Learn more about Scenic Land School and The Hill Center Programs
The Hill Center- Durham, NC
The chief purpose of The Hill Center is to provide students who have been diagnosed as having specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder the opportunity to achieve at a level commensurate with their intellectual abilities through a 4:1 student/teacher ratio. In addition, The Hill Center's program is designed to develop a positive self-concept in these students through successful experiences and foster an understanding of their individual styles of learning, to prepare these students to be independent learners in a regular classroom setting and to assist them in setting realistic goals. To visit The Hill Center’s Website and learn more please click here.
The spring of 2011 will bring newly adopted Hill Center Programs in reading, math, and language arts. The adoption of these programs is being funded through a grant from the Benwood Foundation. All of the teachers at SLS are being trained and the program is being implemented one content area at a time.
Scenic Land School
SLS as trained will apply the core programs from The Hill Center for Reading, Math, and Language Arts. The programs utilize research-based multisensory structured language methodology, focused on reading, written language and math. The reading and writing programs are based on the work of Dr. Samuel Orton and Dr. Anna Gillingham and consist of a multisensory structured language approach to teaching reading and written language. The structure of the programs include a 4:1 student/teacher ratio that allows close student-teacher interaction in a nurturing environment while removing the stigma often associated with learning differences.
Hill RAP (Reading) instruction relies upon systematic phonics for decoding and emphasizes phonological awareness, word attack, vocabulary development, fluency drills, oral and silent reading, as well as reading comprehension.
Written language instruction includes spelling, paragraph dictation, copying, handwriting, grammar and mechanics, creative writing and composition.
Math instruction includes mutisensory techniques with an emphasis on automatic recall of math facts, developing number concepts, following mathematical procedures, speed and accuracy in computation, and increased problem solving skills.
Other Programs Utilized at SLS
- AR and Study Island
- Brain dance and Yoga Kids
- Morning Assemblies
- Times Tables the Fun Way
- Self-regulation with The Alert Program
- Innovative and hands on approach to the TN state standards for Science and Social Studies