The CID Primary Experience
In the CID primary school, children ages 5 through 12 are grouped by ability for each subject and work with one or more teachers each day. Ability grouping allows for mastery teaching, high motivation and a successful educational experience. Children who make progress in one area but not in another are re-grouped for some subjects to learn with partners whose skills compare to their own. Daily subjects include language, speech and listening skills, reading, writing, literature, math, science and social studies. There is a large screen interactive SMARTBoard in every classroom along with a teacher who is trained to use it to enhance the children’s learning.
Our primary school is directed by a master coordinating teacher. This teacher works with the teachers to continually review and revise each child’s educational program. The teacher to student ratio is better than 1 to 5. Using tools that include daily language sampling, a speech therapy log, and a speech-language pathologist’s formal assessment of receptive and expressive speech and language, the teachers stay attuned to each child’s skills and pursue precise educational goals. Flexible scheduling and ability grouping enable our teachers to quickly adjust educational objectives and procedures to foster the most possible progress for each child. The children work hard, have fun and experience success. Each time they achieve a new goal, they are energized to take on the next challenge.
Regular special subjects are tailored for each age-group and include physical education, art, music, computer instruction, drama and health and growth with a counselor who is deaf. The CID school has a regulation-sized gym and a discovery room for activities involving larger groups of children. The students regularly go on educational field trips into the St. Louis community. A free Thursday after school program is available to all primary students. A variety of games and crafts are offered along with dance classes and basketball.
Preparing students for mainstream schools involves getting them used to homework, giving them greater independence with school-related tasks, and engaging them in discussions about school and social life with hearing children. Family conferences and report cards are also part of the process. CID offers a “Ready, Set, Go!” program for students getting ready to graduate and their families.