The Mary McDowell Center for Learning is a Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. As such, they have a program for elementary school students, middle school students, and high school students.
The upper school program at Mary McDowell Center for Learning focuses on students from grades nine to twelve.
The school is located at 23 Sydney Place in Brooklyn. The school opened this location in September 2011 and is currently redesigning the school to meet the current and future needs of its students and faculty. Faculty have a vision to make the school’s upper school program a state-of-the-art facility that meets all the needs of the student body during the school year.
Facilities at the upper school include:
- Large classrooms
- Science labs
- A theater
- Quaker meeting space
- Student commons area
- Lunch room
- An art room
- A music room
- A weight room
- And administrative offices
When the upper school building opened, school faculty sent a letter to parents that read
Sidney Place is a quiet, tree-lined street in Brooklyn Heights, the historic neighborhood nearest to the southern tip of Manhattan. The site includes two buildings, a former parochial school and an adjacent rectory, with a courtyard in between. This is an ideal location for a number of reasons. First, like our Summit Street building, it has spacious classrooms with exceptionally high ceilings and abundant windows. Next, it is a short walk to Borough Hall, which is a hub for most subway lines entering and leaving the borough. Many restaurants for off-campus lunch are also nearby. Furthermore, the site is a short walk to the Bergen Street building and a moderate one to Summit Street.
The Mary McDowell upper school continues the same level of excellence in education as its lower school and middle school.
Aaron School is a Manhattan-based pkindergarten through twelfth grade program with a very rich curriculum. The school was founded in 2002, which makes it still new enough that you can get your children in the door without too long a wait.
Focusing on special needs children, Aaron School combines therapeutic teaching practices with academics.
The elementary school curriculum is based on the New York State Common Core Standards. Faculty and teaching staff try to build students’ self-esteem through building up their skills in the necessary academic subjects.
Reading lessons take place in the morning and math in the afternoon. Placed in small groups based on similar skill or ability, children learn to socialize with others who are not of the same age group and learn to respect each other’s differences. The reading program is based on the Wilson Fundations program, Sounds in Motion, and Lindamood-Bell. The math curriculum is styled after Saxon and Stern.
Classrooms are designed around content areas. In the literary section, students undertake creative writing projects, build language skills, and study social studies.
To add balance to the academic environment, faculty emphasize enrichment. Studies consist of computers, art, music, library studies, and adaptive physical education. Students are encouraged to explore their innate talents and individual strengths.
Technology is also incorporated into curriculum with ease. Students are able to focus on their teacher with the Phonic Ear FM System. Smart Board technology is also used.
Students enrolled in the Aaron School elementary program enter into a nurturing environment designed to help them grow.
The Child School is a school for children with learning disabilities located on Roosevelt Island. With programs for kindergarteners through twelfth grade, they have managed great success with their rigorous academic program. The high school is called Legacy High School.
Legacy High School has a strong program for students in grades 9 through 12.
Kicked off in 1996, the school is a state-approved non-public high school. Besides academic support, the school offers emotional and other support services for children with learning disabilities.
Students at Legacy High School excel in many areas. At WorldQuest, an academic competition, the school placed second, beating other high profile schools such as Stuyvesant and Bronx High School of Science. The graduation rate at Legacy High School is 94%, well above the rate of New York City students overall. 84% of the students graduate with a Regents Diploma. These students go on to enroll in competitive colleges and universities nationwide.
Students at Legacy High School receive a core curriculum and additional classes that include:
- Physical Education
- Foreign Language
- Social Studies
- Greek Mythology
- Home Economics/Food and Nutrition
- Art and Music
- Junior and Senior Planning
Students can also take electives and participate in internships. Electives include participation on the school newspaper, WorldQuest, videography, Spanish, Green Team, library assistantships, and some of the above-mentioned classes.
A student government is in place and students are encouraged to participate. Athletics and co-curricular activities are also available.
Athletics offered at Legacy High School include soccer, basketball, softball, and track.
Epiphany Elementary School, located in Manhattan, offers an educational program for students nursery school through eighth grade. The school uses two campuses and require students to wear uniforms. The math curriculum offers a challenging and rigorous academic regimen for all students.
Students in lower grades are introduced to learning concepts that form the foundation of their mathematical knowledge. Instruction is focused on computation.
Another important aspect of the math curriculum is teaching students to think logically and critically. The end goal is to make them independent problem solvers. To that end, students in grades 1 through 3 focus on manipulatives that help them to learn how to solve concrete problems in the real world.
Students from fourth through eighth grades build skills that lead to a proficiency in using mathematical tools. They focus on learning computation, reading, and analysis.
Faculty use a cyclical educational approach to reinforce the learning concepts. Students learn problem solving strategies and reality-based mathematical applications that take them forward and prepare them for upper grades. Students work in groups, test methodologies, devise math strategies, evaluate results, and revise plans of action.
In grades 6 through 8, students are placed in regular math classes or advanced classes depending on their skills. Advanced eighth graders are recommended for an accelerated math program that introduces them to ninth-grade algebra.
Classes are kept small to increase one-on-one and small group time.