supporting learning differences
Perimeter School recognizes that children have a range of strengths and weaknesses and can struggle in the classroom for various reasons. All of our students have the opportunity to pursue additional educational sessions focused on their unique needs.
By offering families multiple routes to further develop their children, it is our deep desire that every child stirs imagination, develops intellectual curiosity, and thrives in their own learning despite any learning challenges. Perimeter School strengthens families through:
- 1:17 Dyslexia Program
- Bridge Program
Fundations Reading Program
Our students' teachers will take a close look at each child's reading skill level to determine if the child would benefit from our Fundations Reading Program, which uses the systematic, multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham approach to reading development. If the teacher discerns that a student might benefit from augmented instruction, the teacher may refer him or her to a reading specialist, and individual tutoring may be recommended.
A child's teacher may determine that a student will benefit from a "Double Dose" of the skills taught in the classroom.
"Double Dose" is a group of two or more students, formed by grade level who work with our reading specialist in order to further develop their decoding skills using Wilson Reading strategies.
NILD Educational Therapy
Perimeter School recognizes that a child of average or above-average intelligence can still struggle with learning in the classroom due to auditory, visual, and spatial perceptual difficulties. We offer NILD Educational Therapy to address these issues.
NILD students have one-on-one educational therapy sessions two times a week. Each session lasts 80 minutes and is outside the classroom setting. These sessions include a variety of techniques designed to stimulate the specific areas of perceptual weakness.
The therapist works with the teacher, student, and parents to create a support system for the child.
Search & Teach
Search & Teach is an early intervention program developed to meet the educational needs of young learners before they experience the frustration of learning failure.
A 20-minute individual test designed to identify five- and six-year-olds who may be vulnerable to learning difficulties. All kindergarten and pre-first students participate in "SEARCH."
The instructional component of the program, provided during a minimum of three 30-minute sessions per week. "TEACH" considers a child's strong and weak academic areas and prescribes appropriate instructional tasks basic to reading and language arts.
The practical plan is divided into five clusters including: visual, visual-motor, auditory, body-image, and intermodal skill clusters.
1:17 Dyslexia Program
Perimeter School's 1:17 Program is a specialized upper middle elementary class established for serving our in-house covenant students with diagnosed dyslexia. The 1:17 classes offers a high-quality, comprehensive Orton-Gillingham approach, which is applied to all areas of Perimeter's broad curriculum.
Multi-sensory instruction encompassing kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and tactile learning are used throughout every subject.
1:17 students receive necessary remediation in reading, math, science, and language arts. Our desire and focus is to stay on grade level and be successful in the classroom, thus enabling them to transition into subsequent grade level classes, following a maximum of three years of remediation.
By strategically teaching study, executive function, and advocacy skills, the Perimeter School Bridge Program helps middle school students learn to take on the responsibility for their own learning. When students are able to manage their time, work efficiently to complete their studies, and experience both success and failure, they are more equipped and confident to tackle the academic challenges that await them.
Beginning in 2018-2019 school year, students participating in the Bridge Program are not required to have an Ed Psych report completed (though it is still highly recommended and beneficial for planning accommodations). There will be limited spaces in each grade level.
The Bridge Program includes:
- Five study skills classes per week
- Five study hall classes a week
- Weekly parent updates
- Weekly observations of your child in subject-matter classes
- Peer notes (must have ed psych report)
- Test taking lab (must have ed psych report)