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Academics

Academics

Research-Based. Student-Driven.

At The Quaker School, we use the latest findings from educational research to guide our curriculum and nurture our students’ inherent curiosity and desire to learn.

Our expert faculty compassionately delivers each program in our safe school learning environment, working with each child to achieve meaningful personal, social and academic success.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

TQS programs are built on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. The curriculum incorporates:


Our Program

Social Thinking®

Social Thinking is a program by Michelle Garcia Winner that helps all students improve their social skills and learn strategies for better self-regulation. The program helps students:

  • Connect their thinking to their personal self-monitoring and self-control systems
  • Become more mindful of how their actions impact others
  • Improve self-regulation
  • Understand how they think and feel
  • Consider the thoughts and feelings of others

Zones of Regulation®

This program is used to teach self-regulation by helping students understand the four different zones that our feelings and emotions fit within. It incorporates Social Thinking concepts, and teaches students how to identify and manage their feelings and the feelings of others.


Wilson Reading System®

The Wilson Reading System (WRS) teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students master fluent decoding and encoding skills and receive instruction in:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Decoding and word study
  • Sight word recognition
  • Spelling
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Oral expressive language development
  • Comprehension

Words Their Way™: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

Based on the stages of spelling development. This program helps teachers use these stages to determine which word study activities will help students’ move to the next level. Students learn:
  • General knowledge of English spelling
  • How to actively explore and examine words
  • How to understand spelling generalizations, not just spelling rules
  • The spelling and meaning of specific words

Edmark Reading Program


This program uses a method of sequenced, repetitive word recognition with errorless learning to help students think of themselves as readers. It incorporates oral and sight word vocabulary, social skills enrichment, positive reinforcement and more to help children learn:

  • Comprehension of words, phrases and stories
  • Visual memory of words
  • Left-to-right reading/tracking
  • Thinking and discrimination skills
  • Association between oral language and print

RAVE-O®

This small-group reading program helps students struggling with serious reading challenges. It allows students to learn and advance quickly, and it promotes fluency, comprehension and deep reading.


Eureka Math

When students who have math learning problems first develop a concrete understanding of a math concept/skill, they are more likely to perform that math skill and understand math concepts at the abstract level.

TQS has embedded this methodology in its math instruction. Eureka Math is a curriculum that embodies a “C-R-A” teaching approach, which creates meaningful connections between Concrete, Representational and Abstract levels of thinking and understanding.

  • Concrete (chips, unifix cubes, base ten blocks, beans and bean sticks, pattern blocks)
  • Representational (tallies, dots, circles, stamps that imprint pictures for counting)
  • Abstract (using only numbers and mathematical symbols)

TouchMath®

TouchMath helps our teachers connect with different types of learners to build strong math skills. It’s a multisensory program that is built on the Common Core State Standards and includes technology components and hands-on manipulatives.

On Cloud Nine® Visualizing and Verbalizing®

Part of the Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, these programs help students imagine and verbalize math, reading and listening processes. Students improve their mathematical reasoning and understanding, reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.

Step Up to Writing®

This program supports student growth in writing, vocabulary, language, reading, and speaking and listening. Students learn to produce organized, clear and coherent writing, as well as how to use technology for research and work.

Executive Functioning

TQS students receive direct instruction in Executive Functioning on a daily basis. The program is called SMARTS, which stands for Strategies, Motivation, Awareness, Resilience, Talents and Success.

SMARTS helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses, organize complex information, think with flexibility, set goals, use working memory, and self-monitor. Students are more eager to learn and make an effort to use their new strategies at school and at home. They also better understand how they learn, and how others learn.

Contact us for more details on any of the program above.

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