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.
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9 Month Curriculum Includes:
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Mathematics at Key School emphasizes basic, traditional math. The mathematics teachers and the diagnostic committee review the standardized assessment, class achievement, and intellectual ability of each individual child.
In the enrollment process, each student is given the Houghton Mifflin Computational Pretest to assist in class placement and to assess strengths, weaknesses, and skill levels for teaching purposes. The math curriculum builds on the student’s present level by reinforcing current skills, then strategically introduces new concepts in order to gain the greatest advancement.
Saxon Math, a language based math program, is taught in first grade through algebra. The Key School word problem curriculum, which complements Saxon, is taught school wide. Its goal is to give the students a reliable method to solve problems by using a coding system. Manipulatives, charts, concept cards, and flash cards play an integral part at all levels of math presentation. To further improve student development, our curriculum is supplemented with various accredited texts when needed. These texts include the following:
- Touch Math
- Scott Foresman’s Mastering Computational Skills
- Houghton Mifflin’s Individualized Computational System
- TEKS materials
Geometry is composed of Addison-Wesley geometry, Houghton Mifflin’s informal geometry, and a geometry program written by the Key School math department. The Key School program is designed to meet the needs of students who have difficulty with abstract concepts. Concept reference cards, drills, reviews, and reteaching are essential parts of our program.
If a student is capable of learning precalculus, trigonometry, calculus, and elementary analysis, a qualified instructor is available for these courses following the state guidelines; otherwise, students are placed in a life skills course.