Study Skills Grade 6
The Study Skills program is designed to teach students strategies to improve their capacity to learn as well as give them support in reading, writing and independent work. Topics across grade 6 include: organization, study habits, reading, writing, planning, prioritizing, responsibility and leadership. Skills across grades 6-8 include: outlining/note taking, techniques for preparing for tests and oral presentations. The collective program will enhance a student’s ability to organize and prepare for their core subjects more effectively.
Resource covers a variety of topics across all content areas through small group and individual instruction. Students work to improve reading comprehension, writing and math skills such as literary elements, paragraph writing and numeracy skills. Organization, social, and problem solving skills are taught throughout the program. An important aspect of the middle school resource program is to support students’ exploration and understanding of their learning needs and begin practicing advocacy skills to support their unique educational needs throughout their school years and beyond. This is a general support class and students must qualify for the program by referral process.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
We strive to be responsive to the needs of our English Language Learner (ELL) students, who comprise a group of linguistically and culturally diverse learners, and to structure a successful academic experience for them. A variety of approaches are used to help students develop language proficiency, learn the central concepts and build knowledge in various disciplines. A caring, inclusive and safe learning atmosphere is established where students take intellectual risks and work both independently and collaboratively.
Our EAL Program is designed to provide English language instruction to non-native speakers. Students learn to communicate competently and refine the language skills necessary to participate successfully in class activities across all areas of the curriculum. EAL instruction serves as a bridge for the student until she/he can function competently in the general classroom. The duration of the EAL program is generally 2– 3 years but may vary according to individual student progress.
Placement in the EAL Program is made through a multiple assessment approach including:
- Biographical information
- Consultation with class teachers
- Review of students’ portfolios, report cards, other relevant information
- Administration of assessments such as the Stanford English Language Proficiency Test, to measure competency level in four basic areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Focused Academic Support for Writing
The Focused Academic Support for Writing Class is designed to develop and enhance the writing skills necessary to be successful both within the language arts curriculum and all other academic subject areas. Students will be given an opportunity to enrich their composition skills and increase academic vocabulary. Students will be encouraged to recognize formal academic language and apply accurate grammatical structure.
This is a targeted support class to assist students who have not reached grade level performance. Students are recommended for enrollment by their classroom teachers and/or assessment results. Upon successful demonstration of grade level mastery, students ill be recommended to exit the support course and enter and elective class.