Curriculum & Instruction
Overview

The Prentice School is an academic-based program committed to the education of students with learning differences. Our curriculum and instruction is aligned with State Standards. The Prentice School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is certified by the California Department of Education as a NonPublic School (NPS).

We’re committed to small group instruction. The Prentice School’s student: faculty ratio is 10:1 with 18 being the maximum number of students enrolled in a classroom. To more fully address our students’ learning needs, students are placed into small learning groups based on their abilities and skill levels. By utilizing this leveling system, we can meet our students at their present level of performance to remediate foundational skills, build confidence and ultimately find success. These small groups also allow for increased engagement and more targeted intervention and instruction.

Teachers at The Prentice School are fully credentialed in the subject areas they teach. Additionally, they have advanced training in The Slingerland (®) Multisensory Structured Language Approach, the classroom adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Our Elementary and Junior High Curriculum include Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math.

Enhanced Curriculum Interventions

 

In addition to the State adopted, standards-based textbooks, The Prentice School also utilizes the following interventions to enhance reading practice, develop fluency, support vocabulary development, boost math comprehension, maximize individual and whole-class learning, cultivate keyboard skills and healthy work habits, as well as monitor progress:

  • ST Math
  • Scholastic Reading Counts! (Reading Comprehension)
  • Read Naturally Masters Edition (Reading Fluency)
  • BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. (Concept Comprehension)
  • Quizlet (Study Tools)
  • Typing Pal Online (Keyboard Skills)
  • Houghton Mifflin Readers (Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary,
  • Fluency; Common Core Aligned) Reading A-Z Books
  • (Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary, Fluency; Common Core Aligned)
  • iReady
  • Step up to writing
  • Fast ForWord Reading