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The Miriam School
"Educational environment – Every child possesses unique talents and abilities. The first step in serving children with learning disabilities is to help them explore varied learning styles and discover their individual strengths.
Our dedicated staff of experienced professionals is uniquely qualified to engage the potential in our children. As children discover how they learn, they are better equipped to address the academic, social and personal challenges they meet every day and to advocate for themselves in positive ways. Each success improves self-esteem and brings the opportunity for yet another success!
Support that adapts to individual needs
Students may stay at Miriam School for three to four years to acquire the tools they need to succeed in a classroom and then transition into a public, private or parochial school with more traditional academic support. Families may also choose to stay at Miriam School throughout the elementary and middle school years.
We assist children with learning disabilities through:
A nurturing, structured environment that facilitates growth in the areas of academic and social skills
Small ungraded class size (1:10 teacher/student ratio)
Specialized occupational therapy for students exhibiting sensory and/or motor deficits
Specialized speech and language therapy for students exhibiting deficits
An individualized education plan (I.E.P.) tailored to each child's unique needs and strengths
A 1:8 ratio full-day Early Childhood Special Education Program serving students beginning at age four
Art, music and physical education classes which enhance self-esteem and creativity
Open communication between parents and faculty
Professional faculty consisting of certified Special Education Teachers, Registered Occupational Therapists and Licensed Speech/ Language Pathologists
Extended Day Care
Advocacy and Support Services
Transition Services Curriculum – The mission of Miriam School is to encourage children with multiple learning disabilities to recognize and successfully meet their potential. The mission is accomplished through an individualized curriculum designed to meet the unique social, emotional, physical and academic needs of each student. Through a team approach, we provide an individually designed instructional program based upon their unique learning style.
The Miriam School Curriculum Guide provides a concise overview of areas of instruction emphasized in the educational program. This curriculum in combination with each student’s Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) forms the foundation of the Miriam School Program.
Miriam uses a variety of methods and instructional tools to meet the individual learning styles of our students. Based on the needs of the student, a student’s curriculum might include instruction using one or more of the following programs:
S.P.I.R.E. integrates phonological awareness, phonics, handwriting, fluency, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension in an instructional design based on how struggling readers learn. Each S.P.I.R.E. lesson employs ten steps that enhance student learning and memory by engaging multisensory pathways to the brain in rapid succession.
Step Up To Writing is an explicit, hands-on writing program that leads to increased writing proficiency across the curriculum. Students receive direct instruction and practice in the areas of idea development, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, conventions and presentation.
Saxon Math is an incremental math program designed to allow students time to practice, process and master math skills. It provides a balanced approach with manipulative opportunities and guided instruction that move students from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract."