9 Month Term
At a Glance
Two full semesters, grades K-12 | Instruction available for international students/adults
Average 4:1 student/teacher ratio
The typical Key School student is of average or above average intelligence and suffers from one or more learning differences. Key School’s Nine Month Term is a full, rigorous academic program with an emphasis on individual progression. Our average 4:1 student/teacher ratio gives our students the educational advantage needed to reach, and in some cases exceed, their academic goals.
We make a strong effort to keep each class both practical and stimulating. Our instructors teach in a multi-sensory format strategically designed to ensure the greatest potential for learning. Concepts are built by first reinforcing students’ present skills and then, once confidence is gained, introducing new ones.
Study skills and organization, which are fundamental to the program, are taught and included at all levels. As basic academic skills are mastered and educational deficiencies are minimized, the student’s academic focus is directed into a comfortable transition to a traditional school setting.
For more details on the curriculum of our nine-month term click through the courses below.
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The foreign language options offered at Key School include American Sign Language and Spanish. As in all our classes, the curriculum is individualized to address the learning style and pace of each student. Teachers constantly monitor each student’s progress, adjusting the lesson presentation to his or her level. This personalized instruction method ensures immediate feedback and constant teacher/pupil interaction.
To help encourage acquisition of the target language, our foreign language program is taught with maximum positive reinforcement in a nonthreatening environment. Games are used to encourage fun, creative use of the target language. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are emphasized equally and monitored throughout the curriculum.
All of Key School’s foreign language teachers have experience teaching students with language differences and auditory processing difficulties. Cooperation between the language therapist and the foreign language teachers ensures the student’s success in a subject that is typically difficult for students with auditory and visual perceptual differences. Our curriculum incorporates the following activities:
- Total physical response activities
- Tactile learning
- Integration of the Greek and Latin Roots curriculum
- Culturally authentic materials
Each student’s course content is based on his or her ability and academic potential. The diagnostic team reviews the relevant portions of the standardized testing results to place students in the correct class and to set viable goals.