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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Social Studies is an increasingly important area of the Key School curriculum. Each Social Studies class begins with an overview of geography to orient the student to the countries of the world, the United States, and that lesson’s specific region of emphasis.

Key School’s Social Studies curriculum is designed to teach students comprehension and study skills as well as history and geography. Students are taught to locate and isolate the main idea of each paragraph. After this vital comprehension skill is secure, students then learn to add the most important supporting facts and use this information in an outline.

Students also learn how to utilize a textbook as their primary study aid, coding the book for the main idea, cause and effect, and sequence of events. These study skills have proven successful in helping students draw logical conclusions about culture and history.

Social Studies concepts are enforced throughout the student’s remaining class schedule. In all literature classes, the setting and other locations in the story are presented from a geographical standpoint. The active listening concept taught school-wide includes a map when applicable to the concept.

We also offer Social Studies based elective classes geared not only to augment the existing curriculum, but also to remediate specific needs of certain students. These electives include:

  • Current Events
  • Biography
  • Erudition
  • Michael Palin Travel
  • Story of English
  • Cities of the World
  • Wonders of the World

Social Studies is taught with an interdisciplinary approach incorporating literature, comprehension, current events, humanities, fine arts, theme writing, and study skills.