Sixth grade students are introduced to basic vocabulary, conversational skills, and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. In seventh grade, language is explored in group settings with dynamic activities to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in this second language. Eighth grade students are prepared for and enthusiastic about studying a second language in the upper school. A variety of activities, such as songs, computer-based activities, games, and kinesthetic activities, are incorporated into instruction to accommodate different learning styles.
The highlight of the Spanish course is a one-week language immersion trip to Costa Rica for all eighth graders. Students attend intensive Spanish classes each morning and go on field trips to cultural and natural sites in the afternoon. It’s an experience they never forget.
The challenges that all adolescent students face — physical changes, social challenges, growing independence, and peer pressure — are heightened for students with learning disabilities. Healthy Choices teaches students the skills necessary to make good choices.
The program provides a safe environment for students to share and openly discuss ideas, feelings, and concerns. Groups of up to six students learn important information and life skills in the following sequence of six-week courses:
- Organizational Skills
- Media Literacy and Social Media Safety
- Understanding Learning Disabilities
- Good Choices
- Hygiene and Etiquette
- Human Sexuality
- Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education