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Aside from the carefully planned curriculum objectives,
students attending SCHI have the opportunity to benefit from a wide
range of diverse hands-on learning experiences that include state-of-the-art
computer instruction, aquatic therapy and pre-vocational training.
Future mainstreaming opportunities, job placement
and independent living are carefully considered and included in
the formation of daily lesson plans.
Throughout every school day, learning concepts are
transformed into practical attainment of basic skills and achievements.
Self-sufficiency and life skills development are achieved through
guided shopping experiences, visits to department stores and community
experiences, (i.e., To the library, to the post office). Self-care
skills and independence are acquired through classroom activities
that include vacuuming, dressing skills, setting the table and assisting
in meal preparation. Social development and interaction is encouraged
through extracurricular group activities, instructional peer play
and periodic recreational experiences.
During the summer, we offer an extended school year
program organized by SCHI to ensure that the summer months will
be an extension of the school year’s educational program and
services. Reinforcement of learned skills, and carefully planned,
exciting educational experiences enhance the summer days and create
memories for the children that they will cherish.
The faculty of administrators, teachers and therapists
at SCHI (The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence) are chosen
for their professionalism and educational expertise, as well as
for their dedication, warmth and innate understanding. Each educator
endeavors to build self confidence, encourage independence and to
instill in their students the reassurance that accompanies personal
achievement. While these objectives are of primary importance, they
are fostered with an uncompromising adherence toward the highest
standards of academic achievement.
Open communication between parents and educators
is crucial to children’s scholastic success. This philosophy
manifests itself at SCHI through daily written communication, parent/teacher
conferences, progress reports and phone conversations.
In-service training workshops offered at the School
for Children with Hidden Intelligence enable staff members to continuously
upgrade their educational expertise and knowledge. These opportunities
are not limited to the SCHI faculty alone but are attended by therapists
from neighboring counties and cities who are invited to benefit
from these highly informative seminars.
THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
To guarantee personal attention and full-time supervision,
SCHI maintains a significantly high teacher/pupil ratio. Regular
classroom faculty is augmented and complemented by specialists of
various disciplines: physical, occupational, speech, music and art
In an informal, yet highly structured atmosphere,
the children of SCHI benefit from a wide array of educational and
therapeutic strategies. A warm and caring homelike atmosphere encourages
optimum performance and contributes to success in achieving student
Learning styles differ in every child and this is
reflected in the variety of educational programs available to our
students. Indeed, what sets SCHI apart from other schools of its
kind is its thoughtful persistence in utilizing and adapting one
program after another until a successful technique or strategy is
adopted. Included among the many academic programs implemented at
SCHI are the Stevenson Reading Program with the Touch Phonics Program,
the Achieve Language Program, Beginning to Read, Write and Listen,
Reading Milestones, the Silver Bernett Ginn Reading Series, the
Focus Reading Program, Explode the Code, and the list keeps growing
as we continue to grow and develop new strategies for learning.
To master math skills, teachers at SCHI use many teacher-made materials,
The Semple Math Program, The Addison Wesley Math Series and a wide
variety of math manipulatives and number readiness programs.
Autistic children at SCHI benefit from a combination
of programs and services. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) approach,
a one-on-one discrete trial teaching method, is used along with
Sensory Integration Techniques. Students with language delays or
hearing impairments communicate and are taught with the assistance
of sign language, the PECS Program (Picture Exchange Communication
System) and augmentative communication devices to facilitate functional
A mainstreaming program was initiated in the 1997-98
school year called S.K.I.P (Special Kids Integration Program). This
program provides our students with the opportunity to regularly
participate in a neighborhood school classroom or play-group in
the community. Some of these children also come to SCHI on a weekly
basis so that friendships can be formed and the students can learn
more about each other. This has proven to be a very rewarding experience
for all involved.
To help our students at The School for Children
with Hidden Intelligence become productive members of their community,
we have begun a pre-vocational program for our young adults. Our
staff is trained in job coaching so as to help them pursue jobs
that will be appropriate as well as rewarding.