The MPS elementary program is innovative, using cutting edge, research based instructional strategies and programs such as the Strategic Interactive Writing Program (SIWI). Elementary Students in grades 1 - 5 study the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and current public school educational standards, with the addition of ASL and Deaf Studies and the Bilingual Grammar Curriculum (BGC). As is the case with all of our programs, our bilingual Elementary Program encourages the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and English in order to build literacy in both languages. In most circumstances, teachers utilize ASL for communicating academic concepts and teach English as a Second Language.
Our approach to classroom placement is flexible and individualized. Students typically work in groups of 2 to 10, and each child's classroom placement will be discussed during their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Some students remain with their primary teachers for the majority of the day, while others work with 2 or 3 different subject teachers throughout the course of the school day. On occasion, groups will combine and teachers team-teach. Creating these groupings allows students to learn from one another as they work.
In addition to the general curriculum areas of:
- English Language Arts
- Science and Technology
- History and Social Sciences
- American Sign Language
- Deaf Studies
- Health/Human Development
- Physical Education
The Elementary Department has also adopted the Responsive Classroom, the Steps to Respect (STR) and the Great Body Shop curricula as a means of fostering social development and encouraging respectful interaction and communication among all classroom participants.
As determined by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team, elementary students receive additional support services, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and ASL tutoring.