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Academic Overview

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Welcome to Beresford Elementary! We are a small, vibrant K-5 public school located in San Mateo, California. We are proud to serve a diverse population of 284 amazing students. We provide a standards-based curriculum and believe in developing the whole child, based on the HET(Highly Effective Teaching) model. Our dedication to developing every child into a responsible citizen is evident in our hallways, in our classrooms, and in our academic results. Learn more about the California State Content Standards on the SMFCSD website.


We believe all students need a balanced approach to literacy learning. Each child receives daily instruction in Reading, and Writing Workshop, where students develop their skills in learning how to become lifelong learners and lovers of reading and writing. In reading, we teach the habits of good readers and support students in developing comprehension skills. In writing, the students study at least three different genres each year, learn about mentor authors, and publish their own writing several times over the course of the year. In addition, all students receive individualized instruction through Early Literacy, guided reading, reading and writing conferences, while formative and diagnostic assessments are also given throughout the year. Word study and vocabulary skills are taught in all grade levels.


We are excited to be in our second year of using the Common Core State Standards (CA Standards). Our students receive over an hour of math instruction daily, while studying mathematical concepts that are needed to be successful. Teachers are using lessons from our District adopted curriculum, Everyday Math, as well as supplemental tasks that promote higher level thinking.


Our teachers use the FOSS program to incorporate a hand-on approach to teaching science. The FOSS program was developed at the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science. In addition to learning grade level standards in an accessible way, our 3rd-5th grade students attend a field trip each year to LHS and extend their learning of the concepts they are experiencing in class.


We teach Social Studies with a thematical approach, integrating California Standards and the HET model of brain-compatible learning. Each grade level works together to create a yearlong plan of developmentally appropriate themes (i.e. “Families” in Kindergarten and “Our Community in Fourth Grade), tapping in to the real issues that students go through in life and that tie to the Social Studies Framework

Academic Overview

Teaching to the Whole Child

At Beresford, we teach to the whole child, balancing the need to excel academically with a child’s need to develop into healthy citizens who can succeed socially. We believe that our success is due to this balance. Learn more about Beresford's academic progress.