Bellaire Education Center

Photo of Bellaire studentsBellaire Education Center is a middle school that serves students in grades 6-8 who have emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD). Hands-on learning ensures our nature-based curriculum and community partnerships prepare students to be successful in high school and beyond.

Our approach

We believe that all students can learn. Students experience an innovative school program where they:

  • Use nature to make connections to the curriculum

  • Focus on building strong relationships with peers, adults, and the community as a whole

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

  • Participate in service learning, community events and work programs

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

Additional services and benefits

  • Mindfulness educational program

  • Community garden and school forest adjacent to the school

  • Clubs that match student interests

  • Individual and small-group instruction

  • Flexible learning spaces and sensory rooms

  • Social workers

  • Mental health support

  • Nursing

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 classroom. Nature-based learning, community service, and a focus on self-exploration encourages 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)

(p): 651-415-5530
(f): 651-415-5599
(e): becoffice@916schools.org

Staff directory

School hours

Monday - Friday
7:50 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

School leaders

Erin Metoxen
Principal
(p): 651-415-5359
(e): emetoxen@916schools.org

Kristi Gorton
Program Facilitator
(p): 651-415-5348
(e): kgorton@916schools.org