At Learning Prep School, our High School curriculum has been written to parallel the Massachusetts Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards.
As a school designed to support students with language based learning disabilities, LPS is committed to its Literature/Language Arts program. Classes meet twice daily in a small group and focus primarily on two frameworks: decoding/encoding, and reading comprehension. Students are evaluated both formally and informally (through observation and inventory) in their acquisition, automatization and application of basic reading and spelling skills, development of literacy, fluency, reading comprehension and written expression. Students are placed homogeneously in language-based classes to meet each level of ability and learning-style requirements.
Our program focuses on in-depth study of history, where we came from, our position in society today and the value of living as a democratic nation.
Concepts taught in our 4-phase program cover World History II (9th grade - Emergence of the Modern World), U.S. History I and II (10th and 11th grades) and Civics/U.S. Government (12th grade). Information is broken down into small, sequential steps to ensure the conceptualization of information.
In keeping with our mission to support students with learning disabilities, the science curriculum is language-based. It’s designed to facilitate ongoing exploration and inquiry about the world in which our students live.
The mathematics program encompasses all aspects of math, from the basics through Trigonometry. Students are placed homogeneously in language-based classes to meet each level of ability, as well as individual learning style.
LPS's math curriculum is based on the Massachusetts Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards. However, there is also a primary focus on communication, along with problem-solving and reasoning. In the classroom, we can concentrate simultaneously on extending students' math abilities and fostering their communication skills.
We believe all students can become mathematically literate — able to appreciate and truly understand math. We are also committed to helping all our students develop math skills, which encompasses a student's ability to:
Students gain math understanding through problem-solving, communicating, reasoning and making connections on a consistent basis, all of which are the cornerstones of the LPS curriculum.
Manipulatives are used at all levels to provide a tactile, as well as visual, approach to learning.
Course offerings include:
Health and Student Issues
LPS Health and Student Issues courses are designed with a language-based approach. We use both visual and auditory cues and tools, such as Thinking Maps® and other organizational strategies, to ensure our students receive a comprehensive education. Pragmatic language skills and Social Thinking© are infused throughout the curriculum, giving students the opportunity to learn and practice them within the classroom setting.
The central focus of Health and Student Issues is on educating students about how to make healthy and safe choices. In addition to an anti-bullying curriculum, students explore physical, emotional and behavioral issues crucial to living a happy and low stress life. Mental health habits and coping skills are also addressed to help students learn how to face the challenges of adolescence and a growing sense of independence. Students gather and internalize information in order to take proper care of themselves and increase positive social interactions.
The High School counseling staff teaches these small, psycho-educational classes, giving students a forum to gather information, ask questions, and to share and learn from each other’s perspectives. Our approach involves examining one’s own values and beliefs (including family and religious), decision-making (emphasizing impact and outcomes) and tolerance (agree or disagree, but be respectful).
If you have any concerns about your child participating in any portion of the curriculum, please inform your student’s counselor. The curriculum topics, goals and objectives, and possible activities and movies are broken down by grade level.
Our Physical Education curriculum centers around students’ physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development, as students are encouraged to establish interest and appreciation for physical activity.
Students develop physical skills by participating in traditional sports, leisure activities, and fitness exercises. They work to refine a variety of manipulative, locomotor, and non-locomotor movement skills as this increases their knowledge on how the body functions and the benefits of physical activity.
In these activities, students develop cognitive skill such as problem solving, working memory, and reasoning. They are encouraged to interpret situations to improve their decision-making skills and to process new information, while building upon retrieved information. Developing competence in these areas allows them to apply more advanced strategies, thereby improving individual and team performance.
Students develop their social/emotional skills, such as communication, cooperation, and leadership, while engaging in team play. Improving these skills teaches them to respond effectively in a challenging environment while building lasting relationships.
All activities take place in a safe and adaptive learning environment where students can build confidence in their abilities and create a lifelong love of wellness.
*Students at the High School level may elect to participate in Physical Education.
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A 10th grade student to her teacher
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Parents of a 10th grader
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