Reflect the Past, Explore the Present, Invent the Future

Dominique A. Polchow

"Teachers at Bryant Ranch are action oriented, competent, creative and compassionate in meeting the academic needs of students."

- Dominique A. Polcho

 

Mission

It is the mission of Bryant Ranch School to challenge and motivate all students. We initiate and cultivate collaboration and are committed to a strong community partnership that will guide our learners to reflect the past, explore the present and invent the future.

Our motto is Reflect the Past, Explore the Present, Invent the Future. Let’s take a moment to reflect back in history.  Bryant Ranch first opened in 1990, named for the ranch that existed here years ago. In 1875, John Bixby, of Long Beach, purchased 6,000 acres from the widow of Don Bernardo Yorba, the original grant owner. The main entrance to the Bryant Ranch compound was lined with pomegranate trees. Pomegranates have been symbols of prosperity, hope, and abundance in every part of the world, in their 4000 year history. They have inspired historical leaders, brilliant authors, and famous artists. Their presence has been recorded in history, mythical lore, artistic and literary symbolism, and classic art. Thinking of this remarkable symbol and what it stands for, it’s no wonder that the Bryant Ranch school community has a legacy of success. 

After John Bixby’s death, his daughter, Susanna Bixby took a great interest in the cattle ranch. She built a 2,300 square foot ranch house on the property. She also created a 200 acre botanical garden of native plants as a memorial to her father. After her death in 1946, her grandson, Ernest Bryant III, took charge of the ranch. In 1951 the memorial garden of native plants was moved to Claremont College. The Bryant home is owned at this time by the City of Yorba Linda and is maintained by the Yorba Linda Historical Society as a museum. The home is listed in the California Registry of Historic Places, and in the National Registry as well. Every year, our 3rd grade students visit this piece of history, discovering what their community is all about.

Since opening in 1990, Bryant Ranch School has the reputation for being a community hub of innovation and exploration, where adults and students are nurtured in a caring environment to become life-long learners. The great leaders who stood before me have helped shape what Bryant Ranch is today, continuing with the tradition of success. Bryant Ranch is not only continually acclaimed by the community, but was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 1993 and 2002, and again in 2006. In 1994, the school was also honored with the National Blue Ribbon award, and received this honor once again in 2003. In 2016, Bryant Ranch was named as a California Gold Ribbon School. Bryant Ranch simply began as a school upon a hill in the farthest point east in our district. Through the combined hard work of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and the community, Bryant Ranch School has evolved into the proud academic institution that it is today!

As we explore the present, the staff, together with the parents and community, has established clear performance standards that are set at attainably high levels for all students. We have a powerful teaching and support staff that utilizes rich and diverse instructional techniques that are explicitly designed to assist all children in achieving the standards. Parents, community members, and the school staff work collaboratively to extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Our school is rich with instructional technology that supports the curriculum. All classrooms have computers and multimedia equipment networked to both the library and computer lab.  Continuous communication and diverse opportunities for shared leadership support the philosophy of decision making by all stakeholders. Many parents tell us they moved into the Bryant Ranch attendance area specifically for the excellent reputation of high academic performance, meeting student needs, and service to our community. 

As we move into the future, we will continue to heighten students' enthusiasm to become lifelong Explorers. Bryant Ranch students will be provided programs that will allow them to continually explore the unknown and experience success in their endeavors. Real life issues will become the catalyst for exploring possible solutions and applying a variety of problem solving methods. Students will experience learning through hands on activities, use of technology, and active research in independent and cooperative settings. These ideas and resources will empower students of Bryant Ranch to focus on knowledge acquisition and creation of new ideas supported by technology. The home and school will work collaboratively to extend the physical base for learning. A nurturing, encouraging, and caring environment will propel our lifelong learners along their educational journey as they "Reflect the Past, Explore the Present, and Invent the Future."