Our Elementary/Middle School, located in Whitestone, Queens, has a population of approximately 120 students in classes 2nd through the 8th grade. Students are grouped in graded classes according to age, academic, cognitive and social levels of functioning. While stressing the importance of academic achievement, The Lowell School provides a structured, supportive and safe environment that enables students to reach their potential. Utilizing a multi-sensory approach to learning, children are afforded the opportunity to develop academic skills, learning strategies and self-confidence that will facilitate their educational growth.
Elementary/Middle School Curriculum Highlights
The Lowell School follows the New York State Common Core curriculum guidelines at each grade level. Modified materials and specialized instruction are used to establish and build the concepts required. Core subjects such as reading, mathematics, language arts, social studies and science are taught at each grade level. Art, music, family and consumer science, computer science and physical education are integral parts of the curriculum. Our program is enriched through field trips, on site professional presentations, multimedia materials and interactive programs.
- A hallmark of The Lowell School is our reading program. Students receive a comprehensive reading assessment twice a year to determine their skill level in decoding, word attack, and comprehension. Each classroom uses an evidenced based and multisensory reading program, as well as a vocabulary program. In addition, many students participate in individual reading instruction with a literacy specialist to help develop the essential skills needed for independent reading. Our library is a vital part of The Lowell School. Students are able to utilize the library as a resource for class assignments, research and independent leisure reading.
- The math program at The Lowell School uses an incremental multi-sensory approach to build math concepts and skills aligned with Common Core curriculum. Math is departmentalized in grades 6-8 and students are grouped in classes according to skill level. As with reading, students are evaluated twice a year to determine their math levels. In addition, the math specialist works in collaboration with the classroom teachers to ensure that each student’s needs are being met. Some students participate in individual or small group instruction.
- Curriculum coordinators communicate with staff on a regular basis to discuss teaching techniques and materials as well as to share ideas and evaluate individual programs.