REACH Lower School
REACH utilizes a small classroom approach to ensure that every student's needs are met through individualized programming and an inviting social environment. At REACH, we appreciate each student's unique talents and learning styles and craft instruction to be responsive to the student.
REACH provides students with a warm learning environment; keeping the class size small (approx 6-10 students per 1 teacher) gives us the flexibility to challenge students based on their strengths while bolstering their skills in other areas. We understand there is a more than one size fits all approach to academics. Our instructional levels and groups are tailored to student's individual needs and academic abilities rather than their age-based grade level.
We utilize each student's past and current educational assessments and IEPs to hone in on specific areas of challenge and strength. In addition, we collaborate with families and allied professionals on the student’s team to develop and implement goals. Progress monitoring, anecdotal notes, and benchmark assessments are a few methods we use to track the progress of goals.
In the mornings, all students receive responsive instruction for decoding, comprehension, math, and writing skills, in a supportive, guided learning environment. Decoding and comprehension are taught through specific reading and phonics programs, as well as through literature. In mathematics, engaging activities reinforce students’ understanding of important mathematical concepts and skills, and using manipulatives for applied learning is a vital component. After lunch, all students receive Einstein’s workshop, science, and social studies instruction, depending on the day. Following this, lower school students stay at REACH, while middle school students integrate with the other middle schoolers on campus.
In addition to core classes, lower school students receive PE and gardening in the morning. In the afternoons, lower school students receive social thinking and specialty classes. Social thinking helps students better understand who they are as people and how to navigate the world around them. These skills, a fundamental part of our educational philosophy, are crucial to intellectual growth and lifelong success. Specialty classes include health, technology, art, and clubs.