What Makes Futures Unique

Futures Elementary offers its students an authentic, caring school where all members are valued and work as a team.

  • Futures empowers students and helps them find their voice through Expo-based learning, art prep in all grades, a writing focus, support for bilingual students (several teachers are bilingual), computer training, and encouragement of student dialogue during class time.
  • Futures collaborates with Pandora, a Bay Area music website, to offer music education and instrument lessons for 3rd-graders. At the end of each project, the kids record their own CD. (Read our newsletter story on this partnership here.)ossf_Bridges
  • Berkeley Chess School works with Futures to teach students the finer points of the game. Our kids took 3rd place in the 2009 Oakland chess competition! (Watch ABC7’s story.)
  • Futures’ comprehensive Aspiranet after-school program is being refined by new Coordinator Shawna Meyers, and  features academic support, enrichment courses in the arts, and recreation through Sports4Kids.
  • Futures expands kids’ horizons through a variety of field trips, including the Mosaic Project’s overnight outdoor education camp, Chabot Space and Science Center, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, the Oakland Museum of Art, Aquarium by the Bay, and public libraries.
  • Our year-end Expo is a “World’s Fair” with students turning each classroom into a different country.
  • Weekly meditative Mindfulness trainings reinforce Futures’ focus on “whole child” learning.
  • Principal Daubenspeck hosts Saturday School sessions every week for 2nd-graders, drawing nearly 100-percent attendance.
  • Futures has a “sister school” relationship with Hillcrest K-8, through which Hillcrest families volunteer at Futures.
  • Volunteers from the Faith Network help out at Futures every Tuesday.
  • Caltrans sends volunteer tutors to the school every week.
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