The Day School at The Children’s Institute strives to meet the needs of the students and families we serve by constantly improving our curriculum. We encourage an evolving curriculum, and add to, rather than revise, the more established parts to reflect new learning, best practices and the changing needs of our students.
- As our school and its population change, new sections and new materials are added to our “bank” of curriculum resources available to teachers and therapists.
- Because we believe that each child’s individual needs and program should dictate his objectives, we have not established a “lock-step” curriculum through which each student must pass in some pre-determined order.
- Teachers and other staff members are free to consult our wide selection of curriculum guides to determine and develop the most appropriate educational objectives and activities for each student.
- Our curriculum involves growth, development and close scrutiny of an ongoing educational process and the awareness of best practices in the field.
- The focus of the curriculum is to meet the needs of the total student, integrating functional academics and related services with the life skills needed for the maximum independence possible for each student.
- Our teaching strategies and instruction are selected to match the students’ learning style and ability.
- Instructional strategies are designed to assure student success.
- In addition to the curriculum offered in classrooms, each of our students is offered the “specials” — classes of adapted physical education, art, library and music —taught by teachers certified in each of those subject areas.
Computers are readily available to students in all classrooms and sophisticated computer access devices such as switches, alternate keyboards and other assistive devices are used by many of our students.