All of our students study a second language. We believe that students with learning disabilities are capable of learning second languages, and that offering them this opportunity better prepares them to become global citizens. Our decision to require study of a second language ties in directly with our philosophy as a school.
We offer five levels of Spanish and four levels of American Sign Language (ASL).
The strength of our Spanish program is the use of multimodal approaches and integration of assistive technology to ensure that the students are mastering the language and learning about different cultures at their own paces. To that end, class sizes are small.
Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, and learn about Latinx history and cultures. Spanish proficiency is built through conversation and story.
American Sign Language
American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-spatial language that uses a combination of hand shapes, palm orientations, movements, locations, and facial expressions to convey meaning. We offer students a rich and engaging four-year program that thoughtfully blends the intricacies of sign language with the richness of Deaf culture.
Every year, upper school students participate in Language Night, where students show off the skills they’ve developed and celebrate the cultures they’ve studied.