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BRANCH LINE SCHOOL C U LT I VAT E L E A R N I N G


M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T Branch Line School will guide students in an individualized, small school atmosphere that cultivates intellectual freedom, respect for others, and service to the community in order to produce critical thinkers and informed global citizens.


W H AT I S A C H A R T E R S C H O O L ? Not all charter schools are the same. Although all charter schools are free public schools governed by a local board of directors, some charter school boards outsource school development and operations to third-party educational management corporations. Branch Line School is unique in the area by offering an innovative and independently designed and managed educational approach. Charter schools operate on lower state funding than most traditional public schools, but have more freedom to determine curricula and teaching philosophies. Charter schools accept applications from all Michigan students who are eligible to attend traditional public schools. If the number of applicants during open enrollment exceeds the number of available spaces, a lottery is held. 


Branch Line School was founded with the intent to operate a school that children wake up in the morning excited to attend; to dispel the notion that school must always be boring, tedious or frustrating; and to create a fresh paradigm in which students feel free to explore and discover, and in which they develop a true and lifelong joy of learning.


AT A G L A N C E »» F  ree public charter program serving kindergarten through 8th grade »» T  uition-based preschool and young 5s/half-day kindergarten program »» Small class sizes »» Year-round program »» M  ulti-age classes in cohorts serving students in K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 »» C  ommunity-based program with integrated service learning »» Total preschool-grade 8 enrollment of approximately 200 students »» Project-based, experiential learning curriculum »» Extended-day program »» Daily Spanish instruction »» On site enrichment classes »» Technology enhanced learning


Our focus on social awareness and family involvement fosters a community of thoughtful learners.


Branch Line School is a new public charter school opening in Summer 2013. We are introducing an entirely new learning community to Livonia and nearby communities—one that inspires children to become lifelong learners in a nurturing, intimate environment. Dedicated teachers engage children in challenging, project-based learning experiences supported by innovative technology. Small multi-age classes ensure that each student receives personal attention and progresses at a developmentally appropriate pace. Our focus on social awareness and family involvement fosters a community of thoughtful learners. The result is a confident and ethical young person ready to succeed in high school and beyond.


W H AT M A K E S U S D I F F E R E N T ?


Small school atmosphere that cultivates intellectual freedom, respect for others, and service to the community

P R O J E C T- B A S E D L E A R N I N G T E C H N O L O GY AT B L S M U LT I -AG E E D U C AT I O N C O N T I N U O U S L E A R N I N G C A L E N DA R ASSESSMENT FA M I LY I N V O LV E M E N T S E RV I C E L E A R N I N G


P R O J E C T- B A S E D L E A R N I N G

Project-based learning builds on children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore and discover.


Project-based learning builds on children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore and discover. This cross-disciplinary, experiential learning approach is student-led and guided by specially trained teachers who help integrate academic concepts and content into real-world applications.


BLS’s daily technology Mission Statement

integration is cross-curricular

Branch Line School will guide students in and purposeful. an individualized, small school atmosphere that cultivates intellectual freedom, respect for others, and service to the community in order to produce critical thinkers and informed global citizens.

T E C H N O L O GY AT B L S

What is a charter school? Not all charter schools are the same. Although all charter schools are free public schools governed by a local board


What is a charter school? Not all charter schools are the same. Although all charter schools are free public schools governed by a local board of directors, some charter school boards outsource school development and operations to third-party educational Branch Line School supplies the tools that are management corporations. Branch Line School necessary for our children to become knowledgeable is unique in the Plymouth area by offering an digital citizens. BLS’s daily technology integration is innovative and independently designed and cross-curricular and purposeful, supporting critical managed educational approach. thinking, sound judgement, information fluency Charter schools operate on lower state funding and creativity. than most traditional public schools, but have more freedom to determine curricula and teaching philosophies. Charter schools accept applications from all Michigan students who are eligible to attend traditional public schools. If the


Mission Statement Branch Line School will guide students in an individualized, small school atmosphere that cultivates intellectual freedom, respect for others, and service to the community in order to produce critical

M U LT I -AG E E D U C AT I O N

thinkers and informed global citizens.

What is a charter school?

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public schools governed by a local board

individualized to a student’s needs


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The balanced calendar Mission Statement

is implemented to reduce summer

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C O Nthinkers T I N U Oand U Sinformed L E A R Nglobal I N G citizens. C A L E N DA R

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What is a charter school?

Our assessment program requires

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students to develop ideas,

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integrate knowledge and

public schools governed by a local board

complete tasks that have real-world applications.


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Mission Statement Branch Line School will guide students in an individualized, small school atmosphere that cultivates intellectual freedom, respect for others, and service to the community in order to produce critical

SERVICE LEARNING

thinkers and informed global citizens.

Our assessment What is a charter school?

program requires

students Not all charter schools are the same. to develop ideas, Although all charter schools integrate knowledge and are free

tasks that have public schools governed by acomplete local board real-world applications.


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RESPECTFUL

SUCESSFUL

PEACEFUL

PURPOSEFUL

CHEERFUL

RESOURCEFUL

J OY F U L


A fresh paradigm in which students feel free to explore and discover, and in which they develop a true and lifelong joy of learning.

THE FULL CHILD


PURPOSEFUL Branch Line School students are actively engaged in developing goals, creating projects and identifying real-world applications for their learning. CHEERFUL Branch Line School is filled with laughter, excitement, collaboration and interaction.  PEACEFUL Branch Line School students make their world better by actively participating in the greater community with ongoing service-learning projects. RESOURCEFUL Branch Line School students are encouraged to be independent and learn how to seek answers to their questions. 


SUCCESSFUL Branch Line School students are guided to their highest potential in an environment that fosters diligence and love of learning.  J OY F U L Branch Line School students enjoy empowered, playful learning in a warm, nurturing and supportive community. RESPECTFUL Branch Line School students, staff, friends and families treat each other with unconditional dignity, kindness and empathy.  


BRANCH LINE SCHOOL 16360 HUBBARD S T. | LIVONIA , M I 48154 734.335 .0663 | I N F O @ B R A N C H L I N E S C H O O L .O R G

Profile for Branch Line School

Branch Line School  

A tuition-free charter school in Livonia, Michigan

Branch Line School  

A tuition-free charter school in Livonia, Michigan

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