About the Middle School

  • The Middle School years are a time when children reach for increased independence from their parents and become more involved with their peers and school for validation. This can be especially difficult for students who may lack the social skills or coping mechanisms to deal with these changes. In The Vanguard Middle School, the emotional and behavioral needs of the students are a priority. Students are supported through numerous initiatives across the curriculum and specials.

    Classroom size is typically six to nine students with one teacher and one classroom aide. The Middle School implements a modified team-teaching approach with students changing classes about every 45 minutes. Increasing the students' awareness of their environment, working towards increasing independence and improving self-advocacy skills are a major focus of the Middle School program.

    The Middle School offerings include math, reading, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, home arts, computer studies, music, wood shop, keyboarding, library resources, health, art, transition planning, the Work Orientation Readiness Center (WORC) and the Program of Adventure-Based Counseling Experiences (PACE).

    Each classroom teacher is supported within the classroom setting by a team of therapists who work with students individually, in small groups or on a consult basis. Other supports and services include school counseling, physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, behavior support, school psychology, reading support and school nursing.

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