Academics

College and career readiness electives

The STEAMschool Electives Program provides opportunities for Beaver students to explore and learn content beyond the traditional curriculum available to elementary students. The purpose of this program is to expose students to potential areas of interest for their 21st century careers.

Each cycle, a course catalog describes the electives being offered. Each student selects several courses of interest, and registers online. Some of the catalog highlights include the expansion of the Lego Robotics and Minecraft courses to offer students more advanced options. As our partnerships have increased, so have the courses we have been able to provide for students. We welcome parents and community members to contact us if they are interested in participating.

Project based learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching model we embrace at Beaver. The process integrates core content with technology in a 21st century environment.

Students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to a complex challenge. Using the PBL process, students understand content more deeply. They also learn how to take responsibility, communicate ideas, and develop innovative solutions – all important life skills. With our plentiful technology, Beaver students can connect with experts, partners, and audiences around the world.

At Beaver, students are engaged in authentic collaboration and problem-solving as they develop real-world skills and habits.

Field trips: Learning beyond school

One of our goals here at Beaver MST is to make learning relevant for students by connecting what we learn at school to real-world experiences. One way we accomplish this is by scheduling a rich variety of field trips throughout the school year. Field trips are connected to the TEKS and the goals of PBLs. Below is a list of typical field trips for an academic year.

Kindergarten
Klyde Warren Park/Reunion Tower
Sci-Tech/Celebration Park
Environmental Waste/Garland Fire Dept/Pet Adoption/Gale Fields Rec Center 
Nickelrama
Preston Trails Farm

First Grade
Crayola Experience
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Heritage Village
Sea Life Aquarium
Yesterland Farm

Second Grade
Old Red Museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Ft. Worth Museum of Science
Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Third Grade
GISD High School Play
Fort Worth Museum of History and Science
Perot Museum
Hawaiian Falls

Fourth Grade
Garland Symphony Orchestra 
Ft. Worth Museum of Science
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Heard Museum
Arboretum 
Dallas Zoo

Fifth Grade
Dallas Heritage Village
UT Arlington Planetarium
Camp Grady Spruce
Fort Worth Zoo
Dallas Museum of Art
Hawaiian Falls

Beaver Choirs
North Park Mall 
Brookdale Retirement Center

Online resources

GISD Ready

Developing graduates that are prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce is the ultimate goal of the GISD Ready initiative.

Skyward Key

Skyward is our student information system.  Use Skyward Family Access to find student grades, attendance and more.

 

Dimension U logo

DimensionU consists of four engaging and interactive multiplayer video games that focus on core skills in math and literacy. Each game is designed with unique features that bring out distinct academic and strategic skills in students.

Khan academy logo

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Naviance logo

Our middle and high school students collaborate with parents, teachers and school counselors to create a personalized college & career plan with Naviance.