Award Year: 2015

Bel Aire Elementary School

277 Karen Way
Tiburon, CA, 94920-2044

(415) 388-7100

Ms. Patti Purcell, Principal at time of Nomination

Reed Union School District

School Website


Together we provide our children with extraordinary opportunities to enlighten their minds, inspire their hearts, and strengthen their resolve to positively impact the world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Bel Aire students engaged in innovation.

Bel Aire students engaged in innovation.

Bel Aire Elementary School serves approximately 560 students in grades 3 through 5. The school’s mission that “Together, we will provide our students with extraordinary opportunities” drives the instructional program. Bel Aire provides students with tools and experiences needed for academic, personal, and social success. Bel Aire supports student acquisition of 21st century skills so that graduates will be: creative problem solvers, motivated learners, balanced individuals, effective communicators, and global citizens. Rigorous academics combined with rich, extracurricular programs support all students in reaching their highest potential. Bel Aire is a 1:1 technological device school and believes that technology can transform instruction, rather than function as a substitute for more traditional tools. In other words, technology must yield progress in: engagement, collaboration, feedback, connection to the real world, creativity, communication, critical thinking, citizenship, plus the acquisition of skills and information. In addition to its focus on technology, Bel Aire prides itself on growing a new generation of leaders. A few examples of our student leadership programs include: our Student Peace Keeper Program, the student-run Bel Aire TV Show, Student Council, and other service-oriented groups including: A.V. Crew, Peer Tutoring, and the Zero-Waste Initiative club. Bel Aire believes the acquisition of student leadership skills help students understand that they belong to, and can therefore impact, a broader sense of community that transcends the boundaries of our campus, our town, and our country.