Special Programs

Special Programs

Special Programs

All special programs start with an interview with the school principal and a diagnostic assessment with MapGrowth®. After that, the application of a Differentiated Instruction process that takes into account the MapGrowth results, the needs or wants of the family and student, and the development of a Personal Study Plan – PSP-

To learn more about each particular program, click the tabs below. If you are ready to begin any program, start by scheduling a Zoom call. 

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Gifted

A gifted student program, often called a Gifted and Talented (G&T) program, is designed to meet the educational needs of students who demonstrate exceptional abilities and talents beyond what is typically observed in their peers. These programs aim to provide intellectually challenging and stimulating experiences to help gifted students reach their full potential. Giftedness can manifest in various areas, including intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or specific academic domains.

Critical features of the gifted student program at Woodbridge Academy include:

  1. Interview with the School Principal to explore the needs and wants of the student or his/her family. 
  2. Identification Process: Our gifted student program starts by identifying students who exhibit advanced abilities. This process may involve assessments, standardized tests, teacher recommendations, and other measures to identify intellectual or creative strengths. Our starting point is an interview between parents and the school principal, followed by the MapGrowth® test.
  3. Differentiated Curriculum: The next step, after we make sure the student is gifted or talented,  involves differentiated curriculum planning beyond the standard grade-level content. Gifted students may receive more advanced and challenging material to meet their intellectual needs and one or more of the following:
    1. Enrichment Activities: Enrichment activities extend and deepen students’ learning experiences. These may include special projects, research opportunities, field trips, guest speakers, and other activities that allow gifted students to explore their interests in greater depth.
    2. Acceleration Options: Some gifted programs offer acceleration options, allowing students to move through the curriculum acceleratedly. This may involve grade skipping, subject acceleration, or early entrance into advanced courses.
    3. Mentorship and Specialized Instruction: Gifted programs may provide mentorship opportunities and specialized instruction from teachers with training in gifted education. This can help students receive guidance and support that aligns with their unique learning needs.
    4. Social and Emotional Support: Recognizing the social and emotional needs of gifted students, these programs may include support mechanisms to help them navigate challenges such as perfectionism, asynchronous development, and peer relationships.
  4. Parental Involvement: Gifted education often involves collaboration with parents better to understand the needs and interests of the gifted student. This collaboration can contribute to the development of an individualized educational plan.

It’s important to note that the structure and offerings of gifted student programs can vary across school districts and educational systems. The primary goal is to nurture the talents and abilities of talented students and provide an educational experience that challenges and inspires them.

Remedial

A remedial education program is designed to provide additional support and instruction to students struggling academically, typically in core subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics. Remedial education aims to help students bridge learning gaps, catch up to their grade level, and achieve academic success. Remedial programs are often implemented at various educational levels, including primary, secondary, and post-secondary education.

Critical features of remedial education programs may include:

  • Interview with the School Principal to explore the needs and wants of the student or family. 
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Identifying specific areas where students struggle is a crucial first step in remedial education. Diagnostic assessments help educators pinpoint the skills or concepts that require reinforcement.
  • Individualized Instruction: Remedial programs often provide tailored or individualized instruction to address the specific needs of each student. This may involve smaller class sizes, one-on-one tutoring, or personalized learning plans.
    • Skill-Building Activities: Remedial education reinforces fundamental skills students may not have mastered. This can include additional practice in reading comprehension, basic math operations, writing skills, or other foundational concepts.
    • Use of Differentiated Instruction: Teachers may employ various instructional strategies and materials to accommodate diverse learning styles and abilities within the remedial education setting.
    • Progress Monitoring: Regular assessment and progress monitoring are essential to remedial education programs. These assessments help educators track students’ progress, adjust instructional strategies as needed, and determine when students can transition back to mainstream classes.
  • Collaboration with Parents and Teachers: Successful remedial education often involves collaboration between teachers, parents, and other support staff. Open communication allows a comprehensive understanding of the student’s needs and progress.
  • Transition Plans: As students progress in a remedial program, there may be plans for transitioning them back into mainstream classrooms. This transition is typically based on achieving specific academic milestones and improving proficiency in the targeted subject areas.

Remedial education programs aim to address academic challenges early on, preventing students from falling further behind and promoting their overall academic success. These programs support students who may require additional assistance to meet grade-level expectations.

Special Needs

A Special Needs Education Program is designed to meet the unique learning requirements of students with disabilities or special needs. Such programs aim to provide support, accommodations, and tailored instruction to help students with disabilities reach their full potential and participate in educational activities alongside their peers.

Critical components of a Special Needs Education Program may include:

  • Interview with the School Principal to assess the needs of the student or family. 
  • Diagnostics: Identifying where the student of the family stands now and how we can help to get them where they want to be. 
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP): An IEP is a personalized plan developed for each student with special needs. It outlines specific educational goals, services, and accommodations tailored to the student’s needs.
    • Inclusive Education: Many special needs education programs aim to promote inclusion, allowing students with disabilities to participate in regular classroom activities alongside their non-disabled peers. This can foster social interaction and a sense of belonging.
    • Specialized Instruction: Teachers in special needs programs often have training and expertise in addressing various disabilities. They use technical instructional strategies and materials to meet the diverse needs of their students.
    • Related Services: These services may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and other support services that address the specific needs of students with disabilities.
    • Adaptive Technology: Special needs programs often incorporate technology and adaptive tools to facilitate learning for students with disabilities. This may include assistive devices, software, and other resources to enhance accessibility.
  • Parental Involvement: Collaboration between parents, teachers, and other professionals is crucial in special needs education. Regular communication and involvement of parents in the decision-making process contribute to the program’s overall success.
  • Transition Planning: For students approaching the end of their schooling, special needs programs often include planning to help them smoothly transition into post-school life, whether that involves further education, employment, or other opportunities.

It’s important to note that the specific components and structure of special needs education programs can vary based on the educational system, local regulations, and the nature of the disabilities involved. The overarching goal is to provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment that caters to the unique needs of each student with disabilities.