Currey Ingram Academy provides an individualized approach to teaching and learning because we understand that each student learns differently. We designed a school program that promotes students’ strengths and supports their differences. Please visit our Academic
section of our website to see the "Six Ways Our Academic Approach Distinguishes Currey Ingram."
Based on our students' learning profiles, some of the instructional practices and academic supports included in the Upper School are:
Additional Academic Approaches and Support include:
- Language! Live is a comprehensive literacy intervention for struggling students in grades 5–12. With a blended approach, LANGUAGE! Live’s instruction reinforces the literacy foundations students need while strategically using authentic text to engage and accelerate them to grade-level proficiency.
- Math Labs using multisensory and remedial strategies taught 1:1 or in small groups.
- Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model combines instructional strategies with a means to self-regulate. The goal is to teach the strategies that students need in order to write, while supporting them to be motivated.
- Wilson Reading System (WRS) is an instructional program used to help struggling readers.
- Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments and learning spaces that can accommodate individual learning differences.
Extended time for quizzes and tests for students who qualify for this accommodation
Scaffolded and supplemental notes
Interactive math notebooks
Providing exemplars (what success will look like)
Advanced organizers (giving summary of material in advance, bridging between previous knowledge and what is to be learned)
A full-time licensed counselor is on staff in the Upper School to provide support to students dealing with personal, social, and academic challenges.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILL DEVELOPMENT
At Currey Ingram, we recognize the crucial role that Executive Function (EF) plays in becoming a successful person at school and in life. EF is a set of core self-regulatory skills required for deliberate, goal-directed problem solving. Strong EF skills make it possible for individuals to pay attention, think flexibly, keep information in mind and resist distractions.
In the Upper School, students participate in seminar classes that provide specific instruction in executive function skills and academic habits. Each student is assigned a mentor who supports students by monitoring their use of these skills and habits. Skills taught in seminar classes are applied to ongoing assignments in core classes and reinforced throughout the curricular classes, co-curricular activities, and through residential life.
Research shows that the teen years are a time for students to identify strengths and invest in emerging talents. The Explore courses are designed to enrich a student’s strengths and talents. Explore class offerings cover a wide variety of topics and are non-graded. Students are encouraged to explore not only areas of interest but also to consider topics that may be new.
Among the three dozen Explore Courses offered are American Sign Language, Explosions & Rockets, Contemporary Issues, Introduction to Number Theory, Italian Language and Culture, Songwriting, Darkroom Photography and Salsa Dancing.
Each Upper School student is assigned a faculty mentor who they meet with four times per week. Mentors serve as role models, advocates, and motivators whose presence and counsel serves to encourage students to reach their full potential. Research shows that mentoring is a powerful tool that can have a positive impact on a student’s academic, social and personal development.
Office hours are provided four days per week to allow students to receive additional academic support during the school day. Students needing additional academic support beyond time provided during office hours may request additional time to meet with teachers.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE SUPPORT
Students in the Residential Life Program receive extended academic, social and personal development support after school and in the evenings through intentional academic study and social pragmatic programming.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING DEVELOPMENT
At Currey Ingram, we believe that social-emotional development plays a critical role in student success. The RULER Approach to Social-Emotional Learning (RULER) is used across all grades and with all students. RULER is an evidenced-based approach to social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The knowledge, attitude and skills associated with RULER are as follows:
R-Recognizing emotion in self and others
U-Understanding the causes and consequences of emotion
L-Labeling emotions accurately
E-Expressing emotions in helpful ways
R-Regulating emotions effectively