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Academics

We recognize the uniqueness of each child. Our small class sizes enable our highly-skilled staff to differentiate instruction and provide a great deal of one-on-one interaction. Each grade hosts multiple Reading and Math groups, which move at different paces for different learners. In addition to Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science, students participate in Spanish, PE, art, and music multiple times a week. Students also have the opportunity to check out books from our library.  

Our Curriculum 

Our Curriculum

LVA blends innovative techniques and technologies with tried and true traditional methods. SAVVAS (formerly Pearson) is our primary curriculum source, though all subjects and grades are supplemented with additional material at the teacher's discretion. Each student has access to both the electronic and physical textbook for all subjects. Our curriculum is rigorous and meets state and national standards. We teach cursive and typing. Online modules and speed drills reinforce basic arithmetic, while our curriculum encourages students to think critically. LVA is NOT a Common Core school.

In addition to our rigorous curriculum, LVA is proud to offer Slingerland instruction for dyslexic students. Specially trained and certified teachers incorporate Slingerland pedagogical techniques, which include multi-sensory approaches to learning letters and phonemes, into all PreK-8 Language arts. This technique has been shown to help all children develop a firm foundation for literacy. 

For those students requiring more directed instruction in literacy methods, we recommend the Slingerland program, a school-within-a-school. Slingerland students participate in Slingerland specific classes with very low student-teacher ratios, while joining their classmates for all other subjects. For more information, visit our Slingerland page. 

Slingerland®
Program

Slingerland Approach incorporates multisensory techniques to teach language skills and reading, aiming to provide effective support for students with language-based learning difficulties.

Slingerland Program

Methodology 

LVA is excited to offer the Slingerland® Methodology, which is a classroom adoption of Orton-Gillingham method for instructing dyslexic learners. LVA-Slingerland is effectively a school within a school which aims to serve dyslexic students and other struggling readers. LVA-Slingerland students participate in most with their grade-level peers and have special groups for Language Arts and Reading. These groups offer intensive Language Arts instruction in very small settings, tailored specifically to the needs of each individual student. Because of the necessity of focusing on mastering written English, Slingerland students have a resource period during the time other students attend Spanish.

LVA has several Certified Slingerland®-trained teachers who are dedicated to meeting the children where they are and working with them in very small groups or individually to ensure they get the language instruction they need in order to be successful readers. These teachers have additional tools in their toolkits that enable them to use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic practices to promote reading mastery.

We believe in the inclusion of all children and provide a trained lead ELA teacher for students needing the Slingerland® methodology. We also believe in providing all students with a school experience that incorporates the “whole child” approach where kids learn best when they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. 

LVA believes that utilizing the latest Pearson curriculum and adopting the Slingerland® methodology, all students in our community will have a safe, secure, and thoughtful school environment where children can thrive. Through this approach, we empower all children to reach their highest potential. 

Advantages Of The Slingerland® Approach

  • A simultaneous, multi-sensory, total language approach

  • Research Based Success

  • Usable in any classroom setting

  • Usability with any reading materials

  • Meets instructional needs of children in general education and those with dyslexia or those experiencing language difficulties

  • Successful * Efficient * Proven * Cost-effective​

A Typical Day In Slingerland

  • Since the dyslexic mind lacks the association of visual, auditory and kinesthetic language, students must be taught to make a conscious effort to do the things that other students do automatically.    

  • Each LVA-Slingerland students receives a minimum of 100 minutes of Slingerland-specific instruction daily. Our daily format provides both horizontal and vertical learning within  a continuum of multisensory, step by step instruction. Each unit of speech is divided into three sections: Learning to write, the Auditory Approach, and the Visual Approach. Each of these components is essential for the understanding of the written word.​

  • Students learn at the rate at which they can comprehend. Our goal is to introduce a new unit of speech each day with review as needed. The class is very interactive and participation is imperative for their success.

  • Classroom policies regarding homework, tests, grades, etc. are overridden by our Slingerland policies.

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