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Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 2/4/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
The mission of Bella Mente Montessori Academy Charter School is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire an education based on an “authentic” curriculum founded on the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We promote an educational atmosphere that encourages socioeconomic diversity by providing all students with the opportunity to obtain a quality public education.
Bella Mente is proud to house The Bella Garden Project (TBGP) in partnership with The Sage Garden Project. The mission of TBGP is to generate a learning experience empowering a student’s effective global environmental awareness and education through the support of a full project based curriculum. Utilizing quality Montessori philosophies, we strive to foster forward thinking students prepared with 21st Century skills while enriching and nurturing the whole child.
In either our garden classroom or with the mobile nutrition cart granted to us from the Sage Garden Project (SGP), we strive to teach the students at Bella Mente Montessori Academy (BMMA) an education that teaches life skills beyond the walls of our campus. Whether a student becomes a future farmer, turns towards a career in agriculture, becomes a scientist, the next Top Chef or most importantly a productive member of our society, here at The Bella Garden Project (TBGP) we believe in giving an ultimate well rounded learning experience coupled by curriculum from a multitude of resources. TBGP and BMMA educates our students with an innovative curriculum for all the grades from K-8 with a direct link between garden and nutrition, environment and science, health wellness and social skills.
An understanding of where food comes from along with the values that come with food, especially what the students grow together will ultimately give students a perspective of self-respect by understanding what they put into their bodies. Eating seasonally and preparing food will empower a student to know that food can be fun to grow, and learn to connect food to everyday life while eating healthy. Students will nurture their bodies and mind by being educated the necessary elements to a healthy lifestyle. All this transcends into a lifestyle filled withlasting skills taught here in TBGP knowing that the students will take these lessons learned and bring them home to their families and into our community. We believe if a child grows broccoli, a child will eat that broccoli. Curriculum at TBGP is derived multiple sources aligned with both CA State Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
TBGP has partnered up with the Sage Garden Project (SGP) for 2015 who has been at the forefront of preventive education about Type II Diabetes in children. In 2015 we incorporated both garden and nutrition lessons provided by SGP into the daily lives of our students. The Edible Schoolyard (ESY) was started by famed chef Alice Waters and has had proven success for the last 20 years in Berkeley CA, and after attending the academy in 2015 the ESY has provided lessons and philosophies to our program. Other resources TBGP and BMMA have pulled from include Life Lab from UC Santa Cruz, Next Generation Science (NGSS), Ag in the Classroom, Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), CA Department of Education (CDE); Nutrition to Grow On, and Health Education Standards, as well as our own developed curriculum and lessons used in our classrooms daily from Maria Montessori. In 2018 the school also partnered with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency for the Live Well San Diego program. This program allows the school to share its health and wellness goals countywide. Campus wide gardens extend learning possibilities for all grades K-8 from the first step onto the campus at the main gate and right into their classroom. Fig trees rich in local history date back as far as 1749 and stretch their limbs to offer shade to the students and fruit brought here along with the Missions. Oak trees such as Live Oak have been so important in our native history by providing foods to Native Americans that once fed on this land while today the Oak tree supplies rich nutrients back to the soil giving us a place to grow like the Natives once did. TBGP present learning opportunities that are both tactile and forever memorable. Again, our mission is to prepare these students with 21st Century skills and a life after BMMA. Socially we also teach Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Productive and be an Ally. This will contribute to student buy-in of the garden program because these are their gardens. Other important components to help make a well rounded student here at BMMA includes SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) which will help with developing the whole child to make the right choices by managing their emotions and set positive goals, show empathy towards others (people and plants), establish positive relationships and learn to make responsible decisions. This is a very important component of our school wide program for Positive Discipline. New this year is the addition of Restorative Practices.
Last updated: 2/4/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 2/4/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||3.3 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.3 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||38.5 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||8.3 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||37.1 %|
|English Learners||14.2 %|
|Students with Disabilities||10.8 %|
|Foster Youth||0.3 %|