Crossroads School’s academic program is as unique as its students. Our faculty is a group of highly educated and experienced people dedicated to “teaching outside of the box” in order to make each and every child proud, confident, and excited about learning.
In order to achieve this goal, we teach to a child’s strengths while addressing their difficulties. While our academics are traditional in nature, we employ innovative approaches to help students achieve success. This includes:
In addition to their core subjects, Crossroads students have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from participating in ancillary subjects such as: music, PE, art, and coding.
Homework is assigned to promote practice of work learned in the classroom and to develop responsibility and organizational skills. The amount of homework depends on the age and grade level of the student. In general, students are required to do about 10 minutes of homework per grade level. Regardless of grade level students are expected to read at home 20-30 minutes each day.
Technology is an important part of our innovative approach to teaching. Many emerging technologies are especially helpful in allowing teachers to assist students in compensating for their learning differences and, in turn, generate, share and save academic work. Similarly, individualized technology allows for greater communication and collaboration, while empowering students to be responsible and independent learners. Through the strategic use of technology, combined with creative approaches to education, more personalized methods of learning can be achieved.
Tools such as text to speech applications and speech to text applications empower students to reach new levels of thinking. All Crossroads students are provided with the latest interactive technology and computers.
We employ a researched based adaptive learning system. Each student has an individual pathway based on their academic needs. This program is used for both reading and math and is based on the educational standard for Texas.
Field trips are an integral part of Crossroads School’s teaching model. They are integrated into lesson plans as a method to bring alive a certain subject and give students a deeper understanding of what they have learned in the classroom.
Emphasis is placed on open communication between parents and teachers and keeping parents well-informed of their child’s school performance. This is achieved by use of a daily feedback sheet from our Positive Reinforcement System and periodic progress reports. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice per year and as needed by request. Report cards are issued four times per year with comments from their teachers.
Remediation, accommodations, modifications, compensations are all words that people tend to hear when discussing the learning needs of children with learning difficulties. We have briefly defined those terms below since the faculty of Crossroads uses all of these in their discussions with each other and parent/guardians. Students with learning differences benefit from an integration of all of these in individual ways.
Remediation is the process by which a teacher will identify a child’s specific difficulties then develop a plan to remedy the situation with a variety of teaching techniques.
Accommodations are structural changes in the manner in which the curriculum is delivered, not changes in the content of the curriculum. Examples of accommodations include allotting extra time to take a test or being provided a book on tape rather than having to read.
Modifications are individualized changes made to the curriculum content and performance expectations for students. For example: Modify the number of items that the child is expected to learn or complete or Instead of writing an essay, they may be given multiple choice questions.
Compensations are disability-specific and refer to the use of strategies, techniques, and adapted materials that students need to access the general education curriculum.