Academic Program Overview

The Elementary School is divided into six lower elementary classes and six upper elementary classes. Homerooms are divided by students’ learning styles, cognitive abilities, and language needs. Each homeroom consists of twelve students and two teachers – a head and an assistant teacher. Social Studies and Written Language are taught within the homeroom. The homeroom class also travels together to specialty classes, such as science, art and music. Reading and math are taught in small homogenous groups, made possible because reading and math for a cluster is scheduled at the same time, which permits flexible grouping and regrouping of students based on current levels of mastery and academic needs. Some specialists “push in” to give teachers support in developing their language program (Speech and language specialists) and their handwriting program (Occupational Therapy specialists). Students with additional needs are seen in groups or individually as necessary or as specified in each student’s IEP. In addition, the Reading Specialist and the Math Specialist meet regularly with teachers to provide on-going support in reading and math development. The Social studies curriculum co-ordinator also meets regularly with teachers on the social studies curriculum.

Churchill’s curriculum parallels the scope and sequence of study of many public and independent schools and meets the New York State Standards. Our curriculum is age and grade appropriate, but developed and taught in a specialized way. Churchill students are bright and curious, eager to learn and succeed like any other elementary school student. However, due to their learning disabilities, they struggle with skill acquisition and mastery of material. Churchill teachers are skilled at taking concepts and material and teaching them in a multi-sensory, hands-on approach, allowing students to be active participants in the learning process. All classes are taught in a way that ensures success, building on a child’s strengths while remediating their weaknesses.

The Elementary School program is remedial in nature, and students receive direct skill instruction in all academic areas. Our children learn best with the explicit teaching of skills. First the teacher explains what the students are going to learn. Next, he/she models the information and directly teaches the skills. Then, the teacher provides guided practice., especially when applying the skills taught. Finally, the students work independently, on assignments that include scaffolding, to consolidate and demonstrate their mastery of the skills taught.

The individual curricula for each content area (Reading and Literature, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health) are described in the following pages, as well as each specialty area (Library, Physical Education, Art, Music and Computer). Depending on the group’s readiness, there are a range of skills taught and a variety of ways to assess mastery. 






Occupational Therapy

Physical Education



Social Studies

Social/Emotional Education

Speech and Language Services



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© 2009 The Churchill School and Center    301 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016    Tel 212 722 0610    Fax 212 722 1387