The Students We Serve in Grades 1-12
Assets students have average to above average language comprehension abilities because language is foundational to everything we do. The student must also be relatively independent and not require a high degree of teacher attention and support in order to be productive in the classroom. This is especially relevant to students with diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder (mild, as with Asperger’s). The student should be able to regulate his/her emotions and behaviors or be amenable to support, but not to the extent that that child’s needs distract from the needs of others
Given the abovementioned foundational requisites, we work with students who:
- are intellectually advanced and need to be stimulated at that level irrespective of academic skill levels
- are academically advanced and need to be challenged at high levels in order to remain engaged as learners
- struggle with basic phonics, word reading accuracy, fluency (accuracy, speed, phrasing), and/or reading comprehension secondary to word reading problems or memory issues
- struggle with handwriting, spelling, and/or getting thoughts on paper effectively (e.g., grammar, syntax, sentence/paragraph construction, organization)
- struggle with math computation and/or problem-solving
Some of these students also:
- struggle with slow processing speed and need the gift of time to catch on or respond
- struggle with working memory and need information delivered in smaller chunks, optimally with visual cues or in a multisensory fashion
- struggle with executive function skills such as managing time and materials, prioritizing, problem-solving
- struggle with mild forms of anxiety, depression, or social skills challenges
We recognize the role social and emotional development plays in academic achievement and therefore provide a program that seeks to integrate equally the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.
We do not have the professional expertise to support students who are English Language Learners, have visual or hearing impairments, have low IQs, or significant social, emotional, or behavioral issues. In the high school, students must express a desire to be a part of the program.
We do not offer speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic counseling, or social skills training.