LOWER SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES
Learning Support is provided to students in Grades K3–5. Learning Support teachers help students succeed in their grade-level classroom. Support can be offered to students in any subject. Students work with Learning Support teachers in their homerooms and/or in the Learning Support space.
Classroom content is followed with certain scaffolds or modifications. These modifications and other support are determined by the child's parents, homeroom teachers, specialists, and/or evaluations.
When academic or developmental questions arise, the school will alert the parents and work with them to develop an action plan for their child. Parents who have questions about Learning Support fees should contact the Admissions Department. For more information, visit our Learning Support Page.
English as an Additional Language
EAL Support is provided in Grades 1–5. EAL teachers work alongside homeroom teachers to support and prepare students to be successful. Students can be supported in their homeroom or in the EAL classroom. When in the EAL classroom, students follow the content from their homeroom as much as possible.
The EAL program focuses on key language arts areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students develop English language skills for the classroom, as well as for interaction with peers, teachers, and beyond. EAL is usually taught in groups with certain individualized instruction.
Learning an additional language generally follows the pattern of learning a first language. Conversational English is most often learned quite rapidly and enables students to communicate with their peers and become active participants in the school social environment. Research indicates that it may take up to five to seven years for non-native speakers to develop the academic aspects of the language to the same standard as native speakers. Parents who have questions about fees should contact the Admissions Department. For more information, visit our EAL Support page.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS
With the right strategies, effort, persistence, and motivation, all students can learn and be successful in the classroom.
- Darryl Roberts, Learning Support Teacher