In many cases, prior to joining the Prentice family, our students have had to solely focus on simply making it through the day, leaving a gap in executive function and socialization skills.
The Prentice Approach is what delineates our school from the rest. Our school provides an optimal learning environment for students with learning differences. Each grade level includes push-in services that are incorporated into our student's daily classroom experience including Executive Functioning, Social Learning, Orton-Gillingham and, for our Junior High Program, The College Blueprint transition services.
Orton-Gillingham is a tested approach to teaching students with language-based differences who primarily struggle with reading.
The approach uses 67 rules to teach students how to identify sounds and letters. It does this by incorporating a multi-sensory approach to teaching including touch, movement, sound into daily lessons.
Orton-Gillingham is a core component of our elementary school. Due to the hands-on approach, we lower our maximum ratio to 5:1 on all reading groups.
All of our faculty is required to attend training in Orton-Gillingham prior to working with students.
Social Learning emphasizes observing and modeling behavior to and from others as a cognitive process.
Our team works to help our students to learn using a blend of auditory, visual and kinesthetic styles.
This approach gives our students opportunities to work closer with peers in a "real life" learning environment that is relatable and contextual.
Social Learning programs are pushed beginning in lower elementary and become a core program in upper elementary and junior high.
Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.
These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.
Executive Function programs are pushed in our upper elementary program and become a core element of our junior high program.
In Junior High, we push in services from The College Blueprint, a comprehensive educational planning service for middle, high school and college students who are challenged with Learning Differences, and ADHD.
Working together with the student and parents, The College Blueprint team defines academic and career goals and identifies the best educational options for the student after leaving Prentice.
The comprehensive program includes in-depth exploration of careers and majors, college planning and admissions, academic and life skills and standardized test preparation, testing accommodations, uneven academic performance, stress management and anxiety, referrals and general educational case management.