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Orchard School Behavioral Approach

Orchard School teachers utilize a classroom management plan that is proactive, positive, and instructional, and that aids in the student’s behavioral management. The goal of our approach is to develop a classroom of students who are responsible, motivated and highly engaged in meaningful tasks. An underlying theme of our work is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. Rather than telling a student what not to do, our staff sets clear and positive behaviors as goals for our students. Some of the models and techniques we use include:

  • PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
  • CHAMPS program (Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation and Success)
  • Sensory Rooms


In addition to academic skills, our program includes abundant opportunities for artistic and athletic exploration and success, including an adventure-based counseling program, chorus, dance, sports and a six week thematic summer session.

Other enrichments include:

  • Spring/Winter Concerts
  • International Food Festival
  • Field Trips to support thematic learning
  • Annual trips to Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
  • Parent Education Nights: Understanding diagnosis, Anti Bullying, Sexual Health and more.
  • Science Fair
  • Art Show