Where children of today become leaders of tomorrow
Welcome to Brain Builders Academy!
We are an early elementary, immersive S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, & math) school for children 3 years through 9 years old. Our early elementary campus is specifically designed for early childhood brain development. We used biomimicry and current research on the science of learning and brain development to create an entirely new school experience for children.
1:1 reading tutoring
1:1 math tutoring
1:1 piano lessons
We are an academically accelerated school that operates 12 months a year. Our proprietary curriculum reframes traditional academic goals to align with early childhood brain development. Our curriculum pulls materials, lessons, and influences from NASA, Harvard Center of the Developing Child, Illinois Math & Science Academy, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Montessori materials, Reggio Emilia, Singapore Math, and hundreds of other resources & text books.
Because of the accelerated nature of our programs, we recommend that interested parents of toddlers enroll their children at 36 months. This allows us to take advantage of key sensitive windows of development making it easier for your child to learn phonics and foundational math concepts. Children who begin our program at 36 months will have completed Kindergarten Common Core standards before 5yrs old. Children beginning our program at an older age will be assessed and placed in a small group with peers around the same academic and developmental levels. Every child has unique needs and abilities. We will customize our program to help your child excel.
We use an inquiry-based approach to learning with hands-on materials. Our students receive daily tutoring in math and reading, and all of our students have daily piano practice or lessons to help their brains develop a larger corpus callosum (the part of the brain that connects the 2 hemispheres). Our student teacher ratio averages 4:1. We prioritize the relationships our students have with their teacher and peers, and students learn how to work together to solve problems.
In a typical day, students will rotate through our immersive lab spaces spread over 3,000sqft with their teacher and small group. On Wednesdays, between April - October, students spend time in Thatcher Forest Preservefor our forest-based science program. Each teacher is responsible for the lessons and projects her students are working on, and the teachers and tutors collaborate to reinforce math and reading concepts.
Our spaces include the Light Lab, Engineering Lab, Technology Lab, Art Lab, STEM Lab, Earth Science Lab, Library, Math Zone, Tutoring Pods, Music Room, and Game Zone. Within each of these areas, students are presented with challenges to teach them how to learn, ask questions, find resources, experiment, solve problems, explore, develop logic & spatial reasoning, and make connections. We practice Three Dimensional Learning and are aligned with (& exceed) the Next Generation Science Standards.
Our goal is to provide your child with tangible sensory experiences to use as a foundation for abstract concepts. This concrete foundation allows your child to explore topics more deeply and build a much larger understanding of the world around them. Your child will be working on science experiments, STEM projects, math & reading tutoring, piano, art projects, and playing games every single day.
We appreciate your interest in our school, and we can't wait to show you around! Our campus will be ready for tours towards the end of summer 2023. Please reach out via text or email if you are interested in enrolling or have any questions.