Multi-age Class

The Multi-age students receive instruction in a self-contained classroom led by a classroom teacher. The lead teacher provides and coordinates group instruction, and classroom assistants and the program director provide additional instruction, classroom support, and behavior management. Throughout the day, as needed, students might spend brief periods of time receiveing additional assistance in adjacent rooms and nooks that allow for temporary, seperation from the larger school community and individualized attention.

Each day students arrive at school between 8:00 and 8:15. Upon arrival, students are able to check in with staff to recap issues from the prior day and ask questions regarding the coming day's activities. At 8:30 the formal academic day begins with the morning check-in and goal setting. This is a time for staff and students to talk about group issues and important logistical information, and to teach group lessons pertaining to student needs. After the meeting, the students begin working on their academics. During this portion of the day, students complete assignments addressing Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science in an integrated fashion. This portion of the academic day runs from 8:30 to 11:40.

At 11:40, time is set-aside for students to eat lunch. It is during this time that students and staff members are able to resolve any lingering issues and help ensure a smooth transition into afternoon activities.

After lunch, students work in small groups on experiential educational activities that are designed to engage them in hands-on learning experiences. These activities are divided into streams including, but not limited to: Health and Life Skills; Arts and Music; Wilderness and Adventure; Media Technology; Physical Education and Therapeutic Recreation; and Community Service. Within each skill stream, academic learning is fully integrated into all activities. Each student's afternoon program is designed to meet his individual needs. These activities last from 12:00 to 2:00.

At 2:00 students end their day and go home.