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Building Block Commons Preschool through 8th Grade

Children climbing on play structure indoors.


Social Thinking

Hands-on play

Outdoor time

Learning Goals: Love of learning, humor, social/emotional development, cognitive approaches to learning, physical & sensory development

Children observing maple sap collection outdoors.


Tools of the Mind

Social Thinking

Outdoor time

Learning Goals: Love of learning, humor, self regulation, working memory, dramatic play and cooperation

Children learning messy color theory!


Project Based Learning

Visible Thinking Routines

Emergent Curriculum

Learning Goals: Love of learning, humor, collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence

Building Block Commons

Building Block Commons is a primary and elementary school for children ages 2 years 9 months through 8th grade. Our qualified teachers embrace the physical, emotional, and social growth of each individual child. Our elementary school staff uses the Buck Institute gold standard of Project Based Learning that is grounded in the the 6 Cs and high academic standards. Kindergarten is propelled by the Tools of the Mind curriculum to build executive function, math and literacy skills. In the preschool, Science, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics are the "S.E.A.M" that binds the students’ exploration of multiple academic pathways. In all grades, Building Block excels at attending to the academic and social needs of the whole child.

Parent Lounge

We believe that families, careers, and education are enriched by shared space and community. Parents are invited to enjoy the Parent Lounge co-working space and Kid Commons for younger siblings while their children attend Building Block Commons.


Going outside at Exeter’s Building Block School Portsmouth Herald, February 7, 2019

Meet Wren Hayes of Building Block Commons Boston Voyager, April 3, 2018

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