High academic standards
The Cedar School will help students meet high academic standards in all subject areas. Following best practice, the school will focus on English (including reading and writing), history, mathematics and science, using content as a vehicle for the academic skills they will need for college and life.
Students will also take a Skills Seminar that will focus on decoding, fluency and comprehension, depending on individual needs. For students with less need for reading instruction, this class will focus on executive functioning skills, organization and writing. As students enter 11th and 12th grade, they will be able to choose other electives, such as Spanish, ASL or a science elective.
Multisensory structured language programs are important for students with language-based learning differences. Using approaches based on Orton-Gillingham instruction, The Cedar School will incorporate visual, kinesthetic, hands-on teaching and learning, including an emphasis on art, music and experiential learning. Structured approaches will address executive functioning needs and organization. Technology, including Google Docs and Google Read&Write (for speech-to-text and text-to-speech) will be integrated into all classes.
Trained, Experienced Teachers
The Cedar School is committed to hiring outstanding educators who are experienced with language-based learning needs. Motivated and caring professionals will implement “best practice” teaching methods including instructional accommodations and curriculum adaptations. Extensive teacher training in subject content and instructional methods allows students to fully access rich and challenging academic material.
I’m very excited to hear there will be an option for high school for my child, who learns differently, and needs to be taught in a way that works for him. Learning differently does not mean he's not smart. Knowing Clay, I have confidence that this program will serve my child, and students with language based learning differences well.--parent