Our Middle School classrooms prepare students with learning disabilities for successful experiences in high school and college. At this level, children understand how they can best use technology, language skills and independent study to learn effectively. Teachers emphasize strategies for project-management and practice of expressive and receptive language skills.
Every student receives the individualized tools and structure they need to successfully take responsibility for their own learning. Through the use of assistive technology, graphic organizers and reference guides, students learn independent study skills that they will use for life-long learning.
Grades are given by percentages based on executive skills, strategy use and effort (+, -). Detailed anecdotal notes are included on each report. Language skills are assessed independently by The Hillside School Speech/Language Pathologist.
Areas of Study:
- Reading programs include Project Read Phonology, Story Form and Report Form, RAVE-O, and Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing. Teachers work in small group and individual instruction to enhance language and comprehension skills.
- Math instruction uses Saxon Math which emphasizes structured, cumulative study of mathematical thinking taught in small increments.
- Writing programs, including Just Write and Write on Track, help children with learning differences to understand the writing process. Students learn to brainstorm and organize by actively writing in journals, memory books and reading logs.
- Technology enables students to strengthen their skills through independent work. At this level, children learn to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, Inspiration, iPads, Laptops, iPods, Learning-Ally, Bookshare and Smartboards.
- Science and Social Studies topics are preparatory for high school level learning. Each student works in collaboration with teachers to utilize self-advocacy skills to gain knowledge about history, geology, health and scientific concepts.