Bradley County Schools-Elementary Instruction
Bradley County is home to 11 elementary schools serving over 4,400 students in kindergarten through fifth grades. During these years, students are taught to think critically, to strive to attain high standards, to meet the challenges posed by technological advancements and to develop as citizens and leaders. To achieve these outcomes, our school provide orderly and safe environments, where supervised and engaging learning can take place.
A quality education program in elementary schools is vital to students' future success. Bradley County's elementary education program is implemented by strong school leaders and highly-trained faculty and staff. Read more about these programs below.
Bradley County Schools utilizes Open Court Reading, a research-based comprehensive K–5 reading, writing, and language arts program, which is aligned with what we know about how students learn to read. Using systematic, explicit instruction, this program helps all students master the foundational skills needed not only to move to proficiency, but also to achieve greater goals of reading independently with confidence inside and outside the classroom.
Reading with a child every day from birth through elementary school has a lasting, positive outcome for children, families, and our community. Research shows that reading regularly with children stimulates brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships, leading to the development of language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. For more information about how parents can be involved, click here
Accelerated Reader (AR)
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students' independent reading practice. Students select and read books, building their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Afterwards, a short quiz provides students and teachers feedback based on quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help students set future reading goals. For more information on AR click here
Bradley County has put a laser-like focus on math instruction. Curriculum Associates "Ready" math curriculum is used throughout the county. Teachers receive ongoing training on math instructional strategies to hone their skills in teaching math creatively and interactively across the curriculum. Helping students develop problem-solving skills is a focus.
“Math Facts in a Flash” is a program initiated throughout the county which focuses on students learning basic math facts. Parents are encouraged to work 10 minutes each evening to help students master math facts. Students who master math facts are able to complete problems with greater speed and accuracy.
In order to be successful in the 21st century students must develop their skill in the use of technology. Each elementary classroom in Bradley County has a Promethean Interactive Board used for hands-on delivery of instruction. In addition, student computers, iPads, and document cameras are used to enhance instruction. Computer labs are the norm in elementary classrooms around the county. Technology is used on a regular basis to enhance teaching in all subject areas. Technology Coaches provide job-embedded training for elementary teachers in using technology effectively in the classroom.
Character education is a part of every day in all elementary schools. The program has taken on a new focus with “LEADERS for Life” being implemented in all elementary classrooms. Students are engaging in the study of leadership. We believe that each student comes to us with special gifts and talents. Our mission is to develop the talents and gifts in every child. Through the “LEADERS for Life” program each child is given the opportunity to become a leader in their own right. Our goal is to prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century and take their place as world leaders. To learn more about the program, please visit our website: www.voyagetogreatness.com
Physical Education is a vital part of our school program. The health of our students has a direct connection to their ability to learn and be successful in school. Bradley County Schools is excited to celebrate the implementation of our nationally known physical education curriculum, SPARK. We are continuing to develop the PE4Life philosophy in our schools throughout the system. Our goal is to introduce students to physical activities that will help them remain active and fit throughout their lives. This is one of the ways we are leading the fight against childhood obesity in our community.
Bradley County is the home of sixteen Pre-K programs located throughout the county.
Head Start/Pre-K is a voluntary pre-school program offered through funds from the Federal government and the state of Tennessee. Priority is given to children from low income families, children with special needs, and English language learners. Children must be four years old on or before August 15 to enter the program. A limited number of slots are available for three-year-olds at some locations. To enroll, children must be three on or before August 15. Services offered include hearing, vision, and developmental screenings, social services, and parent trainings. These services are offered free of charge.
Applications are now being accepted for Bradley County Head Start/Pre-K
Applications are available at local schools, the health department and Family Resource Agency located at 3680 Michigan Avenue Road. For more information call 423-479-4210.
To Contact Us:
Bradley County Schools
Office of Elementary Education
800 South Lee Highway
Cleveland, Tennessee 37311