An intermediate program is offered for our older students to help prepare them for transitioning to high school. Organizational and study skills are an integral part of the middle school program and these students have the same enrichment opportunities as the younger ones.
All of our staff members are Lindamood Bell Certified instructors. We use a combination of Orton Gillingham aligned strategies to engage children in dyslexia-specific programs, such as LiPS® (Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing) and Visualizing and Verbalizing® Program for Cognitive Development, Comprehension, and Thinking.
Our curriculum is also completely customized for each student, based on his or her own unique needs. The teaching plan is based on careful and continuous assessment of the individual’s learning differences and academic progress. Content presented must be mastered step by step for the student to progress. The DRA2 (Direct Reading Assessment), STAR testing, I-Ready Reading and I-Ready Mathematics are used to place, monitor, and plan for each student.
Voyages in English, Handwriting Without Tears, SRA Imagine It by McGraw Hill, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, and Saxon Math are used to supplement instructional activities.
Our curriculum is slower-paced, deliberate, and repetitive. We avoid the “one-size-must-fit-all” mentality found in traditional schools, opting instead for creative, direct instruction methods along with experimental and hands-on learning. We don’t just assume the kids are learning—we have several checks and balances in place to make sure they are.
An important character trait of our curriculum is FUN. These kids have been conditioned to hate school. It takes strong relationships, motivation, and FUN to allow students to believe in the process and in themselves again.
Are their resource/elective classes available? (clubs, etc.)
Yes. These are a big part of our multisensory curriculum, as they give our students a chance to apply concepts from core academics in other contexts. This year, we have Speech/Debate, Art, Drama, Cooking, Gardening, Guidance, and Technology. Once a month we also have Clubs Day, featuring Bricks 4 Kids (STEM-based Legos), MindLab (puzzles), Soccer, Yoga, and Art.
We also give our students regular breaks to avoid brain fatigue; they get to go outside and play on every clear day. We also assign every student to a P.E. class.
Since our students have learning differences, we work to match multisensory lessons with their neurological wiring. To accomplish that, we:
-Regularly assess students for Reading, Language, and Math levels, then sort them into classes (for subjects) by ability, teach the curriculum to mastery, then bump them to the next level when they are ready
-Allow extra time for assessments
-Don’t overload kids with homework
-Present lessons in a variety of ways
-Employ repetition in lessons, since many of our kids struggle with memory difficulties
-Engage kids with lessons in a variety of creative ways to help them apply information to everyday life.
Please call the school at (904) 223-3391, or schedule a tour using the Schedule Tour Today button if you would like to discuss program enrollment options.