Orchard School Curriculum
Students at our school receive highly specialized instructional services in classrooms with an average of eight students and at least two staff, assuring each child the tailored attention needed to reduce frustration and foster success. We emphasize hands-on projects that encourage children to see themselves as capable and creative, while individualized reading, writing and math instruction permit students to forge ahead or catch up at their own pace, without feelings of stigma or difference.
The Orchard School is achieving the Common Core Standards through:
- Smart Boards and Technology in each classroom
- Direct Instruction Reading Program
- Scripted Math Program
- FOSS Science – Inquiry Based Science Program
- Library Media Center
- After school tutoring
- NYS Testing
To respond to the growing need for appropriate educational planning and placement for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), we have established the “STARS Building” for grades 6-9– our school wing catering to students on the Autism Spectrum. The STARS Building has evolved into a specialized program designed to meet the needs of children who may have primary or co-occurring diagnoses of Asperger’s Disorder, Autism, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder- NOS.