Teaching and Learning as Unique as Every Child
Every child is unique. Realizing that every child learns differently, Villa Maria offers personalized and specialized instruction in an environment sufficiently varied for students of widely different personalities, interests, and styles of learning.
Four students in a classroom working collaboratively in a cozy, intimate setting with a single teacher. That’s what learning looks like at Villa Maria and that’s one of the secrets of our continued success in fostering excellence and independence in children with learning differences. Teachers are always able to help each child by teaching according to their students’ individual needs.
All of our teachers at Villa Maria School are state-certified in special education and participate in continued professional development focusing on best practices and latest research. They are professionals – knowledgeable, compassionate, patient, and sensitive to the various learning styles of our students. They challenge students, emphasizing the mastery of reading, writing and mathematics skills, but they also provide a nurturing, supportive environment in which students can learn and succeed.
A Multisensory and Innovative Approach
Teachers create learning experiences that allow students to achieve their full potential and demonstrate their ability in a variety of ways. In small classes, typically four students with one teacher, students are encouraged to become active, engaged learners – whether it’s a 1st grader leaping from number to number to add or subtract, or a 6th grader using a “graphic organizer” to visually outline a book report.
Parents as Partners
At Villa Maria, we view parents as partners in the education of their children, and we value their support and participation. We stress parent-teacher communication as a vital component of the Villa Maria education.
Individualized Education Plan
Every student at Villa Maria has an Student Learning and Support Plan (SLSP) written by his or her teachers to address that student’s specific strengths and needs. For those students referred by a public agency, the IEP incorporates the goals and objectives of the IEP created through a joint effort at a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting. For students who are privately placed and funded, the staff prepares an SLSP using their professional expertise.
Assessment is multifaceted and continuous. Through both informal and formal assessments, teachers are continually gathering data about their students’ strengths, weaknesses and progress and using this information to guide their instruction.