Elementary student doing classwork at The Parish School

Developing Habits of Academic Excellence

Our academic program is aligned to the standards developed by the State of Texas and follows best practices as outlined by the Learning Disability Association of America. We help students realize the tools they need to thrive in any educational environment.

  • Elementary curriculum incorporates research-based approaches tailored specifically to meet the needs of each child.
  • Lead educators use multiple instructional and behavioral techniques to enhance classroom success.
  • Speech-language pathologists provide approximately 8 hours of group language intervention and social therapy per week, utilizing the Social Thinking® methodology.
  • Systematic and comprehensive instruction facilitates the development of language, social and academic skills.

What do our classes look like?

Classes are grouped to include students of varying ages and developmental levels. All children of the same chronological age rarely perform at the same level. By grouping children according to levels, we build on developmental skills. Multi-age/multi-level groupings allow students to learn from other peer models while also having the opportunity to be a model for other children.

Elementary students are placed into the following levels based upon our assessments:

  • Primary Elementary: typically ranges in chronological age from 5-7 years, and is our youngest level for full-day instruction with an educator in the classroom
  • Lower Elementary: typically ranges in chronological age from 7-9 years
  • Upper Elementary: typically ranges in chronological age from 9-11 years

Elementary Curriculum

The following components are integrated into our specialized curriculum and instructional methods:

Sequential and multi-sensory approaches are utilized for those “learning to read.” Literature-based reading instruction is employed for those “reading to learn.”

Lessons leverage phonetics, rule-based instruction and sight word learning methods. Spelling words correlate with reading programs.

Written Expression
A variety of systematic approaches teach the mechanics of handwriting and composition skills, including programs like "Handwriting without Tears."

Curriculum meets both national and state standards. We employ hands-on, multi-sensory methods that are designed to develop the language and application of math skills.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Critical thinking and problem solving strategies assist students in recognizing problems and understand how to generate and implement solutions.

Science and Social Studies
Science and Social Studies objectives are targeted through inquiry/project-based learning, focusing on collaborative communication, problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills and vocabulary development.

Social Development
A social-emotional approach builds upon the curriculum taught in the early childhood program. This approach facilitates understanding the perspective of others and relationship development.

Students use learning strategies to complete tasks independently and to advocate for their individual learning needs.

Executive Functioning
Organizing work, planning ahead, attending to tasks and managing time are an integral part of the school day.

Contact Us

Amy Richard, MS, CCC-SLP/ CALT
Director of Elementary
713.467.4696 x.186