Bellaire Education Center

Students in a garden

Bellaire Education Center is a school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, that serves students in grades 6-8, who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD). Hands-on learning opportunities ensure our nature-based curriculum and community partnerships prepare students to be successful in high school and beyond.

Our approach

We prepare middle students who require intensive special education services to participate as fully and independently as possible in school, at home, and in the community. We focus on a well-rounded school program where students:

  • Use nature to make connections to the curriculum

  • Learn math, science, reading, and other core academic fields in creative ways

  • Develop daily living, work, and recreational skills to prepare them for school and beyond

  • Enjoy a calm learning environment with tools for effective communication, social-emotional skills, and self-regulation

  • Make clear connections between what they learn in school and what they need to succeed in life

  • Experience individualized instruction based on their unique strengths, interests, and learning styles.

  • Are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion by teachers and staff

Additional services and benefits

  • Community garden and school forest adjacent to the school

  • Flexible learning spaces and sensory room

  • Small class sizes

  • Highly structured classroom settings

  • Partnerships with families and community providers

  • Individual and small-group instruction

  • Speech and occupational therapy

  • Social workers and mental health support

  • Nursing

  • The latest in educational and assistive technology

About the name

Bellaire Education Center takes its name from the forest and neighborhood that make up the community that the school calls home. Our students are stewards of the surrounding neighborhood, embracing the forest and local businesses as extensions of their classrooms. Nature-based learning, community service, and a focus on self-exploration encourage students to broaden their perspectives, grow as leaders, and take ownership of their learning.

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Bellaire Education Center
2540 County Rd F East
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(map of location)

(p): 651-415-5530
(f): 651-415-5599
[email protected]

Staff directory

School hours

Monday - Friday
8:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

School leaders

Tammy Bednar
Principal/Manager
651-415-5359

Laura Leslie
Assistant Manager
651-415-6301

Amy Huebner
Administrative Assistant
651-415-5317