The Elementary School curriculum (grades 1-5) focuses on four core subject areas – English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Thinking Maps are used throughout the curriculum to help students understand abstract concepts.
Our Elementary School comprises grades 1 through 5. Most classes use American Sign Language, although a few classrooms use an auditory/oral approach to communication. All classrooms have FM amplification systems. Individual and group speech therapy sessions are provided as indicated on each student’s IEP (link to speech therapy page).
The school day starts at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m., Monday through Friday, from September through June. There is a six-week, full-day summer school program in July and August.
Each classroom is staffed by a certified Master’s level teacher and assistant
Small class size with 8 students per class
Free bus transportation
Breakfast and lunch provided
Tuition-free (funding is provided by the student’s home school district)
Annual assessments for elementary students include Fountas & Pinnell (literacy) and NWEA (math & ELA), SESAT and SAT (Stanford Achievement Test). Students also take mandated New York State Pupil Performance Tests in Language Arts (grades 3-5), Mathematics (grades 3-5), and Science (grade 4).
Each classroom utilizes a research-based approach, Thinking Maps, to support learning. Thinking Maps are visual patterns linked to eight specific thought processes. By visualizing their thinking, students create concrete images that support critical and creative thinking. Thinking Maps are used throughout the entire Elementary School curriculum.
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