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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A large percentage of the Key School population has a need for speech and/or language training for particular problems with auditory skills, language comprehension, and verbal expression. Auditory training is, therefore, incorporated into every segment of the curriculum. Teachers are aware of auditory deficits and routinely address this weakness in the regular classroom presentation. In addition, small group training has been designed to address specific auditory deficits. The listening and speech classes have the goal to improve the following skills:

  • Auditory processing
  • Age appropriate articulation / phonological skills
  • Fluency in speech and oral reading
  • Comprehension of language
  • Use of semantics, syntax, and pragmatics
  • Voice production
  • Vocabulary, expressive and receptive (international students)

Since many Key School students have difficulty expressing themselves orally, a public speaking class was instituted to address this vital learning area. The students are taught to organize their speeches by a technique based on the composition formula for written performance. This helps them to give structure to their public remarks. Public speaking is one of the most popular classes with the students and has not only improved their ability to express themselves, but also it has increased their self-confidence.

Speech-Language classes will relate to schoolwork content from classes. Materials used come from assigned reading and writing activities and are used for practice to improve oral reading skills. Students are given standardized evaluations and goals are individualized for each child. Seniors may be given individual help for delivery of their senior speeches.

A public speaking class is offered for Key School students who have difficulty expressing themselves orally. Students are taught to organize their speeches using a technique based on the composition formula for writing. This helps give structure to their public remarks. Public speaking is one of the most popular classes with the students; it not only improves their ability to express themselves, but also increases their self-confidence.

Focus with elementary students during Friday School is on auditory processing, comprehension, and following directions as well as expressive speech.