships through experimentation, describe and measure with precision, and make inferences. They will develop an understanding of the common themes that extend across all science disciplines and apply their scientific knowledge to make informed decisions and generate appropriate solutions to problems.
BLE requires all students to receive health and physical education instruction at all instructional levels in grades K-10.
Course content for health and physical education, including family life education, is identified in Virginia Board of Education regulations and in the Virginia health and physical educations requirements for high school graduation for both the 21- and 23-credit diploma.
The health and physical education curriculum is designed to teach students the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential to live a healthy lifestyle and select healthy and safe behaviors.
Physical Education content includes:
Fitness and conditioning.
Rhythmic activities and dances.
Tumbling and gymnastics.
Lifetime sport activities.
Health education content includes:
Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention education.
Emotional and social health education.
Personal and community health and safety.
Injury and violence prevention.
Human growth and development grades 4-10.
CPR and AED training grade 9.
BLE Academy's comprehensive health and physical education program envisions the following:
A well-articulated K-10 comprehensive physical education and health program that prepares all students to actively and effectively achieve and promote lifelong wellness.
A continuous sequence of learning, firmly rooted in both public health and educational research and effective practice.
An instructional sequence that provides all students multiple opportunities to use the acquired knowledge and skills in meaningful, authentic, and realistic ways.
A school community that recognizes and fosters the intrinsic value of wellness.
Wellness involves the attainment and maintenance of moderate to high levels of physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social fitness. The Health curriculum will often utilize the JW WOL and YPA's volumes 1 and 2
Art & Music
Elementary art and general music instruction are provided to all students in kindergarten through grade 6. String orchestra instruction is offered at the elementary level beginning in 4th grade and band instruction is offered in 5th grade. At the middle and high school levels, a wide range of elective course offerings in dance, music, theatre, and visual art are available for students.
The K-12 fine arts curriculum promote the development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes by encouraging students to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and effective communicators.
Fine and performing arts field trips are planned for each school year. Field trips will also include one or more of the following: National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum, or National Museum of the American Indian in the Washington, D.C. metro area.