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The Core.  The Belleville Mennonite School elementary program (Kindergarten - 5th grade) offers top-notch instruction in reading, writing, literature, language, spelling, mathematics, social studies and science while integrating technology throughout content areas.  Teachers engage in providing academic excellence and spiritual growth for all students.  Teachers work individually with students to get to know and understand them as human beings, and to get the very best out of them.  

We believe expanded opportunities for students to learn is essential for their development not just academically, but socially and spiritually. Opportunities for elementary students include: Hands-on activities, utilizing classroom technology, field trips, community education, special projects, experiments, Bible-themed lessons, author visits, school spirit days, subject-matter projects, snow fun, and so much more!

“Specials.” Classes in art, music, and physical education give students the opportunity to explore unique learning activities and discover their God-given gifts.

Circle Time. Teachers engage students in active devotional and prayer times at the beginning of each day called “circle time,” a special time with God and each other.  Students also take part in chapels, worship assemblies and other special Bible-themed projects.

BMS has an exceptional Learning Support Program for elementary students.  The program provides various methods of support from learning support in the classroom, receiving instruction from the classroom teacher, receiving re-teaching from the Learning Support (LS) teacher, or allowing students to remain in the classroom and have their school work modified to better suit their learning style.  The BMS LS teacher is specially trained and provides a caring touch to each individual student.

BMS also offers the Project Hope Program for children that have both academic and behavioral needs.  A team of teachers meets regularly to discuss how the student can best achieve success through a number of interventions.

Visit our Admissions page to learn about applying, or call us to schedule a tour (717-935-2184).

Character Counts

The Character Counts Program at BMS recognizes students for outstanding, consistent displays of character in the classroom and throughout daily interactions with others that reflect the school's core values of Respect, Service, Discipline, Integrity, Wisdom & Responsibility.  Each month one of the following traits is highlighted and teachers nominate a student from their classroom to be acknowledged.  The recipient from each class receives a special treat in honor of their positive acts of Christ-like service. 

  • Trustworthiness - being honest and reliable, loyal to friends and family, always doing the right thing, never lying or stealing
  • Respect - being considerate of feelings, never bullying or hurting others, showing respect to everyone, using good manners and language
  • Fairness - sharing and taking turns, listening to the ideas of others, playing by the rules, not blaming others
  • Responsibility - practicing self-control, doing your best, finishing tasks, being accountable for choices
  • Citizenship - helping to make things better, respecting authority and obeying laws, being active in the community, protecting the environment
  • Caring - showing that you care, helping people in need, forgiving others, being kind to everyone