Aaron Academy is a private,
special education school dedicated to insuring that all students
will become responsible, successful citizens of the 21st Century.
A nice facility in the heart of Manhattan boasted
a climbing wall in the hall, computers in all classes, smart
boards (large computer screens on the walls for interactive
collaborative learning) and comfortable small classes. Aaron
Academy is a special education program designed to provide academic,
social, arts and athletic curricula to middle and high school
students ages (13+). The school accepts children with learning
disabilities, ADHD, Asperger's, PDD, Speech/language and other
issues that need to be addressed via educational remediation.
The curriculum is guided by evidence based research on all aspects
of learning including: environment, socialization, gender, structure,
schedules and content and is based on a framework for 21st Century
learning. The Aaron academy is still small, but about 10% of
its students are the internationally adopted children.
At Aaron Academy, each student will develop strengths
towards lifelong goals. These goals will be accomplished through
the development of creativity and innovation skills, critical
thinking and problem solving skills, information, media and technology
skills and life and career skills.
Highly trained professional staff (all classes are
taught by a certified Master's level Special Education Teacher
and an Assistant Teacher ) insures that the rigors of instruction
are at the core of the program.
A major goal of middle-school and high school education
is to make students responsible for their own learning. Adolescents
must be active participants in setting academic goals for themselves,
deciding how to accomplish these goals, and assessing their achievements.
At the same time, students at this level require support and encouragement
from their teachers at each step along the way. The National Middle
School Association, in its list of essential practices for middle
schools, sums it up this way: "Immediate feedback and reassurance
are necessities for individuals who are developmentally so diverse.
Students need to have an active role in assessing their learning
as well as opportunities to succeed."
The core subjects of language arts, math, economics,
arts, technology, science, social studies literacy and civic literacy
are instructed using a Universal Design for Learning framework.
This framework offers a curriculum that adapts to the student
through multiple methods of presentation, participation and expression.
As students enter Aaron Academy their related service needs will
be addressed using an integrated service model approach. Counseling,
speech therapy and occupational therapy will be academically based,
not clinically approached, again, to insure depth of knowledge.
While one-on-one service provision is not part of Aaron Academy's
philosophy, we work closely with outside service providers for
students needing that support.
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