Learning Differences

Learning Differences

Learning-DifferencesAt Excelsior Academy, we acknowledge that our students learn differently than most- this is why our students tend to “fall through the cracks” and often struggle in traditional school settings.  EA provides an environment where our students’ strengths and creativity can flourish- where learning disabilities cannot stand in the way of individual growth!

For over 25 years, Excelsior Academy has been helping students with a variety of diagnosed learning disabilities to find success.  Our staff have extensive experience and training in strategies designed to accommodate children with unique learning profiles such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disorder, language disorders, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Autism Spectrum, Anxiety, Depression and others.

ADD/ADHD

During the past twenty-five years, Excelsior Academy has provided the families of San Diego County with a school that meets the needs of children who have Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

This comprehensive and effective program includes:

  • a safe and nurturing environment in which to thrive
  • student to teacher classroom ratios of 6 students to 1 teacher
  • daily social skills classes and character education integrated throughout the curriculum
  • challenging and stimulating academic coursework
  • a program that builds upon each student’s interests, strengths, and talents
  • training in organizational skills, time management, and self-monitoring skills
  • consistent rules and expectations with positive and constructive feedback
  • opportunities that allow for short breaks from instructional time
  • caring adults who provide choices in order for students to master self management
  • strategies to help students stay on task, focus in class, and complete assignments
  • support for those students who have difficulty with consistent attendance
  • systematic approaches to increase self-esteem, confidence, and independence
  • predictable schedules and structured activities with a multi-sensory approach
  • consistent reinforcement of skills learned using cognitive behavior management
  • a sports program with little emphasis on competition and more emphasis on cooperation
  • supportive resources for parents
  • communication with the child’s outside therapist as needed
  • a tailored program to meet each student’s developmental needs
  • an emphasis on long-term outcomes through goal setting and attainment

Anxiety/Depression

Mental health disorders often impede on a child’s ability to find success in the classroom.  Excelsior Academy’s highly skilled staff have provided the families of San Diego County with a school that meets the needs of children that experience anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders.  This comprehensive and effective program includes:

  • a safe and nurturing environment in which to thrive
  • systematic approaches to increase self-esteem, confidence, and independence
  • counselors providing individual, small group, and classroom services
  • strategies to help students stay on task, focus in class, and complete assignments
  • a program that builds upon each student’s interests, strengths, and talents
  • a sports program with emphasis on cooperation over competition
  • daily social skills classes and character education integrated throughout the curriculum
  • opportunities that allow for short breaks from instructional time
  • a support for those students who have difficulty with consistent attendance
  • challenging and stimulating academic coursework
  • supportive resources for parents
  • a tailored program to meet each student’s developmental needs
  • communication with the child’s outside therapist as needed

Autism/Asperger

Excelsior Academy has a reputation for delivering a program of excellence to the children of San Diego County.  For the past 25 years this tradition of excellence has brought about successful results for all types of children with unique learning profiles.  One of our successful programs that has gained recognition for its accomplishments with children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger Syndrome.  Excelsior Academy provides the following services for students with ASD:

  • a safe and nurturing environment in which to thrive
  • daily social skills classes and character education integrated throughout the curriculum
  • life skills training, including skills in self-help, independence, and self-advocacy
  • language development, communication skills training, and sensory motor integration
  • speech/language and occupational therapists, as well as counselors, providing individual, small group, and classroom services
  • challenging and stimulating academic coursework
  • a program that builds upon each student’s interests, strengths, and talents
  • a sports program with emphasis on cooperation over competition
  • predictable schedules and structured activities with visual and graphic support
  • consistent reinforcement of skills learned using cognitive behavior management
  • supportive resources for parents
  • communication with the child’s outside therapist as needed
  • a tailored program to meet each student’s developmental needs
  • an emphasis on long-term outcomes through goal setting and attainment

Dyscalculia (Math Difficulties)

During the past 25 years, Excelsior Academy has provided the families of San Diego County with a school that meets the needs of children who exhibit math difficulties.  This comprehensive and effective program includes:

  • student to teacher classroom ratios of 6 students to 1 teacher
  • extensive math interventions incorporating manipulative tools
  • emphasis on concrete representations of abstract ideas
  • online remediation of math computation skills
  • instructional approaches that consider child’s relative strengths and weaknesses
  • skills workshops and CAHSEE Math prep
  • challenging and stimulating academic coursework
  • opportunities that allow for short breaks from instructional time
  • systematic approaches to decrease math anxiety

Dysgraphia (Writing Difficulties)

Writing difficulties can present themselves in many ways.  Students may struggle with the physical act of writing, while other may exhibit difficulties with the organization and synthesis of ideas.  During the past 25 years, Excelsior Academy has provided the families of San Diego County with a school that meets the needs of children who have difficulties with writing.  This comprehensive and effective program includes:

  • student to teacher classroom ratios of 6 students to 1 teacher
  • comprehensive writing program
  • use of assistive technology including: speech to text, word prediction, organization
  • extensive use of graphic organizers including Inspiration software
  • instructional approaches that consider a child’s relative strengths and weaknesses
  • functional writing and typing skills training
  • COTAs providing individual, small group, and classroom services to support writing
  • opportunities that allow for short breaks from instructional time

Dyslexia

During the past 25 years, Excelsior Academy has provided the families of San Diego County with a school that meets the needs of children who have Dyslexia.  This comprehensive and effective program includes:

  • a safe and nurturing environment in which to thrive
  • comprehensive reading intervention programs
  • speech therapists providing individual, small group, and classroom services
  • language development programs
  • assistive technology devices to improve access to grade-level curriculum
  • student to teacher classroom ratios of 6 students to 1 teacher
  • a program that builds upon each student’s interests, strengths, and talents
  • a sports program with emphasis on cooperation over competition
  • supportive resources for parents
  • a tailored program to meet each student’s developmental needs
  • an emphasis on long-term outcomes through goal setting and attainment

OTHER UNIQUE LEARNING PROFILES

Excelsior Academy is equipped to serve students with varying learning profiles.  Our programs have proven successful working with children with bipolar disorder, epilepsy, processing disorders, among others.  For more information, schedule a tour today.