Bridgeway Academy 2009


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Bridgeway Academy is a day school for children with learning disabilities. We offer a safe, nurturing learning environment, where children are taught in the way they learn best.

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Bridgeway Academy 2009

  1. 1. We teach children with learning disabilities the way they learn.<br />
  2. 2. We Also…<br />Teach our teachers to focus upon making sure the student learns<br />Support the parents to be parents as they are no longer required to teach their children <br />Homework is a thing of the past!<br />
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  4. 4. Our History in Brief<br />
  5. 5. Parent of a 1st Year Student<br /> “One of my most painful memories as a parent was the day I accepted the fact the public education system simply could not help my son. That was the day I walked into Bridgeway- my last hope.”<br />
  6. 6. Our Vision…<br />To provide our students with the skills, opportunities and understanding to develop to their full potential.<br />
  7. 7. We Also…<br />Provide families the relief they deserve in a way no other institution or organization does.<br />Provide information to the professionals who deal with the families with kids with Learning Disabilities<br />
  8. 8. Parent of 2nd Year Student<br /> “The whole family is a happier unit and there are no more nights of fighting about school work. We can never thank the staff at Bridgeway enough for what they have done.”<br />
  9. 9. Our Facilities<br />Our Dartmouth facility is a former public elementary school<br />We can accommodate 120 students<br />2nd location now in Bible Hill-Truro <br />
  10. 10. Our Teachers<br />6:1 student to teacher ratio<br />Certified educators knowledgeable in the field of learning disabilities <br />Share the belief each child must be taught in the way that he or she learns<br />Are supported by professional educators and psychologists<br />Attend professional workshops <br />
  11. 11. Teacher’s Remark<br /> “Bridgeway restores the parent-child relationship by taking responsibility and accountability for educating children, allowing parents to focus on parenting.”<br />
  12. 12. Our Acceptance Process<br />Phone call<br />Application, Homework, Paperwork<br />Acceptance: Diagnosed Learning Disability (LD)<br />Absence of:<br />Behavioural issues<br />Emotional issues<br />Cognitive delay<br />Autism<br />
  13. 13. Our Programs<br />Academic <br />Remedial<br />Transitional<br />
  14. 14. Remedial Classes<br />Bridgeway’s Reading Program<br />Bridgeway’s Social Skills Program<br />Behavioural Skills<br />Organization/Study Skills<br />Math Skills<br />Writing<br />Vocabulary/Comprehension<br />Learning Disabilities Awareness<br />
  15. 15. The First Year<br />Students have 90 % of their class time scheduled for remedial classes<br />Work with psychologist <br />Top five remedial classes<br />Teach remedial classes using curriculum topics<br />
  16. 16. The Second Year<br />Students are scheduled for approximately 50 % remedial classes<br />Dependant upon <br />Assessment results<br />Anecdotal records<br />Updated psych-ed reports<br />
  17. 17. The Third Year<br />Students may have a smaller percentage of their class time scheduled as remedial classes <br /> Or <br />Students may be recommended for a transition year <br />
  18. 18. Transition Program<br />Determined by <br />teacher evaluation<br />informal academic assessments <br />up-dated psycho-educational assessments<br />Academic classes at grade level <br />Only adaptations and accommodations if necessary<br />20:1 ratio<br />
  19. 19. Our Reading Program<br />Three part program:<br />Part one – Reading Readiness<br />Part two – Intro to Phonics<br />Part three – Read/Write/Spell Skills<br />Each lesson contains a shared-reading portion<br />Students practice event sequencing and writing in each lesson<br />
  20. 20. Social Skills<br />Developed for NVLD specifically<br />Groupings for PDD, ADHD male, ADHD female<br />Self-awareness, self-esteem<br />Awareness of others<br />Cause and effect<br />Peer/social situations<br />Body language (display and interpretation)<br />
  21. 21. Behavioural Skills<br />Outside the classroom <br />Quiet<br />Private<br />Guidance for students<br />Comprehension<br />expression<br />Teaching opportunity <br />
  22. 22. Math/Math Skills<br />Broken down into two categories:<br />Math, at grade level<br />Math skills<br />Skills focus is on:<br />Life (money, time, etc.)<br />Operations<br />Mental math<br />
  23. 23. Organization & Study Skills<br />Skills for school<br />Note-taking<br />Test-taking<br />Learning styles<br />Skills for everyday<br />Time management<br />scheduling<br />
  24. 24. Vocab/Comprehension<br />Understanding and processing information<br />Orally<br />Visually<br />Written<br />Expansion of vocabulary<br />Word association<br />
  25. 25. Organization<br />Student Agenda<br />Calendar-due dates<br />Files in classroom<br />Visual aids<br />Binder set-up<br />
  26. 26. LD Awareness<br />Facts vs. myths<br />Learning styles<br />Students learn about themselves and other LDs<br />Self-esteem<br />Self-advocacy<br />
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  28. 28. Self-Advocacy<br />Go-to person<br />Hierarchy <br />Designated space<br />Services available<br />
  29. 29. Drumming Program<br />African drumming is offered for 30 minutes <br />Students participate one morning per week<br />Refines gross motor control<br />Highlights student strengths, attention, memory<br />
  30. 30. Tuition Support Funding<br />Provided by the Dept. of Ed.<br />Currently a four year program<br />2008-2009 school year = $ 6600.00<br />Designated for specific schools, Bridgeway Academy, Churchill Academy, Landmark East<br />Awarded to students who are on an IPP in their current public school, with an acceptance to one of the three designated schools<br />
  31. 31. Turning Tides<br />Tutoring services<br />Subject specific (math, science, english, etc.)<br />Bridgeway’s programs<br />Reading, social skills, study/organizational skills<br />Skills-based day program<br />Home-schooling support and program development<br />
  32. 32. Our Kids…<br />
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  41. 41. Their Work…<br />
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  47. 47. We need your help<br />- To help the kids<br />- To help the parents<br />- To spread the word<br />
  48. 48. Questions?<br />