The dePaul School Alpha Program is for young students ages 5-7 who struggle to master basic phonics, language, reading, writing and/or math skills because of language delays or learning differences such as dyslexia, attention deficits, and visual or auditory processing difficulties.
Research consistently shows that early intervention is the best approach to remediating learning disabilities. At The dePaul School, we see firsthand that the sooner help comes, the less time it will take to remediate the problem area(s) and the more successful the students and teachers are in their efforts. Lack of help in the early years can lead to frustration, anxiety, lowering of self-esteem, frustration with academics, the development of phobias over schoolwork, tanrums, etc.
The Alpha Program uses a specific way of teaching beginning reading, writing, and math skills to young children with learning differences. The curriculum is Orton-Gillingham based, a researched-based, proven method of teaching children with learning disabilities. The program incorporates specific, sequential, direct, multisensory instruction in an enjoyable early-education format. The multisensory teaching approach allows students to hear, see, feel and move while learning core skills.
Classes are small, with an 6:1 student teacher ratio. The focus is on establishing crucial foundation skills in phonics, reading, comprehension, writing and math as early as possible, enabling children to be on level with their peers.
The Elementary Program is for students ages 7-11. This program
focuses on establishing foundation skills in phonics, reading,
comprehension, writing and math.
The curriculum is Orton-Gillingham based, a researched based, proven method of teaching children with learning disabilities. The program incorporates specific, direct, multisensory instruction in an enjoyable education format.
Classes are highly structured, sequential, teacher directed and paced to maintain the interest and attention of the student.
The multisensory teaching approach allows students to hear, see, feel and move while learning core skills.
Classes are small, with an 8:1 student teacher ratio.
The Delta Program is for students ages 11-14 who are ready for
the challenge of a middle school curriculum but need additional
support and a highly structured environment in order to be
successful. The program is designed for students who are not meeting their academic potential due to learning differences and/or attention deficits. Program features:
Provides for remediation of learning differences through specialized teaching methods by experienced teachers
Use of specialized curriculum to improve reading and writing
Direct, explicit instruction in all subjects
Highly structured environment with minimal distractions
Appropriate time given for mastering concepts and completing work
Time management and organizational skills taught
Classes in accordance with the Sunshine State Standards
Subjects include English/Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Teen Topics, Art, P.E. and Study Skills
The goal of the Delta Program is to improve student skills and build self-confidence, increasing the likelihood of future success in High School.
The dePaul Summer Reading Camp began in June 1989. It provides an intensive, structured, multi-sensory learning experience for dyslexic school age students.
D.P.S.L. (dePaul Structured Linguistics) is taught one-to-one or one-to-two. Computer classes are held daily. Students learn keyboarding and practice skills learned in D.P.S.L. Auditory Discrimination class focuses on developing basic auditory processing skills, remediating auditory deficiencies and:
Developing vocabulary, grammar and phonics
Improving reading fluency and comprehension
Placing emphasis on areas needing improvement
Sessions are highly structured, sequential, teacher-directed and paced to maintain the interest and attention of the student. All tutors are trained in the use of dePaul materials by qualified personnel.