“We don’t just teach our students compensation measures; we teach them working strategies. Our hands-on teaching approaches actively engage the many senses of the brain in the learning process, allowing students to automatize and internalize instruction, rather than reinforcing their inherent reliance on passive, rote memorization.”
All language and learning skills are taught using a multi-sensory, sequential approach. During the early morning hours between 8.30 and 10:30, every student, regardless of age, begins preparing the brain by studying the mechanics of language, adapted appropriately for the student's age and current level of ability. This includes reading, writing, spelling, listening comprehension, auditory sequencing, active working memory, visual-motor discrimination, and decoding and encoding skills, presented in sequential sensory specific increments, one step at a time.
These skills carry over into all classes and all subjects during the rest of the day. They are practiced within course content and implemented by teachers trained in literature, art, music, history, math, and science.
Course content is challenging and sophisticated, following in the least, State Education Curriculum guidelines and, more often than not, enhancing these minimal requirements. A student's effort as well as his or her achievement is valued by all teachers. In this way, learning weaknesses are repaired, and the aptitudes and acumen of our bright children are developed.
During the summer our students keep learned skills honed and practiced, maximizing automaticity and internalizing learning while minimizing forgetting.
Excellent progress in learning how to learn is not enough alone to develop and sustain the best in children, unless learning takes place in the other "language" of behavior, emotion socialization, honesty, responsibility, problem-solving conflict-resolution inter- and intra-personal skills and spirituality · these kinds of learning are an essential part of their daily educational experience. This integration of these many "languages" learning happens every day at The Lewis School.
The Lewis School has always recognized, valued, and developed the intelligence and creative strengths of its bright, learning-different students. Children who fall through the cracks elsewhere have been discovered at The Lewis Clinic and School to be bright, fully capable persons of ability, talent, and untapped promise.
The Lewis School provides a unique learning program that is customized and individualized for students at the following levels: Preschool, Lower School, Upper School, College Preparatory Program, College Study, Graduate School Preparatory Study, Adult Learning Program.