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Special Programs

American Sign Language

Elementary students have daily ASL classes in addition to English Language Arts classes.  Teachers meet weekly to plan and collaborate a dual language approach using a bilingual curriculum


Launch is the elementary component of Project Lead the Way.  Student learn the fundamentals of engineering, science, and technology in engaging modules with hands on challenge activities.  Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is great to take risks and make mistakes.

Instrumental Enrichment

Instrumental Enrichment is a curriculum designed to enhance the cognitive functions necessary for academic learning and achievement. The fundamental basis of the program is that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. The program seeks to develop fundamental thinking skills, providing students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations, and techniques necessary to function as independent learners.

Character Education

Character Education focuses on developing positive character values which will serve them a lifetime. The PATHS curriculum is followed in classrooms, pull-outs, and in the dorm.  With support from our Behavior Health Team, positive lessons and reward systems help students learn and model responsible behavior.