Special instructional programs at Heatherwood are Personal Learning Plans (PLP) for identified talented and gifted students; differentiated learning activities for high ability learners; Special Education services for qualifying students; and exceptionally strong art, music and physical education programs.
Heatherwood is host to the Special Education Intensive Learning Center for children with cognitive impairments including pervasive developmental disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Heatherwood is home to a BVSD AM/PM Preschool Program. BVSD's Kindergarten Enrichment program operates in the morning and afternoon and Heatherwood houses BVSD's School-Age Care Program (SAC) after school.
The Heatherwood library hosts a staffed summer reading program and is open one day a week throughout the summer funded by our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO.)
Heatherwood has dedicated literacy/intervention teachers who help to provide intensive intervention strategies in reading and writing. Our literacy teachers are able to work with smaller groups and continually assess each child’s needs so that students are supported to progress as rapidly as possible.
Heatherwood has implemented guided reading plus and SOAR to Success from PTO funding. We have also implemented Investigations Math (TERC) school wide.
A full-time media specialist works with staff and students to support classroom instruction. A significant aspect of that support is collaboration between the media specialist and teachers in providing instruction through research on content topics that incorporates literacy instruction. The K-5 classes completed 350 research projects. One hundred twenty computers are connected to the Internet. Materials are selected to meet the research and curriculum needs of students and teachers, as well as the personal interests of students.
Special Programs and Opportunities
Heatherwood Elementary offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities that encourage enrichment in all academic areas and the arts education. These programs include:
- Hotshots Choir
- Intramural Sports
- Learning Fair
- Family Math
- Student Council
- Literature Discussion Groups
- Algebra Groups
- Science Fair
- Crossgrade Buddies
- Heatherwood Fun Run
- Literacy Nights
- Challenge Days
- Winter Concerts
- Spirit Days
- Yearbook Cover Contest
- Reading to End Racism
- International Walk to School Day.