Academic Overview

 

Welcome to the Banneker,

About the executive director A native of New York City, Ms. Bretous attended parochial schools growing up. She came to Boston to attend Boston University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and stayed. She then attended Wheelock College, where she earned her master’s degree. A teacher at heart, Ms. Bretous-Carre has worked at the Banneker since 1996 as a teacher, curriculum director, principal, and since 2011, as executive director. “All you need to know about how I feel about the quality of this school is that all three of my children attended this school.”

About the executive director

A native of New York City, Ms. Bretous attended parochial schools growing up. She came to Boston to attend Boston University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and stayed. She then attended Wheelock College, where she earned her master’s degree.

A teacher at heart, Ms. Bretous-Carre has worked at the Banneker since 1996 as a teacher, curriculum director, principal, and since 2011, as executive director.

“All you need to know about how I feel about the quality of this school is that all three of my children attended this school.”

Here at the Banneker, we’re much more than a school, we’re a school community.  Yes, we are a high tech, cutting-edge science, engineering and math school for elementary school children, but we also hold on to an old-fashioned notion that belonged to the one-room schoolhouse. This schoolhouse mentality means every child and their family is important to us. We get to know every child here really well. And because of that, we know what triggers them to excel, what inspires them, what motivates them. This helps us build trust quickly with parents and families.

Our teaching staff is amazing. They are among the most highly qualified and dedicated teachers in the area. They are a big part of our success.

Our philosophy is one of inclusion, all of us: teachers and family together, educating the whole child. Our monthly parent meetings are one way we keep everyone involved in this process.  We have a variety of events campus geared toward insuring families are equally involved in the education of their child. And we’re constantly expanding the world of our students through field trips, partnerships with local universities, and hosting events.

And because we’re a charter school, we have lots of autonomy to make quick changes, fix things on the fly, do things better, to be better.  This approach of continuous improvement for our staff and our students fits nicely with the essence of who we are as a science, technology, engineering, and math school.

I invite you to explore this website, and better yet, make plans to visit our school, spend some time with our teachers and students, and learn first hand what the “Banneker difference” is all about.

Sherley Bretous

Executive Director