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The Elementary School curriculum includes: language arts, math, science and social studies, physical education, art, music and coding.
A primary goal is to introduce and build a strong academic foundation which includes compensatory and executive functioning skills related to organization, time management, and planning.
The classes are:
Similar to the elementary school, the middle school curriculum includes language arts, math, science and social studies, physical education, art, music and coding. Classrooms also are equipped with large interactive white boards and individual laptops.
As the students progress, the primary goals shift from foundational learning to “learning to learn”, self-advocacy, independence and higher level executive functioning. Additional classes are held on topics such as Social Skills and Advocacy. These are a lifelong skills and essential tools for students with learning differences and their ability to transition to more traditional schools.
The classes are:
Twice exceptional children are both gifted and have a learning difference. While all Crossroads students are taught in a stimulating and engaging manner, the twice exceptional student requires teaching that is more complex and specialized. The Crossroads School’s 2E program is an overlay program in which the student is kept in their social peer group but whose individualized curriculum is developed and taught in a manner specific to the 2E child.
The 2E teaching promotes:
The Crossroads High School serves students who require a nurturing but structured environment for their secondary academic career. We provide remedial, basic and college preparatory courses. High school students will graduate with either a Foundations High School Diploma or a Distinguished High School Diploma. High school course work can be modified to meet the needs of students seeking the Foundations diploma in order to prepare for community college. Students who are preparing for a four year university will be provided with accommodations in order to level the playing field for advanced course work.
Students with learning difficulties often have some associated social and organizational difficulties. At Crossroads School we directly address these issues in the classroom and all nonacademic times. We do so in multiple ways ranging from direct teaching of skills to modeling and role playing. In addition, a positive reinforcement system is used throughout the school and throughout the day. This programming focuses on supporting students’ development of skills necessary to overcome social and organizational challenges and prepare them for successful functioning beyond Crossroads.
A primary goal of the Crossroads mission is to prepare students to successfully transition to a more traditional school. Readiness to transition can occur at natural break points like the end of elementary or end of middle school, or when a student’s family and teachers believe that the student is academically and socially ready. Most students are ready to transition within two to five years of attendance at Crossroads. Approximately 90% of our “graduating” students eventually attend private schools. We take great pride in knowing that our students are consistently well received by other schools and that they have a history of moving on to college and productive careers.
Enrichment classes are offered after school and throughout the school year. Extra fees apply. Current activities are:
Homework Club: An opportunity for students to get started on their homework with the help of a teacher
Arts and Drama: Incorporating both art and drama, students write, produce and present original plays and works of art.
Sports and Gross Motor Skills: Through examples and challenges, students enjoy playing sports and working on gross motor skills.
Keyboarding/Coding: A fun and exciting way for students to develop computing knowledge, become proficient on the keyboard and learn the correct finger placement.
Tutoring is provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group and is designed for students who require additional assistance in basic skills. Special tutoring arrangements may be made by contacting the school office.
The goal of the summer program is to provide a relaxed, yet focused, atmosphere so that students can move beyond their current academic level, keep their skills up, or get remedial help.
Sports, art, crafts and games add a feeling of celebration throughout the program.
We provide 3 two week sessions in June and July. Students can enroll in one session or all three.