Small Class Size
Small class sizes with a 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio assures each student is receiving the necessary attention they need for academic, social, and emotional growth. The dynamics of having two intervention specialists in a classroom at a time provides students with an additional level of support and instruction.
Licensed Intervention Specialists & Ongoing Teacher Training
Julie Billiart Schools’ educators are licensed intervention specialists, many of them having master’s degrees. Held to the highest standards, all of our teaching staff have extensive classroom training and experience with students who have been diagnosed with high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other specific learning disabilities. Our teachers often refer to their time at Julie Billiart Schools as a calling, not a career, which explains our high teacher retention rate.
Our collaborative approach to special education pairs newer teachers with veteran educators so that innovative, creative solutions and techniques are combined with tried-and-true methods to help students reach their full potential. All staff members across the Julie Billiart network of schools are encouraged to participate in professional training and learning opportunities that develop and explore new skills from other experts in the special needs educational community.
Individualized Learning Plans
We understand that no two children learn the same way. The small class sizes and high teacher-to-student ratio at Julie Billiart Schools allow our licensed intervention specialists to assess each student’s abilities, discover how they best learn and design an individualized learning plan that meets the child’s specific needs.
Learning Environment for Students with Learning Disabilities
Our Lyndhurst and Akron campuses both feature one classroom for each grade level, along with an adjoining room for remedial and small group instruction. Our learning environments are specifically designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and sensory issues. In both schools, you can expect to see:
- classroom walls painted in calm, soothing colors
- carpeted classrooms and hallways to reduce noise
- natural and/or subdued lighting
- flexible seating options that enable children to move about, expend energy to stay on task, and even work collaboratively with other students
Our buildings, classrooms, and recreation areas are designed to encourage play, movement, creativity and, of course, learning throughout our students’ day. Before and after care programs are available at both campuses, along with a variety of music, social, and academic boosting activities, all supervised by skilled and experienced staff.
Julie Billiart Schools offer on-site art, music, occupational, and speech therapy. Licensed therapists work with one another and the teaching staff throughout the day to offer consistent strategies that best ensure each student is reaching their goals and developing new skills.
The Julie Billiart Schools Family
Raising a child with special learning needs can be both challenging and rewarding. Because we believe in the importance of a solid foundation for our families to grow and thrive, Julie Billiart Schools facilitate several opportunities for our students’ families to learn, grow and share their experiences. Lecture series, Parent Action Committees, and adult art therapy sessions are just a few ways our families are able to connect with each other, learn how to best support their child or simply enjoy an evening of adult conversation.
Discover more about Julie Billiart Schools by attending one of our upcoming Interested Parent Open Houses. There you can ask questions, talk with our staff and see, first hand, what makes us truly different from other special education schools.