Lower School Program

The Winston Lower School program supports learners in grades 4 and 5. This program provides a supportive and structured  environment in which students are encouraged to expand their knowledge and develop their strengths in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Emphasis on executive functioning, social, and organizational skills are woven throughout the academic program. 

In addition to the core subject disciplines, students in the Lower School Program participate in a wide array of supplemental support programs. The Project Read Phonics Program, the Reading Wonders reading program, and the Judith Hochman Method for Teaching Basic Writing Skills Program guide our core language arts curriculum.  Project Read provides an Orton-based instructional method to the teaching of phonics, spelling, and  reading, ensuring a multi-sensory experience for students of all learning preferences.  The Judith Hochman Method provides a process-based writing curriculum designed specifically for children with language-based learning disabilities.  Additionally, students participate in supplemental programs and auxiliary services such as Winston's Blue Book program, Read Naturally, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy.  Mathematics instruction emphasizes our blended instructional approach with the use of small-group, teacher-directed instruction, peer and student collaboration, hands on manipulatives, and a combined use of textbook and digital resources to support computational and problem-solving skills development and language-based comprehension.  Art, music and drama, computer skills, health and physical education are integral parts of Winston's Lower School program.  Content and skills across the curricula are presented and reinforced in each of these areas.

The Lower School program maintains a small student to teacher ratio.  Upon admission to the program and throughout the school year, student's instructional levels are assessed and reviewed.  While students are placed in homerooms by grade level, in many of the core subject areas, students are grouped according to their instructional levels to maximize opportunities for individual growth.  With an eye to improving self-esteem and encouraging independent, creative problem-solving, the pace of the instruction and the curriculum is based on the needs of each student.  Activities are diverse, multi-sensory, and meaningful, with cross-curricular connections that relate to life experiences.

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