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The JB Difference

Experts In Special Education

As intervention specialists, our teachers have specific state licensing that qualifies them, more than general educators, to work in the field of special education. Many of our intervention specialists have master's degrees and all have practical experience differentiating academics and developing executive functioning in a learning environment. What really sets our teaching staff apart from others, is the unconditional compassion and understanding that they bring to the classroom every day. Many describe their roles at Julie Billiart Schools as a "calling" rather than a job. 

A Special Place To Learn

We have created classroom environments in both of our schools that cater to a variety of learning needs. To maintain a low student to teacher ratio, our educational model is built on a "one class per grade" concept. Each grade level utilizes two classrooms: one for group learning, and the other, considered a resource room, is used for small group lessons. All classrooms provide interactive display board technology and students in grades K-8 use Chromebooks for instruction and homework purposes. Sensory equipment including alternative seating options, standing desks, and noise-reducing headphones are available to students throughout the learning environments to assist with sensory processing disorders, posture, and proprioceptive input. 

Onsite Therapies

Because our art, music, occupational, and speech/language therapies happen all under one roof, students benefit from a collaborative approach of service delivery. Intervention specialists and therapists are able to confer with one another to ensure that the proper therapies and session frequency are meeting the child's needs. This team approach also allows for continuity across all therapies and . . . it's convenient for families, eliminating multiple trips to outside therapists throughout the week. 

The Art of Interaction

Often times we hear parents say "I just want my child to have friends and be happy." What seems like a simple concept for most can be quite challenging for many of our students. It's for this very reason that social thinking has become an integral part of our curriculum. Intervention specialists and therpists work collaboratively to teach students how to interpret the thoughts, intentions, emotions and actions of others in order to formulate appropriate responses for building meaningful friendships and social interations. 
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