Beginning in First Grade, our students are evaluated at the start of the school year to ensure that they are gaining instruction that matches their ability. Some students are placed one to two years above grade level. A daily math block enables students to rotate to their math class efficiently, similar to middle or high school.
Making Learning Fun and Relatable
Our faculty is empowered to make learning fun and relatable to every student while applying their lessons to everyday occasions. For example, our 3rd grade math unit includes a field trip to a pizza shop where students learn to divide their pizzas and ingredients. In second grade social studies, our students raise money for and visit a Habitat for Humanity home.
We have a dedicated learning specialist that supports our students by providing monthly classroom social and emotional well being lessons, as well as individual or small group conversations as needed. The learning specialist works with teachers and parents to help provide student support at school and at home.
For those students requiring supplemental support in reading, writing, and spelling, we use the Orton Gillingham approach for promoting literacy. This method takes into account the needs of students with learning differences such as dyslexia and is taught by faculty members who have been trained in this specialized program.
We use technology as a tool to facilitate differentiation when appropriate. Using a variety of apps and online platforms, we are able to deliver instruction at the students pace & level. Technology helps facilitate collaboration and group learning and provides a platform for self-guided, passion-based, learning projects.
We know that every child learns differently and we are committed to ensure that our students leave JAO with a love of learning and that they are well-prepared for middle school and the rest of their lives.