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 over 280 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.


Our goal is to provide our students with a balanced literacy program that includes the following components: reading aloud, shared reading and writing, guided reading groups and independent reading and writing. All students are taught grade level standards through literature and expository text in the adopted curriculum, Benchmark Advanced, and in picture books and trade books. We emphasize reading strategies in our individualized instruction given during guided reading groups. We all encourage a culture of reading for students to become lifelong readers by teaching students how to read independently at school and at home around their reading level so they can increase their vocabulary, fluency, and stamina.   All teachers teach writing in a Writer’s Workshop format using the Benchmark Advanced writing lessons.  Students participate in daily writing experiences across several genres – personal narratives, non-fiction, poetry, response to literature and opinion writing.  Students are taught to write by using mentor texts and by studying the habits of authors.

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English Language Development (ELD)

If your student is learning English as well as the grade level standards, they will be given additional support during Designated English Language Development (ELD) time. They will be learning how the English language works, vocabulary, grammar, and focusing on oral language. During the whole day, teacher embed Integrated ELD strategies which supports students to use English, providing sentence frames, vocabulary words and lots of practice talking using academic language.  



We are excited to be in our third year of using the Common Core State Mathematics 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, ZEARN Math, MARS tasks, Counting Collections (Kinder and 1st grade only) as well as, supplemental tasks that promote higher level thinking.

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We are in the first year of implementing the TWIG Science curriculum to encourage students to think like scientists.  In the TWIG program students will investigate, design, build, and understand phenomena using a blend of hands-on, digital, video, and print resources.

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We teach Social Studies with a thematic 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.