The Middle School is comprised of grades 6 through 8 and offers a program based on the integration of content areas, continued development in the Core standard areas and designed to encourage each student’s interest and abilities as they progress towards the pursuit of independence and planning for the future. Activities are designed to encourage students to take risks, learn from trial and error and develop circumventive strategies to continue their guests to achieve success.
The Middle School Concept
Students are grouped to take advantage of the best teaching practices. Teachers work together in teams to ensure consistency and to allow instructional themes to be developed across the curriculum. Students enter a community of learners and remain with the same group for three years. This concept promotes learning by connecting across subject areas, so that topics may be studied using an integrated approach.
Assistive Devices and Support
ASD's Cochlear Implant (CI) Services offer comprehensive services including consultation, MAPping, repairs and maintenance, Aural habilitation and support with assistive devices.
Consultation is available for those considering cochlear implantation. Educational Audiologists are available to provide workshops and/or training for school staff regarding how to provide the most appropriate services to students with cochlear implants, as well as peer in-services to educate other students about cochlear implants.
MAPping is provided on site for those with Nucleus (Cochlear Corporation), and Clarion (Advanced Bionics) equipment. ASD's full cochlear implant mapping facility provides each student/individual with a comprehensive MAP report, which offers a detailed explanation of what each MAP/program contains, recommendations as to when and why to change programs and which program to choose, an explanation of what sounds/environments each program is designed to enhance, suggested therapy tasks (when appropriate) and a recommended schedule for subsequent MAPs.
Therapeutic services include aural habilitation (listening therapy) in addition to the speech and language services offered through ASD. MAPping services are heavily speech focused and may incorporate recommendations from therapy providers into MAP adjustments.
Assistive Devices available for those using cochlear implants include FM Systems, sound field systems, and other listening supports. Devices may be purchased or rented.
- Audiological assessment and testing
- Amplification Systems (group DM System, 3-D Loop Systems and personal hearing aids available to all students)
- Cochlear implant support services, including aural habilitation, MAPping, and equipment maintenance
- Speech/communication skills training
- Distance learning equipment
For an information to discuss a referral, please contact Admissions
Jennifer Del Conte
Director of Education
Extensive Resources and Support Services
The Middle School program is supported by professional staff with specialized training in the areas of school counseling, social work, school psychology, speech and language pathology, audiology, physical and occupational therapy, job placement and sign language. Over 90% of ASD faculty and professional staff have earned master’s degrees or above.
Academic, Vocational and Extracurricular Opportunities
Students have access to a broad range of outstanding educational opportunities and support services. Depending upon students' individual needs and interests, their course of academic studies will be enhanced by:
- English reading/writing programs
- Science laboratory
- Computer laboratories
- Evening Academic Support Center
- Battle of the Books
- Math Bowl Competition