Elementary/Middle School Selective Studies

Selective Studies for Grades 1-7
The goal of Elementary/Middle School Selective Studies is to provide early intervention in a more individualized setting that will equip children to be successful in the regular classroom.

The Selective Studies program, at all grade levels, relies on a collaborative model requiring support from the school, the student and the parents. Students in grades 1-4 may be admitted to the program without formalized testing based on student performance and teacher recommendation.

In grades 5-12 the program serves students with diagnosed conditions that aff­ect learning. A current educational psychological evaluation performed by a licensed psychologist is required. Documentation must include cognitive ability, academic achievement, information processing, social-emotional strengths, and educational needs.

Students must demonstrate the potential to learn in a fast-paced college-prep curriculum.

Our program is not designed for students with social or behavioral deficits or who require lower student/teacher ratios, a slower pace, or modified curriculum to thrive. Programs di­ffer in the Elementary, Middle and High School.

Grades 1-4

At the elementary level, early intervention pull-out classes for reading and/or math are designed to equip young children with the necessary skills to demonstrate grade level competency in the regular classroom. Students may participate in reading, phonics/spelling and/or math depending on their individual learning needs and remain in their grade level classes for all other instruction and activities.

Reading Instruction

Grades 1-3: Selective Studies provides small (maximum 4 students) pull-out remedial classes for reading, phonics/spelling or Orton-Gillingham tutoring. Our teachers are trained in Orton-Gillingham and Wilson multi-sensory teaching methods. These classes replace the instruction presented by the regular classroom teacher. Teachers present the material systematically using direct instruction and multi-sensory methods to build skills and academic confidence and are able to off­er more individualized assistance due to the small class size.

Grade 4: Pull-out language arts instruction is off­ered by Selective Studies teachers in classes of no more than six students. Presentation of instruction is more multi-sensory, interactive and direct. Curriculum mirrors the regular grade level classes with additional remediation and support.

Math Instruction 

Small-group (4-6 students) instruction is provided for 1st through 4th grade students in pull-out model remedial classes. Teachers use interactive, sequential, multi-sensory methods to build mathematical thinking from the concrete to the abstract.

Grade 5

In 5th grade, early intervention pull-out classes for reading and/or math are designed to equip students with the necessary skills to demonstrate grade level competency in the regular classroom. Students may participate in reading, phonics/spelling and/or math depending on their individual learning needs and remain in their grade level classes for all other instruction and activities.  A current educational psychological evaluation performed by a licensed psychologist is required.
 
Reading Instruction

Pull-out language arts instruction is offered by Selective Studies teachers in classes of no more than six students. Presentation of instruction is more multi-sensory, interactive and direct. Curriculum mirrors the regular grade level classes with additional remediation and support.
 
Math Instruction 

Small-group (4-6 students) instruction is provided to 5th grade students in pull-out model remedial classes. Teachers use interactive, sequential, multi-sensory methods to build mathematical thinking from the concrete to the abstract.

Study Skills Class

Study Skills is an elective class designed to develop skills that enable students to plan and implement learning goals. This class is open to all students, whether or not they have diagnosed learning disabilities, subject to availability. Classes teach the following skills:

  • Study and learning strategies (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)
  • Test taking strategies (analyzing answer choices, stress and time management)
  • Materials organization (lockers, binders, planners)
  • Information organization (outlines, graphic organizers, chunking)

Strategies are taught through direct and guided instruction, games, and monitored independent application with current class work.

Grades 6-7

Middle School Selective Studies off­ers small-group (maximum 6 students) grade-level instruction in 45 minute blocks for language arts and math. Curriculum mirrors the content of general education classes and teachers di­fferentiate instruction by varying presentation, assignments or assessments. Instruction in the 7th grade is designed to launch students into regular Language Arts and Math classes in the 8th grade. Selective Studies does not provide small-group content classes beyond the 7th grade at Providence.  A current educational psychological evaluation performed by a licensed psychologist is required.

Study Skills Class

Study Skills is an elective class designed to develop skills that enable students to plan and implement learning goals. This class is open to all students, whether or not they have diagnosed learning disabilities, subject to availability. Classes teach the following skills:

  • Study and learning strategies (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)
  • Test taking strategies (analyzing answer choices, stress and time management)
  • Materials organization (lockers, binders, planners)
  • Information organization (outlines, graphic organizers, chunking)

Strategies are taught through direct and guided instruction, games, and monitored independent application with current class work.
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