In both the middle and upper school, students follow a balanced curriculum encompassing English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, World Languages and Art.In addition, all students take Language Arts, a skills-focused class in which they gain strength in reading and writing.
Areas given specific attention include decoding, reading comprehension, fluency, morphology, linguistics, vocabulary development, and study and note-taking skills. In the upper grades, skill work emphasizes preparation for college applications, standardized testing, and for tasks expected in college.
It is critical that the school’s emphasis on skills development extends beyond Language Arts and is an integral component in each class across the curriculum.
Teachers in every subject area focus not only on content instruction, but also on teaching academic skills. They employ the technique of direct instruction to break these skills into discrete sub-skills and to explain explicitly how students should approach each. They carefully model the tasks and techniques they ask their students to emulate. They employ multisensory instructional approaches to reach students with varied learning styles and receptive abilities (Orton-Gillingham
methodology is crucial to Language Arts).The focus on skills across the curriculum
stands out among our school’s defining strengths and makes for a completely different learning experience than students receive when skills-building is addressed only in Language Arts classes or tutoring sessions.