Through the Learning Support Department the school provides individualized remediation (and accommodations), and supplies group and individual special instruction at school. It also arranges for evaluations, tutoring, or additional services when needed. Members of the department work closely with teachers, parents, and outside specialists to ensure that each boy receives appropriate support that will help him to thrive in the classroom.
In kindergarten, a speech and language consultant tests every boy in the fall term, and the reading specialist, who is the head of special learning, checks a boy’s progress in phonemic awareness and word recognition in the winter. Reading support continues throughout the Junior, Middle, and Upper schools.
An Upper School teacher teaches Windward writing skills and executive functioning classes to seventh grade boys with language exemption. Additionally, a math specialist works with small groups of boys in third and fourth grades who have math weaknesses.
If referral outside the school seems helpful, parents, teachers, division heads, and the head of school may meet to discuss further steps. It is important that parents and the school work together and keep each other informed of developments.