The Middle School comprises grades 6, 7 and 8. Students are organized into teams, with two or three classrooms on a team. Classrooms use spoken language, speech-reading and/or sign language, based on the students’ needs. All classrooms have FM amplification systems.
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 6 to 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 middle school students include Fountas & Pinnell (literacy), NWEA (math & ELA), and SAT (Stanford Achievement Test). Students also take mandated New York State Pupil Performance Tests in Language Arts (grades 6-8), Mathematics (grades 6-8) and Science (grade 8).
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 Middle School curriculum.
For additional information regarding the Middle School Program, please contact: