Children at Miriam School achieve success through personalized learning in multi-grade classrooms with a low student/teacher ratio. This 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.
For example, 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. However, this same student 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.