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Support Services

Achieve more with the right support.

At PBDA, every student achieves more, regardless of learning differences.

Studies show that early intervention prevents dramatic gaps in literacy skills, content knowledge and self-esteem from occurring.

The Learning Support team at PBDA provides support that is highly individualized and fully integrated with the curriculum and classroom life of the student. At each level, the structure and methodology of Learning Support are based on current educational research.

Kindergarten – Grade 3

On the Lower Campus, our mission is to solidify the underlying literacy skills that can unlock the potential of every student. In the classroom, phonics-based, multi-sensory lessons and routines are used to teach the whole group, while PBDA’s “two teacher” model allows for significant individualization.

For students who require a more explicit, incremental methodology, small group and 1:1 Orton-Gillingham sessions are available from the Learning Specialist, who has a Master’s in Cognitive Science in Education and years of experience teaching at Orton-Gillingham based schools. Flexible scheduling, tri-annual progress monitoring and constant communication between teachers, the Specialist and the Head of Lower School allow the intensity of each student’s program to be adapted, as necessary, throughout the year.

As a result, students in the Learning Support program, including those with diagnosed learning disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD, are able to succeed within the rigorous curriculum at PBDA.

Grades 4 and 5

The Learning Specialist for the 4th and 5th grades is trained in the Orton-Gillingham, Wilson and Ready to Read methodologies. The program is designed not only to help students continue to strengthen underlying literacy skills in reading, spelling and composition, but also to teach them to manage their academic load. At the beginning of each academic year, the Specialist works with the teachers to assess the needs of the incoming group of Support students and collaboratively creates the Support schedule within and around the class curricula.

Grades 6 – 9

At PBDA’s highest grade levels, the focus shifts to application, independence and self-advocacy. The Learning Specialist for these grades holds degrees in Special Education and Reading, is a Wilson Certified Instructor and has completed training in Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell programs.

In middle school, a daily Learning Strategies class is offered at each grade level. In addition to providing curriculum support, Strategies classes teach organizational and study skills, as well as incorporate targeted instruction in reading comprehension and written expression. Accommodations that reasonably fit within PBDA’s academic curriculum are granted to students with diagnosed learning differences.

Students in Learning Support are also able to take advantage of PBDA’s Bring Your Own Device policy, which enables students to utilize the many apps and web tools that can bolster performance and academic independence.

Kindergarten – Grade 3

On the Lower Campus, our mission is to solidify the underlying literacy skills that can unlock the potential of every student. In the classroom, phonics-based, multi-sensory lessons and routines are used to teach the whole group, while PBDA’s “two teacher” model allows for significant individualization.

For students who require a more explicit, incremental methodology, small group and 1:1 Orton-Gillingham sessions are available from the Learning Specialist, who has a Master’s in Cognitive Science in Education and years of experience teaching at Orton-Gillingham based schools. Flexible scheduling, tri-annual progress monitoring and constant communication between teachers, the Specialist and the Head of Lower School allow the intensity of each student’s program to be adapted, as necessary, throughout the year.

As a result, students in the Learning Support program, including those with diagnosed learning disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD, are able to succeed within the rigorous curriculum at PBDA.

Grades 4 and 5

The Learning Specialist for the 4th and 5th grades is trained in the Orton-Gillingham, Wilson and Ready to Read methodologies. The program is designed not only to help students continue to strengthen underlying literacy skills in reading, spelling and composition, but also to teach them to manage their academic load. At the beginning of each academic year, the Specialist works with the teachers to assess the needs of the incoming group of Support students and collaboratively creates the Support schedule within and around the class curricula.

Grades 6 – 9

At PBDA’s highest grade levels, the focus shifts to application, independence and self-advocacy. The Learning Specialist for these grades holds degrees in Special Education and Reading, is a Wilson Certified Instructor and has completed training in Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell programs.

In middle school, a daily Learning Strategies class is offered at each grade level. In addition to providing curriculum support, Strategies classes teach organizational and study skills, as well as incorporate targeted instruction in reading comprehension and written expression. Accommodations that reasonably fit within PBDA’s academic curriculum are granted to students with diagnosed learning differences.

Students in Learning Support are also able to take advantage of PBDA’s Bring Your Own Device policy, which enables students to utilize the many apps and web tools that can bolster performance and academic independence.

Academic Overview

Achieve more academically. Our goal is to prepare every student for admission and success at appropriate, excellent secondary schools.

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STEAM

STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – is widely recognized as a vital approach to education.

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