Multi-grade Classrooms

School-multi-grade-classroomsChildren at Miriam School achieve success in multi-grade classrooms with a 10-1 student to teacher ratio. This multi-graded approach allows students to be grouped with children who are chronologically, academically and socially compatible, rather than using age as the only criteria. Learning groups are more focused in this approach and social relationships are more easily facilitated. Within this framework, classroom teachers work cooperatively with Speech/Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists to facilitate each student’s progress.

If a student has been diagnosed with a Specific Learning Disability in Basic Reading, she may be reading two grade levels below her age-appropriate grade. This same student however may have math and social skills that are above expectation. At Miriam School all of these factors are taken into consideration as home classroom groupings are made. This allows each child to be included within a group of students whose needs are compatible and complementary, thereby maximizing skill development and increasing self-confidence.