The Winston School curriculum provides an Orton-based, multi-sensory, cross-curricular educational experience for children in grades 2 through 8. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on phonics, reading, writing and language arts and is supported by a structured, systematic and sequential phonics-based system. Our Mathematics curriculum offers an array of opportunities for students to build their computational skills and integrate their understanding of language to support mathematical-language skill development and comprehension. Multi-sensory instruction ensures that students of all learning styles and preferences have experiences that support their educational progress. Curriculum is integrated across subject disciplines providing students with opportunities to establish meaningful and relevant connections to promote lifelong learning.
In addition to our strong foundation in language-based coursework, challenging programs are also offered in science, social studies, technology, art, music, physical education, and health. In addition to cross-curricular opportunities presented throughout the school day, students’ artistic experiences are enhanced with programs such as public speaking classes, instrumental lessons, visiting authors and field experts, field trips to a wide array of culturally diverse locations, and after-school theater training.
Classes at Winston exercise a blended learning environment. Students engage in a variety of curricular programs with resources that are integrated to maximize opportunities for students of all learning profiles to meet the challenges of content attainment with success. Classes at Winston are small to ensure that students receive maximum individualized attention. Many students are taught in small groups of two or three, and sometimes one-to-one. Teachers utilize interactive technology and digital resources for student instruction and exploration. Hands-on manipulatives, peer collaboration and direct teaching are utilized to model concepts and skills. Traditional curricular texts and student workbooks provide added support.
Winston recognizes the unique intelligence styles and preferred learning modalities of each learner. Each student’s instructional goals are met with programs designed to deliver curriculum in a learning environment that is matched to the learner’s strengths and challenges. The environment is conducive to student individuality and ensures that all learners are challenged to strive for their personal goals.
Students’ schedules reflect fluidity and flexibility with variations in classes and resources that are individually selected and continuously reviewed based on students’ strengths and challenges.
CLICK HERE for The Winston School of Short Hills Curriculum Handbook Third Edition, Summer 2015