Beattie opened in 1972 and was named after Dan Beattie, long-time community leader, distinguished athlete, and educator. Beattie was awarded the John Irwin School of Excellence Award in 2000 and 2004. The school was designed and built using an open-concept layout, which is unique in the district and state. The layout helps define the type of learning that occurs. Student movement is frequent, and team-teaching and community learning are a part of the daily school experience. Students can begin their school participation in Early Childhood classes before moving on to kindergarten.
Beattie is a Beacon School for Gifted and Talented Education that utilizes inclusion and pull-out strategies. Teachers use differentiated lessons to reach varying student needs. Beattie is a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school, with R.A.M.S. – Respect Always, Act Responsibly, Motivated to Learn, and Safety - as the school motto.
The staff focuses on academic growth with both individual and group learning goals. Support programs are available, and include the Beacon program for Gifted & Talented, a special needs program, literacy help, and counseling. Creativity and problem-solving strategies are used to promote thinking skills.
Instructional & enrichment programs
Daily physical education, music, and art classes develop students’ creative potential in the arts. Students enjoy ExCEL enrichment classes, which are interest-based and may include multiple intelligences, career education, or multicultural sessions. Beattie encourages student involvement in a wide array of activities including service learning through the Kindness Club, student leadership in Student Council, Beattie Sunshine Singers choir, honor choir, modern band, wellness activities, Get Up & Go running club, Science Fair, and Evening of Art student showcases.
Opportunities for parents
Family involvement is important to the staff at Beattie, and is welcome through volunteering and organized programs. The Watch D.O.G.S. invite positive father-figures to be involved in the school, and the Beattie Action Team (B.A.T.) promotes fundraising and fun family activities and events. Many parents and community members serve on the School Advisory Committee (SAC), whose primary goal is to encourage continuous school improvement.