Award Year: 2015
Our purpose is to educate and inspire the whole child (academically, socially, and emotionally) through a safe, nurturing environment.
- Black/African American: 14%
- White: 67%
- Hispanic: 6%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 10%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 1%
- ELL: 10%
- Economically Disadvantaged: %
Eastover Elementary is a unique school nestled in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Eastover embraces an ethnically and economically diverse population. Our school community values education and is committed to high levels of student achievement. There are many key strategies we use to encourage and challenge all students to develop to their full potential. Eastover attracts many new families because of two specific initiatives that make our school superb. We are a Visible Thinking and Sustainability school. Visible Thinking is not a program; rather a framework and philosophy that enculturates our building. Students are challenged to think, work through a productive struggle, reason with evidence, question, and make connections between the real world and the curriculum. As teachers create a culture of thinking in their classroom they make time for thinking, use a language of thinking, and make the classroom environment rich with displays of thinking processes. Through our Sustainability initiative students are taught to think about how humans impact the environment, how to preserve and protect our natural resources, and how to increase efficiency by reducing waste. Students participate in many “green” practices. A special component of our Sustainability initiative is our student garden. All classrooms spend time in the garden harvesting and planting, while making connections to math, science and social studies concepts. Our mobile kitchen provides opportunities for students to cook in the classroom using ingredients from our garden. Students are highly engaged in deep learning throughout the building. Eastover staff and families collaborate to differentiate curriculum and personalize learning to ensure all students reach the highest levels of academic excellence.