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Curriculum

"Simple words cannot express the amazing work that you can do at Chatham Academy. You turn the impossible to possible, the difficult to so much easier, and the unimaginable to the doable."

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Chatham Academy fits the curriculum to the student, not the student to the curriculum.

Chatham Academy has designed the classrooms, teaching techniques and curriculum to allow each child to experience academic and social success. Students are grouped in classes by age and skill level. Each class is structured so students have clear expectations, accommodations, and academic supports.

From the moment a student walks through the door to the time they leave each day, we work to provide an environment that is conducive to the learning needs of students with learning disabilities.

We create a learning plan specific to your child's needs.
Our goals are to teach each student the academic skills appropriate for their level, to accept responsibility for their actions and their learning, and to advocate responsibly for themselves. When students do this successfully, they can return to traditional classrooms.
We utilize direct, sequential, multisensory instruction to target academic areas of need and increase performance in areas of academic strength.
 

Specialized Instruction Methods

  • 10:1 (or less) student-to-teacher ratio
  • Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Marilyn Zecher Multisensory Math
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Mindfulness Program
  • Direct instruction in all content areas
  • Consistent progress monitoring

The goal is for each student to accept and understand their disability, being able to utilize supports and accommodations effectively and independently with confidence.


Chatham Academy is not the right fit for every student.

While Chatham Academy specializes in a wide range of Specific Learning Disabilities, we do not offer specialized programs for those with behavioral or certain psychiatric diagnoses, and are not a therapeutic school.*

These Include:
- Moderate to Severe Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Moderate to Severe Emotional Problems
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

*On occasion, a student without a diagnosed learning disability may be accepted if our learning environment fits the student's needs.


Chatham Academy welcomes students without bias towards sex, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

 

Course Offerings

* All course offerings are available, but offered based of student and student population needs

  • Lower School — Elementary/Middle School

    Math Computation

    Math Skills

    Reading Comprehension

    Structured Reading

    • Linda Mood-Bell
    • Orton-Gillingham

    English Language Arts

    Framing Your Thoughts (direct instruction English)

    Science (differentiated for reading levels)

    Social Studies

    Visualization and Verbalization

    • Concept/Language Development
    • Social Studies
    • Science

    Physical Education

    Adaptive Physical Education

    Typing/Computer Skills

    Written Expression

    Step up to Writing

  • Upper School — High School

    Graduation Requirement:

    English – 4 Units

    Mathematics – 4 Units

    Social Studies – 3 units

    Science – 4 Units

    Foreign Language – 2 units

    Physical Education – .5 Units

    Health – .5 Units

    4 Electives


    U. S. History

    Economics

    World History

    Citizenship

    Coastal Ecology

    Biology

    Chemistry

    Environmental Science

    Physical Science

    Physics

    Spanish I

    Spanish II

    French I

    French II

    German I

    German II

    Workplace Skills

    Typing/Computer Skills

    Art History

    Literature 9

    Literature 10

    Literature 11

    Literature 12

    Fusion Reading

    Orton-Gillingham Structured Reading

    Reading Enrichment

    English 9

    English 10

    English 11

    English 12

    Math for Test-taking

    Pre-Algebra

    Foundations of Algebra

    Algebra I

    Algebra II

    General Math Skills

    Foundations of Geometry

    Geometry

    Workplace Math

    Pre-Calculus

    Calculus

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