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Salem, NH 03079

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Our Mission

Why is The Birches Academy Different?

The mission of The Birches Academy is to cultivate a learning community that promotes excellence in core academics and the arts while valuing the individual qualities and strengths of each child.  This is done by creating an environment that will:

  • The Birches Academy of Arts and AcademicsProvide rich curricula in reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and science with a focus on skill development and application. There will be an emphasis on the use of projects which make connections between academic subject areas and the arts.
  • Help students realize their intellectual and social potential by providing individually planned instruction founded on each child’s individual qualities, strengths and innate curiosity according to an individualized plan. A Personal Learning Goal (PLG) will be created for each child taking into consideration the individual child.
  • Develop critical thinking skills in students regarding all of their work through increased ownership, an emphasis on process and arts in the classroom. Through various forms of artistic expression, students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively.
  • Provide enrichment programs that may include visual arts, movement, dance, theater, music and foreign language allowing students to explore new ways of thinking, behaving and learning.
  • Create a learning community that actively engages parents in significant and substantial ways both inside and outside the classroom so that they become learning partners with students and teachers.
  • Promote sound character development by helping students relate and communicate with others, develop leadership skills and understand their individual rights and those of others in a respectful environment. Students will participate in forming the policies and procedures that affect them. All students will be given the opportunity to become involved in student government and whole school meetings as well as conflict resolution.
  • Use technology and platforms as a teaching tool wherever possible. The goal will be to give them opportunities and exposure to applications used in higher education and real world scenarios.
  • Utilize block timing for math curriculum so that students will learn based on their ability, not according to their age/grade.
  • The Birches Academy has adopted The Kennedy Center for Arts definition for Arts Integration.
    • Arts Integration is
 an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students 
construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING 
through an
 Students engage in a 
 an art form and another subject area.”
    • Art forms include visual arts, music, drama, dance and movement.  Technology may be used to enhance the art forms.

The Birches Academy Core Beliefs and Values

The Birches Academy of Academics and Art: A Public Charter School and its community of learners embraces the natural diversity of learning styles through arts integration.  The foundation of our core belief is a commitment to teaching and learning while meeting the social, emotional and physical needs of children and young adults.

Core Beliefs and Values


The Birches also takes advantage of:

  • Multi-age classrooms
  • Two qualified teachers per classroom; one lead teacher and one assistant teacher both facilitating the teaching of all of the children in the classroom. We strive to provide a 12:1 teaching ratio.




When I see birches bend to left and right

Across the lines of straighter darker trees,

I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.

But swinging doesn’t bend them down to stay

As ice-storms do. Often you must have seen them

Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning

After a rain. They click upon themselves

As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored

As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.

Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells

Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—

Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away

You’d think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.

They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load,

And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed

So low for long, they never right themselves:

You may see their trunks arching in the woods

Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground

Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair

Before them over their heads to dry in the sun.

But I was going to say when Truth broke in

With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm

I should prefer to have some boy bend them

As he went out and in to fetch the cows—

Some boy too far from town to learn baseball,

Whose only play was what he found himself,

Summer or winter, and could play alone.

One by one he subdued his father’s trees

By riding them down over and over again

Until he took the stiffness out of them,

And not one but hung limp, not one was left

For him to conquer. He learned all there was

To learn about not launching out too soon

And so not carrying the tree away

Clear to the ground. He always kept his poise

To the top branches, climbing carefully

With the same pains you use to fill a cup

Up to the brim, and even above the brim.

Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish,

Kicking his way down through the air to the ground.

So was I once myself a swinger of birches.

And so I dream of going back to be.

It’s when I’m weary of considerations,

And life is too much like a pathless wood

Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs

Broken across it, and one eye is weeping

From a twig’s having lashed across it open.

I’d like to get away from earth awhile

And then come back to it and begin over.

May no fate willfully misunderstand me

And half grant what I wish and snatch me away

Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love:

I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,

And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk

Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,

But dipped its top and set me down again.

That would be good both going and coming back.

One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.

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(603) 458-6399
419 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079

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