The History and Philosophies of Bonny Doon Elementary School

For more than half a century, the children of Bonny Doon have been schooled close to their homes.  In the 19th century, several one-room schoolhouses including Alba, Bald Mountain, Ocean View, and San Vicente provided an education for the children of this remote mountain area.  Responding to a swift rise in population after the Second World War, these small schools were combined to form the Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District in 1947.

Bonny Doon Elementary School's teachers and staff work to inspire a love of learning.  Their efforts are encouraged by strong community support and a tradition of parental involvement.  Quality public education has always been, and remains, a valued goal of Bonny Doon residents.

Small classes, including multi-age classes, provide a supportive setting for a challenging curriculum, which is aligned with state standards.  Children are encouraged to be responsible, creative, confident individuals, receptive to the ideas of others.  Enhanced learning is nurtured through special programs such as SPECTRA, Artists-in-Residence, instrumental and vocal music, art, an after-school program, and our Gifted and Talented Education program. 

Our school is proud to be a No-Waste Green School.  We provide our students with multiple opportunities to learn about their natural environment using the resources that surround us.  We work closely with Ecology Action to bring presentations to our school about conservation and protecting the environment.  We were the first school in Santa Cruz County to join with the Monterey Bay Offset Project, a non-profit organization that is working to put together a consortium of other non-profit agencies to participate in a solar offset project that would put solar panels on our schools.  Bonny Doon School will be a model school and a "proof of concept" school for this project.   We are waiting approval of a permit to remodel one of our classrooms into a science room.  This science room will be available for teachers to use during the day and will include all of the equipment they need to implement the science standards as well as support our Life Lab program.  Part of the plan for this room includes inviting local scientists to facilitate discussions and share information about relevant topics in science with the community and with our students.

The Bonny Doon educational community -- parents, teachers, support staff, and the superintendent/principal, are committed to our students and to maintaining the great traditions of the school through finding funding for special programs, careful allocation of financial resources, and ongoing evaluation and improvement of instruction, programs, and learning.

Bonny Doon Elementary School :: 1492 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 :: (831) 427-2300
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