Mission Statement

The mission of the Bank Street Program at Toquam is to promote excellence through academic success, positive character, development, and responsible citizenship for all students. At Toquam, we focus on expecting all members of our family to have respect: respect for yourself; respect for others; respect for your environment. We strive to accomplish this through a supportive partnership with the Stamford Public Schools, the home, and community.

The Bank Street Program at Toquam is one of four magnet elementary schools in Stamford. It provides a child-centered approach to learning. Its foundation comes from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. The program has been functioning and expanding in Stamford since 1972.

The Bank Street Program at Toquam School encourages individuality, creativity and critical thinking. Our goals are to develop inquisitive, lifelong learners who have the skills necessary to pursue their questions and work towards possible solutions. Therefore, we work hard to provide the children with basic inquiry and research skills. We also individualize instruction to meet their varied needs and levels of development when appropriate.

In order to help our students broaden their talents and gain confidence in their special abilities, classroom teachers and specialists offer varied opportunities for our children to express themselves through writing, speaking, art, vocal and instrumental music, creative dramatics and physical education. Children learn to express themselves in classroom communities where group discussions expose them to ideas and different ways of thinking. Class meetings build a sense of community and cooperation. A meeting area in each classroom is designed for this purpose.

Curriculum

Social Studies is the core of the Bank Street curriculum.

The Bank Street Program curriculum correlates with the district curriculum guidelines. To study the varied topics in greater depth, many areas of the curriculum are integrated with Social Studies, research skills, hands-on activities and learning trips are utilized to develop depth of study.

Teachers, teaching assistants and specialists are members of a professional teaching team providing a broad array of instructional skills and talents to deliver integrated learning experiences for young scholars. Classrooms are child-centered and structured to promote cooperative learning.