No two children learn the same way, but all children deserve learning opportunities that bring out their unique talents and allow them to make sense of the world around them. St. James' is committed to making these opportunities an everyday reality for every single one of our students.
As an inclusive community of learners with a focus on academic excellence and attention to the needs of each child, St. James’ Episcopal School views learning accommodations as a core part of our mission. We nurture young minds and cater to diverse learning needs with the help of our learning and mathematics specialists, along with the input of a gifted learning consultant.
The role of the learning specialist is to support students with different learning styles through small-group and one-on-one instruction. In addition, the learning specialist collaborates with teachers to create small-group interventions and individualized learning strategies, while communicating with parents throughout the accommodations process. Working with the learning specialist, students engage in reading activities, concept mapping and visualizations, educational games, and a variety of multisensory learning materials, all of which help them not only to enhance their academic skills but also to assess their own understanding. The overall aim of the learning specialist is to connect with students, teachers, and parents in order to meet the unique learning needs of our students. The goal is that all students feel aware of their progress and supported, confident, and successful in their academic achievements.
Our mathematics specialist works with students at all levels of math fluency. Students performing above expectations and students progressing toward grade-level expectations receive one-on-one and small-group instruction. From individual self-quizzing on the iPad program IXL, to hands-on work with applied math problems, the mathematics specialist provides a variety of activities to allow students to approach math at their own pace and in accordance with their own learning style. The goal is that all students feel aware of their progress and supported, confident, and successful in their academic achievements.