9 Month Term

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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Physical Fitness

The Physical Fitness program at Key School introduces a new model to the traditional programs of the past. The program teaches students to increase their physical competence and to improve on health-related fitness, and enjoyment of physical activity with the objective of being physically active for a lifetime.

Students in grades 1-3

Enjoy learning and mastering mature forms in basic loco motor skills (i.e. skipping, galloping, running). They progress toward achieving competency in manipulative skills (i.e. throwing, dribbling) which allow them to learn control in traveling, weight bearing, and balance activities. Basic forms in Yoga and Pilates are introduced in P.F. lessons to help strengthen these skills. Students attain basic knowledge in concepts of health-related fitness (cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition). They recognize physiological signs associated with moderate to vigorous activity (i.e., sweating, fast heart rate, heavy breathing). Students also learn the relationship between good nutrition and exercise for achieving wellness.

Students in grades 4-8

Develop maturity and versatility in the use of fundamental motor skills for more challenging movement experiences. Students demonstrate loco motor, non-loco motor, and manipulative skills for performance outcomes in modified play in soccer, football, kickball and Ultimate Frisbee. Students at this level complete timed fitness runs with the objective to continually decrease their time and increase cardio-respiratory endurance. Students are encouraged to complete exercises in muscular endurance (i.e., push, curl up) cardio-respiratory endurance (www.justrun.org, burpees, jumping jacks) and flexibility (i.e., trunk lift, sit and reach).  All students work cooperatively with the P.F. teachers and experience how social interaction can make activities and exercise more fun. Students learn routines and safe practices so that they can apply them with little or no reinforcement. Students gain a basis for working with others in cooperative movement, working together to solve a problem, and/or tackling a challenge as leaders and members of a team.

Students in grades 9-12

Students demonstrate proficiency in fundamental movement skills and patterns and competence in several specialized movement forms.  Students demonstrate loco motor, non-loco motor, and manipulative skills for performance outcomes in modified play in Ultimate Frisbee and football. Students demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviors in physical activity settings. Students gain a basis for working with others in cooperative movement, working together to solve a problem, and/or tackling a challenge as leaders and members of a team.