Educational Model

Educational Model

Academic Program

We believe that a rigorous academic program combined with a supportive social-emotional curriculum leads to scholar success. BCSC's academic program reflects the practices that are associated with high-performing urban schools: more time on task; Common Core standards-based instruction that is monitored through consistent formative assessments; nightly homework; and horizon-broadening enrichment opportunities.


TBCSC believes that the only way a school's curriculum can be truly guaranteed is when teachers work collaboratively to do the following:

  • Study the intended curriculum.

- Unwrapping/deconstructing standards to identify embedded learning targets-aids in the design of aligned instruction and assessments
- Provides collective clarity across the team about the end in mind of the standards.

  • Clarify how the curriculum translates into scholar knowledge and skills.

-  identifying what scholars are expected to know, understand and do/demonstrate

  • Commit to prioritizing "power standards," within the curriculum.

- Establish general pacing guidelines for delivering the curriculum.

- Developing common pacing guides/calendars provides the team with opportunities to think carefully about how assessment, intervention and extension fit into planning.

  • Commit to teach the agreed-on curriculum
  • Use data from common formative assessments as a guide to direct subsequent instruction


A Director of Assessments and Data leads assessment implementation and data analysis. The following table highlights the assessments that are implemented at BCSC:

Name/Type Grades Subjects
Mock State Exam/Summative 3rd - 5th ELA and Mathematics
Comprehensive Benchmark/Summative K-2nd ELA and Mathematics
Bi-Weeklies/Formative K-5th ELA and Mathematics
Running Records/Formative K-5th Reading
NYSESLAT - determines ELL Level K-5th
English Proficiency: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
NYS ELA Exam/Summative; Criterion Referenced 3rd - 5th ELA
NYS Mathematics Exam/Summative; Criterion Referenced 3rd -5th Mathematics
NYS Science Exam 4th Science












If a scholar enters BCSC after the school year's start date, the Director of Assessments and Data coordinates the facilitation of diagnostic assessments within the first three days of the scholar's arrival.