At Learning Prep School, our High School curriculum has been written to parallel the Massachusetts Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards.
As a school designed to support students with language based learning disabilities, LPS is committed to its Literature/Language Arts program. Classes meet twice daily in a small group and focus primarily on two frameworks: decoding/encoding, and reading comprehension. Students are evaluated both formally and informally (through observation and inventory) in their acquisition, automatization and application of basic reading and spelling skills, development of literacy, fluency, reading comprehension and written expression. Students are placed homogeneously in language-based classes to meet each level of ability and learning-style requirements.
Our program focuses on in-depth study of history, where we came from, our position in society today and the value of living as a democratic nation.
Concepts taught in our 4-phase program cover World History II (9th grade - Emergence of the Modern World), U.S. History I and II (10th and 11th grades) and Civics/U.S. Government (12th grade). Information is broken down into small, sequential steps to ensure the conceptualization of information.
In keeping with our mission to support students with learning disabilities, the science curriculum is language-based. It’s designed to facilitate ongoing exploration and inquiry about the world in which our students live.
The mathematics program encompasses all aspects of math, from the basics through Trigonometry. Students are placed homogeneously in language-based classes to meet each level of ability, as well as individual learning style.
LPS's math curriculum is based on the Massachusetts Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards. However, there is also a primary focus on communication, along with problem-solving and reasoning. In the classroom, we can concentrate simultaneously on extending students' math abilities and fostering their communication skills.
We believe all students can become mathematically literate — able to appreciate and truly understand math. We are also committed to helping all our students develop math skills, which encompasses a student's ability to:
Students gain math understanding through problem-solving, communicating, reasoning and making connections on a consistent basis, all of which are the cornerstones of the LPS curriculum.
Manipulatives are used at all levels to provide a tactile, as well as visual, approach to learning.
Course offerings include:
Health and Student Issues
LPS Health and Student Issues courses are designed with a language-based approach. We use both visual and auditory cues and tools, such as Thinking Maps® and other organizational strategies, to ensure our students receive a comprehensive education. Pragmatic language skills and Social Thinking© are infused throughout the curriculum, giving students the opportunity to learn and practice them within the classroom setting.
The central focus of Health and Student Issues is on educating students about how to make healthy and safe choices. In addition to an anti-bullying curriculum, students explore physical, emotional and behavioral issues crucial to living a happy and low stress life. Mental health habits and coping skills are also addressed to help students learn how to face the challenges of adolescence and a growing sense of independence. Students gather and internalize information in order to take proper care of themselves and increase positive social interactions.
The High School counseling staff teaches these small, psycho-educational classes, giving students a forum to gather information, ask questions, and to share and learn from each other’s perspectives. Our approach involves examining one’s own values and beliefs (including family and religious), decision-making (emphasizing impact and outcomes) and tolerance (agree or disagree, but be respectful). One of the most successful elements of the curriculum is “The Baby Project.” This program provides older students with an interactive opportunity to learn about parenting.
If you have any concerns about your child participating in any portion of the curriculum, please inform your student’s counselor. The curriculum topics, goals and objectives, and possible activities and movies are broken down by grade level.
Students at the High School level may elect to participate in Physical Education. The major objectives stressed in PE classes include physical/motor, cognitive and social development.
Motor skills are developed through participation in various games, sports and physical activities that require coordination, strength, endurance, balance and kinesthetic awareness. Through these activities, each student will increase his or her proficiency in routine tasks and activities of daily living.
Cognitive skills are developed as students are taught the rules and regulations of games and activities, and given support and guidance to sequence and practice these skills in a non-competitive environment. The ability to think and interpret situations is developed through games and sports.Students are also encouraged to establish interest, appreciation, and a positive attitude about physical education and activity. Students develop social skills by participating in group activities where cooperation, team play and communication are essential for success.
“Thank you for inspiring me and making me who I am today.”
A 10th grade student to her teacher
“Thank you for all you do during the school year. You inspire, educate and care for ‘the whole child’. We are appreciative of your hard work.”
Parents of a 10th grader