A group of Briarwood Elementary fifth grade students enters the music room, which is bedecked with paper chains, musical note decorations, pompoms and other festive touches. The students take their seats, and then select a ukulele to play during class with teacher Reanne Nakapaahu. When they get to a tricky combination, Nakapaahu – who goes by “Ms. N,” encourages the students to take 30 seconds to practice on their own before they all dive in together again. “Remember, the ring finger just slides – switch!” she calls, demonstrating on her own ukulele. “This is like a ring-finger workout!”
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Students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.
Classroom teachers in the 2019-2020 school year.
Of our teachers have a master's degree or higher.
Of our students attend regularly.
School Highlights & Programs
Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.
Meet Principal Tia Kleinkopf
Hi, Briarwood families! I have been in education for 30 years, and have spent 20 of those right here in the ISD. A few fun facts about me: I love the “Harry Potter” series, my favorite kind of music is 80s, and my son got married in July!
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
MTSS is shaping the student experience at our school and throughout our district. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS, is a nationally recognized, evidence-based framework guiding our approach to academics, social emotional learning, behavior and attendance.
Briarwood Bear Activities
Music and the arts are very important at Briarwood and each grade level performs an evening concert. In addition to the regular music classroom where students learn how to play marimbas, keyboards and recorders, third, fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Briarwood Bear Chorus. Students can also participate in a number of other school sponsored activities.