All About Our School

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary is a Level 1 school, which means we are a top performer among schools like ours. We’re excited to share just a few of the many things that make us such a special place for your child to attend school.

Our Mission

The mission at BSE is to support students in reaching their full potential within the greater community.

Core Values

  • We value a safe environment for learning.
  • We value a diverse community of learners.
  • We value a commitment to collaboration.
  • We value enrichment across all disciplines.
  • We strive for academic excellence.


As a school community, we embrace:

  • Safety
  • Responsibility 
  • Compassion

What Makes Us Awesome

Students at BSE enjoy our:

  • Beautiful rural campus with three age-appropriate playgrounds
  • Full- and half-day preschool programs
  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Before- and after-school enrichment opportunities
  • Fully equipped Motor Room for individual and small group work
  • Unique partnership with Red Gate Farm, a local non-profit, connecting children to farming
  • Commitment to continuous professional development for all teachers, which are grounded in vibrant, teacher-led professional learning communities

School Culture

At Buckland-Shelburne Elementary (BSE), we set high expectations for all students, not only as learners but also as thinkers, problem solvers, and citizens.

We acknowledge and celebrate our students’ achievements, while also teaching perseverance and resilience. At BSE, children learn to work hard and to love learning.

The Extras

Our arts and athletic opportunities are enhanced by a range of after-school programs and workshops. These vary depending on student interest, but have included such offerings as foreign language instruction, arts and crafts, bowling, and environmental studies. Older students (grades 4–6) can also choose to learn an instrument or participate in the student chorus.