About Our School

 Bear Exploration Center: Promoting STEM

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Award Shirt Clip Art

2015 National Blue Ribbon School

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Award Winning Mondays 2019-2020

We will celebrate our recent awards and accomplishments by wearing our new award winning t-shirts on Mondays. Students may wear blue jeans or khaki pants, blue jean or khaki shorts, or blue jean or khaki skirts with their new awards t-shirts. Those not wearing the new white shirt should continue to wear the school uniform.



Every student is motivated to become a creative and critical thinker and lifelong learner.


Every student is engaged in learning and inspired to achieve to his fullest potential.



For Bear Exploration Center’s staff to be successful in this mission, we believe that: 

· Every individual has a right to a quality education;

· Every individual can learn and deserves to be educated to the best of his or her ability;

· Every individual deserves to work and learn in a safe, clean, supportive, moral, and stimulating environment; 

· Every individual is unique, worthy, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect;

· Every individual can be a lifelong learner who not only knows but knows how to find out;

· Every individual needs to be held accountable for his or her own actions;

· Every individual needs developmentally appropriate learning activities and challenging expectations at all levels to increase performance; 

· Every individual needs to be a creative and critical thinker; and 

· Educators, parents, students, and the community share the responsibility for the support of the school’s mission.

MPS Mission Statement

We will engage, educate and inspire our students to succeed in college, career, and beyond!

MPS Vision Statement

MPS is a place where every student develops a love of learning, cultivates intellectual curiosity, and dreams of a future full of amazing possibilities.

About The School

All About Bear

Bear Exploration Center for Math, Science, and Technology is named after Minnie Compton Bear, the wife of T.L. Bear, who served as president of the Montgomery County Board of Education from 1947-1956. Originally opened in 1956, it opened as an elementary magnet school serving kindergarten through fifth grade in 1996.

Bear Exploration Center focuses on child-centered, collaborative learning, using creative and innovative teaching methods and interactive technology. Students are challenged academically and are exposed to varied cultural and social experiences and learning opportunities.

The science lab is used for inquiry activities and animal observation and care. Students create stories and publish books annually. The outdoor classroom allows students to roam pebble paths, listen to waterfalls, cultivate plants, and observe fish, birds, turtles, bees, and other insects. Math manipulatives are used to aid students in grasping concepts. Field studies help students relate classroom learning experiences to real life. 

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