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Horticulture class at Learning Prep School is designed to facilitate the development of basic work behaviors, attitudes, and skills. Students participate in a wide variety of hands-on tasks and project oriented activities and jobs that often provide a direct service to the school. Through participation in Horticulture, students learn basic job skills that can be generalized to any task in which they participate.

Skills Learned:

  • Horticulture tools types and uses.
  • General greenhouse maintenance.
  • Specific plant names, types, and preservation through pruning, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and climate control.
  • Providing customer service by knowing plant names, types, tallying charges and making change.
  • General property management by organizing supplies, raking, sweeping, weeding, designing and planting perennial and annual gardens.
  • Propagating and transplanting plant material using cuttings, seeds, plugs and by dividing plants.
  • Organizing the shed with separate uses: tools, pots and miscellaneous supplies.
  • Using sustainable and responsible practices
  • Building and maintaining a garden
  • Working as a part of a team and a community

Computer Lab

The Computer Curriculum is designed to help language-based learning disabled students build and refine computer skills, as well as enhance other academic skills.

Students in the Elementary and Middle School use technology in a hands-on, exploratory approach to learning. Class projects are designed to enhance computer knowledge while also supporting skills in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. LPS students are introduced to coding in JavaScript by participating in Hour of Code. Students use JavaScript to create original artwork, animations, as well as computer games.

In the Computer Lab, students practice keyboarding skills daily on the Typing Pal website. Each student has a username and password, and is able to access the site from home. The program is suited for both beginners and experts, as benchmark goals can be adjusted to suit individual skill sets.

The internet is an amazing tool, allowing students to access vast amounts of knowledge, express their creativity, and to communicate with others around the world. In the Computer Lab, students receive support and instruction in how to use this tool safely and effectively.

Middle School students, particularly 8th graders, receive training in Google Suite as they prepare to transition to High School. While gaining experience with word processing and data entry, the students learn how to share documents with their instructors and how to navigate the program safely/securely (protecting passwords, always logging out, etc.).


The Art Program at Learning Prep School is a modified Choice-Based Program. Essential art concepts are taught through a variety of lessons, which are aligned with visual art standards. In addition to required projects, students are given the flexibility to make informed choices about the artwork they produce. This approach, which regards students as artists, supports multiple modes of learning, addresses the diverse needs and interests of our students, and promotes student independence. Students learn to initiate projects that interest them, develop observational and problem-solving skills, practice techniques to develop craftsmanship, express themselves in a visual way, and reflect on their learning. The art room functions as a creative art studio with classroom centers for drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, and fiber arts.

The art classroom also allows a safe environment for the development of social skills. Students practice communication, collaboration, and leadership skills in the classroom as they work on art projects.

Performing Arts

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” - Bertolt Brecht

We have the ability to not only tell our stories/realities through art, but to change them. Theatre gives us a way of expressing ourselves in a unique way. In Performing Arts this year we will explore acting (the basics of becoming another being), improv, process dramas, the history of theatre/storytelling, Theatre of the Oppressed (which will give you the opportunity to tell your own stories, re-enact them, and change the outcome), the basics of performance, and devising our own play across all the Elementary and Middle School classes. Students will learn the importance of empathy in acting and in everyday life. Students will advance their creativity, social thinking, theatre knowledge, acting ability, collaboration skills, and communication.

Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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