Brawerman provides a rich, sequential academic program that builds on knowledge, skills, and the experiences of successive grade levels while introducing developmentally appropriate strategies, concepts, and approaches. Throughout the school, our students are challenged intellectually, creatively, and physically while simultaneously guided in the development of strong personal character and concern for others.
Brawerman students are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive, expand their analytical and critical thinking, always strive for academic excellence, and believe in themselves.
We believe competence and confidence are related, and through planned lessons and experimentation, students acquire both. Brawerman’s academic program lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and self-reliance.
Students develop a love of learning through a thoughtful and challenging curriculum that integrates language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, art, music, and Judaic studies.
Our Innovation Lab provides a creative space where technology, engineering, and the arts meet. Students also have regular research time in our well-appointed Science Lab.
Our students are primed to use their skills to make the world a better place.
- Arts education is an important component of the daily classroom experience, integrated with the core curriculum and recognized as a powerful means of learning and self-expression.
The value of arts education extends far beyond self-expression and the technical capacity to create, perform and respond to music, drama, visual and digital arts. Significant research suggests that arts education develops essential Twenty-First Century Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, adaptability, and the social skills of empathy, tolerance and collaboration necessary to succeed in a plural, diverse, and global society.
Skilled specialists in art and music teach at all grade levels, giving every student the opportunity to develop musical, artistic, and creative aptitudes.
The arts are a dynamic way to engage students and every student at Brawerman has the opportunity to engage with the arts.
- The goal of the language arts program is for students to effectively exchange ideas through language in the context of the world they live in.
The elements of phonics, spelling, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught as discrete subjects and in conjunction with related skills. A complementary writing program emphasizes the understanding and appreciation of writing as an ongoing means of self-expression and communication.
- With an emphasis on mathematical reasoning, the entire K-6 curriculum is guided by the standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Our mathematics program is centered on two goals. The first is to provide a sound foundation in basic mathematical facts and skills through meaningful practice and reinforcement. The second is to provide varied, thought-provoking opportunities for students to apply the mastery of those facts and skills in real-world situations requiring problem solving. As students master the fundamentals of mathematics, they grow in their capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, and logic.
- Music matters at Brawerman. Students participate in a holistic music experience including singing, instrumental performance, reading music notation, creating through improvisation and composition, and active listening.
As each student progresses through school, layers of knowledge and practice built on previous years enable the student to gain a solid and well-rounded music education. The value of this extends beyond the music room, with well-documented report.
The Kodaly methodology of music teaching lays the foundation for the curriculum. Body percussion, percussion instruments, and Orff instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels) are used in the music room as supplemental tools for learning melody, harmony, rhythm, and meter. Students sing many songs embedded in cultural and historical context including Jewish holiday music, patriotic songs, folk songs from around the world, and songs aligned with classroom studies.
Formal instruction of the soprano recorder is integrated into general music class in Third Grade, reinforcing music literacy while introducing instrument care, best instrumental practice techniques, and solo and ensemble playing. In Fourth Grade, students expand their instrumental music learning through group lessons on the violin or the clarinet.
Students have performance opportunities throughout the year at the Chanukah concert, spring concert, and Shabbat services.
- Our physical education curriculum is designed to provide a range of activities and challenges, encouraging cooperation with others and sustained individual effort.
As members of the Hollywood Wilshire League which includes a full basketball, volleyball, and soccer schedule, students learn the lessons of winning and losing while participating fairly. Our ultimate goal is to prepare student athletes to engage in an increasingly competitive society, while remaining connected to community, character, and courage.
- Our science program inspires joy at the idea of discovery by fostering inquiry with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills.
We engage our students with experiential learning by implementing a hands-on, skill-based, inside/outside curriculum. The science curriculum reinforces concepts and skills in the physical, life, and earth sciences. Students also learn correct and safe lab procedures while developing skills to develop experiments, hypothesize, observe, measure and apply critical thinking skills to prove their hypotheses. Our science lessons also reinforce collaboration and team building through group problem solving activities and projects.
- A primary focus of the social studies program is facilitating an understanding and appreciation of the world both logically and globally.
The social studies program involves an interdisciplinary approach, which links history, economics, civics, the study of modern and ancient cultures and geography with literature, writing, math, science and the arts. Relevant field trips at each grade level further extended the students learning experience beyond the classroom.
We believe engaging projects, appropriate applications, and state-of-the-art hardware profoundly affect the way children utilize technology. To that end, we employ networked computers and iPads, a fully equipped innovation space, Building Understanding by Iterating, Learning, and Design (B.U.I.L.D) , and interactive boards in every classroom provide opportunities for global exploration and collaboration.
Brawerman students are trained in a variety of creativity suites which integrate coding, gaming, animation, 3D design, and a number of productivity applications, including Google Applications for Education. Students also learn how to build and program robots, using LEGO Mindstorms NXT and WeDo, as well as Terrapin Pro-Bots. Students also use MinecraftEDU which is managed in part by a group of student leaders, who help create, modify, and manage virtual worlds. Students also have access to an X-Plane flight simulator, replete with yoke, throttle, and rudder pedals, as well as aviation courses that are entirely student-managed.